As an organization dedicated to improving the lives of all Californians - especially low-income communities and communities of color - TransForm has been grappling with how we best can support our local and national movements for justice.
One of the things we have done is create space within TransForm to talk and listen to one another, share our diverse experiences and perspectives, and find connections between our work and the injustices we see all around us. In her recent blog, ClimatePlan Director Chanell Fletcher talks about the intersection between #BlackLivesMatter and her work to plan equitable, sustainable communities in California: “This is why I come to work every day, hopeful that we can go beyond changing the current structures to building new ones that work for us.”
TransForm is proud to be a co-founder and the fiscal sponsor of ClimatePlan.
GREENTRIP CONNECT IS FINALLY HERE!
Last week, we proudly released the BETA version of GreenTRIP Connect, a free online tool that shows you the powerful benefits of building housing near public transit, building less parking, and including strategies like free transit passes and carshare. Connect is also the most powerful tool yet to show the benefits of building more affordable homes – by instantly calculating the transportation and environmental benefits of more affordability. Connect unleashes the power of GreenTRIP on a statewide scale. It allows developers to design smarter from the outset, and helps community members and city officials make the case for affordable, sustainable homes. Watch our video to learn more about GreenTRIP Connect, then try GreenTRIP Connect today and see what you discover.
Last summer, our Executive Director Stuart Cohen took a much-deserved and meaningful three-month sabbatical from TransForm. Since he’s returned, TransForm has undergone many changes that have given us the opportunity to re-imagine, rebuild, and strengthen our organization like never before. This “organizational evolution” has been a journey toward becoming a more inclusive workplace, a more resilient organization, and a more powerful force for climate and social equity.
SUPPORT SB 32 TO KEEP CALIFORNIA A CLIMATE LEADER
Californians are no strangers to the effects of climate change: we’ve seen a decade of record-breaking temperatures, historic drought, and forest fires up and down our coast. But California’s landmark law to fight climate change will sunset in a few years without further action. There is still so much work to do, and so much at stake. That’s why we need to pass SB 32 out of the State Assembly. SB 32 would set a state greenhouse gas emissions limit that is 40% below the 1990 level, to be achieved by 2030. SB 32 is our chance to keep California above water – literally – in the fight against climate change.
WEIGH IN ON OAKLAND CARSHARE LOCATIONS
As we wrote about a few months ago, we are excited to be partnering with the City of Oakland on their plans to expand carshare throughout the city while increasing mobility for Oakland's residents, especially people living in low-income communities. TransForm is committed to making sure that carshare expansion is planned in a way that is affordable, accessible, and convenient in all of Oakland’s diverse neighborhoods.
As part of this process, the City of Oakland wants to know where you want to see carshare vehicles (like Zipcar, City Car Share, and Getaround): please take a moment by August 26 to tell the City of Oakland where you would like to see a car share vehicle parked. Your input will help city staff determine where carshare will touch down in Oakland.
SUMMER SOCIAL FUN
Summer Socials, we had a blast! Thanks to everyone who came to our summer Socials last month in San Francisco and San Jose. We hope you enjoyed the beautiful spaces at 111 Minna and Vyne Bistro – and maybe even won a raffle prize! It’s always wonderful catching up with TransForm supporters, and meeting new folks who care about fighting climate change and making California a more equitable place for all people to live and get around. Check out our photos from the events on our Facebook page, and tag yourself and friends!
SUPPORT THE BART BOND IN NOVEMBER
In November, voters in Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco counties will have the opportunity to Save BART. In June BART Directors voted unanimously to help repair and improve BART by placing a $3.5 billion funding measure on the November ballot. This ballot measure is an enormous (and much-needed) opportunity for BART to get back on track with reliable, safe, and comfortable service. We are thrilled that, after many years of advocacy, BART is seeking dedicated funding to repair the core system, rather than for extensions it can’t afford.
We urge you to vote YES vote in November.
Even though our teachers aren’t handing us summer reading lists anymore, there’s something about summer that makes us want to spend more time behind a book. Here are some of our favorite articles we’ve read lately - and while they’re not necessarily light beach reads, we wouldn’t judge you if you wanted to print them out and take them with you to the beach:
- “The key to fighting climate change and mortality? Walkable cities” – Grist
- “What Transit Riders Really Want” – Atlantic CityLab
- “Meet the Latina Bicycle Brigade Fighting Against Gender-Based Violence” – Atlantic CityLab
Want more? Check out the articles written about TransForm this summer.