State Efficiency Standards for Computers and Monitors Set Stage for Energy Innovation in Electronics  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 28, 2016   

Contact: Sage Welch, 415-453-4530

State efficiency standards for computers and monitors set stage for energy innovation in electronics  
 Broad coalition urges the CEC to adopt a strong, effective standard to deliver consumer savings

Sacramento, Calif. – A diverse collection of business associations, school districts, consumer voices, environmental and equity advocates, community leaders and other stakeholders are urging the California Energy Commission (CEC) to keep consumers in mind as they move to finalize first-in-the-nation energy efficiency standards for computers and monitors.

Supporters and partners of the California Delivers campaign representing communities with a stake in energy innovation have united to voice concern over decades of unchecked energy waste from inefficient electronics. Advocates are calling on the CEC to deliver a strong standard that will stand the test of time in the rapidly advancing computing sector. For the full range of benefits to flow to consumers, stakeholders urge the CEC to set strong standards, including emerging technologies that may have a low market share today, but will be mainstream by the time the standards take effect.

Statements from California Delivers supporters: 

Kirsten James, Senior Manager, California Policy and Partnerships, Ceres
“Businesses across the state of California and the U.S. are committed to becoming more sustainable, but they can only do so much on their own. The electronics and computing industries are among the most innovative in the world, and with the right policies they can turn that innovation towards meeting robust energy efficiency standards and creating products that save consumers money.  We look forward to a strong standard from the CEC that helps improve the sustainability of companies small and large.”

Stephanie Chen, Energy & Telecommunications Policy Director, The Greenlining Institute
“Access to cost-effective computing technology is a great equalizer. The Greenlining Institute urges the CEC to consider the needs of low-income households as they move forward with this standard. Low-income households often spend a higher proportion of their income on electricity costs and are more likely to own older, inefficient models of desktop computers. Low-income families deserve efficient technologies in the future, and we hope that’s exactly what this standard will deliver.”

Steve Frisch, President, Sierra Business Council
“Of the 4,000 network members of the Sierra Business Council, 80 percent are small businesses that are constantly searching for ways to improve the energy efficiency of their offices. Small businesses want to save energy, sure, but they need to save money. That’s why our members are watching closely for energy efficiency standards that will contribute to their bottom line, no matter what model they choose.”

Joe Ridout, California Legislative Coordinator, Consumer Action 
“It’s time for computer manufacturers to address the issue of unnecessary energy consumption, and we applaud the state’s move to apply standards. Urgency on this issue keeps growing, as the energy consumption of personal electronic devices continues to proliferate. After extensive negotiations, we look forward to the state implementing a standard that raises the bar on energy efficiency and saves consumers money.”

Pierre Delforge, Director of High-Tech Sector Energy Efficiency, Natural Resources Defense Council 
“Millions of computers are sold in California every year – in homes, schools, universities, and hospitals. Unfortunately, they devour far more energy than necessary, most of it wasted when no one is actively using them. Cutting computer energy use by just 30 percent, which the California Energy Commission proposed earlier this year, could avoid 800,000 metric tons of pollution in the state every year and, if embraced at the national level, would slash the nation’s electric bill by $3 billion.”

Statements from other partners and allies:
Mark Cooper, Director of Research, Consumer Federation of America
“Consumer Federation of America research has shown that the rapid spread of digital devices is increasing household energy consumption every year, and consumers simply cannot afford to continue to foot the bill for inefficient computers and monitors. After years of consideration, we look forward to a standard that accounts for shifting technology and maintains the $400 million per year in consumer savings that the CEC has estimated. Consumer Federation of America analysis of the proposed standard shows that the benefits of computer energy efficiency far outweigh the costs.”

Anna Ferrera, Executive Director & Legislative Advocate, School Energy Coalition
“As bulk purchasers of desktop computers for California’s students, school districts are a primary stakeholder on issues surrounding computer energy efficiency.  K-12 schools seek to provide technological learning opportunities for our state’s future workforce so long as the state provides the means to do so affordably.  We support a CEC standard that assists schools in addressing on-going funding challenges and spends taxpayer dollars wisely through the use of more energy efficient computers for years to come.”

