May 19, 2023 10:30 am-12:00 pm
Where and how we live has an incredible impact on both the environment and economy. For too long, California’s land use and housing has depended on cheap fossil fuel, in the form of gas burning stoves and urban sprawl dependent on driving. With historic amounts of public funding now available to decarbonize our economy and develop climate-resilient infrastructure in California, a just transition towards building decarbonization is now possible.
In 2021, the City of Los Angeles launched a LA100 Initiative, “a comprehensive and inclusive community-driven effort to achieve a just and equitable 100% carbon-free future for all communities in Los Angeles.” This builds upon the 100% Renewable Energy Study, multiple opportunities exist to transition to healthy homes, which in the process would generate multiple green jobs, including solar, EV charging, energy efficiency and reductions of fossil fuel use. In addition, California’s Air Resources Board recently released it’s 2022 Scoping Plan, “the most ambitious climate action of any jurisdiction in the world, taking unprecedented steps to drastically slash pollution and accelerate the transition to clean energy.” The plan includes a focus on Building Decarbonization as a key strategy. These plans, combined with the billions are beginning to flow to California through the Federal Inflation Reduction Act, Infrastructure and Jobs Act, Justice 40, and California’s historic climate budget could provide the needed catalyst to make the vision in these plans a reality.
Ensuring the implementation of these plans and public funding with robust community engagement will not be easy. A coordinated and collaborative approach will be needed, and philanthropy will have a crucial role. At this upcoming convening, we’ll discuss how community-driven advocacy and engagement can help land public policies and funding in a way that supports green healthy homes and jobs in communities across California. We’ll learn from a set of local stakeholders working across sectors on making the vision for the decarbonization of communities a reality.
The SCG Environmental Funders Group meets quarterly to educate prospective and current environmental funders about environmental challenges and opportunities in Southern California and foster collaboration and share successes and challenges. Please contact Jacqueline Carrillo at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or visit the group’s page on the Southern California Grantmakers’ website.
This program is part of SCG’s 2023 recurring programs. To register for all upcoming dates, please click the “Register for Recurring Dates” button. This feature is only open to members; please contact us if you are a non-member and wish to register for the series at email@example.com or (213) 680-8866.
Blanca E. de La Cruz
Sustainable Housing Program Director, California Housing Partnership
Senior Research Fellow, UC Berkeley Center for Law, Energy & the Environment
Program Director, Energy Optimization
Director of Housing Development, Holos Communities
Chief Heat Officer, Director of CEMO, City of Los Angeles