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Facing the Climate Gap: How Environmental Justice Communities are Leading the Way to a More Sustainable and Equitable California

Facing the Climate Gap: How Environmental Justice Communities are Leading the Way to a More Sustainable and Equitable California

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As local governments continue to debate how best to enact climate change policy – let alone policy that affects the most vulnerable of communities – community organizations are forging ahead with small staffs on tight budgets.

From Sacramento, to Tulare, to San Diego, these groups are identifying problems and creating solutions to narrow the “climate gap.”
As local governments continue to debate how best to enact climate change policy – let alone policy that affects the most vulnerable of communities – community organizations are forging ahead with small staffs on tight budgets.

From Sacramento, to Tulare, to San Diego, these groups are identifying problems and creating solutions to narrow the “climate gap.”

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Published by: Marco Ramirez on Oct 15, 2012
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FACING THE
CLIMATE 
GAP
 How Environmental Justice Communities are Leading theWay to a More Sustainable and Equitable California
October2012
Ellen Kersten
,
 
UC Berkeley
 Rachel Morello-Frosch
,
 
UC Berkeley
 Manuel Pastor
,
 
University of Southern California
 Marlene Ramos
,
 
Columbia University
 
 
 THIS REPORT IS A COLLABORATION OFAND
 
Facing the Climate Gap
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS..........................................................................................................1
INTRODUCTION...................................................................................................................2
HOW WE DID THIS REPORT..................................................................................................6
So Many Cases, So Little Time...............................................................................................................7
A Road Map to the Cases...................................................................................................................11
ADAPTING TO CLIMATE CHANGE: HEAT, WATER, AND FOOD SECURITY.......................12
Beating the Heat with Urban Releaf.................................................................................................13
Campesinas Keepin’ it Cool in Central California..........................................................................18
Confronting California’s Water Crisis...............................................................................................23
Rooting Justice in Food Security.........................................................................................................29
THE NEXT WAVE: HEALTH, ZONING, AND TRANSIT.........................................................35
Planning for Health...............................................................................................................................36
From Separate and Unequal to Clean and Green........................................................................42
Busing Out Greenhouse Gases...........................................................................................................46
Log-jamming the Logistic Industry’s Co-Pollutants...........................................................................51
LOOKING FORWARD: TRANSITIONS TO A SUSTAINABLE AND EQUITABLE ECONOMY.57
Getting Richmond Off the Fossil Fuel Treadmill..............................................................................58
Maximizing L.A.’s Energy Efficiency Starts with “Green Jobs”.....................................................64
Collaborating to Create Change.......................................................................................................68
Learning from the First Californians for the Next California........................................................71
TOWARD A JUST AND SUSTAINABLE CALIFORNIA..........................................................77
PHOTO CREDITS.................................................................................................................79
 

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