For more information, see NRDC’s new report “Slashing Energy Use in Computers and Monitors While Protecting Our Wallets, Health, and Planet” here.

Community Forum Aug. 2: Greenlining the Hood: Reclaim and Rebuild Our City

MEDIA ADVISORY
July 28, 2016

Community Forum Aug. 2:
Greenlining the Hood: Reclaim and Rebuild Our City

Harnessing CA Climate Investments, Hospital Community Benefit Funds to Make Stockton Healthier, Safer, Greener

Contact: Bruce Mirken, Greenlining Institute Media Relations Director, 510-926-4022; 415-846-7758 (cell)

STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA – In a city that continues to cope with high rates of pollution and poverty, Fathers & Families of San Joaquin and The Greenlining Institute have joined forces to engage Stockton advocates and residents in an open dialogue around two potential resources that can bring new investments into the city’s neighborhoods: California climate investments and not-for-profit hospital community benefits. At a community forum Aug. 2, advocates and officials will discuss how funding focused on resident-identified priorities can bring real benefits to communities. Advocates believe these two sources of funds can work together to improve health, safety and the environment for Stockton residents

Spanish translation and lunch will be provided. Child care will be available.

WHAT: Community Forum: Greenlining the Hood: Reclaim and Rebuild Our City

WHO: Participating organizations and speakers include:

  • Fathers & Families of San Joaquin — Samuel Nuńez, Executive Director; Irene Calimlim, Health Justice Program Coordinator
  • The Greenlining Institute — Anthony Galace, Health Equity Director; Alvaro Sanchez, Environmental Equity Director; Emi Wang, Environmental Equity Manager
  • Little Manila Foundation — Dillon Delvo, Executive Director
  • California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation — Noe Paramo, Director Sustainable Rural Communities Project
  • Kaiser Permanente Central Valley — Marie Sanchez, Community Benefits Manager
  • Kaiser Permanente Northern California — Sherry Novick, Community Benefits Program Managing Director
  • California ReLeaf — Chuck Mills, Director of Public Policy & Grants
  • Strategic Growth Council — Stacy Farfan, Sustainable Communities Policy Analyst
  • Department of Community Services & Development — Glen Baird, Low-Income Weatherization Program Project Manager
  • Air Resources Board — Ambreen Afshan, Disadvantaged Communities Liaison for Low-Carbon Transportation

WHERE: Masonic Temple, 340 E Market Street, Stockton, California 95202

WHEN: Tuesday, August 2, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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Nurses Call on Attorney General to Deny Bid by St. Agnes Hospital, Fresno to Reduce its Charity Care

California Nurses Association Press Release, 7/7/16

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United today called on California Attorney General Kamala Harris to reject a request by St. Agnes Medical Center (SAMC) in Fresno to reduce the amount of its charity care and community benefit.

St. Agnes is seeking to slash its requirement to meet the level of charity care services and community benefit programs set by the Attorney General’s office as part of the 2013 approval of a consolidation agreement of Trinity Health, St. Agnes’ corporate parent, with Catholic Health East.

The hospital is basing its request on what CNA views as an absurd claim that there is less need to provide charity care today as a result of the Affordable Care Act which results in a “change in conditions” that “could not have reasonably been forseen at the time of the Attorney General’s action” – despite the fact that the 2013 ruling came three years after passage of the ACA.

In a letter today to Harris and Deputy Attorney General Wendy Horwitz, CNA strongly objected to the request, and voiced its concern over a “trend represented in recent Attorney General decisions” involving hospital mergers, notably the recent “uncritical acceptance” of an “unnecessary merger” of two other large Catholic hospital systems, St. Joseph Health and Providence Health and Services.

There are still millions of individuals not covered by the ACA or eligible for Medical/Medicare. There are also millions of individuals who are covered either by Medical/Medicare or private insurance plans who also have unreasonably high co-pays and/or deductibles, as well as, doctors and/or procedures covered by such plans or Medical/Medicare,There are still millions of individuals not covered by the ACA or eligible for Medical/Medicare. There are also millions of individuals who are covered either by Medical/Medicare or private insurance plans who also have unreasonably high co-pays and/or deductibles, as well as, doctors and/or procedures covered by such plans or Medical/Medicare,” wrote CNA legislative director Don Nielsen.

