The Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) released a new white paper on energy efficiency and climate adaptation called Energy Efficiency: A Tool for Climate Adaptation.
A new case study is available on Chula Vista’s Sustainable Communities Program. Visit the Best Practices > Case Studies tab to view, or click here. The case study reviews Chula Vista’s work to: Implement reach codes beyond the Title 24 standards; Expedite plan review for projects exceeding code; Develop of a energy code compliance tool…
This 2011 report from the Association of Bay Area Governments provides a useful overview of challenges and opportunities in the implementation of successful multi-family energy efficiency programming, as reviewed and recommended by the Multifamily Subcommittee of the California Home Energy Coordinating Committee (MF HERCC). Review and recommendations are provided in the following subject areas: 1. Program…
The Department of Motor Vehicles Headquarters based in Sacramento has saved money and energy and boosted the building’s energy efficiency by 30-50%. Energy savings resulted from measures undertaken including double-glazed windows for better insulation, improved heating and cooling systems, a smart “building energy management system,” and installation of LED lighting and daylight harvesting. The DMV…
Fact Sheet: Chula Vista’s Sustainable Communities Program: Reach Codes, Permitting, Planning Tools, and More
The Sustainable Communities Program (SCP) is one of the main components of the Chula Vista Local Government Partnership (LGP) with SDG&E. The SCP was launched in 2009 (more…)
Learn how the City of Hawthorne has achieved electricity reductions of 11.59% through energy efficiency and demand response activities in lighting, pool equipment and solar installs in this SCE case study. An introduction is shared below: (more…)
Get an introduction to ACEEE’s toolkit for local government building energy efficiency below, or click here to review in full. Once a locality determines what actions it wants to take, local governments should adopt a portfolio-wide, systematic approach for energy efficiency in facilities and operations. A comprehensive program ensures greater levels of savings and enables…
A guide to implementing energy efficiency measures in affordable housing is available on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Local Government Climate and Energy Strategy Series website. Click here to explore the resources on the site, or here to download the guide.
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…)
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.