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Governor Newsom Announces California has Joined New Global Alliance Committed to Ending Reliance on Fossil Fuels 

Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California has joined the Beyond Oil & Gas Alliance (BOGA) launched at COP26, bringing together national and subnational governments committed to advancing a just transition away from oil and gas production. Led by Costa Rica and Denmark, the first-of-its-kind alliance will help build momentum for states and nations working to phase out oil and gas production and support efforts to build a clean energy economy. Read the press release. (11/11/21)


Governor Newsom Announces California has Joined COP26 Declaration on Zero-Emission Vehicles

Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California has signed on to a global agreement bringing together nations, states and regions, vehicle manufacturers, businesses, investors and other partners dedicated to rapidly accelerating the transition to zero emission vehicles. Launched by the UK COP presidency, the COP26 Declaration on Zero-Emission Cars and Vans aims to achieve 100% zero emission vehicle sales by 2035 in leading markets, and no later than 2040 globally. Read the press release. (11/10/21)


CalEPA releases preliminary SB 535 Disadvantaged Communities Designation update

CalEPA released its proposed update to the Senate Bill 535 (De León, 2012) disadvantaged communities designation on Oct. 19. CalEPA invites comments from the public on its proposed update until Nov. 17. Comments can be sent to The public is also invited to provide feedback by participating in upcoming virtual public workshops on the preliminary designation. Learn more by reading the public notice: Virtual Public Workshops on Identification of Disadvantaged Communities (en español: Talleres Públicos Virtuales). (10/21/21)


CalEPA Updates Groundbreaking Environmental Justice Tool

CalEPA released an updated version of CalEnviroScreen, a California innovation that has become the national gold standard of geospatial data tools used to drive more equitable decision-making. Developed by CalEPA’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, CalEnviroScreen identifies California communities with the highest pollution burdens and vulnerabilities. It is used to better understand and address environmental concerns in California communities. Read the press release (en español). (10/13/21)


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