Cap-and-Trade, Clean Energy, and Protecting Communities of Color

Oakland, Los Angeles, and Fresno were not always some of the most polluted and impoverished communities in California, but they are now. As California contemplates updating its clean energy policies, including cap-and-trade, we must remember the debt we owe these…
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Urban Forestry Brings Greener, Cleaner, Healthier Neighborhoods

What could your community do with $60,000 for tree planting? Late last week, California ReLeaf and CAL FIRE announced $550,000 in grant awards to urban forestry and greening projects throughout California. This means $550,000 to plant nearly 2,000 trees, grow gardens…
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Addressing the Climate Gap: California Legislature Delivers for Frontline Communities

2016 is proving to be a monster year for California climate policy, and for environmental justice wins powered by people of color. Over the past decade, AB 32 (Pavley) and SB 535 (De León) set the benchmark for transformative environmental…
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Not-for-Profit Hospitals Must Join the Fight Against Climate Change

At first glance, the headline above may seem puzzling. What do hospitals have to do with climate change? Let me explain. California’s Central Valley contains six of the 10 most polluted cities, according the American Lung Association. Sadly, Orlando (pictured…
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AB 1550 – Increasing Equity in California’s Climate Investments

Yesterday I wrote about the progress California’s effort against climate change is making, both in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and in bringing energy-saving and clean-energy investments to our state’s disadvantaged communities.  That’s important, but it’s just half the story. The…
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