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California's climate program can fund a better future for our communities

California’s landmark cap-and-trade climate program makes polluters pay for their greenhouse gas emissions, generating billions of dollars per year. Over the first few years of the program, the state has invested these funds in ways that further reduce climate pollution while making our communities more healthy, sustainable, and fair.

In 2017, the legislature extended the cap-and-trade program to 2030, and set the stage for an additional ten years of revenues. With our partners in the Sustainable Communities for All coalition, TransForm advocates for California to continue to prioritize innovative, integrated, and inclusive solutions to climate change at the community level.

We believe that better public transportation, safer walking and biking, greener neighborhoods, and more affordable homes near transit are the key to reducing and adapting to climate change. That’s especially true in low-income and disadvantaged communities that are disproportionately impacted by pollution, economic disinvestment, and other harms.

Together, we can ensure that California continues to pursue a model for climate action that is rooted in justice and considers improving quality of life to be a primary strategy for success.

Sustainable Communities for All
Meet the organizations of the SC4A Coalition, working together to ensure cap-and-trade benefits California's low-income and disadvantaged communities.


Our Climate Investment Priorities
See our coalition's platform and learn about the specific programs that strengthen the positive impact of our state’s climate investments.


Tracking the benefits of climate investments
Use interactive mapping tools to see how investments from California’s cap-and-trade program are improving people’s lives across the state, including in your own community.


Background and Resources
Learn more about how cap-and-trade works, the benefits for disadvantaged communities, and links to relevant research and state agency websites.