California Invests Millions in Technology Research to Reduce Global Warming Emissions

California Invests Millions in Technology Research to Reduce Global Warming Emissions

Today, the Strategic Growth Council (SGC) approved funding for four groundbreaking research initiatives that will develop clean technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and advance equitable outcomes for vulnerable communities. The research teams that were selected for funding will explore topics as varied as developing tools for resilient forest management, sustainable use of biomass, improving carbon sequestration on farmlands, and advancing more efficient cooling technologies in low-income and disadvantaged communities.

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State Funds Major Community Revitalization and Planning Projects

State Funds Major Community Revitalization and Planning Projects

Today, the California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) awarded $46 million to Sacramento and the Los Angeles neighborhood of Pacoima as part of its Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) Program, which supports community-led, neighborhood-scale development and infrastructure projects that achieve important environmental, health, and economic benefits. These large-scale investments will make a difference in the lives of the residents of some of the State’s most disadvantaged communities, while also reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

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Coastal Conservancy Awards Nearly $4 million of state cap-and-trade proceeds going to protect communities from climate change

Coastal Conservancy Awards Nearly $4 million of state cap-and-trade proceeds going to protect communities from climate change

This week, the Board of the California State Coastal Conservancy awarded $3.8 million for 12 projects in the Conservancy’s Climate Ready grant program, which supports projects to increase the resilience of coastal resources and communities to the impacts of climate change. These grants were part of a total of nearly $18.5 million in 19 grants for the protection and restoration of California’s coastal resources.

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More Ag Land Conserved for Climate Benefits

More Ag Land Conserved for Climate Benefits

The Strategic Growth Council voted to award $47,996,195 to fund 17 agricultural conservation easements in 13 counties. The Council began the Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation (SALC) Program in 2014 as part of a larger effort to promote more compact development across the state. In its first three years, the SALC Program distributed $75.9 million to land trusts and local governments.

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Natural Resources Agency Announces Awards for the Urban Greening Grant Program

Natural Resources Agency Announces Awards for the Urban Greening Grant Program

The California Natural Resources Agency today announced $24.7 million in funding for 20 infrastructure projects through the state’s Urban Greening program. Funded by Cap-and-Trade revenues, also known as the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, the grants support projects that aim to reduce greenhouse gases by sequestering carbon, decreasing energy consumption and reducing vehicle miles traveled. The projects also convert built environments into green spaces that improve air quality and water quality.

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CARB approves $483 million funding plan for clean transportation investments

CARB approves $483 million funding plan for clean transportation investments

The Fiscal Year 2018-19 Funding Plan for Clean Transportation Incentives, largely funded with cap-and-trade proceeds, is part of California’s comprehensive strategy for improving air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector, the state’s largest source of air pollution and climate-changing gases. Of the $483 million total, $455 million comes from the cap-and-trade program; the remainder — $28 million — is from the Air Quality Improvement Program. The funding plan prioritizes investments in disadvantaged and low-income communities.

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Agricultural Worker Vanpool Pilot Project provides clean transportation, reduces air pollution in disadvantaged San Joaquin Valley communities

Agricultural Worker Vanpool Pilot Project provides clean transportation, reduces air pollution in disadvantaged San Joaquin Valley communities

CARB awarded the grant to the California Vanpool Authority (CalVans) to implement the project over the next two years. CalVans will deploy 154 new 15-passenger hybrid vans that provide clean transportation to agricultural job sites in the San Joaquin Valley and other low-income agricultural areas of California. The vans, retrofitted with add-on hybrid technology that reduces fuel consumption by 25 percent, meet a basic transportation need of agricultural workers, and result inimmediate emission reductions benefits within disadvantaged communities.

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Plastics Recycler Gets $2 Million to Fight Climate Change

Plastics Recycler Gets $2 Million to Fight Climate Change

 The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery has approved a $2 million California Climate Investment loan to rPlanet Los Angeles, LLC for Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) recycling infrastructure at its new facility in Vernon.

The financing from CalRecycle’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Loan Program will allow rPlanet to:

  • Transform 1,000 tons of plastic waste into new sustainable packaging each year

  • Create 52 new jobs

  • Reduce 1,500 MTCO2e of annual greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change

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CARB announces more than $200 million in new funding for clean freight transportation

CARB announces more than $200 million in new funding for clean freight transportation

The projects range from electric locomotives, trucks and refrigeration trailers at railyards in Stockton and San Bernardino, to a hybrid tugboat and electric cranes and forklifts at the Port of Long Beach. All 11 projects are located within disadvantaged communities that are heavily impacted by air pollution from freight facilities.

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New state program helps make clean cars affordable for lower-income Californians

New state program helps make clean cars affordable for lower-income Californians

The California Air Resources Board today announced a new statewide grant and loan program to help lower-income consumers across California get into the cleanest new and used cars on the market. The Clean Vehicle Assistance Program, run by the Oakland-based nonprofit Beneficial State Foundation, was launched with a $5 million CARB grant.

