SB 535 Disadvantaged Communities

The California Environmental Protection Agency and Air Resources Board invite you to participate in community meetings to discuss the use of Cap-and-Trade proceeds to fund projects in disadvantaged and low-income communities to implement Senate Bill 535.
Community Meeting Notice | Additional Information

  • Webinar:
    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
    Tuesday, February 7, 2017
    2-4 p.m.
  • Fresno
    Wednesday, February 1, 2017
    6-8 p.m.
    Cecil C. Hinton Community Center
    2385 S. Fairview Avenue
    Fresno, CA 93706
  • Los Angeles
    Thursday, February 2, 2017
    6-8 p.m.
    Junipero Serra Building
    320 W. 4th Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90013
  • Oakland
    Monday, February 6, 2017
    6-8 p.m.
    Elihu Harris Building
    1515 Clay Street
    Oakland, CA 94612
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Previous Disadvantaged Community Designation (October 2014)

Disadvantaged communities in California are specifically targeted for investment of proceeds from the State’s cap-and-trade program. These investments are aimed at improving public health, quality of life and economic opportunity in California’s most burdened communities at the same time they’re reducing pollution that causes climate change. 

Authorized by the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32), the cap-and-trade program is one of several strategies that California uses to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. Funds received from the program are deposited into the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund and appropriated by the Legislature. They must be used for programs that further reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.

In 2012, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 535 (De León) directing that, in addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, a quarter of the proceeds from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund must also go to projects that provide a benefit to disadvantaged communities. A minimum of 10 percent of the funds must be for projects located within those communities. The legislation gives the California Environmental Protection Agency responsibility for identifying those communities.  

In October 2014, following a series of public workshops to gather public input, CalEPA released its list of disadvantaged communities for the purpose of SB 535. To inform its decision, CalEPA relied on CalEnviroScreen.

For more information on SB 535 and implementation, go to the Cal EPA page on Greenhouse Gas Reduction Investments to Benefit Disadvantaged Communities.

Disadvantaged Communities Map

Disadvantaged communities are defined as the top 25% scoring areas from CalEnviroScreen.

Download SB 535 CalEnviroScreen Data

In addition to the interactive map above, SB 535 disadvantaged communities data is available for download via Google Earth or in an ArcGIS geodatabase: