April 10, 2018
Sunny California is full of good news this week, including big strides toward justice, top rankings in solar capacity, and an energy milestone from Google.
California has created a new Bureau of Environmental Justice within the state Justice Department. Spearheaded by Attorney General Xavier Becerra, the first Latino Attorney General in the state, the Bureau will be responsible for “overseeing, investigating and enforcing environmental laws, especially in cases of persistent contamination.” This is an important step toward building just and equitable environmental policies that acknowledge and protect communities “who have historically bor[ne] the brunt of pollution”.
The California Environmental Justice Alliance unites communities most impacted by environmental hazards – low-income communities and communities of color – to create comprehensive opportunities for change. Learn more here.
Google reports that in 2017, for every kilowatt hour of electricity consumed, it purchased “a kilowatt hour of renewable energy from a wind or solar farm built specifically for Google”. This brings the tech giant in line with its renewable energy goal, set just over a year ago, and makes it “the first public cloud, and company of [its] size, to have achieved this feat”. Google is not sourcing the energy it consumes from renewable sources; instead, it’s building wind and solar farms and making renewable energy purchases from them to match the amount of energy it consumes.
To support investment in social and climate justice for people in low and moderate income communities, check out California’s Neighborhood Funders Group.
Environmental advocacy organization Environment America has released a report ranking US cities by installed solar capacity, and Los Angeles has come out #1. LA tops traditionally sunny locales like Honolulu alongside unexpected contenders New York, Indianapolis, Boston, and Portland, Oregon.
Interested in building grassroots power to create social and economic justice for low-income, female, immigrant, black, and brown communities in LA? Check out SCOPE.