Collaborating on the 2022 California Air Resources Board Scoping Plan Update

We recently sat down with Will Barrett, Senior Director of Clean Air Advocacy at the American Lung Association in California. We wanted to hear more about the 2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan, led by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Below are some of Will’s thoughts on the Plan and how advocates can work on the plan collectively. 

Can you give us a general overview of what’s happening with CARB’s 2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan? 

The cover of the 2017 scoping plan that is being updated.

In June 2021, CARB kicked off the 2022 Scoping Plan process that happens every 5 years. This planning process intends to track the progress of reaching our state’s climate standards and evaluate the suite of policies that can help us reach them.

Who is involved in the Scoping Plan process and what is the timeline for these initiatives? 

The Scoping Plan process is a multi-agency undertaking, touching all sectors of the economy. So, everything from transportation, energy, natural and working lands, agriculture, and industry falls within the purview of the plan. Many agencies and stakeholders participated in the discussion during the kickoff workshops this past June.

CARB is hosting regular public meetings and ongoing workshops focused on different elements of the Scoping Plan. CARB will take input from a variety of sources and stakeholders, including the Environmental Justice Advisory Committee. This feedback will then inform the development of the draft Scoping Plan. CARB will release the final draft in Spring 2022.

 

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Meet Nailah Pope-Harden

As I sit down to write this my two-year-old son, Naeem, is playing in the backyard. It is hands down his favorite place to be. While the recent fires make air quality less than ideal, his south Sacramento-born and bred lungs are used to less than ideal air quality. Albeit, he could care less about pollution because he’s two and this is the most important part of Naeem’s day. He waters our lawn, plays in the mud, and runs back and forth until he’s exhausted. Sometimes between sprints, he stops and lifts his head up, looks directly at the sun, and roars. That little roar, from that free Black boy body, is why I care so deeply about climate and environmental justice. Making sure that he stays safe, healthy, and free in this world is the second thing (coffee being the first) that gets me out of bed.

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Big News from ClimatePlan: New Executive Director

Chanell Fletcher, ClimatePlan's former Executive Director delivers some exciting news.
 

Dear ClimatePlan partners and allies--

In February, ClimatePlan shared a note on its leadership structure. I am very happy to provide a much-welcomed update on the leadership at ClimatePlan: Nailah Pope-Harden will be ClimatePlan's next Executive Director. Many of you have already worked with Nailah in her current role as State Policy Manager and experienced firsthand her ability to weave together the necessary threads to build and mobilize an effective coalition for change.

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Strengthening SB 375: An Interview with Leadership Counsel's Julia Jordan

Back in 2007, ClimatePlan was founded by 11 different nonprofits for the sole purpose of ensuring AB32 / SB375 was passed and implemented in California. 14 years later, we’re still working to strengthen SB375 implementation throughout our state as we believe it’s a critical piece of the puzzle in creating healthy, sustainable, and equitable communities. In this current legislative session, there are several pieces of legislation to strengthen SB375. We recently sat down with Julia Jordan, Policy Coordinator at Leadership Counsel, to hear more about SB375 and what is being done to improve implementation of SB375 in the legislature. 

What is SB 375 and what does it mandate in California? 

SB 375 has been around since 2008. It essentially added a component to California’s regional transportation planning process to better address greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from the transportation sector and specifically, GHGs from passenger vehicles (cars). Regional transportation plans have been around for even longer than that and require the creation of a 20-year vision for transportation investments and priorities. 

SB 375 requires each Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) in California to include a “Sustainable Communities Strategy” (SCS) in their regional transportation plan. This plan demonstrates how each region will meet their GHG reduction targets, which are set by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Different regions of the state have been putting together SCS plans to meet climate goals for the last 13 years and the process involves a lot of different agencies - CARB, the California Transportation Commission (CTC), local governments, transit agencies, and MPOs who are responsible for making those plans. The analysis in SCSs also includes information on that region’s transportation network, housing availability, affordability, land use and population data in the region and how that region is expecting to grow. The projects that are put in the SCS become eligible for local, state and federal funding, so it is critical that the public is able to equitably engage and inform the plans. 

More information on details of SB 375 can be found here in this resource from the Institute for Local Government. 

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Align California's Budget Surplus with Key Environmental Plans

“This is an historic, transformational budget. This is not a budget that plays small ball.” - Governor Gavin Newsom on the May Revise, May 14, 2021

Several weeks ago, Governor Newsom released his “May Revise” budget outlining his $100 billion “California Comeback Plan”, which he’s calling “the biggest economic recovery package in California history.” California currently has a $75 billion dollar surplus in our state budget and also has $27 billion dollars in federal aid, hence the necessary “May Revise” to the budget. 

For Californians that care about transportation, infrastructure, land use, water, and environmental justice, the May Revise brings promising news. The full May Revise budget can be found here and below are particular areas of interest for the ClimatePlan network. 

As the Governor goes into negotiations with the Senate and Assembly regarding the funding plan, there is a major opportunity to ensure that this spending proposal is aligned with several of the key state plans currently created or being created - the California Action Plan for Transportation Infrastructure (CAPTI), the 30 x 30 Executive Order (conserving 30% of CA’s land and coast by 2030), California Air Resources Board’s new Climate Change Scoping Plan, and Executive Order N-70-29, which calls for all new cars sold in California to be zero emission by 2035.

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