“Charity care and community benefit represent a vital opportunity to address health disparities, particularly in disadvantaged regions across the San Joaquin Valley,” said Nielsen.

A March analysis by the Greenlining Institute of 11 not-for-profit hospitals in the San Joaquin Valley, including St. Agnes, Nielsen noted, found “serious inconsistency and lack of transparency, particularly in SAMC’s reporting of its community benefit programs, including its charity care spending.”

“The Attorney General must not allow SAMC easily to shirk it responsibilities in this area,” the letter concludes.

“Charity care is a gift taxpayers provide not-for-profit hospitals who reap an enormous revenue windfall as a result of their tax-exempt status,” said CNA Co-president Malinda Markowitz, RN.

“Yet we have seen widespread abuse by hospitals across California, many of which provide only bare bones levels of charity care and community benefit services while patients and families endure inflated medical bills that put their health and economic security in danger,” Markowitz said. “The effort by St. Agnes to further reduce its level of charity care would severely punish Central Valley residents who are in such great need of health care services.”

An extensive 2012 CNA study found California hospitals harvest more than $1.8 billion in government subsidies and benefits from their tax-exempt status beyond what they provide in charity care. Public subsidies include exemptions from federal and state income taxes, property and sales taxes, tax benefits from charitable donations, and tax exempt bond status.

CNA has in recent years sponsored legislation to crack down on the widespread abuse of the charity care/community benefit system with strengthened obligations but the bills have failed to pass the state legislature due to massive lobbying by the multi-billion dollar hospital industry.

“With the failure of the legislature to act, it becomes even more important for the Attorney General to stand up for patients and hold these hospital corporations accountable for meeting even the current minimal level of charity care services,” said Markowitz.

Federal Bank Regulators Lack Diversity in Top Management, Report Finds

Federal Bank Regulators Lack Diversity in Top Management, Report Finds
Some Agencies Lack Systems to Measure Progress on Diversity

Contact: Bruce Mirken, Greenlining Institute Media Relations Director, 510-926-4022; 415-846-7758 (cell)

BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA – Despite a congressional mandate to pay more attention to diversity within federal financial regulatory agencies, a new report from The Greenlining Institute finds that these agencies generally lack diversity at executive and upper management levels and often lack the systems needed to track progress.

The report, Government That Looks Like America: Diversity in the Financial Regulatory Agencies, is set for public release July 6. Journalists can preview it now at the link above.

“During the bubble that led to the 2008 crash, financial regulators simply missed what was going on in communities of color,” said report co-author Danielle Beavers, Greenlining’s director of diversity and inclusion. “If the people at decision-making levels look like America, they will do better at making sure this critical industry works for all Americans.”

After the financial crisis devastated communities of color, and recognizing that these communities constitute the proverbial “canary in the coal mine,” Congress ordered placement of Offices of Minority and Women Inclusion in major financial regulatory agencies, with the goal of promoting diversity in both the financial industry and within the regulatory agencies themselves. Greenlining examined 2014 data from eight agencies that oversee banking and financial businesses. Key findings include:

  • On average, the eight agencies that submitted data employed 33.52 percent people of color, consistent with the U.S. civilian and financial sector labor forces. Some agencies improved their overall diversity since Greenlining’s last analysis in 2011.
  • Upper level management in the agencies, however, showed much less diversity, with people of color making up only 17.76 of executive management.
  • People of color were also severely underrepresented in jobs deemed “mission critical,” such as attorneys and economists. Latinos were most severely underrepresented, making up just 3.49 percent of the mission critical workforce.
  • Contracting with minority-owned vendors by the agencies varied dramatically from agency to agency, from just 2.6 percent of total contracts up to 36 percent, with an average of 17.61 percent.
  • To make progress, the agencies need to focus consciously on diversity with strategic plans, analysis of barriers to diverse hiring, and better data – particularly on the diversity of contractors.

“In a country where people of color will soon be the majority, we’ve seen what happens when financial regulators live in a bubble,” said Greenlining Institute President Orson Aguilar. “We applaud these agencies for sharing their data with us, and now we need them to use this information to make real change.”

