Community Air Protection

Community Air Protection

This new program will achieve early actions in support of AB 617, providing emission reductions to communities most burdened by air pollution.  Local air districts are administering funds through the Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program in consultation with local communities and community-based organizations.  Project types may include on-road and off-road heavy‑duty diesel vehicle replacements; marine vessel engine repowers; locomotive repowers and retrofits; and electric charging or alternative-fuel infrastructure.  Funds can also go toward clean truck projects to reduce emissions in freight corridors in accordance with the Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program.  Additional technical assistance awards will go to local community groups to support participation.

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Climate Change Research

Climate Change Research

This new program will fund research to reduce GHG emissions while addressing clean energy and climate adaptation and resiliency and supporting low-income or disadvantaged communities.  SGC’s Research Investment Plan designates five research priorities to complement existing State research: supporting and protecting vulnerable communities from the impacts of climate change; accelerating and supporting transitions to climate smart communities; integrating land use, conservation, and management into California climate change programs; increasing data accessibility and planning support for State, local, and regional climate change planning; and low‑GHG transformative technology development and deployment.

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High-Speed Rail

High-Speed Rail

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) is responsible for planning, designing, building and operation of the first high-speed rail system in the nation. California high-speed rail will connect the mega-regions of the state, contribute to economic development and a cleaner environment, create jobs and preserve agricultural and protected lands. By 2029, the system will run from San Francisco to the Los Angeles basin in under three hours at speeds capable of over 200 miles per hour. The system will eventually extend to Sacramento and San Diego, totaling 800 miles with up to 24 stations. In addition, the Authority is working with regional partners to implement a state-wide rail modernization plan that will invest billions of dollars in local and regional rail lines to meet the state’s 21st century transportation needs. The Authority has executed three major design-build contracts to date, with 119 miles under construction and roughly $3 billion in investments made in California’s Central Valley. Construction of the program is being made through state and federal funds, and the continuous appropriation of auction proceeds are used to leverage additional financial support for the program.

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Low Carbon Transit Operations

Low Carbon Transit Operations

Provides operating and capital assistance for transit agencies to reduce GHG emissions and improve mobility, with a priority on serving disadvantaged communities. Supports new or expanded bus, ferry, rail services, or transit facilities, and may include equipment acquisition, fueling, maintenance, fare reduction, voucher programs, ticket integration, bike rack additions, conversion of fleets to hybrid and/or zero emission technology, and other costs to operate those services or facilities.

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Sustainable Agriculture Land Conservation

Sustainable Agriculture Land Conservation

A component of the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program, the Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program is tasked with making strategic investments that prevent agricultural lands from conversion to more GHG-intensive land uses, specifically by protecting at-risk agricultural lands from conversion to urban or rural residential development.

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Transformative Climate Communities

Transformative Climate Communities

This new program will fund the development and implementation of neighborhood-level transformative climate community plans that include multiple, coordinated GHG emission reduction projects that provide local economic, environmental, and health benefits to disadvantaged communities. Strong local engagement and cross-sector partnerships are critical to realizing each community’s vision for TCC projects. The TCC Program will serve as a model for catalyzing local, multi-sector partnerships that leverage private and public funds to sustain community revitalization and equitable development, while helping to meet the State’s climate goals.

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