Kristen Soares

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Webinar Recap: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is — Best Practices for Implementing Biden’s Justice40 Initiative

In January of 2021, President Biden made a commitment to ensuring that 40 percent of certain federal investments related to climate and the environment benefit disadvantaged communities, the Justice40 Initiative. While this lofty goal designates climate justice as a national...

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Webinar Recap: Green Banks and the IRA — How States Can Leverage Funding for Climate Action

Among the many pro-climate funding mechanisms in the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is the creation of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, which grants the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) $20 billion to establish a national green bank, and an additional...

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Webinar Recap: Structuring State Governments to Prioritize Environmental Justice

As a core tenet of the environmental movement, environmental justice (EJ) continues to evolve in the state policy arena. However, states are realizing that as justice and equity policies progress, their government structure must also evolve to meet these new...

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Webinar Recap: Tackling Preemption: Fighting State Efforts to Block Municipal Climate Action

In the absence of state and federal climate action, cities around the country have turned to local policies to ensure a cleaner, greener future for themselves. Unfortunately, many state legislatures have introduced and even enacted bills that prohibit such local...

Webinar Recap: Equitable Climate Programs at the State and Local Level

Including equity in climate action is of the utmost importance, but many climate policy actors may be unsure of how exactly to do so in their climate programs. With the influx of federal climate funding initiatives and the ever-increasing pressure...

Youth Climate Activism: The Next Generation of Climate Stakeholders

While the landscape of climate activism is always changing, recent years have seen a major influx of new voices into the climate movement – and they are much younger than what mainstream environmentalism is used to. Youth climate activism has...

Federal Climate Funding Initiatives: What States Need to Know

With the creation and continuing development of several new federal funding initiatives like the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Build Back Better, Justice40, and others, many are wondering how state-level climate action will be affected. States looking to secure funding...

Webinar Recap: Passing State-Level Food Policy

Food production uses up half of the Earth’s habitable land, and is responsible for nearly a third of global heat-trapping emissions. These emissions come from the growing, processing, transporting, storing, cooking, and disposing of the foods we eat every day,...

Dear Policymakers: Community Engagement is Critical for Climate Policy

The climate crisis is worsening. The world’s seven warmest years have occurred since 2014. In 2020, there were 22 disasters in the U.S. alone, costing over $1 billion each, the most on record and over triple the annual average since...