Senator Leyva: We Must Empower Local Communities to Access and Use Climate Change Funds

SB 1072 Helps Communities Fight Climate Change Locally

Friday, September 14, 2018

SACRAMENTO – While the federal government focuses on dismantling California’s significant efforts to fight climate change, Governor Jerry Brown signed a measure authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that reinforces the state’s commitment to empower underserved communities to participate in climate change mitigation programs and achieve tangible success towards healthier, more resilient communities.

Specifically, Senate Bill 1072 establishes the Regional Climate Collaborative Program (RCCP) to be administered by the Strategic Growth Council (SGC). This innovative program, along with new statewide technical assistance guidelines, will improve the technical capacity of local municipalities, nonprofits, and small businesses to maximize climate change mitigation and adaptation investments in low-income and under-resourced communities across California.  

“Over the last few decades, California has prioritized and made substantial investments to fight climate change in communities that are suffering most from the impacts of poverty and pollution. Unfortunately, those same communities often lack the technical expertise, partnerships, resources, and implementation experience to compete for project funding,” Senator Leyva said. “With the Governor’s signature, SB 1072 builds out and scales up the human capital and technical assistance network needed for our state to achieve its climate goals in every community in California. I appreciate Governor Brown’s signature of SB 1072 that will move the state forward on the road toward environmental equity and justice.”  

California is home to some of the worst air quality in the nation, specifically in areas such as the Inland Empire which serves as the primary route for transporting goods from the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to the rest of the United States. Many of our state’s most polluted areas are small under-resourced communities, which are oftentimes the very same communities with the least resources and capacity to compete for funding.  SB 1072 will help to bridge that gap and help disadvantaged communities build local leadership and capacity to access statewide public grants so that they can also reap economic, environmental, and health benefits locally.

Jointly sponsored by The Greenlining Institute and Trust for Public Land and supported by dozens of environmental, health, government, and environmental justice organizations, SB 1072 will take effect on January 1, 2019.