Environmental equity means both protection from environmental hazards as well as access to environmental benefits for all, regardless of income, race, and other characteristics. Climate change is expected to disproportionally affect low-income communities least responsible for climate change emissions. Yet with strong action, these same communities could disproportionately benefit from strategies to address and adapt to climate change.

Through research and collaborations with stakeholders, the Luskin Center for Innovation (LCI) seeks to advance climate equity by informing policies, plans, and processes that empower and uplift communities, particularly those that are low-income, to bring home the benefits of climate mitigation and resiliency building. Thus far, this work has focused in California, with the ability to transfer lessons learned. Example projects follow.