Catherine Sandoval

Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission

When we talk about Latinos and conservation, it’s about people, not polar bears.

Catherine Sandoval appreciates that when it comes to climate disruption, true change is rooted in local action. As a Commissioner on the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), Sandoval oversees rates and rules for privately owned electric, gas, water, telecommunications, rail and passenger transportation utilities. The CPUC has been tasked with beginning the process of increasing the ratio of renewable energy use in California to 33% of total energy consumption by 2020.

Sandoval is a professor at Santa Clara University School of Law. In 2011, Olga Talamante's Chicana/Latina Foundation honored Sandoval with its Legacy Award.

Catherine Sandoval's Simple Shift

Just today I took the train here and then walked here from the train station.

Live Event Appearances

Podcast Guest Appearances

Green Latinos (02/07/14) (Rebroadcast)

What are the issues that link the Latino community to the environmental movement? For many, it comes down to la familia. Latinos, who make up nearly 40 percent of California’s population, still tend to live in the state’s most polluted areas, in close proximity to freeways and ports. That translates to increased rates of asthma among Latino children. Other community issues include lack of green space, reduced access to bus service and the internet, and economic barriers to things like electric cars and home ownership.