First Round of Community-Led Initiatives to Combat Climate Change in the State’s Most Disadvantaged Communities
SACRAMENTO – The California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) today unanimously approved $140 million in competitive grants to transform three cities through community-led development and infrastructure projects.
The Council allocated $70 million to the City of Fresno, $35 million to the Watts neighborhood in the City of Los Angeles, and $35 million to the City of Ontario. These investments will fund 44 unique climate projects, reducing an estimated 117,412 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions – the equivalent of taking 25,142 cars off the road for one year. The projects will leverage over $280 million and touch the lives of close to 750,000 Californians.
SGC Chair and Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research Ken Alex said, “The level of community engagement and the quality of the proposals in all three cities is inspiring. This substantial investment in disadvantaged communities will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and provide environmental, economic and health benefits in ways that will have a profound impact on the quality of life of local residents.”
These awards are part of the first year of the Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) Program, which invests in projects that achieve major environmental, health and economic benefits in California’s most disadvantaged communities. Funded by California’s Cap-and-Trade Program, TCC empowers the communities most impacted by pollution to choose their own goals, strategies and projects to enact transformational change – all with data-driven milestones and measurable outcomes. The Program is administered by the Strategic Growth Council, in coordination with the Department of Conservation and other State agencies and departments.
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