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…

Indian Wells Retro-Commissioning Policy May 2013

The City of Indian Wells’s retro-commisioning policy provides a guide to help city buildings operate well and efficiently, saving the city energy and money. The policy is available here; the policy document’s introduction is shared below. Commissioning is the process of assuring that new buildings operate at peak efficiency. Retro‐ Commissioning is the process of…

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…

SoCal REN’s Amended Program Implementation Plan for 2013-2014

The Southern California Regional Energy Network (SoCalREN)’s Amended Implementation Plan for 2013-2014 is available here. The Plan describes the planned work and value-add of SoCalREN, which is designed to supplement and complement the work done by the Investor-Owned Utilities’ Local Government Partnerships. This work is to be offered in three main areas: Expansion of Energy…

Fact Sheet: Assessing the Value of Green Buildings

This 2012 fact sheet from Johnson Controls’s Institute for Building Efficiency shares a summary of how green building labeling (e.g., ENERGY STAR, or LEED) have been found to affect building value. The fact sheet looks at data from several countries. Below is an (more…)

Green Revolving Funds: An Introductory Guide to Implementation and Management

Thinking of developing a revolving loan fund for energy efficiency and sustainability projects? This guide will help you identify the value proposition, engage the right teams, and set up a well-administered fund that chooses effective projects that can replenish it with their savings. Looking for information on what California local governments have already set up…

Community Energy Champion Grants Handbook and Case Studies

In partnership with PG&E, the Silicon Valley Energy Watch has released the Community Energy Champion Grants Handbook and Case Studies, showcasing the best practices and effects of the Community Energy Champion Grants (CECG) program they run as a utility-local government partnership. The Handbook is available at the link above. To review the introduction, see below. Handbook…

Visalia Parking Lot Lighting Upgrades through VIEW Partnership

In partnership with Southern California Edison and through the Valley Innovative Energy Watch partnership, the City of Visalia has saved electricity and money in its West Acequia Parking Structure. Read this one-pager for more information and details and annual savings.

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…

Southern California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan

UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs has published a Southern California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan, prepared for the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). To read the plan in full on SCAG’s website, click here. For more SCAG publications, click here.
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