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@Greenlining

Bill to Bring More Climate Investments to Disadvantaged Communities Passes 1st Senate Hurdle

Bill to Bring More Climate Investments to Disadvantaged Communities Passes 1st Senate Hurdle

Contact:
Bruce Mirken, Greenlining Institute, 510-926-4022; 415-846-7758 (cell)
Isabel Alegría, Public Advocates, 510-541-5428 (cell), ialegria@publicadvocates.org
Bill Magavern, Coalition for Clean Air, 916-214-0065
Parin Shah, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, 415-286-7850 (cell), parin@apen4ej.org
Laura Muraida, SCOPE, 323-789-7920, lmuraida@scopela.org

SACRAMENTO – Today the Senate Environmental Quality Committee passed AB 1550 (Gomez), designed to ensure that the benefits of California’s climate change policies reach the communities and households needing them most. The measure would require a minimum of 25 percent of proceeds from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to be invested in projects located directly within disadvantaged communities, while an additional 20 percent would go to projects that benefit low income households regardless of their location within California.

Advocates for clean air and underserved communities hailed the bill’s steady progress, noting that under AB 1550, climate investments in disadvantaged communities will match the percentage of the state’s population living in those communities, while making sure benefits also reach low-income Californians throughout the state.

Public Advocates Staff Attorney Chelsea Tu said, “With the passage of AB 1550 out of this committee, California has taken another step toward delivering on its promise to bring health and economic benefits to low-income and disadvantaged families and communities from the state’s cap-and-trade revenues.”

SCOPE Research Director Laura Muraida commented, “Today marks a significant step forward as we continue working to shape equitable climate policy that benefits the communities hardest hit by pollution, poverty and disinvestment.”

“Assemblymember Gomez’s bill will help California communities that have been disproportionately impacted by air pollution, poverty and climate change,” said Fabiola Lao, Deputy Policy Director for the Coalition for Clean Air. “It will help bring clean energy and clean transportation services, such as electric buses, to these communities.”

“We applaud Assemblymember Gomez’s leadership and commitment to ameliorating the disproportionate amount of pollution and poverty that communities across the state have faced for decades,” said Miya Yoshitani, Executive Director of the Asian Pacific Environmental Network. “AB 1550 expands opportunities for sorely needed investment and reaffirms the strength and value of CalEnviroScreen, a tool created by environmental justice communities, as the state’s tool for addressing historic disparities.”

“California’s climate policies have already brought real benefits to neighborhoods hit by the worst effects of pollution and poverty, but we can and must do better,” said Greenlining Institute Environmental Equity Director Alvaro Sanchez. “AB 1550 takes us a major step in the right direction.”

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Court Decision Ensures All Voices Equal Online

The Center for Media Justice (CMJ) and organizational members of the Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net) applaud the U.S. District Court of Appeals decision today to uphold the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Net Neutrality rules.

Last year the FCC adopted open Internet protections to prevent Internet Service Providers from slowing down or blocking lawful content online. They extended Net Neutrality protections to wireless users as more people, particularly those in communities of color, depend on their smartphone for Internet access.

Shortly after the FCC’s rules were passed last year, broadband providers sued the FCC in an attempt to strike down these rules. The court’s decision today affirms that the Net Neutrality rules are legal and that the FCC has the authority to implement and enforce these rules.

“The Center for Media Justice and our affiliate members of the Media Action Grassroots Network are thrilled that the FCC’s Net Neutrality order has been upheld in the courts.This decision affirms what we knew all along, the FCC had the authority to ensure that all voices are equal online. The courts sided with the will of millions of people and hundreds of social justice organizations that fought for an open Internet. It’s time for companies like Comcast and AT&T to stop trying to undermine the voices of marginalized communities through practices that subject people to a second-class Internet experience,” said Steven Renderos, Senior Campaign Manager at CMJ.

“For communities of color, LGBTQ communities, Muslims, America’s poor, and all those whose voices have been pushed to the margins – this court ruling is an absolute victory,” said Malkia Cyril, Executive Director at CMJ.

During the lead up to the FCC’s Net Neutrality order, members of MAG-Net played a pivotal role in ensuring the voices of the Internet’s most vulnerable users, people of color, were visible in demanding an open Internet. MAG-Net led a delegation of Black organizers that met with the FCC and members of Congress to share how an open Internet has been critical for the movement for Black lives.

