Announcement New Program to Help Under-Resourced Communities Address Climate Change


Today, the California Strategic Growth Council (SCG) and the Institute for Local Government (ILG) are announcing a partnership in the form of a new pilot program, called BOOST, to help local governments across the state address climate change and equity goals.

To realize such goals, each and every Californian must have access to clean air and water, clean transportation, affordable housing, and economic opportunity. But not all communities have the capacity and resources to develop plans, identify projects, and secure funding to create this reality for their residents. The BOOST pilot program responds directly to this gap. Through BOOST, ILG and SGC are partnering with ten cities and two regions to provide tailored support on advancing climate action through December 2020. The jurisdictions vary in size, geography and demographics. ILG and SGC selected them based on their status as low-income or disadvantaged communities, limited local government staff capacity, and demonstrated desire to work on climate-related issues. The communities include the cities of Arcata, Arvin, Bakersfield, East Palo Alto, El Centro, Mammoth Lakes, Paramount, Salinas, San Diego and Ventura, and regions in the San Joaquin Valley and the Coachella Valley.

“The Institute for Local Government is excited to partner with the California Strategic Growth Council to increase the capacity of under-resourced communities in California,” said Erica L. Manuel, CEO and Executive Director of the Institute for Local Government. “Over the last decade ILG has gathered promising practices and lessons learned about sustainability through our flagship Beacon Program for cities and counties. We are translating that expertise to assist these communities with projects ranging from housing to disaster recovery to climate action planning.”

The BOOST Pilot Program will help communities: Build awareness of funding opportunities to address climate action; Organize projects to be best positioned to meet its goals; Optimize existing resources and build more capacity; Strengthen relationships with key stakeholders and identify new opportunities for regional engagement and collaboration; and Transform their approach to addressing climate action.

”Communities across California are working to achieve sustainability, equity, economic prosperity, and a high quality of life for their residents, but not all have the same ability to do so,” said Louise Bedsworth, Executive Director of California Strategic Growth Council. “BOOST will provide customized support to help communities develop the compelling, fundable projects that can lead to healthy thriving, and resilient communities.”

Each BOOST community will work closely with ILG and SGC staff to create a workplan tailored to each community’s specific needs; these workplans will cover the period through December 2020.

The BOOST pilot program is funded through a $1 million appropriation by the California Legislature in the Budget Act of 2018 (SB 856) from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, which is administered through California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health outcomes, particularly in disadvantaged communities.

About the Institute for Local Government

The Institute for Local Government (ILG) is the non-profit training and education affiliate of the League of California Cities, California State Association of Counties and the California Special Districts Association, which represent 1000s of local agencies across the state. ILG helps local officials and staff navigate the constantly changing landscape of their jobs by offering training, technical assistance, written resources and facilitation services specifically designed for local agencies. From leadership to public engagement to housing and workforce, ILG helps local leaders with a wide range of issues.

About the California Strategic Growth Council

The California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) is a cabinet-level body chaired by the Director of the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research tasked with coordinating and working collaboratively with public agencies, communities, and stakeholders to achieve sustainability, equity, economic prosperity, and quality of life for all Californians with a focus on the state’s most disadvantaged communities. SGC implements its mission through four key activities: making investments in infrastructure and conservation programs; conducting outreach and providing technical assistance to support of communities seeking to access these investments; and leading and supporting integrated policy initiatives that align with SGC’s mission.