CSD Launches $10.7 Million Farmworker Housing Solar Photovoltaic & Energy Efficiency Program

CSD Launches $10.7 Million Farmworker Housing Solar Photovoltaic & Energy Efficiency Program

The California Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) today announced the launch of a new $10.7 million component of the Low-Income Weatherization Program (LIWP) focused on farmworker housing. The LIWP Farmworker Housing Component provides no-cost rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and energy efficiency upgrades to low-income farmworker households to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and lower energy costs for participants.

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CEC Awards Cap-And-Trade Dollars to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Save Energy at Food Processing Facilities

CEC Awards Cap-And-Trade Dollars to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Save Energy at Food Processing Facilities

The California Energy Commission (CEC) approved $6.2 million in grants today for research projects that could help food producers save energy and money while advancing California’s climate and clean energy goals. The projects are funded through the Food Production Investment Program (FPIP), which is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that uses cap-and-trade dollars to help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, strengthen the economy, and improve public health and the environment.

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California Department of Food and Agriculture Awards Nearly $102 Million for Dairy Methane Reduction Projects

California Department of Food and Agriculture Awards Nearly $102 Million for Dairy Methane Reduction Projects

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has awarded nearly $102 million in grant funding to dairy methane reduction projects across the state. These projects, part of the Dairy Digester Research and Development Program (DDRDP) and the Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP), will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from manure on California dairy farms.

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State Water Board Authorizes Nearly Quarter Billion Dollars to Provide Safe and Affordable Drinking Water

State Water Board Authorizes Nearly Quarter Billion Dollars to Provide Safe and Affordable Drinking Water

The State Water Resources Control Board today (August 20, 2019) authorized spending nearly a quarter billion dollars to help local water systems provide safe, reliable drinking water to communities throughout the state and begin closing the safe drinking water gap for more than one million Californians. The Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund is part of California Climate Investments.

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CDFA's Healthy Soils Program Selects 217 Projects for $12.48 Million in Grants

CDFA's Healthy Soils Program Selects 217 Projects for $12.48 Million in Grants

SACRAMENTO, June 4, 2019 – The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has selected 217 projects for award, totaling approximately $12.48 million in grant requests, through its Healthy Soils Program. This program encourages farmers and ranchers to implement practices that reduce atmospheric greenhouse gases, sequesters carbon in soils and improves soil health.

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CSD Awards $4.4 Million for California’s First Low-Income Community Solar Projects

CSD Awards $4.4 Million for California’s First Low-Income Community Solar Projects

The California Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) announced final awards totaling $4.4 million to GRID Alternatives for two Community Solar Pilot projects in Alameda and Riverside Counties. These first-in-California low-income community solar projects are part of California Climate Investments and will make the cost-saving benefits of solar energy accessible to more low-income households while contributing to California’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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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 (California Climate Investments) , the grants support projects that aim to reduce greenhouse gases by sequestering carbon, decreasing energy consumption and reducing vehicle miles traveled.

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Strategic Growth Council Awards More than $400 Million to Build Affordable Homes near Public Transit and Create More Walkable, Bikeable Communities

Strategic Growth Council Awards More than $400 Million to Build Affordable Homes near Public Transit and Create More Walkable, Bikeable Communities

The California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) has awarded more than $402 million from an innovative state program to 25 new community development projects around the state. Each project will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help more Californians live closer to the things they need every day, such as jobs, grocery stores, health care facilities, and more.

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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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