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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CDFA awards $9.64 million for alternative manure management projects

CDFA awards $9.64 million for alternative manure management projects

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has awarded $9.64 million in grant funding to 17 alternative manure management projects across the state. These projects, part of the Alternative Manure Management Program, or AMMP, will reduce greenhouse gas emissions on California dairy farms and livestock operations by using manure management practices that are alternatives to dairy digesters (i.e. non-digester projects).   

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California Fights Climate Change by Feeding the Hungry. $9.4 Million Awarded to 31 Projects that Feed Californians, Reduce Food Waste

California Fights Climate Change by Feeding the Hungry. $9.4 Million Awarded to 31 Projects that Feed Californians, Reduce Food Waste

The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery has announced the first award recipients for its new Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program. As part of California’s comprehensive strategy to combat climate change, CalRecycle awarded $9.4 million to 31 projects throughout the state that:

  • Decrease the estimated 6 million tons of food waste landfilled in California each year, and

  • Increase the state’s capacity to collect, transport, store, and distribute more food for the roughly 1 in 8 Californians who are food insecure.

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$11 Million in New Research Funding to Meet State’s Climate Goals

$11 Million in New Research Funding to Meet State’s Climate Goals

On Monday, the Strategic Growth Council (SGC) voted to approve the Research Investment Plan for a new Program that will fill gaps in current research on strategies to address climate change. The Program is supported by the State’s Cap-and-Trade revenue, and invests in cross-cutting research that will facilitate greenhouse gas reductions in the State.

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More ag land set aside for climate benefits

More ag land set aside for climate benefits

The Strategic Growth Council awarded $33,962,403 on Tuesday to fund 25 agricultural conservation easements and two strategy and outcome grants, impacting organizations in 19 counties. The Council launched the Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program (SALC) in 2014 and works with the Department of Conservation to identify potential projects. In its first two years, the SALC Program distributed $42 million to land trusts and local governments.

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California Boosts Infrastructure to Battle Climate Change--Recycling Projects to Reduce Emissions and Waste, Bring 200+ Jobs to State

California Boosts Infrastructure to Battle Climate Change--Recycling Projects to Reduce Emissions and Waste, Bring 200+ Jobs to State

The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery has awarded $9 million in new California Climate Investments to three projects in Kern, San Joaquin, and Los Angeles counties. In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing the state’s recycling infrastructure, the projects are expected to create more than 200 durable, green jobs in California communities.

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$5 Million Available to Fight Climate Change, Feed Hungry: Cap-and-Trade dollars fund food waste prevention and rescue projects throughout California.

$5 Million Available to Fight Climate Change, Feed Hungry: Cap-and-Trade dollars fund food waste prevention and rescue projects throughout California.

As part of the state’s effort to combat climate change, divert organic materials from landfills and alleviate food insecurity in California, the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery is providing $5 million in grant funds for food waste prevention and food rescue.

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