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,…

Case Study Available: Chula Vista’s Sustainable Communities Program

A new case study is available on Chula Vista’s Sustainable Communities Program. Visit the Best Practices > Case Studies tab to view, or click here. The case study reviews Chula Vista’s work to: Implement reach codes beyond the Title 24 standards; Expedite plan review for projects exceeding code; Develop of a energy code compliance tool…

California DMV Headquarters Saves Money through Comprehensive Retrofit

The Department of Motor Vehicles Headquarters based in Sacramento has saved money and energy and boosted the building’s energy efficiency by 30-50%. Energy savings resulted from measures undertaken including double-glazed windows for better insulation, improved heating and cooling systems, a smart “building energy management system,” and installation of LED lighting and daylight harvesting. The DMV…

Fact Sheet: Chula Vista’s Sustainable Communities Program: Reach Codes, Permitting, Planning Tools, and More

The Sustainable Communities Program (SCP) is one of the main components of the Chula Vista Local Government Partnership (LGP) with SDG&E. The SCP was launched in 2009 (more…)

How Alameda County Built Support for its Climate Action Plan

This story, written and posted by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), and shared on the Institute for Local Government’s website, explains the communication and development that built the case for climate action planning at Alameda County.   More information is available on Alameda County’s website.

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…)