Author Archives: UpLift CA


Sacramento, CA – California ReLeaf has announced that nine community groups across the state will receive $385,000 in funding for tree planting projects through the California ReLeaf 2016 Social Equity Tree Planting Program. Individual grants range from $18,500 to $70,000. The grant recipients are engaging in a variety of tree […]

Abogan por la implementación de energía limpia para comunidades minoritarias

Poco a poco, las energías renovables han surgido como una alternativa creciente al carbón y los combustibles fósiles, una tendencia que crece cada vez más en el ámbito de la generación de electricidad en Estados Unidos. La luz solar, el viento, la lluvia, las mareas, y el calor geotérmico comienzan […]

Are You Breathing Dirty Air?

More than half of all Americans (52.1%) live with harmful levels of air pollution, according to the 2016 State of the Air report issued by the American Lung Association. However, the report also found that stronger standards for pollutants and for the sources of pollution have resulted in a continued reduction […]

Many Happy Returns from Cap-and-Trade

Low-income Californians feel the pinch when gasoline, electricity and natural gas prices increase. And it’s logical to think that the state’s Cap-and-Trade program might add to those expenses. But this program is generating billions of dollars to provide an array of benefits to Californians, especially those living in disadvantaged communities. […]

Consumers Union of U S : New Consumers Union Report Finds California’s Clean Transportation Policies Provide Net Savings for Consumers

Analysis projects annual household expenditures on gasoline significantly lower by 2030 Thursday, March 31, 2016 SACRAMENTO, CA – California households are likely to save up to $1,530 each year by 2030 from clean transportation policies, according to a new report from Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy division of Consumer […]

PUC Should Approve Coalition’s Plan for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

There are more than 200,000 electric cars on California’s roads, but they are largely restricted to single-family-home neighborhoods because of the lack of charging infrastructure. Meanwhile, more than a third of PG&E’s customers live in apartment complexes or other multiunit dwellings, effectively locking them out of the market. If you […]

Why Fixing Climate Change is Women’s Work

Marla Smith-Nilson has completed more than 1,500 water sanitation projects as founder and executive director of Water1st International, but there’s a moment she still anticipates at the completion of each one. At every ribbon-cutting ceremony for new groundwater wells, a woman from the community—whether in Bangladesh, Honduras, Ethiopia, or India—stands […]

Clean Up the Air, Drive Electric

If you’ve ever been behind the wheel of an electric vehicle, you know that they’re really fun to drive. Many Californians have discovered the joys of electric drive, as our state is nearing 200,000 plug-in vehicles sold, and accounted for more than half of all the EVs sold in the […]

Affordable Housing: A Tool to Fight Smog, Traffic

We generally think it a big success when public policy successfully fixes a serious problem. Right now, smart California policies are effectively tackling three major issues at once: housing, traffic, and climate change. Anyone not living under a rock knows that California faces an unprecedented crisis in housing affordability. Skyrocketing […]

Connecting California’s Climate Change Fight to Affordable Housing

Californians now have a better tool to track where the billions of dollars being collected through the state’s cap-and-trade program are being invested in their communities. An updated online map from TransForm, a transportation and walkability advocacy group, tallies projects receiving funding through the program, and their estimated greenhouse gas […]

Mapping the Benefits of California Climate Change Policy

TransForm has updated and relaunched its Climate Benefits map, adding new data and a video about California’s climate investments. The map now includes a user-friendly “tour” to help people understand and search for data on where California’s cap-and-trade revenue goes. TransForm’s map is currently the only detailed, user friendly information available […]

New Video, Updated Mapping Tool Show Impact of California’s Climate Investments

A Place to Call Home reveals climate program’s benefits WEST SACRAMENTO — Billions of dollars of climate investments are flowing to California’s communities, but what does that really look like? A new video and updated mapping tool help show us. The video, co-produced by TransForm and The Greenlining Institute, provides […]

Climate Change, Poverty and Pollution: It’s All the Same Fight

Have you ever felt desperate? Today, I notice desperation in the faces of my neighbors in Oakland, California. Our world feels and looks unhealthy. Our communities carry a heavy burden and I share in their pain. Low-income communities are hit first and worst by climate change, and now in the […]

Paris Climate Talks Should Look to California

Leaders gathering in Paris to hash out an international agreement on fighting climate change should look to California for examples. My home state not only leads the way in attacking global warming, it’s doing it by keeping the focus on people, communities and equity for all. California’s multi-pronged effort charges […]

Obama at COP21: Climate Change ‘Growing Threat’ to All Countries; Latinos ‘Worried’ About Climate

President Barack Obama is in Paris to participate in climate change talks, an issue the Latino community has made a priority. Government representatives from 195 countries are in Paris to address climate change, in a United Nations meeting known as Conference of Parties (COP) 21. During a speech on Monday, […]

Volkswagen Up Against Deadline in Diesel-Emissions Scandal

Volkswagen had the engine software modified to turn on the vehicle’s emission control system when it was being tested in the lab, then turn it off when the vehicle was on the road, according to U.S. regulators. The statement says the agencies will investigate and take appropriate action. VW has […]

Another View: Climate policies will help poorest Californians

For those who struggle to pay their rent and put food on the table, California’s status as the world’s seventh-largest economy is meaningless. I appreciate Dan Walters’ concern for the poor (“Is state booming? Not really,” Nov. 18). However, having been raised in poverty and representing one of the poorest […]

Ripple Effect: What the VW Scandal Could Mean for the Future of EVs

The effects of Volkswagen’s mass cheating scandal on emissions testing have ripple effects far and wide — and a new digital map is laying out the damage in black and white. The map, developed by Kevala for the California Clean Energy Fund, shows that the resulting air pollution hits poor […]

VW’s Dirty Diesel Dealings Can Lead To Cleaner Air & A More Equitable California

On Friday, Volkswagen will hang its head before the California Air Resources Board, which will determine how the automaker will make amends for mass cheating on pollution testing. It will be a complicated process, but our state leaders should focus the solution where the problem is worst. In California, cars […]