News Release | Environment America

Environment America joins 50 organizations calling on President Biden to protect the Tongass National Forest

Environment America joined national and local conservation groups, commercial fishing interests, and the outdoor recreation industry to submit a letter on Tuesday March 30,  to the Biden administration calling for carbon-dense forests, including the Tongass National Forest in Alaska, to be specifically protected in the United States’ Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC).

News Release | Environment California

Environment California sponsored solar access act passes senate Governance and Finance Committee

Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco)’s legislation, Senate Bill 617, the Solar Access Act, has passed the Senate Governance and Finance Committee by a
vote of 4-0. SB 617 implements automated solar permitting in counties with a population of over 150,000. This will allow for on-the-spot approvals of residential solar
and solar-plus-storage systems, which will greatly decrease wait times, cut permitting costs for local governments and homeowners, and help California meet its greenhouse
gas emission reduction goals. SB 617 is co-sponsored by SPUR and Environment California. Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) is a principal co-author of the
bill, and Senators Josh Becker (D-San Mateo) and Henry Stern (D-Los Angeles) and Assemblymember Robert Rivas (D-Hollister) are co-authors.

News Release | Environment California

Statement: Biden expresses transformative vision in ‘Build Back Better’ infrastructure plan

Los Angeles-- President Joe Biden will unveil his “Build Back Better” infrastructure package on Wednesday in Pittsburgh, the same Pennsylvania city where he first announced his presidential campaign in 2019. Based on the fact sheet released by the White House on Wednesday morning, his plan focuses infrastructure investments on key measures to improve public health and the environment, including expanding electric transportation, removing lead from drinking water and strengthening our electric grid.

News Release | Environment California

Statement: Biden administration announces plan to boost offshore wind development

WASHINGTON -- Leaders across the Biden administration announced a new initiative Monday to accelerate the development of offshore wind in the United States. Secretaries of Commerce, Transportation, Energy and Interior laid out plans to reach 30 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind power by 2030, which is a total that could power more than 10 million American homes. The effort includes increasing investment in the industry, identifying new areas to develop offshore wind, and accelerating the permitting process of projects. The initiative also facilitates a unique data-sharing partnership between offshore wind developer Orsted and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in service of supporting research on the environmental impact of offshore wind. In order to get to 30GW of offshore wind power, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will need to initiate new leases.