New website highlights impacts of California’s cap-&-trade program projects

New website highlights impacts of California’s cap-&-trade program projects

Oakland-based nonprofit TransForm has launched a new website that highlights the impacts of projects funded by California's cap-&-trade program designed to fight back climate change.

The website titled Climate Benefits for California provides an extensive database about the impacts of cap-&-trade program projects and offers a searchable map that allows visitors to see locations of the projects and the environmental benefits they are providing.

The list of various benefits provided by the projects includes reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and innovative transportation plans.

TransForm's communications director Shannon Tracey said the website was launched to show how the Golden State's efforts to fight climate change are improving lives of people. She added that compilation of data in one place would make it easier for people who the state's efforts to fight climate change are improving their lives.

Speaking about the website, Tracey said, "Californians need to see how these investments make communities healthy and fair."

Currently, the new website provides data on a total of 221 projects launched with grants of more than $450 million under the state's cap-&-trade program that was adopted in 2006 with an aim to combat climate change.

The cap-&-trade program requires huge businesses that discharge more than 25,000 tons of CO2 annually year to acquire special permits for the emissions. Funds raised through the permits are used for projects that reduce pollution and fight back climate change.

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