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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Top 10 Things To Know About California Climate Investments

A few years ago, California started an ambitious program to charge polluters for the climate-changing greenhouse gases they put into our air, and then use that money to promote clean energy and energy savings while bringing the benefits of this…
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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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Bridging Health and Environmental Equity in Stockton, California

What does Stockton’s history tell us about Stockton today? When you look at a map, we can see that the legacy of redlining – the illegal practice of denying services to communities of color – remains present today. We see…
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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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