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Dr. Daniel Kam­men has had a long and illus­tri­ous career defined by his com­mit­ment to expand­ing clean energy world­wide. He orig­i­nally became inter­ested in clean energy as a post­doc work­ing on wind and solar projects in Nicaragua and El Sal­vador in the mid-​​1980s. His research led to a fac­ulty posi­tion at Prince­ton until 1999, when he joined UC Berke­ley. Here, he founded and leads the Renew­able and Appro­pri­ate Energy Lab­o­ra­tory (RAEL), whose work includes iden­ti­fy­ing novel mate­ri­als for solar pan­els and bat­ter­ies, build­ing com­pu­ta­tional mod­els of regional energy sys­tems to iden­tify oppor­tu­ni­ties for renew­able energy, and imple­ment­ing energy policy.

Although RAEL’s research has resulted in hun­dreds of aca­d­e­mic papers, Kam­men cares deeply about hav­ing a real-​​world impact. He is par­tic­u­larly proud of RAEL’s projects in Africa, as they not only address cli­mate change but also increase peo­ples’ access to energy. One project installs mini solar grids in war-​​torn areas like South Sudan and the Demo­c­ra­tic Repub­lic of Congo. These instal­la­tions pro­vide renew­able energy to power crit­i­cal infra­struc­ture, like health clin­ics and women’s cen­ters. What started out as an aca­d­e­mic exer­cise in his lab is now a way for com­pa­nies to buy Peace Renew­able Energy Cred­its, an inter­na­tion­ally traded vir­tual com­mod­ity that pro­vides a rev­enue stream for devel­op­ers of renew­able energy projects and offers com­pa­nies a way to finance impact­ful projects in these coun­tries. Out­side of Africa, RAEL’s other projects include elec­tri­fy­ing 30 thou­sand taxis in China, defeat­ing a large coal project in Malaysian Bor­neo, and using Google data from 60 mil­lion rooftops to show the mas­sive amount of social inequal­ity in solar panel usage.

When Kam­men isn’t help­ing com­mu­ni­ties around the world tran­si­tion to clean energy, he’s star­ing out into space. He says, “I have some pretty cool tele­scopes. I do a lot of deep space pho­tog­ra­phy, look­ing at exo­plan­ets and plan­ets around other stars.” Clearly Kam­men cares about plan­ets, whether it’s dis­cov­er­ing new ones or sav­ing ours.

 

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Or:

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ERG & RAEL PhD Student Annelise Gill-​​Wiehl cooks at the Boston Marathon!

On Indige­nous People’s Day, Annelise Gill-​​Wiehl fin­ished the 125th Boston Marathon in 3 hours and 15 min­utes. Now that is cooking!

The BostonMarathon is typ­i­cally held in April, but was can­celed in 2020, and post­poned to the fall of 2021 due to the COVID19 Pandemic.

 

Annelise qual­i­fied in 2019 at the Santa Rosa Marathon, just before start­ing her Ph.D. at the Energy & Resources Group. 

Mul­ti­task­ing, anyone?

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Build Back Better on Climate with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Alex Padilla

 

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Octo­ber 14, 2021: Build Back Bet­ter on Cli­mate Press Event

RAEL direc­tor Dan Kam­men had the plea­sure to appear with

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Sen­a­tor Alex Padilla (D-​​CA), Eddie Ahn, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, Bright­line Defense, and Rev. Sally Bing­ham, Pres­i­dent Emer­i­tus, Regen­er­a­tion Project.

Com­ments by Daniel Kammen

Advi­sor for Inno­v­a­tive Energy Solu­tions, US Agency for Inter­na­tional Devel­op­ment (USAID)

&

James and Kather­ine Lau Dis­tin­guished Pro­fes­sor of Sustainability

Energy and Resources Group & Gold­man School of Pub­lic Pol­icy, & Dept of Nuclear Eng., UC Berkeley

For­mer Sci­ence Envoy, US Depart­ment of State

Coor­di­nat­ing Lead Author, Inter­gov­ern­men­tal Panel on Cli­mate Change (IPCC)

Twit­ter: @dan_kammen | URL: http://​rael​.berke​ley​.edu

 

I could not be more hon­ored than to share the stage with these remark­able Cal­i­for­ni­ans who are craft­ing pro-​​climate, pro-​​justice poli­cies for a healthy state and fed­eral econ­omy.  Thank you, Speaker Pelosi and Sen­a­tor Padilla for your efforts and com­mit­ment to a just, inclu­sive, and sus­tain­able energy transition.

Cal­i­for­nia is com­mit­ted to a car­bon neu­tral econ­omy by 2045, and is in dis­cus­sions to move that date for­ward.  This com­mit­ment has already gen­er­ated eco­nomic and jus­tice returns for res­i­dents of the state, and for our neigh­bors and trad­ing partners.

As part of SB32 and SB100, Cal­i­for­nia com­mit­ted 35% or more (a floor, not ceil­ing) of its Cap & Trade rev­enue funds to meet­ing the needs of com­mu­ni­ties of color, of under-​​served and of fence-​​line com­mu­ni­ties.  The jobs and equity ben­e­fits of this pol­icy are already clear: Cal­i­for­nia now has sev­eral times more jobs in the clean energy sec­tor than in the fossil-​​fuel and cur­rent util­ity sec­tors.  Pres­i­dent Biden’s Justice40 and the Build Back Bet­ter Act builds on the Cal­i­for­nia goal with an expanded fed­eral effort that invests in smart infra­struc­ture to cre­ate jobs, that will also clean the air and water in the most needy com­mu­ni­ties nationwide.

The move to low-​​carbon elec­tric vehi­cle mobil­ity and freight trans­porta­tion addresses the largest remain­ing share of Cal­i­for­nia pol­lu­tion, with over 1 mil­lion EV now in use across the state[1].  Jus­tice is vital to meet­ing cli­mate and com­mu­nity goals. Com­mit­ments by ride-​​sharing com­pa­nies to 100% EV vehi­cles fleets by 2030 and mak­ing low-​​cost lease deals avail­able to dri­vers is an excel­lent exam­ple of a com­mit­ment that can be brought for­ward in time and expanded nation­wide[2].

A clean energy econ­omy is huge lift, but it is not enough.  We must re-​​invest in healthy forests, fire-​​safe com­mu­ni­ties, and a healthy ocean[3].  Build Back Bet­ter begins that rein­vest­ment while launch­ing new sus­tain­able eco­nomic sec­tors such as off-​​shore wind, green hydro­gen, advanced energy stor­age, afford­able green homes, and smart build­ings[4].

The world is mov­ing to clean energy – over the last 2 years, 90% of new power plants installed world­wide over use renew­able energy. The Build Back Bet­ter Act will cre­ate oppor­tu­ni­ties for US exports, and accel­er­ate all of these crit­i­cally impor­tant clean invest­ments in impres­sive pro-​​job and pro-​​justice ways. As the US gets ready for the inter­na­tional cli­mate con­fer­ence (COP26) next month in Glas­gow, Scot­land, the Build Back Bet­ter Act is what we need eco­nom­i­cally, socially, envi­ron­men­tally, and morally. It is time to act.

[1]   Scott Wiener and Daniel Kam­men (2021) “Why hous­ing pol­icy is cli­mate pol­icy,” The New York Times, March 25, 2019. http://​www​.nytimes​.com/​2​0​1​9​/​0​3​/​2​5​/​o​p​i​n​i​o​n​/​c​a​l​i​f​o​r​n​i​a​-​h​o​m​e​-​p​r​i​c​e​s​-​c​l​i​m​a​t​e​.​h​tml

[2]   Daniel Kam­men (2020) “How elec­tric vehi­cles can help advance social jus­tice,” The San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle, June 21. https://​www​.sfchron​i​cle​.com/​o​p​i​n​i​o​n​/​a​r​t​i​c​l​e​/​H​o​w​-​e​l​e​c​t​r​i​c​-​v​e​h​i​c​l​e​s​-​c​a​n​-​h​e​l​p​-​a​d​v​a​n​c​e​-​s​o​c​i​a​l​-​1​5​3​5​1​2​9​3​.​php

[3]   Such as The Blue Cli­mate Ini­tia­tive, https://​www​.blue​cli​mateini​tia​tive​.org & USAID’s Clean Cities, Blue Ocean Pro­gram, https://www.usaid.gov/sri-lanka/press-releases/apr-23–2021-united-states-launches-clean-cities-blue-ocean-program-tackle-plastic-pollution

