Spotlighting Energy Efficiency in California Communities

Learn what local governments are doing in this EE summary of local government activity released July 2012 from the SEEC NGO, the Institute for Local Government. Excerpts of local government municipal savings, and community engagement, are below: Municipal Facility Activities Using a performance agreement with an outside firm, the City of Tulare retrofitted all city buildings — where…

Forbes article: 10 California Cities Saving Money With LED Street Lights

In a recent article, Forbes covers ten California cities making their community more efficient and their bills more affordable through streetlight upgrades:  Brisbane completed two streetlighting upgrade projects, saving the City nearly $20,000 each year in energy costs; Carpinteria replaced 199 high-pressure sodium fixtures with LEDs, saving $11,600 annually on its energy bills; In San Bernardino,…

ACEEE Toolkit: Energy Efficiency in Local Government Buildings

Get an introduction to ACEEE’s toolkit for local government building energy efficiency below, or click here to review in full. Once a locality determines what actions it wants to take, local governments should adopt a portfolio-wide, systematic approach for energy efficiency in facilities and operations. A comprehensive program ensures greater levels of savings and enables…

ACEEE Fact Sheet: How Does Energy Efficiency Create Jobs?

Looking for more information on exactly how energy efficiency investments affect jobs? The American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy conducts studies on this and has produced a useful fact sheet, which has some pretty interesting conclusions. ACEEE breaks down energy efficiency’s effects on job creation into two categories: first, investment in energy efficiency typically engages…

Case Study: Pasadena

As a large urban community known for its chic lifestyle, Pasadena is committed to going green through massive energy and water use overhauls, along with encouraging the use of alternative transportation methods like improved bus lines and bike paths. (more…)
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