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Governor Brown Signs
Historic Climate Change Legislation

Governor Brown Signs Historic Climate Change Legislation, Sept. 2016
Governor Brown Signs Historic Climate Change Legislation

On September 8, 2016, at the Vista Hermosa Natural Park, California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. signed SB 32 and AB 197, which require the state to cut emissions at least 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and invest in the communities hardest hit by climate change. This comes ten years after California adopted AB 32 with the toughest greenhouse gas emission (GHG) reduction goals in the nation.

The Redwood Forest Foundation plays a crucial role in the success of this program. In May 2016, RFFI's Usal Redwood Forest Carbon Project was recognized by California's Climate Air Reserve for reducing the most GHG emissions of any project in California in 2015. RFFI's forest carbon sequestration project is one of the largest in the US.

(from left) Mark Welther, RFFI President & CEO, Gillian Calof, Interim President, CAR,  Rachel Tornek, Vice President of Programs, CAR and Tom Tuchmann, President US Forest Capitol.
(from left) Mark Welther, RFFI President & CEO, Gillian Calof, Interim President, CAR, Rachel Tornek, Vice President of Programs, CAR and Tom Tuchmann, President US Forest Capitol.

California is currently is on the road to meet or exceed current targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 (per California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006-AB 32). The new 2030 requirement set forth in SB 32 can make it possible to reach the ultimate goal of reducing emissions 80 percent under 1990 levels by 2050. Read about this next step forward.
 

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