California is developing aggressive strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, via the implementation of its global warming bill (AB32). This will serve as a model for the nation. This presents a tremendous opportunity for ensuring that that the most vulnerable sections of the population - low-income and minority populations - get strong public health protections and resources put in place as part of the implementation. Sound science and advocacy is needed to make this happen. We recommended a renewal grant to the USC Center for Sustainable Cities to continue to: 1) Produce policy-relevent reports and methodologies for documenting vulnerable communities and the environmental justice impacts of climate change; 2) Recommend mitigation strategies; and 3) Disseminate results to help Hewlett grantees inform decision-makers, to ensure the work informs the policy implementation. Efforts will also be made to liase with Hewlett allies working on integrating these equity concerns into federal climage change policies. The first year of this grant produced the influential "Climate Gap" report that helped advocates gain allies and attention for needed policy interventions and we are pleased to recommend a second year of funding. (Renewal, $150,000/1; 100% of project budget)
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for the USC Radio Group’s Northern California affiliate, KDFC
University of Southern California Radio Group is a media organization that operates the most-listened-to network of classical music stations in the United States. Its Northern California affiliate, KDFC, broadcasts on five stations, reaching the greater San Francisco Bay Area. The local organization also streams content online, and presents performances and events at the Bowes Center for Performing Arts, which it leases from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Support for KDFC, through University of Southern California Radio Group, is aligned with the Performing Arts Program’s former Continuity and Engagement strategy through the Traditional Works substrategy.
for the Equity Research Institute
USC’s Equity Research Institute (ERI) provides data and analysis to power social change. ERI produces research and facilitates discussions on issues of the economic, environmental, and social conditions facing low-income communities and immigrant populations — and the social movements that are working to change those conditions. ERI, in partnership with the Institute for Social Transformation at UC Santa Cruz, is working on a theory, narrative, and policy platform of “solidarity economics,” which addresses widening income inequality, rising economic insecurities, and growing social and racial fragmentation, while also promoting innovation and economic growth. It approaches this work in collaboration with social movement organizers and change-makers seeking to make solidarity economics a reality.
for opinion research on teaching controversial subjects
The University of Southern California’s Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research conducts the Understanding America Study, a nationally representative survey of approximately 8,000 households. The study includes a subsample of households with at least one K-12 child in the home. Dornsife is collecting new survey data from parents to deepen the survey’s focus on civic and racial topics. This supplemental grant supports the Dornsife Center’s survey research efforts, including the analysis and dissemination of results. (Strategy: K-12 Teaching and Learning)