May 21, 2021 10:30 am-12:00 pm
Locally in Southern California, more than a billion dollars of public funding is now available to support critical investments in green infrastructure, housing, parks, and transportation. State and federal stimulus efforts will likely mean even more funding is on the way. But is our region ready to make these investments support broader policy goals of addressing climate vulnerability and making our communities more resilient?
Numerous research reports and taskforces have made the case for the importance of this moment, but while the vision for green jobs and a just transition is clear, implementation continues to be elusive. Several ingredients are critical, including ongoing leadership from elected officials, inter-agency coordination around implementation, authentic public engagement, and support from the philanthropic community. With a limited window of opportunity, this session will explore what needs to happen in order to make this moment truly transformational.
Join this conversation to learn about opportunities to build out a green economy as public investments in a just transition in Southern California proceed, including sustainable transportation, equitable urban infill housing, parks and open space and green infrastructure investments. We’ll learn from a set of local stakeholders working in the space of sustainable and equitable urban development with an eye towards climate and racial justice, especially in communities that are disproportionally affected by environmental inequities. You’ll also have an opportunity to connect and engage in conversation with other concerned funders, exploring how philanthropy can help make a difference.
This convening is part of a series of quarterly conversations hosted by the Southern California Grantmakers Environmental Funders Group. The convening will continue lifting up themes from previous SCG Environmental Funder Peer Group convenings, including our Urban, Green Infrastructure Investments Under a New Administration, 2020 election debrief, Building an Anti-Racist Environmental Movement, Accelerating a Just transition Framework, Cultivating Environmental Leadership and Power Building, Leadership and Civic Engagement.
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- Jon Christensen, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, UCLA
- David Diaz, MPH, Executive Director, ActiveSGV
- Gary Gero, Chief Sustainability Officer, County of Los Angeles
- Estelle Reyes, SVP Enhancing Community, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI)
- Katy Young Yaroslavsky, Senior Deputy for the Environment and Arts, Los Angeles County Supervisor, District 3