May 13, 2016

Climate Justice Leaders Available to React to May Budget Revise

Bruce Mirken, Greenlining Institute Media Relations Director, 510-926-4022; 415-846-7758 (cell)
Isabel Alegría, Public Advocates, 510-541-5428 (cell),
Shrayas Jatkar, Coalition for Clean Air Policy Associate, 916-527-8050; 916-248-9952 (cell)
Parin Shah, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, 415-286-7850 (cell),

SACRAMENTO – Climate justice advocates from the SB 535 Coalition will be available by phone today to respond to Gov. Brown’s May budget revision, due to be released at 10 a.m. Advocates will be looking closely at any updates to investment levels for climate programs supported by funds raised from carbon auctions under California’s climate change laws, AB 32 (Nuñez/Pavley) and SB 535 (De León). These climate investments promote clean energy and energy-saving projects, including home weatherization, clean transportation, affordable housing near transit, urban forestry, solar power for low-income families and much more. Previous budget proposals have not fully appropriated carbon auction funds, limiting the flow of these investments to communities that have suffered disproportionately from pollution and redlining.

The coalition sponsored SB 535, which requires that at least one quarter of Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund investments benefit disadvantaged communities, and currently backs AB 1550, which would expand GGRF investments in underserved communities and households.

Each of the organizations will have experts available at the contact information above to give informed perspectives on how the revised budget will impact the fight for climate justice.