The People’s Climate Innovation Center (Climate Innovation) has partnered with the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) to support the White House’s newly launched National Building Performance Standards Coalition . We provided critical technical expertise on equity as it was designed by bringing together climate justice movement leaders to "Sound the Call" on equity centered policymaking. The design and recent launch of the Coalition is an example of innovative, cross-sector collaboration. The Coalition is a partnership between 33 state and local governments dedicated to delivering cleaner, healthier, and more affordable buildings. The initiative will support energy-efficient buildings, create green jobs, and lower energy costs for those who now carry the heaviest energy burdens.
The Climate Innovation team works to ensure that cities are not working in silos, but that this is a community-driving, equity-led process that puts communities' needs and solutions at the forefront of planning and policy efforts. Together with IMT, we have created a parallel effort, Community Climate Shift, calling for an investment of $100 million in philanthropic support to activate a national network of equity, environmental justice, and building decarbonization leaders to ensure that new building performance standards implemented by cities and states contribute to a Just Transition and reflect community priorities.
As part of her fellowship, Pandora Thomas launched a beautiful 14- acre orchard, the first Black-owned and operated farm in Sonoma County.
The NACRP is a national network of community-driven planning facilitators, grassroots members and allies that fosters effective climate solutions through training, peer learning and capacity-building.