[4]   Daniel Kam­men and Manuel Pas­tor (2021) “Car­bon neu­tral isn’t good enough.  Cal­i­for­nia needs to be car­bon neg­a­tive by 2030,” The San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle, July 31. https://​www​.sfchron​i​cle​.com/​o​p​i​n​i​o​n​/​o​p​e​n​f​o​r​u​m​/​a​r​t​i​c​l​e​/​C​a​r​b​o​n​-​n​e​u​t​r​a​l​-​i​s​n​-​t​-​g​o​o​d​-​e​n​o​u​g​h​-​C​a​l​i​f​o​r​n​i​a​-​1​6​3​5​1​1​4​9​.​php

Batteries are “the glue of the clean-​​energy economy”

Episode 537 (Octo­ber 12, 2021)

On the “Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly” Mar­ket­place pod­cast (the hosts of Mar­ket­place), we sat down and talk about the cur­rent and future state of energy storage:

Hosted by Kai Ryss­dal and Molly Wood

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Bat­ter­ies are “the glue of the clean-​​energy economy”

To down­load or lis­ten: click here.

Episode link:

https://​www​.mar​ket​place​.org/​s​h​o​w​s​/​m​a​k​e​-​m​e​-​s​m​a​r​t​-​w​i​t​h​-​k​a​i​-​a​n​d​-​m​o​l​ly/

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The Guardian: Why California’s enormous oil spill won’t be its last

For the orig­i­nal in The Guardianclick here.

The state’s age­ing oil infra­struc­ture means more dis­as­ters are likely as com­pa­nies move away from fos­sil fuels

in Los Angeles

A gash in an under­wa­ter pipeline sent tens of thou­sands of gal­lons of oil rush­ing into the waters near Los Ange­les last week­end, black­en­ing beachesand endan­ger­ing wildlife.

While the US Coast Guard believes a ship’s anchor may have dam­aged the pipeline months ago, California’s age­ing oil infra­struc­ture will also bear increas­ing scrutiny. Experts say that the dev­as­tat­ing spill is unlikely to be the last, espe­cially in a rapidly chang­ing indus­try where equip­ment is primed to suf­fer from under­in­vest­ment and lack of attention.

We are in store for more spills,” says Daniel Kam­men, a researcher at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley. “And it’s not because spills just happen.”

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Part of the issue is California’s tran­si­tion away from fos­sil fuels and toward green energy. The state has some of the most ambi­tious cli­mate goals in the coun­try, aim­ing for net-​​zero emis­sions by 2045. As a result, infra­struc­ture to sup­port fos­sil fuel extrac­tion is being phased out in favor of greener tech­nolo­gies. But in the mean­time many oil rigs remain in oper­a­tion, and com­pa­nies may be dis­in­clined to invest in a sec­tor that’s slowly going out of business.

Oper­a­tions and main­te­nance are expen­sive, espe­cially if you don’t see a grow­ing future in this area,” says Kam­men, who was part of a

The spill is major but nowhere near the really big ones, says Richard Ambrose, a pro­fes­sor and researcher at UCLA who mon­i­tored the cleanup after the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989. He adds that this cur­rent spill has a lot of sim­i­lar­i­ties to the 2015 Refu­gio spill in near Santa Bar­bara: “It ranks in the mid-​​tier.”

A lot of the dam­age depends on how quickly a response can be mobi­lized and on ocean con­di­tions, Ambrose says. “The biggest ques­tion here is how much oil comes to shore and for how long,” he says, and that depends on ocean cur­rents and winds.

This spill has already reached the Tal­bert Marsh, a 25-​​acre sen­si­tive and valu­able habi­tat along the coast. “Wet­lands are the most sen­si­tive to oil and they also sup­port a lot of sen­si­tive species,” Ambrose explains. “That’s the habi­tat we’d like to pro­tect and we haven’t been suc­cess­ful for all of them.”

Lisa Levin, an oceanog­ra­pher at UC San Diego’s Scripps Insti­tu­tion of Oceanog­ra­phy, says oil spills have a direct impact on shore birds and marine mam­mals – but they also affect food webs and smaller organ­isms that ulti­mately will reach com­mer­cial species. “All of this puts more stress on the ecosys­tem that is already cop­ing with cli­mate change and con­t­a­m­i­nants,” she says.

