TransForm has unveiled the Climate Benefits Map, an interactive online tool that provides a centralized source tracking the benefits of California’s cap-and-trade program, which helps fund transit and development projects.
The map, currently in beta, will feature all the data available about the various programs and projects funded by the state’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) and make it available to the public.
TransForm, a nonprofit that advocates for sustainable transportation and land use across the state, aims to highlight the environmental and economic benefits of California’s climate change-fighting programs.
“We really believe that California is benefiting from its climate change policies,” said Shannon Tracey, TransForm’s communications director. As the state legislature considers further programs to help reduce greenhouse gases, “it’s important for people to see what we’re getting from these investments.”
“This tool will help people evaluate whether we’re doing the right kinds of investments,” she added.
The California Air Resources Board is developing its own online tracking tool for climate change policies, but it’s not close to being ready.
California’s GGRF currently funds a wide range of programs, administered by different state agencies: