September 13, 2016
By Carol Zabin, Abigail Martin, and Rachel Morello-Frosch (University of California, Berkeley); Manuel Pastor (University of Southern California); and Jim Sadd (Occidental College)
Please note: reports dated earlier than June 2020 were published under our previous names: the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) or the USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII).
This report, Advancing Equity in California Climate Policy: A New Social Contract for Low-Carbon Transition, presents a Climate Policy Equity Framework to assist California decision makers shape policy development and program implementation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in ways that promote economic, social, and environmental equity.
The authors suggest that “policymakers, regulators, community groups, advocacy organizations, and business interests should develop a ‘social contract’ to manage a transition to a low-carbon economy that both maximizes the benefits of low-carbon economic development and minimizes the risks to working people and disadvantaged communities.”
“The Climate Policy Equity Framework operates at three levels to:
- Articulate equity principles and goals to guide policy design;
- Present key criteria to analyze how close a particular climate policy or program comes to meeting these equity goals; and
- Propose indicators that point the way to mechanisms and strategies to advance climate equity”
Read our other publications by research area
Immigrant Integration & Racial Justice
Our work on immigrant integration and racial justice brings together three emphases: scholarship that draws on academic theory and rigorous research, data that provides information structured to highlight the process of immigrant integration over time, and engagement that seeks to create new dialogues with government, community organizers, business and civic leaders, immigrants and the voting public to advance immigrant integration and racial equity.
Economic Inclusion & Climate Equity
In the area of economic inclusion, we at ERI advance academic theory and practical applications linking economic growth, environmental quality, and civic health with bridging of racial and other gaps; produce accessible and actionable data and analysis through the data tools; and establish research partnerships to deepen and advance the dialogue, planning, and actions around racial equity, environmental justice, and the built environment.
Social Movements & Governing Power
ERI’s work in the area of governing power includes: conducting cross-disciplinary studies of today’s social movements, supporting learning and strategizing efforts to advance dialogues among organizers, funders, intermediaries, evaluators, and academics, and developing research-based social change frameworks and tools to inform—and be informed by—real-world, real-time efforts towards a vision of deep change.
In 2020, the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) and the USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII) merged to form the USC Equity Research Institute (ERI).
The full list of publications published under our previous and current names can be found in our publications directory.