The Climate Benefits for California map is a searchable online map that shows how California's climate program is improving people's lives. We created this tool to show the benefits of investing in innovative, integrated solutions to climate change – and what's at stake if we don't.
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Through California's climate program, billions of dollars are flowing to projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) while making California's communities more sustainable, healthy, and fair.
The funds are generated through a mechanism called cap-and-trade, which requires polluters to pay for the carbon they put into the air. These funds go to the California Climate Investment Program (formerly the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, or GGRF) to be invested in projects and programs that further reduce climate pollution. Read more about how the funding works here.
The benefits of these investments include both enormous environmental benefits — including tons of GHGs reduced, energy savings, and cleaner air to breathe and water to drink — as well as community benefits, such as better mobility, more affordable places to live, and new economic opportunities.
What's more, California has dedicated a significant portion of this funding to lifting up disadvantaged communities, areas identified by the state as having disproportionately borne the burden of pollution, racism, and disinvestment. This commitment provides a model for climate protection that is rooted in justice and considers improving quality of life as a primary strategy for success.
Download more information about our data methods, sources, and definitions (PDF).
Climate Benefits for California is a project of TransForm, and was brought to life with the support of many partners.
We believe that in California, you can't get ahead if you can't get around. We create solutions that give people more transportation choices, combat our global climate crisis, and make our state a more affordable, connected,sustainable place to call home. We are a non-profit organization based in Oakland, with offices in Sacramento and San Jose.
The map and website were created by GreenInfo Network, a non-profit mapping and data firm that creates, analyzes, visualizes, and communicates information in the public interest.
Thank you to the organizations who helped TransForm gather the data, information, and stories that bring the map to life:
We are grateful for the generous support of our funders who make this project possible: