An equity lens
CalMTA’s work with environmental and social justice (ESJ) communities
CalMTA recognizes the historical inequities of efficiency investment and is using an equity lens in our approach to developing a market transformation portfolio for California that delivers benefits to environmental and social justice communities. The California Public Utilities Commission defines ESJ communities as “predominantly communities of color or low-income communities that are underrepresented in the policy setting or decision-making process, subject to a disproportionate impact from one or more environmental hazards, and are likely to experience disparate implementation of environmental regulations and socioeconomic investments in their communities.”
In addition to California’s energy and climate goals, CalMTA seeks to support statewide priorities on environmental and social justice and ensure MTI outcomes reflect the needs and desires of the communities they benefit. To this end, we are working with experts in the California market on equity program development and implementation to:
- Align relevant market transformation initiatives (MTIs) with existing income-qualified program efforts.
- Collaborate with community-based organizations to engage ESJ communities through trusted channels.
- Conduct targeted outreach and listening sessions to better understand the unique barriers that ESJ communities face and inform market transformation intervention strategies to help overcome those barriers.
- Include equity in scoring criteria for submitted MTI concepts, identifying and prioritizing initiatives that demonstrate positive benefits to ESJ communities.
- Collaborate with ESJ community representatives to identify and mitigate unintended impacts of MTI implementation in ESJ communities.
- Emphasize and promote the economic opportunities unlocked by MTIs to decrease the wealth gap and increase wealth-building, high road career paths, and workforce development opportunities.
- Track and report on equity impacts to enable continuous improvement of ESJ community interventions, providing accountability to communities.
In addition to these initiative-level efforts, the company administering the CalMTA contract, Resource Innovations, has established firm commitments and actionable strategies to achieve “majority-diverse representation in our leadership, hiring, partners, and spend. This includes women, minorities, and additional diverse categories.” See Resource Innovations’ diversity in hiring and supplier inclusion policies to learn more.
Are you a community-based organization or ESJ organization who would like to connect with CalMTA or learn more about our work? Contact us at email@example.com, or sign up for our email list.