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…

CEC Energy Code Trainings to be Made Available through ICC Chapters

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has developed a list of Energy Code Trainings that will be made available at multiple locations throughout the state through International Code Council (ICC) Chapters. Highlights from the list are (more…)

Santa Barbara County Green Business Program Certifies 15 New Green Businesses

Santa Barbara County celebrated the addition of 15 new green businesses to its Green Business Program at a luncheon event this week. Per their website, Program Director Frances Gilliland shared: ”The Green Business Program continues to work with so many (more…)

Water-Efficient Business Collaborative

World Water Day was this week, and is a good opportunity to remember that saving water and saving energy go hand-in-hand. This Environmental Leader article, featuring the California Water Action Collaborative (CWAC) partnership across food and beverage businesses is a good reminder of how businesses can work together across our jurisdictions to reduce water and energy use.

No-Cost Financing and Economic Development Conference 3/29 in Salinas

Presented by PG&E and CSU Monterey Bay Small Business Development Center, a No-Cost Financing and Economic Development Conference will be held in Salinas in March 29th. The Conference is available to lenders, business owners, and local economic development executives and local government officials. See the event flyer for more information.

Corte Madera Adopts Climate Action Plan

Earlier this month, the Town of Corte Madera adopted and published its new Climate Action Plan, making Marin County a county where all cities and towns – and the County itself – have a climate action plan in place. (Click here for links to all of Marin County’s climate action plans.) The Plan reviews the Town’s greenhouse…

California small businesses recognized through for implementing climate-smart strategies

Earlier this week, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced the winners of the 6th CoolCalifornia Small Business Awards, recognizing small businesses that demonstrate leadership and make notable, voluntary achievements toward reducing their carbon footprint. CARB’s press release is shared below: “These businesses illustrate the California story,” said CARB Chair Mary Nichols. “From Eureka to San…

U.S. DOE Better Buildings Alliance Winter 2016 Progress Update

The U.S. Department of Energy has released the annual Better Buildings Alliance Winter 2016 Progress Update, full of resources for local governments and building professionals alike. Prominently featured are plug load management strategies, demand controlled ventilation (DCV) and use tips for Energy Management Systems (EMS). Plug load in particular is getting a lot of attention…

GTM Webinar 2/25: Top Emerging Technology Trends of Large Energy Users

Large energy users are often the early adopters of exciting new energy management technology trends. Learn more about top trends that Greentech Media sees coming through large energy users, in a GTM webinar this Thursday, February 25th, 11:00am PST/2:00pm EST. Click here to register. Interested in more energy events? Check out the EE Events Calendar on…

ACEEE Study Reviews Energy Efficiency Financing Coverage, Gaps, and Latest Trends

A new study from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) reviews coverage, gaps, and latest trends in energy efficiency financing. The study looks at: Financing trends in high coverage areas, including efficiency improvements to new and existing buildings, hybrid/electric vehicles and energy-efficient IT; Sectors that still contain gaps in financing option coverage,…

Santa Barbara County’s Smart Build Santa Barbara (SB2) Program

To support energy efficiency in community projects, the County of Santa Barbara runs the innovative Smart Build Santa Barbara (SB2) program (formerly known as the IBRP), to provide complimentary energy efficiency expertise from community leaders during the (more…)

Through USDOE’s Better Buildings Program: Cities, Utilities, and Businesses Commit to Unlocking Access to Energy Data for Building Owners and Improving Energy Efficiency

Local Government, private sector, and utility actions spur access to energy data and accelerate energy efficiency investment & innovation in buildings and homes (read more of this press release on Making businesses and homes more energy efficient is a win for jobs and economic growth, operating costs and bottom lines, and the President’s commitment…

Santa Ana’s New Climate Action Plan Highlights Energy Savings from Utility, City, and Community Coordination

In Santa Ana’s new Climate Action Plan (CAP), the City highlights significant savings from collaboration with Southern California Edison (SCE) and Southern California Gas (SCG) to engage the community for energy savings. A summary from the Plan is shared below. To (more…)