Ambrose says the sooner Cal­i­for­nia can move to renew­able energy, the sooner we won’t have to be mov­ing oil around – but that’s not going to hap­pen in the imme­di­ate future. “In all the ways we move oil, they are sub­ject to acci­dents. This pipeline is just one way, and there’s a whole oil trans­porta­tion net­work, with thou­sands of spills every year.”

team that won the 2007 Nobel peace prize for their work on the cli­mate cri­sis. “We see this in other indus­tries – for exam­ple the under­in­vest­ment in recy­cling, or car man­u­fac­tur­ers that are phas­ing out cer­tain classes of vehi­cles. Acci­dents, risks and costs all go up.”

The south­ern Cal­i­for­nia spill occurred in fed­eral waters at the Elly rig, owned by Amplify Energy, about five miles off­shore. The state declared an end to new off­shore oil drilling 50 years ago, and the fed­eral gov­ern­ment stopped issu­ing new leases 35 years ago. Yet there are still four rigs in Cal­i­for­nia waters and 22 in fed­eral waters off the coast of the state. Together, they pro­duce about an aver­age of 12,200 bar­rels of oil per day – only a frac­tion of a per cent of the total used in the US.

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A large glob­ule of oil in the sand from a major oil spill on Hunt­ing­ton state beach. Pho­to­graph: Allen J Schaben/​Los Ange­les Times/​REX/​Shutterstock

A Stan­ford study found that California’s oil is some of the most expen­sive in the world to extract – in terms of eco­nomic costs but also cli­mate costs. The easy oil was sucked out decades ago, and the oil that remains is dif­fi­cult to reach and requires more energy, mean­ing more green­house gas emissions.

Kam­men says that some com­pa­nies may take this moment of change to invest well, harden their lines, and use the pipes to trans­port a greener fuel, such as hydro­gen. But oth­ers are likely to phase down and under­in­vest in the upkeep of the infra­struc­ture. “High-​​level deci­sions made by com­pa­nies have a direct feed down to man­age­ment,” he says. “Acci­dents and spills are likely to hap­pen as the amount of vig­i­lance goes down.”

He adds that Joe Biden’s infra­struc­ture bill includes fund­ing to help the energy sec­tor tran­si­tion to a greener future, both for retrain­ing work­ers and for com­pa­nies to man­age the tran­si­tion, but it requires some flex­i­ble thinking.

For exam­ple, using exist­ing pipelines to move hydro­gen – a lighter, smaller mol­e­cule – instead of oil would require lin­ing the pipes with new mate­ri­als like Teflon. “Ironic that this pipeline could be a hydro­gen line even­tu­ally,” Kam­men says. “And if it had a rip in it under the ocean, there would be no envi­ron­men­tal down­side at all.” Wind energy will also get a boost from off­shore devel­op­ment in the near future – two weeks ago, California’s gov­er­nor signed a bill to accel­er­ate the state’s off­shore wind strategy.

Tech­nol­ogy can also help keep energy com­pa­nies hon­est as the oil rigs get older. When these pipelines were built, the abil­ity to deploy tech solu­tions to mon­i­tor them was much more lim­ited, Kam­men says. Now, smart sen­sors can report leaks, move­ments, or any rup­tures quickly. “This spill is a per­fect exam­ple of the need for pub­lic super­vi­sion at a stage when things are up for change.”

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Booms placed by crews to con­tain oil that flowed near the Tal­bert Marsh and Santa Ana River mouth, dur­ing cleanup efforts after the recent spill. Pho­to­graph: Patrick T Fallon/​AFP/​Getty Images

The spill is major but nowhere near the really big ones, says Richard Ambrose, a pro­fes­sor and researcher at UCLA who mon­i­tored the cleanup after the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989. He adds that this cur­rent spill has a lot of sim­i­lar­i­ties to the 2015 Refu­gio spill in near Santa Bar­bara: “It ranks in the mid-​​tier.”

