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…

Huntington Beach Mayor Katapodis Promotes Participation in CoolCalifornia City Challenge

Mayor Katapodis offers “additional incentives” to Huntington Beach residents to sign up to participate in the CoolCalifornia challenge: The 2015-2016 CoolCalifornia Challenge is administered by EnergyUpgrade California. Interested in the CoolCalifornia challenge, and what other cities are doing to participate? Search this site for “CoolCalifornia”, or click here.

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…)

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…

NYC Energy and Water Benchmarking Performance Map

In New York City, of the nearly 3,000 public buildings with any significant energy use, almost one-third already have retrofits in place or underway. Those buildings represent 50% of GHG from City buildings. The City continues to make it easier for private building owners to do the same, launching a new tool to track energy…

December 3, 2015 – RENs Webinar

  Webinar RENs Impact Study ITRON Webinar RENs Value Study ODC PY2013–2014 Regional Energy Networks Value and Effectiveness Study Report draft and appendices are now available and in the public comment period, which will remain open until 5:00 PM on December 11, 2015.  The documents are posted to the CPUC’s public document area and may…

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…

Distilling AB 802 and SB 350: Coverage on How Energy Savings Are Counted, and Incentivized

Looking for more information on the significance of the recent passing of SB 350 and AB 802 to local government energy efficiency activities? Efficiency.org writer Matt Golden provides a great summary, “New California Laws are a Needed Paradigm Shift for Energy Efficiency.” Given the changes in how incentives are to be provided for energy efficiency,…

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…

Three Progressive Environmental Positions w/the City of Cupertino

The City of Cupertino, best known as the home of Apple, Inc., is currently recruiting for two positions to grow our Sustainability Division, located within the Office of the City Manager.  These include (1) a Sustainability Coordinator to support the implementation and monitoring of our agency’s Climate Action Plan and (2) a Utility and Efficiency…

San Jose and San Francisco Step Up and Power Down with new PG&E Program

Through the new Step Up and Power Down initiative, the City of San Jose and the City of San Francisco will be engaging their communities’ local businesses to save energy. The initiative leverages the power of simple behavioral changes to improve energy efficiency by engaging businesses with energy-saving tips and other energy efficiency outreach. The…
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