SB 535 (De León, Chapter 830, Statutes of 2012) requires that 25 percent of all non-utility cap and trade revenues be used to the benefit of disadvantaged communities. The bill required CalEPA to identify disadvantaged communities based on geographic, socioeconomic, public health, and environmental hazard criteria. This bill led to the development of CalEnviroScreen
CalEPA has produced a spreadsheet
identifying the census tract, overall CalEnviroScreen score, the CalEnviroScreen percentile, the pollution burden, population characteristics, total population, the county, zip code and nearest city. For more information about disadvantaged communities, including interactive maps, please see http://www.calepa.ca.gov/EnvJustice/GHGInvest/.
Some new programs include specific requirements to meet the requirements of SB 535, and are discussed in the program information sheets.