Town Hall #1: Office of Racial Equity | Equitable Green Investments

In Summer 2020, APEN, The Greenlining Institute, SCOPE and California ReLeaf developed recommendations for a “Just COVID-19 Response and Recovery to Support Resilient Communities” that was submitted to Governor Newsom’s Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery. More than 100 organizations supported the letter that included a comprehensive set of principles and specific equity-centered recommendations that advance racial equity, public health, economic opportunity, and climate resilience for Environmental Justice communities in response to COVID-19 and climate change.

After submitting the letter, the four organizations hosted a 3-part Town Hall Series to discuss key strategies included in the letter that aim to advance systemic transformation and address the needs of California's priority communities as the state begins to recover from COVID-19 and continues to address the climate crisis.

This first town hall focused on recommendations for equitable green investments and a discussion on establishing a statewide Office of Racial Equity in California.

Town Hall #2: Climate Vulnerability Mapping Platform | Safe Transportation

This second town hall focused on recommendations for a mapping platform for identify populations most vulnerable to climate change led by APEN and Greenlining, and a discussion on safe transportation recommendations led by ClimatePlan.

Town Hall #3: Workforce Development for A Just Recovery | Closing the Digital Divide

This third and final town hall focused on workforce development recommendations for a just recovery led by APEN, SCOPE, CRPE, PSR-LA and SEIU, and recommendations for closing the Digital Divide led by Greenlining's Technology Equity team.

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