New website maps the benefits of California’s climate investments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 15, 2015

Contact:
Northern CA - Shannon Tracey, 510-338-2937 or shannon@transformca.org
Southern CA - Ryan Wiggins, 760-707-7019 or rwiggins@transformca.org

OAKLAND -- It’s no secret that California is leading the way on fighting climate change – and now everyone can see exactly how.

Today is the launch of ClimateBenefitsCA.org, a new website that lets you see what projects are funded by California’s cap-and-trade program. More importantly, it gives you the inside scoop on how these investments are they’re making our state’s communities more sustainable, healthy, and fair.

ClimateBenefitsCA.org provides a searchable online map that shows how California’s climate program is improving people’s lives.  You can use the map to see what projects are funded; filter them by geography, program, or year; and add up the benefits.

The map displays information from multiple state agencies all in one place – a one-stop shop for finding, viewing, and assessing the impacts of investments funded through the California Climate Investments Program (CCIP, formerly the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund or GGRF).

The map was created by Oakland-based nonprofit TransForm, in partnership with GreenInfo Network and a host of non-profit collaborators who are helping collect and publish state agencies’ data.  It is the centerpiece of TransForm’s Climate Benefits for California campaign, a broader effort to show how investments from California’s cap-and-trade program are improving people’s lives throughout the state.

“As the Legislature considers whether and how to extend our climate programs past 2020, we need to be able to see how investments from cap-and-trade are improving people’s lives,” said Ryan Wiggins, state cap-and-trade campaign manager for TransForm.  “With ClimateBenefitsCA.org, we finally have a way to tally up the benefits of our climate efforts and assess how we can best continue the important work of strengthening the strategies that have made California a national and world-wide leader in climate protection.”

The map will also tell the stories of the people and communities who are turning these investments into solutions to our state’s most pressing environmental, social, and economic issues.  From long-term investments in climate-friendly housing and transportation, to free transit-pass programs that will save families money right now, climate benefits are reaching all corners of the state, such as:

  • Stockton: A new affordable housing development connected to public transportation will help address the critical problem of homeless working families and provide social services for veterans.
  • Merced: Free bus passes will be made available to low-income people and people with disabilities to get more people riding transit in communities facing economic struggles.
  • Los Angeles: Improvements to the Willowbrook Rosa Parks Station and Blue Line light rail will make getting to transit – and jobs – safer and more reliable for residents living in one of south central L.A.’s roughest neighborhoods.

Over time, as the California Climate Investments Program grows and additional features become available, ClimateBenefitsCA.org will become an essential tool for understanding how all these grants add up to a better, brighter future for California – and beyond.

Take a tour today at ClimateBenefitsCA.org.  Visitors should be sure to sign up for email updates to know when new grants are published, and when new features are available.  Visitors can also contact TransForm anytime with feedback or ideas about how ClimateBenefitsCA.org can become an even better resource for everyone who wants to see California’s climate program succeed.

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TransForm is California's leading advocate for great transportation choices and walkable, affordable communities. TransForm has offices in Oakland, Sacramento, and San Jose. www.TransFormCA.org