Energy Updgrade California
Energy Upgrade California in the Bay Area offers free energy planning assistance and cash rebates for multifamily properties that undertake energy and green upgrades. The program assists in planning energy saving improvements designed to save 10% or more of a building’s energy usage and provides $750 per unit in rebates to help pay for the upgrade. Learn more here.
Local City News
Solar PV Ordinance
Check out the The Bay Area Solar Photovoltaic Ordinance Toolkit, a project of the Bay Area Regional Collaborative and BayREN, providing guidance for Bay Area cities and counties that are interested in requiring solar photovoltaic, or PV, systems on new single-family and low-rise multifamily residential units! Learn more here.
Solar for Cities
Cities all over are proving that local municipalities can make a difference by encourafing their citizens with policy and outreach--- to adopt solar power. Our solar workshop last month heard from several speakers who proved this point! Read more here.
San Francisco Bay Restoration to Begin
In June 2016 voters approved a measure that would raise $500 million to pay for wetlands restoration, flood control, and wildlife projects in the bay area. Now the first of that money will be put to use! Learn more about where it is going here.
Other City News
West Hollywood Goes Renewable
Community Choice Energy is expanding everywhere, including in Contra Costa County this year! West Hollywood city council voted to opt in to Clean Power Alliance’s 100% clean energy option. Read about how West Hollywood plans to go fully renewable here.
Salt Lake City Ranks 10th in Solar Energy
Salt Lake City is leading the way to a future powered by clean renewable energy, it ranks 10th for solar just behind Riverside, CA. Read more about this new report here.
EPA Challenges CA The EPA took steps yesterday to challenge California’s decades-old right to set its own air pollution rules. A rollback of the rules, which are designed to cut back on emissions of greenhouse gases, would reverse one of the single biggest steps any government has taken to tackle climate change. Read more here.
Styrofoam Ban in Cities
Several cities in Contra Costa County have passed a styrofoam ban, a key step towards achieving waste sustainability. Tell your city leaders - What more should be done next? Learn more here.
Energy Efficiency can help Childhood Asthma
Energy efficiency is a basic piece of sustainability that reduces carbon emissions, improves our homes, and benefits our health. This article from ACEEE explores its impacts on childhood asthma.
California Wildfires linked to Heart Problems
According to the Journal of American Heart Association, a 40 percent higher risk of cardiovascular issues when smoke is present. The study found that exposure to wildlife smoke correlates with more hospital visits for coronary heart disease, irregular heart rhythm, heart failure, pulmonary embolism and stroke. Read more here.
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