Sunnyvale releases Energy and Environmental “Fitness” App, Tracking Community EE Savings

The City of Sunnyvale has released an app to the community focused on tracking energy efficiency and environmental actions. IGreen Sunnyvale was developed through a partnership with Raleigh app developer JouleBug, and enables Sunnyvale community members to track activities like riding a bike, avoiding waste, and reducing energy use. The app also connects users to…

Resources for Your Small Businesses: California Green Business Program

The California Green Business Program has been a force in developing programming and certification to support green and energy efficient activities of small and medium-sized businesses in California for years – and they have recently released new resources online! Click here to review their post and associated presentations: The Green Business Academy: A Model to…

Palo Alto’s On Demand Green Building Compliance Trainings

Palo Alto has released an On-Demand set of green building compliance trainings: learn more in the City’s September 23rd press release here and below: Launch of On-Demand Video Trainings for the Green Building and Energy Reach Code Ordinances Palo Alto’s Development Services department has launched a series of on-demand trainings videos outlining the requirements found in…

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund Draft Funding Guidelines

The Air Resources Board (ARB or Board) has released a draft version of the Funding Guidelines for agencies that are administering appropriations from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF). The draft Funding Guidelines consist of three volumes focused on: accountability and transparency; maximizing benefits to disadvantaged communities; and reporting to document greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions,…

Cap-and-Trade Auction Proceeds Public Workshop to Discuss Funding Guidelines for Agencies Administering Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funds

The Air Resources Board (ARB) invites you to participate in a public workshop to provide input on the draft Funding Guidelines for agencies administering Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund programs. The workshop will be held on Monday, June 22, 2015, in Sacramento and available through webcast.  To download a copy of the Workshop Notice, including the workshop time and location, please visit: http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/capandtrade/auctionproceeds/ggrfworkshopnotice-june22.pdf.…

From WaPo: How to get the real estate market to properly value green homes

Read more from the Washington Post here, or review the excerpt below: From installing rooftop solar panels to putting in new triple pane windows and EnergyStar appliances, people today make all kinds of home upgrades that save energy and lower their utility bills. But when they opt to sell their “green” home, it’s often less than clear…

Publication: Energy Efficiency in Local Government Operations: A Guide to Developing and Implementing Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs

EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program has released a final version of Energy Efficiency in Local Government Operations: A Guide to Developing and Implementing Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs (PDF) (72 pp, 5.3 MB). This guide describes how local governments can lead by example and achieve multiple benefits by improving the energy efficiency of…

Port of San Diego’s Sustainable Incentives Best Practices Assessment

The Center for Sustainable Energy has prepared a Sustainable Incentives Best Practices Assessment for the Port of San Diego, released April 2016. This is a great resource for local governments considering green leases and landlord-tenant energy efficiency solutions. The full Port Best Practices report is available here.

Webinar: Innovative approaches to energy efficiency retrofits

Please join us for a free Peninsula Advanced Energy Community (PAEC) webinar on March 28, 2018 from 12pm – 1pm PT. Register here. California has 9 million single-family homes, 3.1 million multi-family dwellings, and 600,000 commercial buildings. Most of them could be much more energy efficient. How do we accelerate implementation of deep energy efficiency retrofits that…

Port of San Diego’s New Sustainable Incentives Best Practices Assessment

The Center for Sustainable Energy has prepared a Sustainable Incentives Best Practices Assessment for the Port of San Diego, released April 2016. This is a great resource for local governments considering green leases and landlord-tenant energy efficiency solutions. The full Port Best Practices report is available here and the introduction of the report is shared below:…

DOE Publication: Energy Efficiency in Separate Tenant Spaces – A Feasibility Study

The U.S Department of Energy (DOE)’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has released a new publication on energy efficiency in tenant spaces. Click here to view Energy Efficiency in Separate Tenant Spaces – A Feasibility Study in full; the Executive Summary is copied below. Commercial buildings account for 20% of energy used…

Peer to Peer Requests

From time to time, local governments seek the advice of their peers on programs, policies, templates, etc. If you have such a request, send it to the Coordinator at ahacker@lgc.org and you will be connected with the information, resources and experts you are looking for. If you have information you are willing to share your own…

CURRENTS

The Coordinator has been writing and distributing CURRENTS: An Energy Newsletter for Local Governments since 1998. Back issues are available here. Below are the latest issues: Summer 2016 CURRENTS EJ Leaders | Building Technologies | 101 Resources | Energy Code Resource Favorites | Residential Savings Innovations | Green Leases | COP21 Video: Oakland and Richmond | CAEECC…

Ways to get Funded

How to Guide: Ways to Get Funded Internal Funding Best PracticesWhile rarely easy, there are many ways to identify internal sources of funding for locally-led focused on reducing energy and greenhouse gas emissions in municipal or privately owned facilities. Did we miss an internal best practice? Let us know at eecoordinator@lgc.org. Annual Budget AppropriationsRe-invest Municipal…