California’s landmark Greenhouse Gas reduction initiative is considered the largest pot of money slated for minority communities in the state’s history. This year’s budget included $872 million from the cap-and-trade proceeds and earmarked 25 percent of that to benefit disadvantaged communities.
For the past few years the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) identified regions of the state disproportionally burdened by multiple sources of pollution. Many of these regions are considered disadvantaged and comprise of ethnically diverse people with persistently low income. The other commonality is toxic chemicals in the land and air due to high carbon emitting power plants, brownfields and unmitigated pollution. Read more