San Jose’s Clean Fleet

A key part of San Jose’s 2007 “Green Vision” climate action plan is finding solutions in transportation – which makes up for 40% of Santa Clara County’s total carbon emissions. San Jose used the plan to set a goal to move its entire public fleet to 100% alternative fuels. San Jose keeps the public up-to-date on their…

San Diego County’s Strategic Energy Plan 2015-2020

The County of San Diego has two distinct components related to energy and sustainability: County Operations Energy Strategy: The main objectives are to ensure sustainability practices are assimilated into the organization and to minimize utility (water and energy) consumption/costs. Operations specifically applies to County-owned facilities, leased facilities, and County-owned vehicles. County Community Energy Strategy: The main…

Visalia’s Climate Action Plan

The City of Visalia’s Climate Action Plan was released last month. Highlighted are the City’s existing accomplishments – including compressed natural gas and hybrid vehicles, HVAC retrofits in municipal buildings, LED streetlighting installs, and solar photovoltaics at the Visalia airport – and plans for further energy reductions, including further lighting upgrades, municipal solar program expansion,…

Los Altos Hills Unanimously Adopts Climate Action Plan

The Los Altos City Council unanimously approved the City’s Climate Action Plan at the council meeting Dec. 10, 2013. As shared by the City: “The actions Los Altos will take were selected to provide benefit beyond greenhouse gas emission reductions.  The bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure will be expanded.  This will be good for people who…

Presentation: Coachella Valley Association of Government’s Voluntary Green Program

Through the Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG), the municipalities of Blythe, Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians have worked together with Southern California Edison to develop climate action planning for energy efficiency policies and programs. This presentation details how and why…

Indian Wells Approves Climate/Energy Action Plan, Retro-commissioning and Voluntary Green Building Program through Desert Cities Partnership

The City of Indian Wells, as part of the Desert Cities Energy Partnership involving Southern California Edison, SoCal Gas and the Coachella Valley Association of Governments, has approved a set of energy efficiency policies and programs – including a Climate Action Plan, Energy Action Plan, retro-commissioning measures, and a voluntary green building program. The Climate…

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…

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…

2012 White Paper, Regional Climate Action Plans: A New Approach to Facilitating Local Government Greenhouse Gas Reductions

A new paper reviewing Climate Action Plan projects sponsored by the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County, Kern Council of Governments and Coachella Valley Association of Governments can be read here.   Abstract: Due to a confluence of political climate and favorable funding sources, local governments throughout California are on the forefront of planning efforts…

How Alameda County Built Support for its Climate Action Plan

This story, written and posted by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), and shared on the Institute for Local Government’s website, explains the communication and development that built the case for climate action planning at Alameda County.   More information is available on Alameda County’s website.

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.
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