March 14, 2018In our new report, Advancing Environmental Justice in California: How CalEnviroScreen Plays a Critical Role, we discuss the importance of CalEnviroScreen 3.0: its purpose, the history of its development, and how it works to advance environmental justice at both the state and local levels. The report also clarifies common misunderstandings about the CalEnviroScreen, and how it should be used to not only direct important investments, but also to create environmental protections for areas most overburdened by pollution.
February 22, 2018California’s newest solar program for low-income renters, the Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) program, will bring $1 billion in rooftop solar to low-income renters over 10 years. It is the nation’s biggest solar program for low-income renters in history and the first one to direct a majority of the savings created through use of solar energy directly back to the utility bills of renters.
December 1, 2017As a statewide women-led alliance that advocates at the Capitol to create equity-focused policies for healthy, sustainable communities, we rise with the nearly 200 women who have signed a letter denouncing a culture of rampant sexual abuse and violence in and around the Capitol. Read our full statement here.
October 23, 2017In 2017, we saw a lot of sacrifices and compromises for tough votes, showing that we still have a lot of work to do in order to build the deep leadership we need for environmental justice in the legislature. Still, there were bright spots with 9 bills on CEJA and CEJA Action’s Environmental Justice Legislative Agenda signed into law. From advances in energy equity, clean transportation, immigration and housing rights, read our full analysis of EJ in the 2017 Legislative Session.
October 4, 2017The recent series of climate catastrophes have weighed heavily on our hearts and minds. We call on all of our elected officials at every level to act swiftly now for an equitable and sustainable recovery rooted in racial, economic, and environmental justice. CEJA will continue to work toward a rapid and just transition off fossil fuels to clean renewable energy. We can’t afford any more false solutions. Now is the time to rise together with a bold vision for climate justice.
September 28, 2017To build upon California's advancements in renewable energy, we need to break down barriers for disadvantaged communities to access the benefits of affordable, clean energy. We need to ensure that all Californians have access to the health and economic benefits that increased renewable energy can bring to our communities!
September 19, 2017CEJA hosted a series of in-district community town halls to create a space to educate elected officials on environmental justice, immigrant rights, and housing rights, engage community residents and their elected officials in dialogue, help move decision-makers closer to championing our policies, and bridge movements.
September 7, 2017Rise Together is a movement to engage California communities in the fight for equity and justice for our environment. The only way to protect the health of our communities is to engage and mobilize toward a clean future for ourselves and our children. We must Rise Together to create a healthier California for everyone, present and future. We cannot rest… Read More
August 1, 2017CEJA Co-Directors and Steering Committee are pleased to welcome Gladys Limón as our first Executive Director. Gladys' roots in movement work, her legal and policy expertise, and strong relationships with diverse stakeholders and decision-makers bring a significant skill set to this new role at CEJA and we are so excited to work with her to take our leadership to the next level.
Justice Deferred: A Break Down of California’s Cap & Trade Bill from the Environmental Justice Perspective
July 25, 2017CEJA is proud to have stood up for environmental and climate justice in the face of a cap and trade extension that leaves behind our communities. AB 398 is a big step backwards for California's climate policy and we have a lot of hard work ahead of us. Moving forward, we will need to ensure our state agencies use their full power to make AB 398 implementation as strong as possible.