December 6, 2022 10:30 am-12:00 pm
Hosted by Northern California Grantmakers and Smart Growth California
At the federal, state, and regional levels, a historic amount of public funding is being allocated to support climate-resilient infrastructure. This funding has the potential to correct longstanding infrastructure injustices and to create more equitable and sustainable communities. Implementing billions of dollars in infrastructure projects also has the potential to usher in a new era of an inclusive “green economy,” with tens of thousands of good-paying jobs that support climate mitigation and resilience. The potential for this moment cannot be overstated…but nothing is guaranteed. As public agencies, private companies, and nonprofits collaborate to shape and implement these projects, community voice must be centered on ensuring equitable implementation of funds.
So how will these issues uniquely play out in Northern California? According to the Putting California on the High Road: A Jobs and Climate Action Plan for 2030 report, “Construction constitutes 54% of the expenditures from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, due to investments in high-speed rail, other transit investments, and transit-oriented infill multi-unit housing”, which could be bolstered by federal infrastructure and inflation reduction act funding streams. Governor Newsom also recently signed legislation making it easier to develop housing in commercial areas without minimum parking requirements, and when combined with state and federal infrastructure dollars, it has the potential to speed up the development of climate-oriented, affordable housing development. Among these state-specific priorities, we will also see a huge investment in green infrastructure and energy. The state of California also just announced funding to support sustainable and resilient regional economies across California, through the Community Economic Resilience Fund (CERF).
At this meeting:
- We’ll take a deeper dive into the potential to promote green jobs and inclusive economies when developing transit-oriented, climate-friendly infill housing and green infrastructure in Northern California, both in existing urbanized areas and in less developed, rural communities.
- We will explore the opportunities, barriers and strategies needed and we’ll learn from a set of local stakeholders working on issues that connect to an evolving green jobs ecosystem in Northern California.
- Space will be provided for those already supporting just transition work to share and learn from each other.
Sally Greenspan, Senior Program Director, Enterprise Community Partners