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Hitting the Pavement for Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities

by Chanell Fletcher, ClimatePlan Policy Coordinator August 15, 2014 August workshops are building on the huge victory advocates scored in June, when the Governor and Legislature reached a landmark budget agreement for the investment of billions of dollars in cap and trade revenue for this year, as well as a framework for future years. This […]

Fresno and San Joaquin counties adopt “momentous” SCSes

by Carey Knecht, ClimatePlan Associate Director July 2, 2014 Advocates in two San Joaquin Valley counties are celebrating the adoption of SCSes that reduce the amount of money pumped into road widenings and begin to focus investment in communities that need it the most. Following three years of intensive effort by ClimatePlan and our local […]

San Joaquin Valley COGs: Unpacking the Black Box

By Carey Knecht, ClimatePlan Associate Director June 23, 2014 The San Joaquin Valley’s first Sustainable Communities Strategies (SCSes) under SB 375 are heading into the home stretch, and while some Valley counties have made great strides, there is plenty of room for improvement. Last month, 24 organizations asked the Air Resources Board (ARB) to ensure that Valley […]

Changing the tide: Ensuring California invests in sustainable transportation choices!

By Chanell Fletcher, ClimatePlan Policy Coordinator June 17, 2014   Every two years, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) decides which regional transportation projects will receive priority state funding over the next five years in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). Despite the ground-breaking report from State Smart Transportation Initiative (SSTI) which pushed Caltrans and the CTC […]

State budget: What’s going on with cap & trade and sustainable communities

By ClimatePlan Steering Committee member, TransForm’s Stuart Cohen June 13, 2014 Below is an excerpt from ClimatePlan Steering Committee member Stuart Cohen’s analysis of the latest budget negotiations involving cap and trade revenue investments.  Yesterday, the Governor and legislature reached an agreement for investing billions in cap-and-trade proceeds for this coming year, as well as […]

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