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CA SB 1072: Regional Climate Collaborative Program: technical assistance.

September 13, 2018

California SB 1072 establishes a program to build and support existing regional climate collaboratives across the state that will assist "under-resourced communities" to access state funding for climate change mitigation and adaptation projects. California’s Strategic Growth Council (SGC) is required to develop best practices and technical assistance guidelines, and will award annual grants to collaboratives for capacity building.  After passing the law in 2018, the state immediately allocated funding for implementation.

Related Organizations: State of California, California Strategic Growth Council

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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California Coastal Commission Environmental Justice Policy

March 8, 2019

Established in 1972, the California Coastal Commission has a mandate “to protect and enhance California’s coast and ocean for current and future generations" by regulating development with local government. In 2016, AB 2616 was enacted to amend the state’s Coastal Act, giving the Commission authority to specifically consider environmental justice when making coastal permit decisions. While providing the public and the Commission with guidance on how the agency will implement its authority under AB 2616 - the 2019 environmental justice policy is intended to integrate the principles of environmental justice, equality, and social equity into all aspects of the Commission’s program and operations.

Related Organizations: California Coastal Commission

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Prince George's County, Maryland Environmental Justice Commission

April 2019

In 2018, the Maryland General Assembly enacted the Maryland House Bill 183 (HB183) establishing the Environmental Justice Commission to address the environmental and public health concerns in Prince George's County. HB 183 lists the composition of the Commission, outlines the missions and duties of the Commission, mandates a findings and recommendations report along with a plan of action within two years and a month. Enacting the commission to facilitate environmental justice in Prince George's County can help improve inequities of low-income and minority residents in the area impacted by climate change. After the Commission had submitted the first final report in February 2019, the General Assembly further acknowledged the Commission’s work and passed HB 1362 in April 2019 to extend the termination date of the Commission to June 30th, 2020. The final report was submitted on January 10th, 2020.

 

Related Organizations: State of Maryland, Prince George's County, Maryland

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Minneapolis Resolution Establishing "Green Zones"

April 28, 2017

On April 28 2017, the Minneapolis City Council approved a final Resolution establishing a Green Zones policy to facilitate community-led planning in socioeconomically vulnerable neighborhoods in Minneapolis, Minnesota with the goal of prioritizing city initiatives to combat a range of resiliency challenges. Within Green Zones pilot areas, city officials will work with the community to develop work plans, focused on specific neighborhoods, that will be designed to prioritize initiatives and link city policies on economic development, gentrification, racial equity, and climate resiliency, to achieve an equitable distribution of resources.

Related Organizations: City of Minneapolis, Minnesota

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Newark, New Jersey Environmental Justice and Cumulative Impact Ordinance

July 7, 2016

The Newark Municipal Council passed the Environmental Justice and Cumulative Impacts Ordinance to address long standing health disparities among Newark’s poorest communities. While the ordinance is not specifically about climate change, it does provide a mechanism to address cumulative environmental impacts that lead to the disproportionate climate risks on low-income residents and people of color. This ordinance requires industrial and commercial development proposals to include information about cumulative environmental impacts that will allow decisionmakers and the public to make an informed decision if the development meets the city’s sustainability goals.

Related Organizations: City of Newark, New Jersey

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Climate Change & Community of Color: Key Poll Findings and Top Lines

2014

This report summarizes a 2014 poll that assessed people of color's views on climate change. It finds that climate change is a high profile issue for communities of color. It also finds that voters of color see economic benefits to investing in the green economy and see addressing climate change as a moral obligation. The poll  surveyed 800 registered African American, Latino, and Asian voters in the summer of 2014. 

Related Organizations: Green For All

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Status and Progress in Engaging Communities of Color to Advance Resilience to Climate Change: Experience of 15 U.S. Cities

December 2014

From the Texas Health Institute and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, this report documents a study of the progress made by major U. S. cities in engaging vulnerable communities of color in climate change planning and adaptation. A large variation was found in cities across the country, and lessons learned of the most socially equitable and progressive adaptation planning strategies are shared. The report offers community level “bottom-up” engagement strategies to inform national, state, and local policies and programs on socially equitable climate change planning.

Related Organizations: Texas Health Institute, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Citizen Science: Mapping Urban Heat Islands in Richmond, Virginia

The urban heat island mapping project in Richmond, Virginia is a collaborative project that brings community members together to collect temperature variation data in order to design community-scale adaptation plans. Richmond is a highly populated city that has encountered increased urban heat island effect in recent years. While current technology such as satellites can provide city-scale urban heat data, a more detailed, block-by-block examination of temperature variation in each community has to be studied to understand which communities are most vulnerable to the extreme heat. "Citizen-scientists" were gathered to help measure temperatures in their own city, and related human activities or land use. The citizen-scientists included students from the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University; the Virginia Academy of Science; the City of Richmond’s Sustainability Office; and Groundwork RVA, a nonprofit focused on empowering local young people in the communities.  

Related Organizations: City of Richmond, Virginia, Groundwork RVA

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Chicago, Illinois Green Collar Jobs Initiative

October 2009

The Chicago Green Collar Jobs Initiative is a program that assists those seeking jobs in the Chicago metropolitan area ("Chicagoland"), with an emphasis on resilient and equitable employment. The Initiative is part of the Chicago Job Council's broader mission to create stable employment for frontline communities. Since its founding in 2002, the Initiative has focused their efforts on Chicagoland workers who have historically been left out of the labor market, and on educating disadvantaged job seekers.

Related Organizations: Chicago Jobs Council

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Adapting to Rising Tides - Addressing Social Vulnerability and Equity in Climate Change Adaptation Planning in the San Francisco Bay Area

June 2012

Designed to inform the Adapting to Rising Tides project (ART) being led by the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, the purpose of the white paper is to integrate social equity into adaptation planning for sea level rise and storm events. The report describes a social vulnerability assessment completed for the study area and the results; presents case studies which integrate equity into adaptation planning; and provides decision support tools and recommendations to inform social equity and coastal planning for the San Francisco Bay Area of California.

Related Organizations: San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC)

Author or Affiliated User: Heidi Nutters

Resource Category: Planning

 

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