Looking for more information on exactly how energy efficiency investments affect jobs? The American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy conducts studies on this and has produced a useful fact sheet, which has some pretty interesting conclusions. ACEEE breaks down energy efficiency’s effects on job creation into two categories: first, investment in energy efficiency typically engages…
Local Climate Action Planning is the first book designed to help planners, municipal staff and officials, citizens and others working at local levels to develop Climate Action Plans. A CAP clearly outlines a community’s plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, lowering energy consumption, and in the process creating a more livable, sustainable community.
For the past two years, the Sacramento Municipal Utilities District (SMUD) has been working with the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA) to dramatically improve the energy efficiency of foreclosed and abandoned homes in (more…)
As a large urban community known for its chic lifestyle, Pasadena is committed to going green through massive energy and water use overhauls, along with encouraging the use of alternative transportation methods like improved bus lines and bike paths. (more…)
Learn from Heather Merenda about Santa Clarita’s Green Business Incentive Program in this presentation, and hear directly from her in the 2011 SEEC webinar on benchmarking below:
The City of Encinitas Green Building Incentive Program provides financial incentive, priority plan check, and City Council recognition for projects that register and achieve (more…)
Covered in the Merced Sun Star: Merced County officials said they are about to switch on a 1.4 megawatt solar array to power correctional facilities in Merced County near El Nido. The switch will be thrown at 10 a.m., Tuesday at the Correctional Facility at 2584 W. Sandy Mush Road. Two triangular arrays deploying 6,272 solar…
From SEEC’s ILG: Evaluating Greenhouse Gas Emissions as Part of California’s Environmental Review Process: A Local Official’s Guide
The Institute for Local Government (ILG) has developed a CEQA Greenhouse Gas Guide for elected officials, Evaluating Greenhouse Gas Emissions as Part of California’s Environmental Review Process: A Local Official’s Guide, that includes a brief discussion about climate action plans and the CEQA guidelines.
The US EPA has release a Clean Energy Financing Guide intended to help government entities understand and make decisions to support appropriate financing programs for their jurisdiction. The Guide’s objective is to help government entities facilitate financing support in the commercial and residential sectors, with a secondary focus on helping state and local governments finance…
The California Energy Commission’s Energy Aware Facility Siting and Permitting Guide assists local governments with developing general plan energy and transmission elements and provides guidance on utility-scale electricity generation and transmission planning and permitting. The Guide can be downloaded for free from the CEC’s web site.
The California Energy Commission’s Energy Aware Planning Guide is a comprehensive resource for local governments seeking to reduce energy use, improve energy efficiency, and increase usage of renewable energy across all sectors. Strategies explored include transportation and land use changes, optimizing water use, building improvements, and other strategies. Each strategy section contains general plan language…
Click here to learn how BRIDGE Housing pursued green, energy-efficient development to provide Suisun City residents of the Cottonwood Creek Apartments with a higher quality of living and lower utility bills every month. Cottonwood Creek Apartments is a 94-unit affordable housing complex in Suisun City, California, the first in Solano County with photovoltaic panels. In…
2010 State Attorney General Office Report on Local Governments Green Building Ordinances, Requirements, and Support
A 2010 report on California local governments’ green building ordinances, requirements, incentives and other activities is available here on the Office of the Attorney General’s website. (more…)
The City of Los Angeles is home to 4 million people living within 470 square miles. With that number of people constantly on the move, it’s not surprising that nearly half of L.A.’s (more…)
In December 2010, the City of Antioch completed retrofits of eight City-owned facilities and over 8,700 street and park lights with energy-efficient induction lighting, saving (more…)