ACEEE Toolkit: Residential Energy Use Disclosure Guide For Policymakers

A growing number of local and state governments are adopting policies requiring residential energy rating and/or disclosure, the practice of evaluating the energy efficiency of a home or building and making the information known to consumers. The option helps policymakers to enable energy reduction goals for buildings, and to increase transparency and consumer information around…

Chula Vista Shares Permitting, Ordinances, and Incentives as part of the Getting to Zero Net Energy Workshop Series

In this presentation shared as part of the Center for Sustainable Energy’s Getting to Zero Net Energy workshop series, the City of Chula Vista shares a number of policies and programs they have put in place to further energy efficiency and sustainability in their community – including: Energy and water efficiency reach codes (codes that…

Los Angeles Unanimously Passes Ordinance Requiring Cool Roofs

Read below or get more coverage from ThinkProgress here or LADWP News here. “On Tuesday the Los Angeles City Council unanimously passed a building code update that will require all new and refurbished homes to have cool roofs, which use sunlight-reflecting materials. Los Angeles is the first major city to require such a measure, which…

City of Goleta Uses Energy Data in Process to Develop Neighborhood Development Floating Zone for Green Community Development

The City of Goleta has received funding through its local government partnership with Southern California Edison (SCE) to establish a voluntary Green Neighborhood Development Floating Zone to foster green community development, and develop tools that will be used for planning and implementation of the floating zone. As described in the grant agreement: the “floating zone”…

El Cerrito Adopts Climate Action Plan

El Cerrito adopted their Climate Action Plan on May 21st, targeting energy reductions of 15% by 2020 and 30% by 2035. The plan features a number of strategies to achieve these goals, including: transit-oriented development and streetscape changes to support efficient transportation, weatherization of homes, utilization of residential and commercial PACE and other financing programs, requiring…

Chula Vista Case Study: A Leader on Reach Codes, Green Business Recognition, and Residential Outreach

Learn from this SDG&E case study here how Chula Vista is a recognized leader in energy efficiency and sustainability: Through its partnership with SDG&E, the City of Chula Vista created innovative approaches to advance municipal and community energy efficiency. Underserved audiences like small businesses, elderly, youth and low-income residents are reached through a comprehensive outreach…

Reach Codes Fact Sheet Available

A fact sheet on implementation of reach codes (or codes that require buildings exceed California’s energy efficiency standards) is now available under the Best Practice Case Studies. Implementation of reach codes is a part of California’s Long-Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan. Learn the steps necessary for implementation, how Simi Valley implemented one of the first…

US Green Building Council Celebrates California Local Governments, Bills, and Codes

The US Green Building Council (USGBC)’s “Top10” for 2012 celebrates 10 California communities and 10 California policies at the forefront of green building and development of an efficient built environment. Excerpts on the highlighted communities are copied below. Details on both highlighted communities and highlighted policies are available here. Most Inspiring: The Sacramento Region for…

ACEEE White Paper: The Role of Local Governments in EE Implementation

In partnership with the MIT Energy Efficiency Strategy Project, ACEEE has released The Role of Local Governments and Community Organizations as Energy Efficiency Implementation Partners. The report shares best practices in enabling policies and creating program partnerships from across the United States, and features the City of Berkeley’s Residential Energy Conservation Ordinance (RECO).  

Case Study Available: Chula Vista’s Sustainable Communities Program

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…

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…)
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