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Lynda Deschambault
Executive Director 4CL
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Katherine Bracken
4CL Volunteer
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May 2018

Get Rid of City Diesel Fleets
How Many Contra Costa cities have diesel fleets and Would Benefit from a grant? Check out May 3 at Noon Webinar: EPA has $40 million in Diesel Emission Reduction Program (DERA) funds to reduce emissions older diesel engines. Join at Dial-In: (202) 991-0477 Participant Code: 4149804#

EV Best Practices 
Best practices for deploying electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at commercial buildings in your city: Electric vehicle (EV) charging stations are a standard feature at green, sustainable buildings due to progressive workplace policies and growing demand from employees and tenants. This webinar will provide a high-level overview of the EV charger market and will provide examples of best practices to consider for commercial installations. May 23, 10 am. PT
Free Home Solar for Richmond Residents
Sign-Up Workshop for Free Home Solar Systems for Qualifying Richmond Residents!
Wednesday, May 9th; 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM; Richmond City Council Chambers;440 Civic Center The City of Richmond and GRID Alternatives are excited to provide free solar systems to income-qualifying homes in Richmond and North Richmond.To be eligible, Richmond and North Richmond residents must live in their own home and make less than 80% of area median income (income limits are included in the flyer below and can be found at
Bloomberg Pledges $4.5 billion towards Paris
Michael Bloomberg, Former New York Mayor and Billionaire, Pledges $4.5 Million Towards Paris Deal After Trump’s Withdrawal  The United States has until about 2020 to change its mind about withdrawing. And since the majority of the US supports the agreement and wishes to be part of the deal, it remains to be seen if the government will change its mind and agree with its people. Surely the pledge from Bloomberg helps show support!



MCE Celebrated Earth Day
MCE celebrated earth day with a
ribbon cutting for MCE Solar One, a 60-acre solar farm that provides enough renewable electricity to serve 3,900 MCE customers annually. Read Dawn Wesiz's speech from the ribbon cutting to learn about a new solar record set in California, and how new solar projects like MCE Solar One are leading California away from fossil fuel dependency!

Local City News

Autonomous Vehicles in San Ramon
Autonomous vehicles are not being tested on City of San Ramon Streets! This is the state's first testing of shared autonomous vehicles on public streets. The
EasyMile shuttles is part of Contra Costa County's larger vision of future transportation, in particular solving the "first and last mile" problem of connecting residents to the Bart station. "Imagine a day when you have door to door service, that's very, very inexpensive," saidIwasaki, executive director of Contra Costa Transportation Authority. For More info.

Community Choice in California 
This is a watershed year for Community Choice in California. There are 9 operational Community Choice Agencies with another 10 likely to be online in the next year. They are emerging as a powerful force, but there are regulatory and legislative uncertainties which must be proactively addressed. Community Choice Agencies are also still clarifying their purpose, developing their business models, defining themselves, and differentiating themselves from the investor-owned utilities. The Symposium will explore these opportunities and challenges with experts in the field.

City Council Signs Idle Free Pledge
Has your city council and/or school district signed an idle free proclamation?
Idle Free projects happening around the County. Recently newly designed general public Idle Free signs were approved and the City of Antioch will be the first to install these! Is your city next? Contact Jessica Williams <

Other City News 

Milwaukee Reaffirms Commitment to reduce GHG's
Milwaukee reaffirmed its commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating climate change. Mayor Tom Barrett became one of more than 400 “
U.S. Climate Mayors” condemning Trump’s position and committing to local action that represents the wants of the people.

New York Attorney General and Mayor delivered testimony at People's Hearing
New York Attorney General and Mayor Bill de Blasio delivered to the USEPA testimony and comments collected during a New York’s “People’s Hearing” on EPA’s proposed repeal of the Clean Power.  New Yorkers overwhelmingly supported the Clean Power Plan, focusing on the central role it plays in stemming climate change’s growing harm to the health, environment, jobs, and prosperity of New Yorkers. In fact, rather than doing away with the regulation, most testified in support of strengthening the Clean Power Plan. 


West Coast GDP Rises
West Coast Region GDP Rises 32.1%, Outpacing the Nation and Debunking Trump Claims That Environmental Regulations Hurt the Economy. The West Coast region’s GDP growth rate significantly exceeded that of the nation, expanding 32.1 percent in eight years, even as the region aggressively transitioned to clean, renewable energy and implemented the strictest environmental regulations in the nation

City Bolster Credit Health by Addressing Climate
Cities Bolster Credit Health by Addressing Climate Change. In 2017, there were 16 different climate events in the U.S. that caused damage greater than $1 billion. Last year’s damage totaled $306.2 billion, exceeding 2005’s previous record of $214.8 billion in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.Since 1980, the U.S. has experienced 219 weather-related disasters, whose cost is estimated at over $1.5 trillion. And climate change is further compounded by data that indicates the rate of sea level rise is accelerating.


Join CCA Experts 
Join Community Choice Agency (CCA) experts and leaders from across the state on June 5th for a day-long event about accelerating CCA adoption, sharing best practices, and creating more benefits for local communities. There are now NINE operational Community Choice Agencies with another 10 likely to be online in the next year! The Symposium will explore the opportunities and some of the remaining challenges 
sign up today!

2018 Business Environmental Awards
2018 Business Environmental Awards Ceremony and Reception
Thursday, May 31;5:30 – 8:30 pm; San Francisco





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