LA Sets Building Energy Efficiency Goal

For those who have not read about the City of Los Angeles sustainability plan, this article outlines the energy efficiency goals and provides a link to the full plan.  The read more, go here: http://www.energymanagertoday.com/la-sets-building-energy-efficiency-goal-0111029/

Palo Alto Named as 2015 Acterra Business Environmental Award Winner

The City of Palo Alto has been named a 2015 Business Environmental Award winner and recipient of the Acterra Award for Sustainability in recognition of the City’s overall approach, commitment and leadership in sustainability. Per the City’s press release: Specifically, Palo Alto was one of the first cities in the nation to adopt a Climate Action…

San Jose’s Green Vision Progress, 2014

San Jose’s progress on its Green Vision goals are up. Metrics are tracked on each of the following ten goals of the plan: Goal 1: Create 25,000 Clean Tech Jobs as the World Center of Clean Innovation Goal 2: Reduce Per Capita Energy Use by 50% Goal 3: Receive 100% of Our Electrical Power from…

Voluntary Green Manual for Residential and Commercial Buildings released by CVAG/SCE Partnership

Through the Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG), the municipalities of Blythe, Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians have worked together with Southern California Edison to develop climate action planning for energy efficiency policies and programs. This Green Building Manual was recently…

Retrofit California Program Final Report: Successes, Best Practices and Lessons Learned Across 9 Different Pilot Program Types

Retrofit California is a program of 24 pilot projects that sought to develop and test new program models to increase participation in the energy upgrade market in California. The Program’s pilot work was conducted between 2010 and mid-2013 and funded through a $30 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant from the U.S. Department…

City of Goleta Uses Energy Data in Process to Develop Neighborhood Development Floating Zone for Green Community Development

The City of Goleta has received funding through its local government partnership with Southern California Edison (SCE) to establish a voluntary Green Neighborhood Development Floating Zone to foster green community development, and develop tools that will be used for planning and implementation of the floating zone. As described in the grant agreement: the “floating zone”…

Presentation: Coachella Valley Association of Government’s Voluntary Green Program

Through the Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG), the municipalities of Blythe, Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians have worked together with Southern California Edison to develop climate action planning for energy efficiency policies and programs. This presentation details how and why…

New Long Beach Courthouse Designed With Whole-Building, Performance-Based Infrastructure Approach Saves Energy with No Public Debt

The new LEED-Gold certified Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse opened and became occupied last month, and is now keeping occupants comfortable with a sleek new sustainable design that allows for low energy bills. The building uses efficient design and energy-efficient HVAC to keep heating and cooling needs low, and also has automated light-harvesting systems, water-efficient landscaping, and good access…

Indian Wells Approves Climate/Energy Action Plan, Retro-commissioning and Voluntary Green Building Program through Desert Cities Partnership

The City of Indian Wells, as part of the Desert Cities Energy Partnership involving Southern California Edison, SoCal Gas and the Coachella Valley Association of Governments, has approved a set of energy efficiency policies and programs – including a Climate Action Plan, Energy Action Plan, retro-commissioning measures, and a voluntary green building program. The Climate…

El Cerrito Adopts Climate Action Plan

El Cerrito adopted their Climate Action Plan on May 21st, targeting energy reductions of 15% by 2020 and 30% by 2035. The plan features a number of strategies to achieve these goals, including: transit-oriented development and streetscape changes to support efficient transportation, weatherization of homes, utilization of residential and commercial PACE and other financing programs, requiring…

Fact Sheet: Assessing the Value of Green Buildings

This 2012 fact sheet from Johnson Controls’s Institute for Building Efficiency shares a summary of how green building labeling (e.g., ENERGY STAR, or LEED) have been found to affect building value. The fact sheet looks at data from several countries. Below is an (more…)

US Green Building Council Celebrates California Local Governments, Bills, and Codes

The US Green Building Council (USGBC)’s “Top10” for 2012 celebrates 10 California communities and 10 California policies at the forefront of green building and development of an efficient built environment. Excerpts on the highlighted communities are copied below. Details on both highlighted communities and highlighted policies are available here. Most Inspiring: The Sacramento Region for…
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