ACEEE Toolkit: Energy Efficiency in Local Government Buildings

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…

Energy Efficiency in Affordable Housing Guide (USEPA)

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.

ACEEE Fact Sheet: How Does Energy Efficiency Create Jobs?

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…

From Island Press: Local Climate Action Planning

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.

SMUD 2011 Case Study: SMUD Energy Efficiency Remodel with Habitat for Humanity

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…)

Case Study: Pasadena

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…)

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.

CEC Publication: Energy Aware Facility Siting and Permitting Guide

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.  

CEC Publication: Energy Aware Planning Guide

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…

Case Study: Suisun City’s Energy Efficient Multi-Family Cottonwood Creek Apartments

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…
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