Palo Alto City Council Council Adopts 80 x 30 Goal, Shares Earth Day Progress Report

Palo Alto’s City Council adopted the general framework of its Sustainability and Climate Action Plan (S/CAP) at its April 18th meeting, committing to a greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal of 80 percent by 2030. (more…)

Zero Net Energy Retrofit Tour in Sunnyvale

Check out the below opportunity to tour a zero net energy (ZNE) retrofitted structure in Sunnyvale – if interested in attending, click to register before 4/11 to avoid a price increase: Previewing The Next NZE Retrofit in Sunnyvale Have you asked yourself how Silicon Valley will meet the challenge of ever-higher energy efficiency standards with its…

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…

Video: Building and Energy Managers Share Top 5 Reasons for ENERGYSTAR Certification

Hear from building and energy engineers and managers at JC Penney, Nissan, Beacon Capital Partners, Staples, and Des Moines Public Schools on why they have committed to ENERGY STAR labeling: Hint: higher building sales price, higher occupancy rates, lower operating costs – and being a climate change hero as you grow your business – are…

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…

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,…

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…
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