Environmental

Justice through
Implementation of
the Greenhouse
Gas Reduction
Fund
March 13, 2015
Colleen Callahan
Deputy Director

How do Revenues from Cap-and-Trade get to EJ
Communities?

Major CA GHG
Emissions
Cap-andTrade
Auction
Revenues
GHG Reduction
Fund
State Agencies
-Program
Investments in
3 Main
Categories

SB 535 (de León) and AB 1532 (J. Perez)
SB 535:
 Ensures a minimum of
25% of the investments
benefit disadvantaged
communities
 Requires at least 10%
of the investments are
for projects located in
disadvantaged
communities
 Directs CalEPA to
define “disadvantaged
communities”

AB 1532:
 Establishes a process for the
Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund
 Mandates that moneys in the
GGRF be used to reduce GHGs
and maximize economic,
environmental, and public health
benefits

Estimated Investments to Benefit EJ
Communities
(2014-2015 Fiscal Year)

Cleaner Freight
Clean Energy

$100 Million
$75 Million

Affordable Housing Near Transit
Urban Forestry

$65 M.

$18 M.

Public Transit and Intercity Rail
$14 M.

What Investments should
Accomplish

Recommendations
• Establish a performance management approach
• Strategically adopt criteria and indicators to screen
and score investments
• Guide project selection using metrics, thresholds
and community input
• Advance data and methods for ex-ante and ex-post
assessments

Solar for Hardworking Low-Income Families
• Homeowners in the Inland Empire:
Tyrone and Jerome Saxton, twin
brothers and retired U.S. Army
Reservists, in Jurupa Valley, CA.
• Partners: GRID Alternatives,
Habitat for Humanity Riverside &
Wells Fargo Volunteers.
• Impact: 2 solar systems; savings
of over $40,000 to homeowners;
over 126 tons GHGs eliminated,
equivalent to planting 3,000
trees; 20 community
volunteers/job trainees trained.

Energy Efficiency Providing Household Cost Savings and
Jobs
“This job has changed my life
dramatically. I’m able to support
my family and my newborn
baby.”
- Jonathan Chavez, trained in the
IBEW Local 11 Utility Pre-Craft
Program to do energy efficiency
installations.

“This program made a
big difference in my
family’s lives.
I am no longer afraid of
the cold winter months.”
- Leonard Scott of Sacramento,
referring to CSD’s Low-Income
Weatherization Program, which
has weatherized 180,000

Greening Disadvantaged Communities and Creating Jobs

• Broadway Blvd in South
Los Angeles: mile with no
trees, transformed with
120 trees.
• Young adults from the LA
Conservation Corps go to
LACC's charter high
school and then work for
the tree planting program
until they graduate.
• Businesses benefit, like
Frank’s.

Contact
Colleen Callahan
ccallahan@luskin.ucla.edu
310-267-5435
310-267-5435