TCI Workshop: Advancing Equity & Creating Opportunities for All Communities

May 15, 2019  •  9:30 am to 4:30 pm  •  New Jersey Innovation Institute 100 Summit St., Newark, NJ 

TCI states and the Georgetown Climate Center convened a Workshop and Roundtable on Advancing Equity & Creating Opportunities for All Communities on May 15, 2019 at the New Jersey Innovation Institute. More than 130 people attended the day-long Newark workshop in person, including community residents, officials from state and local agencies, representatives of energy and transportation businesses, and environmental and social justice advocates. A similar number tuned in via online livestream for all or part of the day. 
Participating TCI states shared updates on the regional policy process to date and presented an overview of the elements of a cap-and-invest approach to reducing emissions from transportation. Officials from the transportation, energy, and environment agencies for TCI states were there to serve as roundtable facilitators as well as to listen, answer questions, and participate in the table conversations. (View the full event agenda.)

Presentations highlighted economic and health disparities experienced by people in neighborhoods disproportionately burdened by pollution and areas underserved by current transportation systems. Participants shared their questions, concerns, and suggestions regarding potential policies and strategies to confront those challenges. Facilitated roundtable conversations provided a forum for participants to recommend specific ways a regional low-carbon transportation policy could address the transportation, health, and equity needs of communities while tackling regional emissions mitigation goals. All the recommendations and other input shared in the roundtable discussions and presentations have been recorded and are being reviewed to inform the ongoing TCI regional policy design process. 


This workshop was livestreamed and recorded. For ease of access, the video below is presented in two parts. Part 1/2 contains the morning session. Part 2/2 presents the afternoon session. Both videos include closed captions.

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Part 2/2

Photo highlights from the event


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About the TCI Regional Low-Carbon Transportation Policy Development Process:

TCI is a collaboration of state environmental, energy, and transportation agencies that are working together to develop a regional policy for low-carbon transportation, following the December 18, 2018 statement by nine states and Washington D.C. committing to:

“…design a regional low-carbon transportation policy proposal that would cap and reduce carbon emissions from the combustion of transportation fuels through a cap-and-invest program or other pricing mechanism… [and]… to complete the policy development process within one year, after which each jurisdiction will decide whether to adopt and implement the policy.”

This was the second regional workshop TCI states will be holding this year on a variety of topics. These events serve as important opportunities for TCI jurisdictions to consult with experts, businesses, residents, communities, and other stakeholders who may inform a regional low-carbon transportation policy, and for stakeholders to provide input and engage with the program development process.  Learn more about this process.