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CAL FIRE Awards $170 million to Reduce Fire Threat and Improve Forest Health

CAL FIRE Awards $170 million to Reduce Fire Threat and Improve Forest Health

While California experiences another destructive fire season, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) announced that more than $170 million has been awarded in grants to prevent catastrophic wildfires, like the Carr Fire and Mendocino Complex, and restore forest health. More than 100 agencies and organizations across California will receive funding to help the state reduce greenhouse gas emissions from wildfires and sequester carbon.

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CalRecycle Awards $25 Million for Organics Recycling Projects--Communities Get Environmental and Economic Boost from California Climate Investments

CalRecycle Awards $25 Million for Organics Recycling Projects--Communities Get Environmental and Economic Boost from California Climate Investments

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery has awarded more than $25 million in California Climate Investments to bolster organics recycling infrastructure in the state and rescue edible food for Californians in need. The projects in 10 California communities are set to transform nearly a half-million tons of discarded food, green waste, and other organic materials into value-added products like biofuel, compost, fertilizers, and soil amendments.

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CAL FIRE Announces Urban and Community Forestry Program Grant Project Awards

CAL FIRE Announces Urban and Community Forestry Program Grant Project Awards

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) has awarded nearly $17.5 million in grants throughout the state to cities, counties, local districts and non-profit entities that will help the state reduce greenhouse gas emissions and sequester carbon. A total of 23 grant applicants will receive funding to plant nearly 26,000 trees in urban communities and engage residents through planned outreach and education.

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CARB awards $20 million in Cap-and-Trade funding to zero-emission technology demonstrations in freight, farm and passenger transportation

CARB awards $20 million in Cap-and-Trade funding to zero-emission technology demonstrations in freight, farm and passenger transportation

Projects awarded funding include a battery-electric locomotive at the Port of Los Angeles, a hydrogen fuel cell-powered ferry providing passenger service between the Ports of San Francisco, Oakland, Redwood City and Martinez, battery-electric tractors in the San Joaquin Valley, and zero-emission cargo handling equipment at three California ports (Los Angeles, Long Beach and Stockton).

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Nearly $97 Million Awarded to 152 Public Transportation Projects Under Cap-and-Trade Fund

Nearly $97 Million Awarded to 152 Public Transportation Projects Under Cap-and-Trade Fund

Caltrans today announced that 152 local projects received nearly $97 million in funding from the Low Carbon Transit Operations Program. These projects continue California’s effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the sustainability of public transportation systems around the state. More than 130 projects totaling $87 million will specifically benefit the disadvantaged and low-income communities.

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CDFA awards $69.9 million for dairy digester projects

CDFA awards $69.9 million for dairy digester projects

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has awarded $69.9 million in grant funding to 40 dairy digester projects across the state. These projects, part of the Dairy Digester Research and Development Program (DDRDP), will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from manure on California dairy farms.

Dairy manure produces methane when it decomposes.  Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas that traps more than 80 times as much heat in the atmosphere as carbon dioxide. Dairy digesters help capture methane emissions, which can be used to produce electricity or natural gas.

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CARB awards $10 million in cap-and-trade funding to help communities curb air pollution

CARB awards $10 million in cap-and-trade funding to help communities curb air pollution

Furthering California’s effort to put billions of dollars of cap-and-trade auction proceeds to work improving quality of life, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) today awarded $10 million in grants to help 25 community-groups and three Native American Tribes reduce air pollution in their neighborhoods.

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California surpasses $1.2 billion-dollar mark for investments in state’s zero-emission future; highlights pilot project to clean up California’s school buses

California surpasses $1.2 billion-dollar mark for investments in state’s zero-emission future; highlights pilot project to clean up California’s school buses

California officials announced today at the 2018 ACT Expo in Long Beach that to date the state had pumped more than $1.2 billion into projects that put a growing number of zero-emission and low-carbon buses, trucks and cars onto California’s roads and highways. Fully 48 percent of these investments benefit low-income and disadvantaged neighborhoods – those most in need of improvements in air quality.

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Transportation Agency Awards $2.6 Billion in Funding to Support Transit and Intercity Rail

Transportation Agency Awards $2.6 Billion in Funding to Support Transit and Intercity Rail

The California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) today announced 28 recipients for more than $2.6 billion dollars in Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) grants for transformative transit and rail projects.  CalSTA is also providing additional funding for seven critical projects through multi-year funding agreements, bringing the total awarded to over $4.3 billion.

TIRCP funding is provided through Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) and from the proceeds of the Cap and Trade program.  The program provides major benefits towards meeting the State’s climate and air quality goals, with a total reduction of more than 32 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

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FARMER Program to help farmers upgrade equipment, reduce pollution

FARMER Program to help farmers upgrade equipment, reduce pollution

The “Funding Agricultural Replacement Measures for Emission Reductions” (FARMER) Program provides $135 million for farmers to acquire cleaner heavy duty trucks, harvesting equipment, agricultural pump engines, tractors and other equipment used in agricultural operations.  The funds, available this summer, will be administered through California’s regional air districts.

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