“Today’s court decision to protect Net Neutrality protects the voices of organizers and all those who care about justice,” said Chinyere Tutashinda, National Organizer at CMJ.  “A free and open Internet is crucial in our fight against the steady rise of hate speech in this country.”

The following are quotes attributable to organizational members of the Media Action Grassroots Network:

“The digital divide, discrimination, and free speech violations are real harms that communities of color experience every day.  For communities of color, the Internet is a critical tool for creating and accessing content that is important to those communities, narrowing the digital divide, and organizing and advocating for issues important to communities of color.  The Greenlining Institute commends the D.C. District Court of Appeals for upholding the FCC’s robust net neutrality rules.”

Orson Aguilar, President, The Greenlining Institute

“Today, the court fully affirmed the Federal Communications Commission’s power to regulate the internet for consumers, not for Comcast.  For many years, millions of people have battled for our right to speak and be heard without interference from the huge corporations that profit from our need to communicate. Now, the court has proven that the FCC can and must protect our voices and to protect the internet as a human right. Here in Philadelphia, the poorest big city in America, with thousands of people offline because of poverty – we are celebrating this massive victory for net neutrality – a principle that plays a big part in the FCC expanding affordable Internet nationwide through the Lifeline program.  And we will continue to fight to protect and expand our ability to build movements for justice on the essential platform of the Internet – here in Philly, in this country, and around the world.”

Hannah Sassaman, Policy Director, Media Mobilizing Project

“Today’s verdict is not surprising as a matter of law. It is how the case should have been decided. But justice doesn’t always come in the face of powerful industries. It took a massive public uprising to arrive at this day. This victory belongs to the people of the United States who would not take no for an answer.”

Tracy Rosenberg, Executive Director, Media Alliance

“The Court of Appeals has protected a fundamental right: the right to communicate freely using a technology that was created by and has been improved by its users and not its sellers. But it also teaches us a lesson. Organized action by people who won’t give up can win major victories in the struggles for our rights. We can win and this is a model for how to do it.”

Alfredo Lopez, Leadership Committee, May First/People Link

“This is a key decision to ensuring an open, accessible public communications system with

adequate safeguards to provide equal and nondiscriminatory access to the Internet for all consumers. With more and more of our vital communications traveling through broadband networks we must protect consumers and without such safeguards, the digital divide will continue to grow.”

Ana Montes, Organizing Director, The Utility Reform Network

“Local community voices, especially remote rural and low-income folks, require an open Internet to protect from potential abuses of absentee owners and profiteers who seek to control the marketplace of ideas. Today’s ruling affirms the principle of open networks.  As we celebrate this solid victory, we also know that eternal vigilance will be required to maintain freedom of information and expression for all.”

Sean McLaughlin, Executive Director, Access Humboldt

Assembly Passes Bill to Bring More Cap-and-Trade Funds to Disadvantaged Communities

Assembly Passes Bill to Bring More Cap-and-Trade Funds to Disadvantaged Communities

Contact:
Bruce Mirken, Greenlining Institute Media Relations Director, 510-926-4022; 415-846-7758 (cell)
Isabel Alegría, Public Advocates, 510-541-5428 (cell), ialegria@publicadvocates.org
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), parin@apen4ej.org

SACRAMENTO – This afternoon with bipartisan support the California Assembly passed AB 1550 (Gomez), designed to ensure that the benefits of California’s climate change policies reach the communities and households that need them most. The measure would require a minimum of 25 percent of proceeds from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to be invested in projects located directly within disadvantaged communities, with an additional 20 percent designated for projects that benefit low income households regardless of where they are located within California.

Environmental justice advocates hailed the vote, noting that it will ensure that climate investments in disadvantaged communities match the percentage of the state’s population living in those communities, while assuring that benefits also reach low-income Californians throughout the state.

“We applaud Assemblymember Gomez’s leadership and commitment to ameliorating the disproportionate amount of pollution and poverty that communities across the state have faced for decades,” said Miya Yoshitani, Executive Director of Asian Pacific Environmental Network. “The passage of AB 1550 expands opportunities for sorely needed investment and reaffirms the strength and value of CalEnviroScreen, a tool created by environmental justice communities, as the state’s tool for addressing historic disparities.”

