Equitable Alternatives to AB 32's Cap-and-Trade Program, June 10, 2011

Equitable Alternatives to AB 32's Cap-and-Trade Program

In 2006, environmental justice advocates helped pass California's first-ever climate change legislation (AB 32), which requires the state to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020. The passing of AB 32 was a significant victory for environmental justice communities, and set a precedent for future federal legislation. However, in April of this year, environmental justice advocates won a federal lawsuit that brought the implementation of AB 32 to a halt, claiming that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) did not adequately evaluate alternatives to its proposed cap-and-trade program, which could disproportionally impact low-income communities and communities of color.

On June 10, 2011, environmental justice advocates, decision makers, and policy experts from throughout the Bay Area discussed AB 32, the lawsuit that halted its implementation, and identified equitable alternatives to CARB's cap-and-trade program. Chione Flegal, Senior Associate at PolicyLink and member of the CARB's Environmental Justice Advisory Committee (EJAC) shared the concerns and recommendations raised by the EJAC; Adrienne Bloch, Staff Attorney at Communities for a Better Environment and one of the lead attorneys in the aforementioned lawsuit provided an overview of the case and the opportunities it is providing environmental justice advocates; and Bob Allen, Director of Transportation Justice for Urban Habitat presented on challenges and opportunities of conducting an equity analysis. Other advocates from throughout the Bay Area were also on hand to provide updates on their environmental justice work as well.

Read the speakers' bios and hear the podcast of their presentation:

*Chione Flegal, Senior Associate, PolicyLink
*Adrienne Bloch, Staff Attorney, Communities for a Better Environment
*Bob Allen, Director of Transportation Justice, Urban Habitat

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Chione Flegal, Senior Associate, PolicyLink

Chione Flegal, Senior Associate, PolicyLinkChione Flegal, Senior Associate, PolicyLink Chione works to ensure that infrastructure policy promotes social, economic, and environmental equity. She leads PolicyLink efforts to address infrastructure disparities in low-income unincorporated communities in California’s San Joaquin Valley and to promote equitable solutions to climate change. Prior to joining PolicyLink, Flegal managed Latino Issues Forum’s Sustainable Development program and directed the organization’s environmental health and justice work. Flegal advises the California Air Resources Board on the implementation of climate policy by serving on the AB 32 Environmental Justice Advisory Committee. She holds a Masters in City Planning and a BS in environmental science, policy, and management from the University of California, Berkeley.

Please listen to her presentation at the Bay Area Social Equity Caucus Quarterly Meeting, Equitable Alternatives to AB 32's Cap-and-Trade Program.

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Adrienne Bloch, Senior Staff Attorney, Communities for a Better Environment

Adrienne Bloch, Senior Staff Attorney, Communities for a Better EnvironmentAdrienne Bloch, Senior Staff Attorney, Communities for a Better Environment Adrienne Bloch is the senior staff attorney at Communities for a Better Environment, an environmental health and justice organization located in Oakland and Huntington Park, California. CBE works with communities in low income communities and communities of color on leadership development, education, organizing strategies, and provides scientific and policy research, and legal assistance in CBE campaigns. CBE believes in building community power to help achieve the basic human right to clean air, clean water, and clean land and public space. Adrienne consults as part of CBE campaign teams, brings lawsuits using federal and state environmental statutes, and acts as in-house counsel for the organization. She also engages in regional and statewide policy issues including climate change and cumulative impacts. Adrienne graduated from Oberlin College and from University of California Hastings School of Law with an international law concentration.

Please listen to her presentation at the Bay Area Social Equity Caucus Quarterly Meeting, Equitable Alternatives to AB 32's Cap-and-Trade Program.

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Bob Allen, Director of Transportation and Housing Programs, Urban Habitat

Bob Allen, Director of Transportation and Housing ProgramsBob Allen, Director of Transportation and Housing Programs, Urban HabitatHis background and experience include community planning and policy work both in the United States and overseas with international Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). While at UH, Bob led the successful 2008 Campaign to help pass a regional measure, Measure VV, which raised funds to keep bus passes affordable for seniors, youth, and disabled riders. Currently, Bob is leading UH’s efforts on federal and state transportation advocacy. Bob received both his Bachelors Degree in Political Science and History and his Masters in Public Administration from Rutgers University.

Please listen to his presentation at the Bay Area Social Equity Caucus Quarterly Meeting, Equitable Alternatives to AB 32's Cap-and-Trade Program.

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