Tag: UpLiftCA

2014: California’s Warmest Year on Record

Federal climate scientists confirmed today that 2014 stands as California’s warmest year on record. The state’s average temperature for the year clocked in at 61.5 degrees Fahrenheit, 4.1 degrees higher than the 20th century average. Last year’s average bested the previous record, set in 1934, by nearly two degrees. The […]

Have People of Color Been Locked Out of the Green Economy?

One of my first stories of 2014 was an interview with Reginald Parker, an African-American entrepreneur with a chemical engineering Ph.D. from MIT who was preparing to build one of the largest solar farms in the country. He broke ground on the project in September, in North Carolina, near an […]

California Senate President to Propose Legislation to Divest from Coal

California’s Senate President Pro tem Kevin De León announced yesterday Dec. 5, 2014 that he will propose legislation next month to require the state’s public pension funds, including CALPERS and CALSTRS, to begin to divest completely out of coal. He made the announcement at Tom Steyer’s Next Generation climate conference […]

Climate Change, Clean Energy Laws Creating More Jobs in California

Climate change and clean energy laws in California are not only helping the environment, but also providing jobs to people in need. That’s according to The Greenlining Institute in Berkeley. Bruce Mirken, with the institute, says state law requires a quarter of the cash raised by carbon-permit sales in California’s […]

Senate Leader Plans Bill to Force State Pension Funds to Divest from Coal

OAKLAND, Calif. — The head of California’s Senate plans to introduce legislation to require the state’s public pension funds to get rid of their investments in coal equities. State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D) said yesterday that he would introduce a bill next month targeting the state’s […]

California’s Smart Climate Policies Righting Historic Wrongs in Oakland: Part II

Last week, I wrote about the history of environmental racism that has afflicted Oakland as well as communities of color and low-income communities across the state. Today, I want to introduce you to part of the solution. His name is Denny Sysaknoi, and at age 16 he was headed for […]

Linking Clean-Energy Laws to Economic Opportunity

A Bay Area nonprofit has launched a new campaign highlighting how California’s climate-change and clean-energy laws not only protect the environment and public health, but also bring jobs and consumer savings to communities of color and low-income neighborhoods across the state. The Greenlining Institute – a Berkeley based group founded […]

New Campaign Shows How CA Climate Change Laws Help Disadvantaged Communities

UpLiftCA.org Highlights Impact on Real Californians: Jobs, Clean Air, Healthy & Thriving Neighborhoods Contact: Bruce Mirken, Greenlining Institute Media Relations Director, 510-926-4022; 415-846-7758 (cell) BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA – Today The Greenlining Institute launched a new campaign to highlight how California’s climate change and clean energy laws bring jobs and consumer savings to […]