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June 2018

The Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program Matching grant from the national forest service to purchase privately owned forest land under threat of conversion for non-forest related use. Land must have sustained natural vegetation and be at least 75% forest. Due June 29th. Federal register at:
WaterSMART Small-Scale Water Efficiency Project Grant Matching grant for small-scale projects that seek to conserve water or use it more efficiently, mitigate conflict risks in areas at high risk for future water conflicts, and contribute to water supply reliability in the Western US. Apply at:

MCE Validated by Moody's Investors The Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) model in California has officially been validated in its ability to offer affordable, renewable, and reliable electric service to customers. On May 16, Moody’s Investors Service assigned a first-time Issuer Rating to MCE. This independent assessment of MCE’s financial strength over the long term, and MCE’s outlook is stable. MCE is the first CCA program to obtain an investment-grade credit rating. Read more here.…/pres…/moodys-credit-rating/


City of Walnut Creek City Council voted to "opt up" for ALL city owned buildings  In a unanimous vote the city council chose MCE's Deep Green 100% CA renewable energy service. This will include: Lesher Center for the ArtsCity of Walnut Creek - City HallWalnut Creek Library - Contra Costa CountyHeather Farm buildings, Walnut Creek Recreation (Shadelands Art Center), and more! Cheers to  Walnut Creek for being a leader in climate action and investing in the future for its city and children. So far 14 local governments in Contra Costa County offer MCE to their residents and a number of those have opted Up to 100% for city operations. Who is next?

Local City News

City of Antioch Residents Campaign for Sand Creek Let Antioch Voters Decide: The Sand Creek Area Protection Initiative is a campaign to save the Sand Creek habitat southeast of Antioch in the Mt. Diablo foothills from development. Surrounded on three sides by East Bay Regional Parks the campaign notes that this critical habitat is home to several endangered species including the San Joaquin  Kit Fox, Golden Eagle, and Diablo Buckwheat among others. Learn more:

As US Mayors Convene, Rallies Demand Fossil Fuel-Free Cities At the 86th annual U.S. Mayors Conference in Boston on Friday, a number of talks and resolutions were presented.  Environmentalists took to the streets, and the Boston Harbor, to demand that local elected officials  "walk the talk" on climate and commit to bold action as the Trump administration is not.

Mayors Can Lead on Climate Action With Better Energy Codes Cities are the first line of defense to protect their citizens, businesses, and buildings from the harmful effects of climate change. There is a “We Are Still In” campaign committing to the goals of the Paris climate accord, to adopting goals to use 100 percent renewable energy, cities and their mayors are leading the way in these crucial efforts.


AB 2923: Transit-Oriented Development, passed A bill to develop underutilized land around BART stations for transit-oriented development (TOD) which prioritizes affordable housing in walkable neighborhoods. This potentially decreases the need for further sprawl while increasing economic activity at considerably lower environmental costs. TODs established by this bill prioritize local communities in close proximity to major transit and business centers, reducing dependency on motor vehicles and increasing the availability of mass public transit. Access the bill at:


AB 3232: Zero Emissions Buildings and Sources of Heat Energy, passed by assembly This bill establishes a new integrated energy policy report due Nov, 1, 2021 and each subsequent year detailing the emissions of greenhouse gases associated with the supply of energy and heat in residential and commercial buildings while also proposing load management strategies and assessing their cost effectiveness and grid reliability in relation to the challenges related to emissions reduction. This bill is meant to support the 2019 Building Energy Efficiency Standards, effective 2020, which requires new buildings to be fitted with solar energy systems in an attempt to reach California's ambitious emissions reductions goals of 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. Access the bill at:


Other City News 

City of Seattle Plans to Shape its Autonomous Vehicle Future Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) lighten the burden of commuting by allowing riders to engage in activity during travel time. The increasing accessibility of single occupant vehicles and decreasing costs of vehicle travel has the potential to increase vehicle miles traveled (VMT) exacerbating emissions pollution. The emerging industries of Transportation Network Companies like Uber and car-sharing services like Zipcar coupled with the use of AVs threaten the potential of mass public transit policies. Seattle has adopted its New Mobility Playbook; a comprehensive set of policies addressing AVs and the related infrastructure aimed at reducing overall VMT which includes restrictions on single-occupancy vehicles, traffic controls around occupancy, as well as pick-up/drop-off curb zones. Read the article by Rick Pruetz at:
 Access the full playbook at:

City of Brussels investigates urban metabolism in an attempt to create a more circular economy Much like cities in Contra Costa, Brussels is an urban center highly dependent on the importation of resources and goods and the exportation of waste material, a strongly linear economy. Through the study of urban metabolism focusing on inflows and outflows of energy, water, materials, and waste, Brussels is seeking to be more sustainable through the implementation of a locally based circular economy. This involves more local production of goods and services along with processing of waste material which will create new locally based industries and jobs. Read the Ecocity Builders synopsis of the plan at: Access the full plan (requires translation) at:



Become an Eco-Citizen: The 30-Day Zero Waste Challenge from Ecocity Builders Ecocity Builders, based in Oakland, is challenging us to become better ecocitizens. An ecocity is a sustainable living environment incorporating green buildings, renewable energy, and a circular economy. Accept the challenge or sponsor a participant with a donation and Ecocity Builders will supply you with an Ecocity Materials Audit and ecocitizen guides on zero waste grocery shopping, recycling, walking and biking, saving water, composting, and decluttering your life. The challenge begins July 1st, sign up or sponsor at:


Global Climate Action Summit, San Francisco, Sept. 12-14 Governor Jerry Brown is hosting a global conference on climate change focusing on the topics of healthy energy systems, inclusive economic growth, sustainable communities, land and ocean stewardship, and transformative climate investment. Save the date and learn more about the topics to be discussed at:



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