as amended, Cristina Garcia.
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The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 designates the State Air Resources Board as the state agency charged with monitoring and regulating sources of emissions of greenhouse gases. The act authorizes the state board to include the use of market-based compliance mechanisms. Existing law requires all moneys, except for fines and penalties, collected by the state board as part of a market-based compliance mechanism to be deposited in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund and to be available upon appropriation. Existing law requires the California Environmental Protection Agency to identify disadvantaged communities and requires the Department of Finance, in consultation with the state board and any other relevant state agency, to develop, as specified, a 3-year investment plan for the moneys deposited in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.
This bill would establish the Green Assistance Program, to be administered by the Secretary for Environmental Protection to, among other things, assist small businesses and small nonprofit organizations in applying for moneys from programs using moneys from the fund, as specified.end delete
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Fiscal committee: yes.
State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
The Legislature finds and declares both of the
3(a) Small businesses and small nonprofit organizations often
4lack the technical expertise to develop grant and financing options.
P3 1(b) For the state to meet its air quality goals, every business and
2community must have the same opportunity to compete for funding
3that is available to meet those air quality goals.
begin delete(1)end delete begin delete end deleteThe department may provide pollution
13prevention training and resources to CUPAs, small business
14development corporations, business environmental assistance
15centers, and other regional and local government environmental
16programs so that they can provide technical assistance to businesses
17in identifying and applying methods of pollution prevention.
19 The activities conducted pursuant to
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20 shall emphasize activities necessary to implement
21Sections 25244.17 and 25244.17.1.
22(b) As part of implementing the program authorized by this
23section, the department may develop a California Green Business
24Program that provides support and assistance to programs operated
25by local governments to meet the requirement of subdivision (c)
26and that would voluntarily certify small businesses that adopt
27environmentally preferable business practices, including, but not
28limited to, increased energy efficiency, reduced greenhouse gas
29emissions, promotion of water conservation, and reduced waste
30generation. The department’s California Green Business Program
31may do any or all of the following:
32(1) Assist the network of statewide local government programs
33in implementing guidelines and structures that establish and
34promote a level of consistency among green business programs
35across the state.
36(2) Support, through staffing and contracts, the development
37and maintenance of a statewide database to register small
38businesses granted green business certification, or its equivalent,
39pursuant to a local government program, and track measurable
40pollution reductions and cost savings.
P7 1(3) Solicit participation of additional local programs and
2facilitate the startup of new local programs.
3(4) Develop technical guidance on pollution prevention
4measures, conduct industry studies and pilot projects, and provide
5policy coordination for the participating local programs.
6(5) Collaborate with relevant state agencies that operate small
7 business efficiency and economic development programs,
8including, but not limited to, the Department of Resources
9Recycling and Recovery, the Public Utilities Commission, the
10State Energy Resources Conservation and Development
11Commission, the State Air Resources Board, and the Department
12of Water Resources.
13(c) The department may provide support and assistance to a
14local government program to enable the program to meet all of
15the following requirements:
16(1) The program will be operated by a local government or its
18(2) The program will adopt industry-specific standards for green
19business certification, or its equivalent, in consultation with the
20other participants in the California Green Business Program.
21(3) The program will grant a small
business that voluntarily
22applies to the program a green business certification or its
23equivalent, only upon a determination by the program operator or
24designee that the business is a small business, as determined by
25the program, and complies with the industry-specific standards for
26green business certification adopted pursuant to paragraph (2).
27(4) The program will grant a green business certification, or its
28equivalent, to small businesses, as determined by the program, in
29accordance with all of the following requirements:
30(A) Before the program grants green business certification or
31its equivalent, the program conducts an evaluation to verify
32compliance with the appropriate green business certification
33standards adopted pursuant to paragraph (2).
34(B) A green business certification or its equivalent is granted
35only to an individual location of a small business.
36(C) A green business certification or its equivalent is granted
37to an individual small business only for a limited time period, and,
38after the elapse of that time period, the small business is required
39to reapply for that certification.
P8 1(D) Compliance with applicable federal, state, and local
2environmental laws and regulations is required as a condition of
3receiving a green business certification or its equivalent.
4(d) The department may determine, in consultation with the
5advisory committee, the most effective methods to promote
6implementation of pollution prevention education programs by
7CUPAs, small business development corporations, business
8environmental assistance centers, and other regional and local
9government environmental programs. Program elements may
10include, but are not limited to, all of the following:
11(1) Sponsoring workshops, conferences, technology fairs, and
12other training events.
13(2) Sponsoring regional training groups, such as the regional
14hazardous waste reduction committees.
15(3) Developing and distributing educational materials, such as
16short descriptions of successful pollution prevention projects and
17materials explaining how pollution prevention has been used by
18businesses to achieve compliance with environmental laws
19enforced by local governments.
20(4) Developing site review checklists, training manuals, and
21technical resource manuals and using those resources to train
22CUPAs, small business development corporations, business
23environmental assistance centers, and other regional and local
24 government environmental programs.
25(5) Preparing and distributing resource lists such as lists of
26vendors, consultants, or providers of financial assistance for
27pollution prevention projects.
28(6) Serving as an information clearinghouse to support telephone
29and onsite consultants with local governments.
Part 10 (commencing with Section 44480) is added to
31Division 26 of the Health and Safety Code, to read:
For purposes of this part, the following definitions
37(a) “Fund” means the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund,
38established pursuant to Section 16428.8 of the Government Code.
39(b) “Secretary” means the Secretary for Environmental
The Green Assistance Program is hereby established
2and shall be administered by the secretary. The program shall do
3all of the following:
4(a) Provide technical assistance, including the development of
5competitive project proposals, to small businesses and small
6nonprofit organizations when applying for an allocation of moneys
7from the fund.
8(b) Assist small businesses in applying for funding for energy
9efficiency upgrades to meet and exceed the greenhouse gas
10emission reductions established pursuant to Section 38560.
11(c) Advise small businesses in complying with
12federal, state, and local air quality laws.
13(d) Identify state agencies with appropriate grant programs.
14(e) Coordinate existing local programs to reduce greenhouse
15gas emissions with new programs receiving moneys from the fund.