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Reducing Energy Burden and Creating Just Energy Futures

With summer here, many are dealing with rising gas prices and high electricity bills. This is particularly stressful for families on a tight budget who can’t afford electric vehicles or new energy-saving appliances. Alec Castellano and Diamond Spratling, two participants in this year’s UC Davis Environmental Justice (EJ) Leaders cohort, are working towards electric vehicle adoption and combating rising energy costs within communities of color.

Feminist Research Institute of UC Davis, Jun 29, 2023

Making Diamonds: Celebrating Our Environmental Justice Leaders

Hosted by the UC Davis Feminist Research Institute and Institute of Transportation Studies, the celebration spotlighted each of the eight Leaders from around the United States who presented their visions and work in EJ within their communities.

Feminist Research Institute of UC Davis, May 30, 2023

Investments facilitate community-led climate action

New progress reports from UCLA show how the Transformative Climate Communities program deepens capacity in California communities on the frontlines of the climate crisis.

UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, May 31, 2023

Commentary: Stockton addresses historic redlining by Going Green

The city’s Stockton Rising program, along with 11 community partners, surveyed over 2000 residents on their needs and desires in order to create the city’s Sustainable Neighborhood Plan. Now with additional funding from the state, they are working to implement these suggestions.

Stocktonia, Apr. 26, 2023

The Coming California Mega Storm

California, where earthquakes, droughts and wildfires have shaped life for generations, also faces the growing threat of another kind of calamity, one whose fury would be felt across the entire state.

The New York Times, Aug. 12, 2022

Rep. Harder calls Delta tunnel project ‘Boondoggle’ during townhall meeting

Ector Olivares of the Catholic Charities’ Environmental Justice division said any version of the tunnel project is bad for San Joaquin Valley, accusing Southern California of abusing water resources.

“They will drink us dry. They will turn us into a desert without putting a dent in their water use,” Olivares said.

Stocktonia, Jan. 19, 2023

San Joaquin County Declares Local State Of Emergency

Effective January 1, 2023, the Directors of Emergency Services for San Joaquin County proclaimed an emergency due to the series of winter atmospheric rivers. The emergency was proclaimed because San Joaquin County was affected by a “public calamity” when the Board of Supervisors was not in session.

California Just Banned Gas-Powered Cars. Here’s Everything You Need to Know

The California rule only applies to new car sales, so consumers could still buy and own used cars that run on gasoline, and they could cross state lines to buy new cars that run on gasoline. And nobody is going to take that classic Corvette away from you.

Inside Climate News, Sept. 1, 2022

Biden Opens New Federal Office for Climate Change, Health and Equity

Amid deadly heat waves and new evidence showing that wildfire smoke may contribute to premature births, the Biden administration is creating a new federal office to address the health consequences of climate change and their disproportionate effects on poor communities.

The New York Times, Aug. 30, 2021

Meninga wants to make sure there is environmental justice in Manteca

The Manteca Bulletin interviews a Manteca resident that wants to bring environmental justice to the table for Manteca’s future plans.

Manteca/Ripon Bulletin, Mar. 18, 2019

Giving neighborhoods a voice: Environmental justice workshop focuses on practices, resources aimed at helping communities

The Record writes on the SB 1000 workshop provided at Stockton and interviews Jonathan, Catholic Charities, to discuss what Environmental Justice is.

The Record, February 20, 2019

How Climate Leader Chanell Fletcher gets around the Bay Area

Article discusses about Chanell’s weekly travel schedule.

Curbed, December 21, 2018

Vote on Stockton’s General Plan Put off Amid Concerns

The Record writes about the Stockton General Plan’s voting extension due to the letters of concern from the Sierra Club, the Healthy Neighborhoods Collaborative and the San Joaquin County League of Women Voters.

The Record, October 26, 2018

Central Valley Regional Transportation Plans Aim To Cut Emissions, Driving

Minerva Perez, StreetsblogCAL, gives background information about the Draft Regional Transportation Plan/ Sustainable Communities Strategy

StreetsblogCAL, July 9, 2018

Shaping Transportation Options in Central Valley

Safe Routes to School National Partnership writes a blog about the Regional Transportation Plans (RTPs).