A lot of the dam­age depends on how quickly a response can be mobi­lized and on ocean con­di­tions, Ambrose says. “The biggest ques­tion here is how much oil comes to shore and for how long,” he says, and that depends on ocean cur­rents and winds.

This spill has already reached the Tal­bert Marsh, a 25-​​acre sen­si­tive and valu­able habi­tat along the coast. “Wet­lands are the most sen­si­tive to oil and they also sup­port a lot of sen­si­tive species,” Ambrose explains. “That’s the habi­tat we’d like to pro­tect and we haven’t been suc­cess­ful for all of them.”

Lisa Levin, an oceanog­ra­pher at UC San Diego’s Scripps Insti­tu­tion of Oceanog­ra­phy, says oil spills have a direct impact on shore birds and marine mam­mals – but they also affect food webs and smaller organ­isms that ulti­mately will reach com­mer­cial species. “All of this puts more stress on the ecosys­tem that is already cop­ing with cli­mate change and con­t­a­m­i­nants,” she says.

Ambrose says the sooner Cal­i­for­nia can move to renew­able energy, the sooner we won’t have to be mov­ing oil around – but that’s not going to hap­pen in the imme­di­ate future. “In all the ways we move oil, they are sub­ject to acci­dents. This pipeline is just one way, and there’s a whole oil trans­porta­tion net­work, with thou­sands of spills every year.”

Berkeley-​​Berlin (& Nairobi) team publish on sustainability in the Caribbean

Jes­sica Kersey of RAEL, Phillipp Belchinger of the Reiner Lemoine Insti­tute, and RAEL Alum Rebekah Shirley explore the path­way to car­bon sus­tain­abil­ity in the Caribbean with a multi-​​sectoral, multi-​​methods analy­sis, pub­lished in Energy Pol­icy.

For the pub­li­ca­tion, click here.

Abstract:

Accel­er­at­ing the rate of renew­able energy deploy­ment in Small Island Devel­op­ing States is crit­i­cal to reduce depen­dence on expen­sive fos­sil fuel imports and meet emis­sions reduc­tions goals. Though many islands have now intro­duced pol­icy mea­sures to encour­age RE devel­op­ment, the exist­ing lit­er­a­ture focuses on qual­i­ta­tive rec­om­men­da­tions and has not sought to quan­ti­ta­tively eval­u­ate and com­pare the impacts of pol­icy inter­ven­tions in the Caribbean. After com­pil­ing the first sys­tem­atic data­base of RE poli­cies imple­mented in 31 Caribbean islands from 2000 to 2018, we con­duct an econo­met­ric analy­sis of the effec­tive­ness of the fol­low­ing five pol­icy inter­ven­tions in  pro­mot­ing the  deploy­ment of  RE: invest­ment incen­tives, tax  incen­tives, feed-​​in tar­iffs, net– meter­ing and net-​​billing pro­grams, and reg­u­la­tory restruc­tur­ing to allow mar­ket entry by inde­pen­dent power pro­duc­ers. Using a fixed effects model to con­trol for unit het­ero­geneities between islands, we find evi­dence that net-​​metering/​net-​​billing pro­grams are strongly and pos­i­tively cor­re­lated with increases in installed capac­ity of renew­able energy — par­tic­u­larly solar PV. These find­ings sug­gest that the RE tran­si­tion in the Caribbean can be advanced through poli­cies tar­get­ing the adop­tion of small-​​scale, dis­trib­uted photovoltaics.

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Interview of Governor Jerry Brown with Dan Kammen

For the May 2021 orig­i­nal in Break­throughs Mag­a­zine of Rausser Col­lege of Nat­ural Resources: click here.

 

Biden’s Climate Pledge For First Time Pushes U.S. Beyond California Goals

Ezra David Romero

To lis­ten to the inter­view, click here.

https://​www​.kqed​.org/​s​c​i​e​n​c​e​/​1​9​7​4​253

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Ban­ning frack­ing by 2024, phas­ing out all new sales of gas-​​powered cars by 2035, and achiev­ing car­bon neu­tral­ity 10 years later are just a few of California’s goals mak­ing it a leader among U.S. states in tack­ling cli­mate change. But a new pledge from the White House to halve nation­wide green­house gas emis­sions by 2030 from 2005 lev­els could for the first time leave the state lag­ging behind the fed­eral gov­ern­ment on cli­mate policy.

