ARB Public Workshops Beginning 8/9: Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEP) Policy to Benefit Disadvantaged Communities

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) invites you to participate in a public workshop to discuss updates to ARB’s Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEP) Policy to benefit disadvantaged communities. A SEP is an environmentally beneficial (more…)

Energy Efficiency and Social Justice: How Energy Efficiency Can Serve Underserved Communities

A report came out from ACEEE today finding that energy costs take up a greater percent of income in African-American, Latino, low-income, and low-income multi-family and renter households. The report looks at 48 cities across the United States – including Los Angeles, (more…)

Best Practices and Lessons Learned in Energy Efficient Housing Development

Hundreds of millions of dollars are being made available through cap and trade auction proceed allocation to the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program, which funds land-use, housing, transportation, and land preservation projects that support infill and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. (More background here). These funds represent a huge opportunity for local governments – particularly…

Annual Report is Released Detailing 2015-16 Cap and Trade Auction Proceed Expenditures

California’s Department of Finance has released an Annual Report detailing the outcomes of close to $2.6 billion appropriated from Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) to state agencies in 2015 and 2016. $1.7 billion has been allocated to greenhouse gas (GHG)-reducing programs and projects expected to save 14.3 million tons of GHGs, with investments in high speed rail…

Map of Disadvantaged Communities as Designated by CalEPA

Knowing what communities in your jurisdiction have been designated as disadvantaged can be important for understanding what funding streams may be available for energy efficiency and sustainability projects. A map of disadvantaged communities is available on the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) website, here. A list of disadvantaged communities is also available in Excel…

Cap-and-Trade Auction Proceeds Second Investment Plan Available from ARB

After months of public comment and review, the Air Resources Board’s Cap-and-Trade Auction Proceeds Second Investment Plan: Fiscal Years 2016-17 through 2018-19 is available. The Plan provides an overview of the State’s responsibilities, requirements and goals when reinvesting using the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) – or the State’s cap and trade auction proceeds. The Governor’s…

Cap and Trade Guidance from the Institute for Local Government (ILG)

This publication from the Institute for Local Government, Cap and Trade: Investing in California’s Communities, provides a helpful overview of cap and trade funding to date across the transportation, energy efficiency, and natural resources sectors. Project eligibility for the 2014-15 funding cycle and eligible project examples are shared. For more on cap and trade funding, click…

Fact Sheet: How Your Community Can Benefit from SB 535

A fact sheet covering SB 535 direction of funds to disadvantaged communities is available from UpliftCA, here. UpliftCA is a volunteer nonprofit created by The Greenlining Institute in partnership with the SB 535 Coalition, led by the Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Coalition for Clean Air, The Greenlining Institute and Public Advocates. Click here for more…
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