Safe Routes to School National Partnership, July 5, 2018

Advocates Push for Better Transportation Planning in San Joaquin Valley

ClimatePlan writes a blog about SJCOG’s RTP/SCS plan.

StreetsblogCAL, May 25, 2018

San Joaquin Communities: the next 20 years

Christopher Escarcega, ClimatePlan, with Yolanda Park, Catholic Charities, gives a background on what the San Joaquin Communities look like in the next 20 years.

ClimatePlan, May 9, 2018

Diocese of Stockton Focuses on Environmental Stewardship

Yolanda Park gives a background on Environmental Justice and the Program as a part of this newsletter.

Because We Are Catholic, September 8, 2017

Stockton is building an All-Electric Bus Rapid Transit Route

Yolanda Park, Catholic Charities, and Jesus Andrade, Stockton Council-member, discuss the impact on a new route to disadvantaged communities in South Stockton.

StreetsblogCAL, August 10, 2017

Compromise on North-Side Development

Media Mention by Yolanda Park, Catholic Charities, discussing on future development north of Eight Mile Road.

Stockton Record, July 26, 2017

Electric Vehicles a Growing Option for the Valley

OpEd by Jose Marin, Valley Clean Air Now, and Katelyn Roedner Sutter, Catholic Charities.

Stockton Record, May 10, 2016

The Moral Urgency of Climate Action

OpEd by Bishop Stephen E. Blaire asking the courts to uphold the Clean Power Plan.

Morning Consult, April 6, 2016

Ray of Hope for Solar Power

AB 693 by Asm Susan Eggman makes solar an option for low-income residents.

Stockton Record, October 7, 2015

Catholic Leaders Make Climate Change Plea to California Lawmakers

Bishops Soto and Blaire talk Laudato Si’ and SB 350.

The Guardian, September 5, 2015

Rural Reactions to Laudato Si

Rural residents and those who serve them, in partnership with Catholic Rural Life discuss Pope Francis’ Encyclical.

Catholic Rural Life Magazine, Summer 2015

Climate Change is a Moral Issue

Bishops Blaire, Ochoa, and Soto’s OpEd following the release of Laudato Si’.

Sacramento Bee, June 24, 2015

The Future of our World is at Stake

Bishop Blaire lauds Pope Francis’ call to climate action.

Stockton Record, June 18, 2015

The Pope’s Encyclical As it Happened

A play-by-play of the release of Laudato Si’, including comments from Bishop Blaire.

The Guardian, June 18, 2015

21st Century Stewardship

Highlights how the Environmental Justice Program and San Joaquin Valley are preparing for Encyclical.

National Catholic Register, June 10, 2015

Caring for God’s Creation

Catholic Charities caring for people and the planet (pg 19).

Charities USA Magazine, Spring, 2015

The Vocation of the Agricultural Leader

Highlights from the Food, Faith & the Environment Symposium, hosted by our partners at Catholic Rural Life.

Catholic Rural Life Magazine, Winter 2015

Communities of Salt and Light

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops recognizes the solar efforts of the Environmental Justice Program ( is also a great parish resource).

Lessons from a Model Eco-Friendly Diocese

Profiles the Environmental Justice Program (this is also a great blog to follow)., December 5, 2014

Much of San Joaquin County Can Apply for Cap-and-Trade Funds

San Joaquin County has a high number of disadvantaged residents, making state money a possibility.

Stockton Record, November 3, 2014

Solar Program to Power Up Stockton, CA Diocese

The Environmental Justice Program launches a new solar initiative (learn more about our partners Catholic Climate Covenantand Sungevity)

National Catholic Reporter, August 19, 2014

Pollution’s Victims: 92,903 SJ County Residents Face Higher Risk than 95 Percent of State

The California Environmental Protection Agency released their new environmental justice screening tool.

Stockton Record, April 30, 2014

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