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RV 2015: Cleaner Transit, Healthier Communities: Climate Change Policies and Practices by Kate White


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Hear from technical experts and state and regional leaders on the frontlines of developing policies, implementation strategies, financial tools and governance systems to meet the climate challenges of the 21st century. Groundbreaking federal and state policies demand an aggressive reduction of carbon and ozone emissions. Meeting these goals calls for a range of strategies from the transportation, building, energy, business and agriculture sectors. Learn about the short- and longer-term strategies to make our regions and communities healthier and more resilient, including the integration of transportation and land use planning as outlined in California’s SB 375. A timely conversation leading up to the UN climate talks in Paris this December.

Moderator: Deron Lovaas, State/Federal Policy & Practice Director, Urban Solutions Program, Natural Resources Defense Council, Washington, DC
Kathryn Zyla, Deputy Director, Georgetown Climate Center, Washington, DC
Hasan Ikhrata, Executive Director, Southern California Association of Governments, Los Angeles, California
Kate White, Deputy Secretary, Environmental Policy and Housing Coordination, California State Transportation Agency, Sacramento, California

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RV 2015: Cleaner Transit, Healthier Communities: Climate Change Policies and Practices by Kate White

  1. 1. 1 California Climate Strategy Rail~Volution 2015
  4. 4. Greenhouse gas emissions SOURCES OF GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS
  5. 5. }  Project  to  reduce  greenhouse  gases  and          achieve  co-­‐benefits   }  Maximize  benefits  to  disadvantaged  communi9es   }  Triennial  investment  plan,  then  Legislature  &   Governor  allocate  funds  in  annual  State  Budgets   }  Air  Board  adopts  funding  guidelines  for  agencies   6
  6. 6. FY  2014-­‐15  Appropria0ons  by  Agency   7   HSRA  -­‐  High  Speed  Rail   $  250M   CalSTA/Local  Transit  Agencies  -­‐  Low  Carbon  Transit  Opera9ons   $      25M   Caltrans/CTC  -­‐  Transit  and  Intercity  Rail  Capital  Program   $      25M   SGC  -­‐  Affordable  Housing  &  Sustainable  Communi9es   $  130M   ARB  -­‐  Low  Carbon  Transporta9on   $  200M   CSD  -­‐  Energy  Efficiency  Upgrades  /  Weatheriza9on   $      75M   CEC  -­‐  Energy  Efficiency  for  Public  Buildings   $      20M   CDFA  -­‐  Agricultural  Energy  and  Opera9onal  Efficiency   $      15M   CDFW  -­‐  Wetlands  and  Watershed  Restora9on   $      25M   CAL  FIRE  -­‐  Fire  Preven9on  and  Urban  Forestry  Projects   $      42M   Cal  Recycle  -­‐  Waste  Diversion   $      25M   Total   $  832M   Legislature  also  amended  FY  2013-­‐14  budget  to  provide  funds  to  DWR,  CDFA,  and  ARB    
  7. 7. 8 2014-­‐15   $630M   2015-­‐16*   $1.7B  
  8. 8. 9 Transit  and  Intercity   Rail  Capital   Low  Carbon  Transit   OperaFons   High  Speed  Rail   Low  Carbon   TransportaFon   Affordable  Housing  and                     Sustainable  Communi9es    
  9. 9. }  What:    rail  and  bus  capital  projects,  and  opera9onal   improvements  that  result  in  increased  ridership  and   reduced  greenhouse  gas  emissions.   }  Who:    public  agencies  that  operate  intercity  or   commuter  passenger  rail  or  urban  rail  transit  service   }  How:    compe99ve  grants   }  Next:  $265M  proposed  for  2015-­‐16  (10%  con(nuous)   }  hap://   10
  10. 10. }  What:    new  or  expanded  bus  or  rail  services,  expand   intermodal  transit  facili9es  (equipment  acquisi9on,   fueling,  maintenance  and  related  opera9ng  costs)   }  Who:    200+  transit  agencies  across  California   }  How:    distributed  by  statutory  formula   }  Next:    $100M  for  2015-­‐16  (5%  con(nuous)   }  hap://   11
  11. 11. }  What:    zero-­‐emission  vehicle,  transit,  truck,  freight   equipment  grants/rebates   }  Who:    residents,  businesses,  organiza9ons,  agencies   (>50%  to  benefit  disadvantaged  communi9es)   }  Next:    $350M  for  2015-­‐16   }  hap://   12
  12. 12. }  What:    affordable  housing  units,  infrastructure,   transit,  ac9ve  transporta9on,  green  infrastructure,   agricultural  easements   }  Who:    public  agencies     }  How:    compe99ve  grants   }  Next:  $400M  for  2015-­‐16  (20%  con(nuous)   }  hap://   13 Affordable  Housing  and  Sustainable  Communi9es    
  13. 13. Disadvantaged  Communi0es  Benefits   — Reduce  health  harms  through  clean  air,                 plus  walking,  biking,  and  recrea9on   — Increase  safety  and  thermal  comfort   — Create  quality  jobs  and  job  training   — Improve  transit  access  and  service   — Cut  housing,  transporta9on,  energy  costs   — Reduce  exposure  to  local  air  toxics     — Priori9ze  zero  emissions  in  areas                                       with  high  diesel  soot  levels   14