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Testimony: Save California’s clean air safety net

People protest before a public meeting of South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) Hearing Board.

On February 29, 2024, the California Senate Budget Subcommittee on Resources, Environmental Protection, and Energy met to hear from experts and the public on the proposed 2024-2025 state budget. Facing a projected $73 billion budget deficit, Governor Newsom has proposed billions in potential cuts to climate and energy investments. If approved by the legislature, the … Read more

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Climate impacts don’t hit Californians equally

Another year of record-breaking heat resulted in a major increase in heat-related deaths across the country in 2023, with people of color and the elderly most impacted. Here in California, extreme heat combined with wildfire smoke caused increased hospitalizations for lower-income communities as well as Latino, Black, Asian, and other communities of color.  The legacy … Read more

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Passing 1.5 degrees Celsius and what you can do about it

Last weekend’s storm that knocked out power for 800,000 Californians drove home what climate extremes mean in real life. The storm was yet another record-breaker after a year of climate disruptions that shocked scientists — from record-high temperature averages in 77 countries to severe floods in China, Greece, India, Libya, New Zealand, and the United … Read more

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All-electric buildings aren’t only for the rich

Decarbonizing existing residential buildings is critical to meeting state and global climate goals. Today, buildings in California are responsible for 25 percent of our total annual greenhouse gas emissions. To have a chance at staying below 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming, California must cut building emissions by almost 70 percent over the next six years.  … Read more

Kendra Harris

Kendra Harris joined The Climate Center as the Government Affairs Manager in January 2024. The Government Affairs Manager is responsible for The Climate Center’s policy advocacy in California, primarily focused on policymaking in Sacramento to realize the ambitious and urgently needed goals of our Climate-Safe California campaign. 

Kendra has worked for 20 years in government relations and public policy with experience in both the government and non-profit sectors. She is especially dedicated to policy, systems change, and programmatic efforts involving educational equity, health and human services, the welfare of women and girls, and social justice movements. She has led teams, developed and executed fundraising strategies, supported executive board members, and designed and implemented strategic advocacy plans. In addition, she has represented organizations to the media, government officials, coalition partners, and the public. She is excited to use her expertise to contribute to the significant body of climate change plans and activities underway to reduce climate-driven risks to the state’s economy, environment, and human well-being.

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California state leaders: Allow virtual participation in public hearings for all Californians

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state legislature enacted new processes that allow Californians to participate in legislative hearings by phone. During public comment, constituents can share their support for or opposition to bills under discussion, a process known as “me too’s.” Californians across the state have an opportunity to participate in the … Read more

Lisa Whitescarver

Lisa Whitescarver has lived in Marin County with her family since 2000. She is an owner and operator of commercial real estate at North River Company San Rafael, and formerly at Hines San Francisco. Her experience includes building design, operations, debt and equity finance, and regulatory entitlements. She is currently active in implementing building upgrades … Read more

How to Fund Community Energy Resilience Projects

Rooftop solar installation

A record-setting amount of state and federal funding is available right now to support community energy resilience projects in low-income and disadvantaged communities. Such projects include rooftop solar that can provide clean, reliable, and affordable energy for all. In this webinar, a panel of experts discussed opportunities and challenges of securing funding through the Inflation … Read more

Business Network Breakfast: The State of California’s Solar Industry and Future Opportunities for Decarbonization


As The Climate Center ramps up for another legislative session in California, we invite our Business Network members to join us for an update on our policy priorities. We are honored to welcome Allie Detrio, CEO and Founder of ReimaginePower, a firm focused on strategy and advocacy for microgrids and other local energy resources. Allie … Read more