RFP: emPower Central Coast Energy Coach

The emPower Central Coast program of the Energy and Sustainability Division of the County of Santa Barbara request proposals from qualified professionals to serve by contract as “Energy Coach” primarily for the San Luis Obispo County area. The “Energy Coach” is a program offering aimed at providing greater assistance to homeowners and contractors participating in…

Study: The Benefits of Benchmarking Building Performance

This new study from the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) and the Pacific Coast Collaborative provides dynamic coverage of why and how the benchmarking of building energy use presents an economic opportunity. The study starts: “Billions of dollars of value is currently locked inside the buildings of America’s cities and towns. This untapped wealth is…

SDG&E 2016 Energy Education & Training Catalog (Jan-Mar) Available – Plus, Lending Library

A catalog of trainings offered by SDG&E throughout the first quarter of this year is available on SDG&E’s website, here.  Trainings are offered in the following categories: Lighting Technologies Energy Management Strategies Building Envelope, Standards & Software HVAC Systems & Technologies Commercial & Industrial Technologies Food Service Renewables & Sustainability Home Performance Homeowner Workshops Trade…

Efficiency and Resiliency Case Study: Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe

Learn in this Climate.gov case study how Northern California’s Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe is leading on climate change mitigation, energy efficiency and renewables, and community resiliency – including their work to: conduct strategic climate action planning activities; build an energy-efficient hotel; install an innovative biomass-gasification-fuel cell system that turns biomass into electricity; install solar on…

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…

City of Beaumont Approves Final “Sustainable Beaumont” Climate Action Plan

Last week, Beaumont’s City Council approved the City’s Sustainable Beaumont Climate Action Plan. The Plan, prepared by Atkins and funded through the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), sets a number of goals, including: Provision of resources (education, training, audits, retrofits, and an Environmental Advocate) and working with regional groups and utilities to improve both…

Video: South Bay Cities Green Building Challenge Kicks Off

Learn about the South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCCOG)’s Green Building Challenge, kicked off in September 2015 and underway through August 2016, below! Overview: The South Bay Cities Green Building Challenge program is designed to help businesses reduce energy, water, and waste – while improving quality of life and making our (more…)

Video: Local businesses tell the value they are seeing from LED lighting upgrades

Sierra Business Council, which operates the PG&E Sierra Nevada Energy Watch, has created a great video showcasing business owners in the area talking about the great benefits they see from energy-efficient lighting upgrades to LEDs. Upgrades were supported by PG&E rebates. Top of the list of benefits is cost savings – interviewed business owners are…
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