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Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) Grant

On October 27th, 2022, Richmond was awarded a $35M Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) Round 4 Implementation Grant by the California Strategic Growth Council. A brief summary of the Richmond Rising grant application is include below. For more information visit: California Awards $96 Million for Climate Projects in 10 Frontline Communities | California Governor.

Richmond Rising: Healthy, Connected, and Climate Strong

Richmond Rising: Healthy, Connected, Climate Strong is an initiative led by a coalition of local government and local organizations that are implementing projects and transformative plans with environmental, health, and economic benefits in the Iron Triangle, Santa Fe, and Coronado neighborhoods of Richmond. This community-driven effort is funded by a $35 million grant from the California Strategic Growth Council’s Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) Program. TCC funds transformative improvements in California’s most disadvantaged communities, awarding over $100 million in each round of funding.

Using the following strategies, Richmond Rising works to protect and empower the city and its residents:

  • Transit access and mobility
  • Solar installation and home energy efficiency
  • Home water efficiency
  • Urban greening
  • Health and well-being: parks and healthy food

Projects range from constructing new bike lanes to installing residential solar power systems, and from planting trees to furthering workforce development and job training programs, starting in Fall 2023 with funding through Summer 2028.

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Richmond Rising Projects

  1. Neighborhood Complete Streets: Construct new bike lanes, pedestrian facilities, AC transit bus stops, and traffic-calming measures along Harbour Way from Hoffman Blvd to Pennsylvania Ave. Additionally, improve street lighting and incorporate green infrastructure.
  2. Richmond Wellness Trail, Phase 2: Construct protected cycle tracks and shaded pedestrian routes on Marina Way South from Cutting Blvd to the water. Phase 2 will build upon Phase 1 and create a continuous route from the BART/Amtrak station to the new Ferry terminal.
  3. E-Bike Lending Library (at Unity Park): Located at Unity Park, the library will provide community members the option to check out e-bikes, take free classes, community rides, and receive support with any aspects of using e-bikes as a form of transportation. Completion of a Volunteer, Training, Maintenance road-to-ownership program will allow community members to receive their own bike.
  4. E-Bike Share: Expand Richmond’s current bike share program and infrastructure to improve carbon-free mobility options and access to the new bicycle infrastructure. It will bring five new bike share access points and 70 e-bikes to the project area. Free one-month memberships and a $100 ride credit will be given to 1,350 participants living in the project area.  
  5. Resilient Homes for Healthy Communities: Install 875 kilowatts (KW) worth of solar panels and energy efficiency upgrades at no-cost to income-qualifying homes in the Project Area. 
  6. Basins of Relations: Install greywater and laundry-to-landscape system installation at no cost to income-qualifying residents in the Project Area. In addition, training programs will be offered to local youth interested in green careers and subsequently employ them to conduct system installations. 
  7. Bosque del Barrio: Plant 1000 trees to intesnley reforest the project area to create a healthy urban forest. Existing trees will be assessed and dead or dying trees will be removed.
  8. ADA Accessible Garden:  Install edible and pollinator garden at Unity Park specially designed to increase access for local seniors and those with mobility challenges to participate in gardening along the Richmond Greenway. The garden design will create new and enlarge existing pathways, provide seating with support rails, shade trees, an accessible water fountain, and signage.
  9. Orchard for ALL!: Establish a distributed fruit tree orchard throughout the Project Area through annual fruit tree giveaways, with tree care and harvest support offered in exchange for a share of the harvest. The Gleaners Program will provide training and employment to youth who will care for and harvest the trees and distribute the fruit through free farm stands and CSA programs.
  10. Veggie RX: Increase enrollment in the existing Veggie RX pilot program, which prescribes fresh produce as preventative and restorative medicine. A training program, workshops, and other events will be offered throughout the project area – addressing topics such as non-inflammatory and climate-friendly diets. 

Richmond Rising Transformative Plans

  1. Community Engagement Plan: The Community Engagement Plan will center around the Youth Fellows Program, a group of 15 youth annually who will receive mentorship and training, assist with engagement for TCC projects, and participate in the Collaborative Stakeholder Structure. The Collaborative Stakeholder Structure will be comprised of Project leads, Youth Fellows, and Project Area community members to provide oversight and feedback throughout the life of the grant. 
  2. Displacement Avoidance Plan: A combination of policies and programs will aim to close gaps in City-provided services, ensuring residents and businesses have a long-term home in the area. This will be achieved through the adoption of a Renter Access Ordinance, Community Land Trust, ADU toolkit, Buy Local Campaign, and Façade Improvement Pilot Program for businesses. 
  3. Indicator Tracking Plan: The Center for Global Healthy Cities (CGHC) at UC Berkeley will document the process and outcomes of the TCC effort, focusing on the evaluation of procedural and distributive equity.
  4. Workforce Development and Economic Opportunity Plan- This plan will reduce barriers to clean-energy careers for residents in the Iron Triangle, Coronado, and Santa Fe. It will support the recruitment, development, and implementation of immersive training experiences.

Project Area

The project area totals 2.3 square miles and consists of three neighborhoods: Iron Triangle, Santa Fe, and Coronado. As some of the oldest neighborhoods in the Richmond, they are surrounded by heavy transportation and industrial land uses. These conditions have made the area a site of major environmental justice and climate resilience concerns.

Richmond Rising Project Area Map