Sustainability in the City of Plano, Texas – May 17

Join us Thursday, May 17 as we present a free 1-hour webinar on the sustainability initiatives of the City of Plano, Texas. Learn how the city’s sustainability staff have collaborated with local employers, planners and university personnel to address environmental challenges related to mobility and air quality and implement solutions strengthening the city’s commitment to…

Adidas group greenENERGY Fund invests $10.8 million in energy efficiency and renewable energy

“It created a greenENERGY Fund in 2012 as an internal venture capital fund that provides financing, expertise, project management, and monitoring and verification to facilitate investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects — while delivering a net profit. By creating a dedicated internal fund, the adidas Group is able to overcome common internal financing…

How McDonald’s plans to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by more than a third

“McDonald’s has announced its first targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, claiming it will “prevent 150 million metric tons of emissions by 2030.” That’s a 36% reduction compared with the restaurant chain’s 2015 emissions. McDonald’s plan has been approved under the Science Based Target Initiative, which was set up to help companies set goals to…

Wanted in California: A Healthy Market for Microgrids

“California pioneered state policies for deploying solar and energy storage. Now it’s turning its attention to microgrids. The state’s energy agencies released a draft microgrid roadmap September 29, drawing from a more than year-long process spanning five workshops with stakeholder input from industry, utilities and academia. The goal: to identify challenges and opportunities presented by microgrids.“ Click here to…

First Green Parking Certification in California Awarded to Cal Poly Pomona

“Cal Poly Pomona has earned the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification for a parking structure in California. Parking Structure 2 earned a bronze certificate from Parksmart, which is a component of the U.S Green Building Council’s LEED rating system. Parksmart is the world’s only rating system for sustainable practices in parking…

New $64 Million Transit-Oriented Affordable Housing Development Breaks Ground in Emeryville

“Estrella Vista will be environmentally-sensitive and constructed using sustainable building methods. A number of ‘green’ features designed to ensure its long-term energy-efficiency and sustainability will be incorporated including photovoltaic solar panels, a solar water heating system, low-flow plumbing fixtures, recycled materials, energy-efficient appliances and lighting, and water-efficient landscaping. Power for the electric vehicle charging stations…

How to Build Sustainable, Urban Infrastructure

“According to a report by the Global Commission on the Economy & Climate, if this gap isn’t closed, as many as 2 billion city dwellers will live in informal settlements by 2030. But better urban growth could be a $17 trillion opportunity by 2050 if national policymakers can transform their urban financial systems and overcome investment, regulatory and institutional…

Central Coast Sustainability Summit – Oct. 11

The Central Coast Sustainability Summit is organized in partnership between the Community Environmental Council; the Cities of Goleta, Santa Barbara, and Carpinteria; the County of Santa Barbara; and the University of California, Santa Barbara. The event brings together representatives from local governments and organizations to discuss common sustainability issues, share best practices, and seek partners…

US/EU Cities Pair Around Urban Sustainability

As part of the International Urban Cooperation (IUC) initiative, the European Union has today launched a call for US cities to apply to be paired with a city in the EU around issues in sustainable urban development. US cities who wish to exchange with an EU city facing related challenges are encouraged to apply for this…

Two Great Workshops for Local Governments – Sept. 19-20

Exploring Building Decarbonization through Renewable Heating and Cooling in California Tuesday, September 19 | 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Sierra Club 2101 Webster Street, #1300 Oakland, CA 94612 This meeting is co-hosted by Green Cities California and the Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition with support from StopWaste and the Sierra Club. The focus of this meeting is on…

AHSC Technical Assistance is Available

Yesterday, the Strategic Growth Council (SGC) announced the availability of State-funded Technical Assistance (TA) for the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program. Are you interested in receiving TA from either SGC or SCAG? Please fill out SGC’s survey by Monday, August 28th. The goal of AHSC TA Program is to ensure disadvantaged and low-income communities have access to…

Microgrids-as-a-Service: A New Approach to Solve Resiliency, Efficiency, Sustainability Challenges

This webinar from Greentech Media will discuss how municipal, district, institutional, commercial campus or large buildings can benefit from a “Microgrid-as-a-Service” business model approach to stabilize their long-term energy costs and upgrade critical energy infrastructure without up-front capital. Click here to register

Call for Proposals Closes July 3rd: 7th Annual Central Coast Sustainability Summit

The University of California, Santa Barbara, in partnership with the cities of Goleta, Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, the County of Santa Barbara, and the Community Environmental Council, will be hosting the 6th Annual Central Coast Sustainability Summit on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017. The event will bring together representatives from local governments and organizations to discuss common…
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