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Green For All Urges The Biden Administration to Act on The American Jobs Plan

April 22, 2021

The Honorable Joe Biden
President
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20500

The Honorable Kamala Harris
Vice President
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 2050

Dear President Biden and Vice President Harris:

Today, as we at Dream Corps Green For All celebrate Earth Day, we want to thank you for your leadership on the historic American Jobs Plan and offer our support and recommendations for investments that boost wealth and health for BIPOC communities, workers and entrepreneurs. The pandemic exacerbated stark health and economic inequalities, particularly for Black, Latinx, and Indigenous communities. As we continue to recover from and build resilience to the COVID-19 pandemic, economic recession, and harsh climate realities across America, we urge you to ensure these hard hit communities are first in line for solutions.

As the Administration works to “Build Back Better,” we support many of the priorities and equitable investments you have outlined through the American Jobs Plan. We urge you to prioritize and enhance the following investments to build real pathways to prosperity for people who have long been excluded:

Electrifying Medium and Heavy Duty Transportation: $100 Billion

  1. Invest $30B in electric school buses to reduce pollution, with at least 40% prioritized for school districts with the highest pollution and/or highest poverty areas. A federal investment of $30B between now and 2030 would electrify 50% of the electric bus fleet by helping school districts pay for vehicles, charging infrastructure and workforce development. 
  1. Invest $25B in electrifying ports across our nation to reduce toxic diesel pollution in  surrounding neighborhoods, which are disproportionately Black and Latinx. 
  1. Invest $25B for electrifying transit buses to reduce pollution in American cities, especially exposure for transit riders and workers. 
  1. Invest $20B in Community Transportation Grants that go directly to community organizations and local governments for locally-driven, equity-focused projects that improve mobility and reduce pollution, especially for communities hardest hit by COVID-19 and the economic recession. 

Inclusive Green Jobs and Workforce Development Training 

  1. Directly improve at least 1 million low-income homes through increasing funding ($10B) for the Weatherization Assistance Program, including funding for workforce development and “whole home retrofits” to simultaneously improve health and safety (e.g. remediation of lead, asbestos, or mold) in the homes being weatherized. This investment could create upwards of 100,000 jobs and provide career opportunities and training for people who face employment barriers. The energy efficiency industry is the largest job producer within the energy industry.
  1. Require inclusive hiring and federal contracting provisions that ensure equitable access: 1. for people and communities who face employment barriers, and 2. for BIPOC green energy and clean-tech entrepreneurs who face barriers to capital. 
    • Build off the Administration’s Justice40 executive order to apply inclusive hiring, contracting, and spending to all federal investments.
    • Enact legislation that requires contractors to hire a proportional talent pool of people with disabilities, people who were formerly incarcerated, and veterans.
    • Rate contractor proposals based on the equity impact of their hiring and subcontracting.
    • Provide technical assistance to new entrants to federal contracting.

The Administration has the historic opportunity to lead on investing in infrastructure and programs that accelerate clean transportation and clean energy, support American households who have the fewest mobility options and the highest energy burdens, and create jobs and build wealth in institutionally under-resourced communities across the country. With these targeted and intentional investments, we believe that we can truly build back better for all.


Sincerely,
Michelle Romero
National Director, Green For All

For policy related inquiries:

Shannon Baker-Branstetter
Deputy Director of Policy, Dream Corps Green For All
Contact: [email protected], (571) 225-8128

Harry Johnson, II
Government Affairs Manager, Dream Corps Green For All
Contact: [email protected], (412)304-4492

For media/general inquiries:

Carmen Coffee
Director of Communications, Dream Corps
Contact: [email protected], (405) 473-2254

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