Transit Climate Initiative

Transportation For All in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic

Green For All is part of a broad coalition of organizations working to develop a clean, equitable, modern transportation system in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States.

Our goal is to make polluters pay for their pollution and invest in clean transportation solutions in the low-income communities and communities of color most impacted by climate change. We're working with community partners across the region, elevating and uplifting the concerns and voices of the most impacted, and ensuring they have the resources and tools they need so no one is left behind in the transition to a green economy.

What is the Transportation and Climate Initiative?

The Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI), an effort of the Georgetown Climate Center, is a regional collaboration of 12 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states and Washington D.C. seeking to reduce carbon emissions in the transportation sector.

Background

In 2018, states announced they would develop a regional "cap-and-invest" program, which would set a strict limit on transportation emissions.

Polluters would need to purchase emissions allowances and the money raised would fund clean transportation solutions.

A carbon price alone is not enough. It is up to state officials to ensure environmental health and economic equity.

An effective carbon pricing program that delivers equitable results must:

  • Engage impacted communities throughout the policy design process and be transparent in implementation
  • Set a strong cap that holds polluters accountable for the damages
  • Dedicate funds targeted directly at overburdened and underserved communities
  • Ensure direct emissions reductions in communities hit first and worst by transportation emissions
  • Make sure that jobs created are good jobs that lift people and families out of poverty.

What's Green For All's Role in TCI?

Green For All works to build a green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty. We advance solutions that bring clean energy, clean transportation, green jobs, and opportunities to the poorest, least served, and most polluted communities in the country. We have spent over a decade ensuring carbon pricing mechanisms lead to equitable solutions for overburdened and underserved communities. Green for All is working with racial justice, economic justice, transit justice, and environmental justice communities to ensure that the Transportation Climate Initiative ensures the program benefits those who need it the most.

Resources

Green For All National Director Michelle Romero spoke on "The Role of Carbon Pricing in a Just Transition" webinar hosted by ClimateXChange. Romero helps people understand the link between environmental issues and inequality and why we must address both at the same time to ensure the people most impacted by climate pollution are not left out of the green economy.  

Watch the webinar here: The Role of Carbon Pricing in a Just Transition from Climate XChange on Vimeo.

Read Green For All's five key elements for effective carbon pricing policy.