A Just COVID-19 Response & Recovery to Support Resilient Communities

Recommendations for Governor Newsom's Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery

More than 100 organizations support a comprehensive set of principles and specific equity-centered recommendations that advance public health, economic opportunity, and climate resilience for Environmental Justice communities in response to COVID-19 and climate change. The Greenlining Institute in coalition with APEN, SCOPE, California ReLeaf, and other partners developed and submitted the letter to the Governor's Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery and plan on sharing it with the governor's office and other key decision makers in the legislature and administration.

Task Force Recommendations for Office of Racial Equity

California must establish a statewide Office of Racial Equity to help the State practice equity, turning our commitment into actionable equity strategies in our immediate response to the crisis, in our recovery efforts, and as the world reshapes the global economy.

Task Force Recommendations to Support Safe Transportation

The state of California needs to use existing transportation dollars where they are most needed now -- both to survive the current crisis and to prepare a robust system for the economic recovery to come. Every sector should be spending its available resources to best address the needs of the moment.

Task Force Recommendations for Bond Proposal

In the wake of COVID-19, we strongly encourage the development of a bond proposal that meets a triple bottom line of (1) creating genuine economic stimulus, (2) meeting community climate resiliency needs, and (3) centering equity to support communities hit hardest by COVID-19 and climate change. These recommendations included are for equitable investments and projects that will support communities hit hardest by COVID-19 and climate change.

Task Force Recommendations to Close the Digital Divide

The COVID-19 pandemic emphasizes how differential access to essential services like robust broadband can seriously disadvantage low-income families. The solutions we offer can immediately help bridge this digital divide and also protect consumers, accelerate California’s clean energy efforts, improve health outcomes, drive investment in unserved and underserved communities, and most of all, create jobs in communities that need them most.

Task Force Recommendations for Mapping Platform to Identify Vulnerable Populations

This recommendation lays the groundwork to protect California’s most vulnerable populations from climate change by requiring the development of an integrated climate vulnerability mapping platform to help identify communities most vulnerable to climate threats.

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