Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Program
The Strategic Growth Council's AHSC Program provides grants and affordable housing loans for
Infrastructure and housing projects that will reduce vehicle miles traveled and greenhouse gas emissions by increasing accessibility to affordable housing, employment centers and key destinations through low-carbon transportation options such as walking, biking and transit. The Strategic Growth Council is accepting public comments on the draft fiscal year (FY) 2016-17 Program Guidelines until April 14, 2017, as well as holding workshops on this draft in early April. Learn more here.
Urban Greening Grant Program
The Urban Greening Program funds projects that reduce greenhouse gases by sequestering carbon, decreasing energy consumption or reducing vehicle miles traveled. Some examples of possible projects include the building or expansion of public parks and trails, greening streets or public lands including riparian habitat for water capture, and urban heat island mitigation and energy conservation. Workshops are being held in Oakland on March 27th and April 4th, find out more here.
Low Carbon Transportation and Air Quality Improvement Program
The Low Carbon Transportation and Air Quality Improvement Program make investments in transportation projects that reduce criteria air pollutants, and greenhouse gas emissions. On April 6th, the Air Resources Board will be hosting a public workshop on the 2017-18 funding plan for the Low Carbon Transportation Investments and the Air Quality Improvement Program as well as draft
recommendations for allocating the potential $25 million Volkswagen settlement funds for ZEV-related aspects of the EFMP Plus Up Program or similar vehicle replacement programs. Learn more on their website here or check out the workshop invite.
Local City News
Open Space in the Bay
Greenbelt Alliance recently released its five-year report on how much farmland and natural landscapes are left in the Bay Area, and identified Contra Costa County as having the most acreage in danger of being swallowed up by urban sprawl. Read more here. Check out our open space scorecard to see how your city ranks: http://www.cccclimateleaders.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/4cl-protected-land-scorecard-3-16.pdf
Air Quality Sensors Monitors Oakland Neighborhoods
A local environmental advocacy group launched a first-of-its kind monitoring project, installing air quality sensors in the neighborhoods near Oakland's port to give the on-the-ground readings of pollutants that can seriously injure their health
Contra Costa County Climate Change Risks
Check out Adapting to Rising Tides report on the most risks to Contra Costa County from current and future flooding, as well as other challenges and opportunities. Also check out our past workshop on city resilience: http://www.cccclimateleaders.org/workshops/resilient-cities.html
Marin Clean Energy
MCE reduces energy rates for a second year in a row – this comes as Contra Costa County cities are deciding whether to enroll in a community choice energy program. https://www.mcecleanenergy.org/news/press-releases/mce-reduces-rates/
Other City News
City of San Diego Increases EV Stations
San Diego doubles their number of electric vehicle charging stations to 68 with a grant from California Energy Commission. Read more here.
Solar Energy Increases in San Diego
San Diego led the U.S. in installed solar energy capacity last year and ranked second in solar per capita! Way to go San Diego - Contra Costa County where is your energy coming from? Click here for more
Appeals court upheld California's cap - and - trade program, which puts a price on carbon, is now extended till 2020. Learn more about the court’s decision here
City of Paris Implements Rules to Discourage Cars
A new electric “tram-bus” will soon replace two lanes of traffic on another major road in Paris. As of January 2017, the most polluting, oldest diesel cars are banned from city streets during the day. Read more here.
City of Davis Plans to Ban Styrofoam
The city of Davis is looking to join a growing list of jurisdictions prohibiting the use of polystyrene foam (Styrofoam) containers for food and beverages served in the city.
What Contra Costa Cities are making moves to ban Styrofoam? Learn more here
Clean Power Doubles
Clean power worldwide has doubled in ten years and China, Europe and the United States now account for 62 percent of the world’s total installed renewable capacity! Read more here.
Using Storm Water
If we could reengineer our streets to absorb the storm water locally so it could percolate and purify locally, we would reduce the amount of water polluting our waterways, beaches, lakes and streams. Read about it here
Review Contra Costa County Climate Leaders on Great Nonprofits:http://greatnonprofits.org/
On earth day (April 22) the march begins at 11 a.m at Justin Herman Plaza, Embarcadero Center and ends at Civic Center Plaza. There is also a march in Walnut Creek from 10 am – 1 pm beginning at Civic Park.
California State Parks Foundation’s Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup
Volunteers are needed at select California state parks on Saturday, April 16, 2016 for the 18th California State Parks Foundation’s (CSPF) Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup. Individuals, groups or businesses interested in volunteering on Earth Day should register at calparks.org/earthday or call 1-888-98-PARKS
Cities of Martinez , San Ramon, Moraga and Pleasant Hill City Council to Vote on Joining Community Choice Energy
Make your voice heard and attend these council meetings to support community choice energy:
Pleasant Hill: April 17 at 7PM
Martinez: April 19th at 7PM
San Ramon: April 25 at 7PM
Moraga: April 26 at 7PM
Please visit our website for information on Local Government actions in Contra Costa County www.cccclimateleaders.org
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