“Despite the oil lobby’s propaganda campaign, California climate policies are bringing real benefits to communities hit hardest by pollution and poverty,” commented Greenlining Institute Environmental Equity Director Alvaro Sanchez. “AB 1550 makes a good program even better.”

“Assemblymember Gomez’ bill will fight pollution and deliver essential energy and transportation services to California communities that have suffered disproportionate impacts from pollution and poverty for too long,” said Bill Magavern, Policy Director for the Coalition for Clean Air.

Public Advocates Staff Attorney Chelsea Tu commented, “Today’s victory brings California one step closer to providing much-deserved cost savings and health benefits to low income people across the state, while continuing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

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W. Kamau Bell, Jose Antonio Vargas Headline Greenlining Institute Economic Summit in Oakland Thursday

W. Kamau Bell, Jose Antonio Vargas Headline Greenlining Institute Economic Summit in Oakland Thursday
“Reinventing California – Solutions from the New Majority” Features Ideas, Art, Activism

Contact: Bruce Mirken, Greenlining Institute Media Relations Director, 510-926-4022; 415-846-7758 (cell)

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – A stellar lineup of community activists, artists and leaders will headline The Greenlining Institute’s 23rd annualEconomic Summit, which returns to Oakland May 26 as Greenlining prepares to move into its new downtown Oakland office this fall. With the theme Reinventing California – Solutions from the New Majority, this unique event brings together top business, government, and grassroots community leaders to connect, brainstorm, and strategize on important economic issues affecting communities of color. With a capacity crowd expected, media wishing to attend are asked to RSVP right away to brucem@greenlining.org.

Highlights include:

Immigration activist and journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, founder of Define American and Emerging US, will moderate the opening plenary examining the role of diverse leadership in tackling society’s biggest problems.

The awards luncheon will highlight an array of innovative leaders, including Black Lives Matter; Youth Alive! Violence prevention educator Wazi Davis; Causa Justa :: Just Cause; Mari Rose Taruc, Former State Organizing Director at the Asian Pacific Environmental Network; and Pastor Michael McBride, Director of Urban Strategies and Live Free Campaign at the PICO National Network.

Other speakers throughout the day include Minority Business Development Agency National Director Alejandra Y. Castillo, San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim, and many others.

The day will conclude with a dinner program highlighting arts and activism, featuring performances by local artists Rachel Lastimosa ofDirty Boots, RyanNicole, Xiomara and TD Camp, and a panel moderated by socio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell, whose new CNN show, United Shades of America, has sparked praise and controversy coast to coast. Joining Bell will be cartoonist and writer Lalo Alcaraz; Melanie Cervantes, co-founder of Dignidad Rebelde; Anyka Barber, founder of Betti Ono; and children’s book author and founding publisher of Blood Orange Press, Janine Macbeth,

For detailed program information, click here.

WHAT: The Greenlining Institute’s 23rd Annual Economic Summit, Reinventing California – Solutions from the New Majority

WHERE: Oakland Marriott City Center, 1001 Broadway, Oakland, California

WHEN: Thursday, May 26, 2016, Registration opens 8 a.m., program starts at 8:30 and runs to 8 p.m.

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Economic Summit Early Bird Registration Closes TODAY!

Hello Friends and Allies

Early bird registration for our annual Economic Summit closes today. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to meet movers and shakers like Define American Founder Jose Antonio Vargas, #BlackLivesMatter Co-Founder Alicia Garza, and soon-to-be CNN Host W. Kamau Bell. Register here.

Fighting The Housing Crisis By Fighting Climate Change

Can affordable housing help fix the climate crisis? You bet.

Urging Oakland City Council To Promote Recial Equity in Housing Policy

We don’t think their plan to redefine affordable housing is a good idea.

Climate Justice Leaders Available to React to May Budget Revise

MEDIA ADVISORY
May 13, 2016

Climate Justice Leaders Available to React to May Budget Revise

Contact:
Bruce Mirken, Greenlining Institute Media Relations Director, 510-926-4022; 415-846-7758 (cell)
Isabel Alegría, Public Advocates, 510-541-5428 (cell), ialegria@publicadvocates.org
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), parin@apen4ej.org

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.

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