California is launching new programs to improve EJ communities–What do you want to see in your community?
California will spend $832 million this year on projects that reduce climate pollution, and thanks to SB 535 (de Leon), over $200 million will be invested in improving environmental justice communities. APEN has worked on SB535 for 5 years and is proud to see these dollars finally available for community-based climate solutions. Here are 6 programs targeted for highly polluted low-income neighborhoods in the state:
1. $75 million for energy efficiency and solar for low income homes
2. $65 million for affordable housing at public transit lines
3. $8 million for transit operations (like bus service)
4. $100 million for clean trucks and cars
5. $18 million for urban tree planting
We are now looking in Oakland and Richmond for projects that will qualify for these climate funds.
Maybe affordable housing at the Lake Merritt BART development?
Maybe free solar on North Richmond community buildings installed by students in job-training programs?
Maybe improved AC Transit bus service in Richmond and Oakland?
We want to hear your project ideas that reduce climate pollution in our neighborhoods because the State now has dollars to spend on these climate solutions.
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