Breakout Session 3A: Equity and Cap-and-Trade: Healthy Cities and Environmental Justice
Saturday, February 27, 2016, 2:45 p.m.
Saturday, February 27, 2016, 4 p.m. PST
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Participants will learn about the California’s Cap-and-Trade Program Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) and how monies from the fund are being allocated to support projects that deliver GHG reductions and a series of co-benefits related to enhancing equity and addressing myriad challenges faced in many disadvantaged communities across California.
With a significant portion of the GGRF dedicated to supporting projects that benefit disadvantaged communities, much important work is already occurring on developing projects that reduce GHGs and deliver equitable co-benefits. Challenges remain, however, for ensuring that some of the neediest communities and most deserving projects have the capacity to access the funding provided by the state.
Panelists will address what is working with regard to GGRF monies being used to support great projects in disadvantaged communities and will also discuss possible additional measures to ensure that the funding being allocated by the state is having the most positive possible impact in terms of addressing long-standing inequities that have created unhealthy, unjust and often dangerous environments for many of California’s most vulnerable residents.