Since 2019, when the Green New Deal Resolution was first introduced, there has been monumental progress on clean energy, climate, and environmental justice. The passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) provide an historic opportunity to deliver on the most significant climate and clean energy investments in our nation’s history, putting us on a path to take on the climate crisis, repair historic harms to low-income and disadvantaged communities, and create good, union jobs.
This guide lays out the goal of the Green New Deal and compiles resources from the White House and federal agencies to give cities, states, Tribes, nonprofits, and individuals the tools they need to take full advantage of these new programs and create on-the-ground progress toward a Green New Deal.
The Biden administration is still establishing many of the programs in this guide, while others have already begun to send funding out into communities. This guide focuses on investments with the clearest ties to the Green New Deal’s goals, recognizing that those ties must be maintained and strengthened with deliberate program design choices. For both new and existing programs—particularly those that are statutorily broader or more technology-neutral—the implementation process must support community-led solutions, avoid investing in projects that could increase harms to overburdened communities or the climate, and provide meaningful consultation and consent processes for Tribes and environmental justice communities.
From children having a healthier ride to school on a new electric bus, to communities that no longer have to worry about lead in their water, these investments are saving lives, changing outcomes, and building a livable future. With proper implementation, these investments—which exceed $250 billion in allocated funding, and which are orders of magnitude greater thanks to uncapped tax credits— will pave the way to a Green New Deal future.
If you have any questions that this document does not answer, or if you want to share a Green New Deal project that you’re working on in your community, please contact Senator Markey’s office or Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez’s office.