On paper, the U.S. gov­ern­ment is at least tem­porar­ily ahead of Cal­i­for­nia,” said Dan Kam­men, direc­tor of UC Berkeley’s Renew­able and Appro­pri­ate Energy Lab­o­ra­tory. “That’s amaz­ing to say, because basi­cally we were always ahead at the state level.”

Pres­i­dent Biden’s goal could push Cal­i­for­nia to be more ambi­tious, Kam­men says. Which is some­thing the state needs to do, accord­ing to Jason Bar­bose, the Union of Con­cerned Sci­en­tists’ senior pol­icy man­ager for the West­ern U.S.

Cal­i­for­nia has been there to really help spear­head action,” Bar­bose said. But the state’s “cur­rent goals are not keep­ing up with the rest of the world, and, more impor­tantly, not keep­ing up with the sci­ence [which] tells us that deeper cuts are essen­tial to stave off the worst impacts of cli­mate change.”

Because Cal­i­for­nia emis­sion tar­gets are based on 1990 lev­els and Biden’s plan uses 2005 as a base year, Kam­men says the U.S. goal is only about 3% more ambi­tious than the state’s.

 

Kam­men believes Cal­i­for­nia already has the capa­bil­ity to go beyond its cur­rent tar­gets. His team makes the case for an almost 80% drop in emis­sions by 2030, dou­ble the cur­rent goal. Exist­ing plans and pro­pos­als like a require­ment to gen­er­ate 100% of elec­tric­ity from clean energy by 2045, and a bill to cre­ate a for­est of wind tur­bines off the Pacific Coast, could help the state ratchet up reductions.

If Cal­i­for­nia can really adopt an 80% clean energy stan­dard by 2030, that really would jump us ahead again,” Kam­men said.

State Sens. Dave Cortese, D-​​San Jose, and Henry Stern, D-​​Los Ange­les, have already intro­duced leg­is­la­tion to estab­lish a min­i­mum 80% decrease as the tar­get for 2030, fol­lowed by net neg­a­tive emis­sions no later than 2035. The bill calls for the reduc­tions in the name of secur­ing “a safe cli­mate for all.”

 

But the inclu­sion of “all” in cli­mate pol­icy would mean a shift from big cli­mate goals to people-​​focused adap­ta­tion solu­tions, say some cli­mate experts. Hana Creger, the Green­ling Institute’s senior man­ager for cli­mate equity, says reme­dies could include ramp­ing up the fund­ing that goes to dis­ad­van­taged com­mu­ni­ties from the Green­house Gas Reduc­tion Fund or invest­ing more in pro­grams like the state’s Trans­for­ma­tive Cli­mate Com­mu­ni­ties Pro­gram, which helps fund community-​​led cli­mate projects in places like Stock­ton.

Pro­grams focused on teach­ing peo­ple about the cli­mate cri­sis then empow­er­ing them to take action offer a model not only for fight­ing cli­mate change, but also for build­ing eco­nomic oppor­tu­nity, Creger says.

Such pro­grams address “the his­toric oppres­sion of low-​​income folks of color” and allow com­mu­ni­ties “to really chart their own path by choos­ing their own goals and strate­gies and projects that will both reduce green­house gas emis­sions and pol­lu­tion,” she said.

While Creger rec­og­nizes top-​​down reg­u­la­tions are needed, she says infor­ma­tion gaps exist for res­i­dents already sur­rounded by cli­mate impacts. And big cli­mate goals may not res­onate with peo­ple deal­ing with soci­etal and eco­nomic woes.

We have to rec­og­nize that every sin­gle com­mu­nity has com­pletely dif­fer­ent needs,” she said. “We can’t take a pre­scrip­tive approach with our climate-​​equity kind of solutions.”

These could come in the form of afford­able hous­ing projects near tran­sit, planted urban tree canopies, homes out­fit­ted for solar energy, and the cre­ation of green jobs, she said.

Creger is hop­ing Biden’s desire to address issues of equity as well as the cli­mate cri­sis will prompt Cal­i­for­nia to invest in all of its residents.

It should be much more about how we bring our com­mu­ni­ties along to a place where folks can­not just react to cli­mate change, but really thrive in the face of it, “ she said.

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