ClimatePlan will be releasing a new report card on State transportation funding during a webinar on Tuesday, April 5th at 2:00pm. The report card analyzes ten funding programs and provides recommendations to align transportation funding with ClimatePlan’s climate, equity and public health values.
The report card is part of ClimatePlan’s mission to align transportation spending with the State’s equity and climate goals. It is also part of the organization’s larger campaign to ensure communities are at the forefront of transportation decision making. This campaign was started because the current transportation decision making process is too complex. For an interested community member to participate in funding allocation, they would have to have insider knowledge on technical language and know when to provide specific feedback, and who to provide feedback to. This model is too complicated and inaccessible.
“California, in many ways, is an example to the rest of the country in terms of climate legislation and policies. This report card is a tool we can use to measure how far we have come, and create a roadmap for where we are going.” said Nailah Pope-Harden, Executive Director of ClimatePlan.
With the adoption of the Climate Adaptation Plan for Transportation Infrastructure (CAPTI) and the findings of the AB 285 report, the state is moving towards a more transparent, holistic, and climate resilient direction. However, there is still a need for strong leadership to implement the actions and recommendations in the CAPTI framework and the AB 285 report. Assemblymember Friedman displayed that leadership when she authored AB 285 (2019), and in her new bill, AB 2438.
The ClimatePlan team is excited that Assemblymember Friedman will be joining the report card release to discuss her leadership on these issues.
For additional questions, please contact Nicole Cheng at [email protected]