California Releases Draft California Sustainable Freight Action Plan (Comments Requested by July 6th)

The state has released a Draft California Sustainable Freight Action Plan in response to Governor Brown’s B-32-15 Executive Order, with comments requested on the Draft Plan by July 6th. (more…)

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…)

Managing EV Adoption: Lessons from Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Electric vehicle rollout requires management of a number of different concerns – including new infrastructure, peak electric load and consumption considerations, and customer concerns. In this article from Valley Vision, hear from Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) Manager of the Electric Transportation and Energy & Research Bill Boyce on what SMUD is doing to get the…

Consumer Impacts of California’s Low Carbon Transportation Policies

A new study prepared for the Consumers Union by ICF International on California’s Low Carbon Transportation policies finds that households will save between $1,210–1,530 annually by 2030 (after accounting for the impacts of California’s transportation (more…)

Santa Barbara County Green Business Program Certifies 15 New Green Businesses

Santa Barbara County celebrated the addition of 15 new green businesses to its Green Business Program at a luncheon event this week. Per their website, Program Director Frances Gilliland shared: ”The Green Business Program continues to work with so many (more…)

Looking for Funding? More than $569 million available to local governments for climate and energy initiatives from federal agencies

Ten different federal funding opportunities, totaling more than $569 million shared through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s State and Local Climate and Energy newsletter are shared below. To sign up for EPA’s newsletter, or learn more, visit the EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program site.   1) DOE State Energy Program 2016 Competitive Awards – $5 million Applications…

Best Practices and Lessons Learned in Energy Efficient Housing Development

Hundreds of millions of dollars are being made available through cap and trade auction proceed allocation to the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program, which funds land-use, housing, transportation, and land preservation projects that support infill and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. (More background here). These funds represent a huge opportunity for local governments – particularly…

Increase in Bay Area Air Quality Management District Funds for Reducing Motor Vehicle Pollution

Air quality regulators have recently seen a $30 million increase in funding – check out what funds are available to local governments from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) on their funding webpage. Looking for air district funding for government agencies in a different region? The South AQMD lists a number of funding…

ARB Public Workshop on Low Carbon Transportation/Fuels and Air Quality Improvement Program Funding Plans

The Air Resources Board will be holding a public workshop on April 4th on the FY 2016-17 Funding Plan for Low Carbon Transportation and Fuels Investments and the Air Quality Improvement Program (AQIP). Background on the Low Carbon Transportation and AQIP, and current projects, are available on ARB’s website. For more information on attending, click…

FASTLANE Notice of $800M Funding Opportunity through U.S. Department of Transportation

From the U.S. Department of Transportation’s website, see below. Applications for the FY16 cycle are due April 14th, 2016. The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced that it is now soliciting applications for the Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-term Achievement of National Efficiencies (FASTLANE) grant program.  The FASTLANE program is a…