Partnership & Collaboration

Supporting Frontline Environmental Justice Leaders

Partners Advancing Climate Equity Program (PACE)

Partners Advancing Climate Equity Program (PACE) is a capacity-building program for frontline community leaders from across California to connect with peers, take their skills to the next level, and catalyze transformative change. PACE advances community-driven, equitable climate solutions at the pace and scale demanded by climate change and ongoing racial, social, and environmental inequity.  PACE prioritizes those directly serving frontline communities by honoring and uplifting existing leadership, lived experiences, and local expertise. We define frontline communities as historically marginalized communities that experience the “first and worst” consequences of climate change and other injustices. These include Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities and other marginalized communities that have shouldered the largest health burdens and face the greatest economic barriers.  Learn More

People’s Climate Innovation Center supports the inaugural cohort of 22 leaders representing California’s diverse communities with capacity building and expanding networks of California’s frontline communities working to address climate inequalities. PACE is a partnership of People’s Climate Innovation Center, the California Strategic Growth Council, the Local Government Commission, Climate Resolve, Urban Permaculture Institute, and Greenlining Institute

Project Details

  • Leveraging available resources to advance local climate resilience and social equity priorities
  • Forming and sustaining cross-sector partnerships that enhance collective impact strategies
  • Creating data-driven community needs assessments and developing action plans
  • Navigating State funding programs, policies, resources, and decision-making processes


Climate Innovation Program Team