ACEEE Local Policy Benchmarking Toolkit [2017]

In addition to making multifamily building energy data more transparent, cities are adopting benchmarking policies and programs to meet goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. To reach these goals, cities are implementing these initiatives to increase awareness of energy waste and generate increased investments in energy efficiency. These investments ultimately make cities more desirable for […]

Resources from the 8th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum [2017]

8th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum resources, including session presentations, session notes, and posters, are now available online. This year’s forum focusesd on Bridging the Gap. Topics highlight approaches and strategies that catalyze local energy and sustainability action to close gaps in planning to implementation, data and technology, policy to practice, urban and rural, and more. […]

Creating a Carbon Fund Webinar Resources [2017]

Webinar recording [YouTube] Webinar presentation [PDF] Hosted June 21, 2017 Municipalities and other organizations often have difficulty funding climate action efforts to meet goals and comply with regulation. A consistent and sustainable funding mechanism is required. EcoShift Consulting, LLC has experience with a number of different carbon funds model development and implementation. The webinar will focus […]

Guide for Funding of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations [2017]

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) has created a guide to help you navigate the funding options for plug-in electric vehicle charging infrastructure. It is designed to both help in the prioritization of facilities and in the process of securing funding for the stations and associated infrastructure costs. It includes a comprehensive list of utility and […]

2017 ACEEE Energy Efficiency Scorecard

ACEEE Released their 2017 Energy Efficiency Scorecard this month. They ranked 51 large US cities for their energy efficiency efforts across 5 policy areas: local government operations, community-wide initiatives, buildings, energy and water utilities, and transportation. In this year’s results, Boston retained its position at the top of the rankings. Joining Boston in the top […]

2017 California General Plan Guidelines

The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) has been engaged in a thorough update of the General Plan Guidelines (GPG). OPR is statutorily required by Government Code Section 65040.2 to adopt and periodically revise State guidelines for the preparation and content of local general plans for all cities and counties in California. This 2017 […]

2019 Building Energy Efficiency Standards

California’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards are updated on an approximately three-year cycle. The 2019 Standards will continue to improve upon the 2016 Standards for new construction of, and additions and alterations to, residential and nonresidential buildings. The 2019 Standards will go into effect on January 1, 2020. See Pre-Rulemaking documents and follow the new standards […]

Rising Seas in California: An Update on Sea-Level Rise Science [2017]

This document was produced by a Working Group of the California Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team (OPC-SAT), supported and convened by the California Ocean Science Trust. The State of California Sea-Level Rise Guidance Document, initially adopted in 2010 and updated in 2013, provides guidance to state agencies for incorporating sea-level rise projections into planning, […]

CoolCalifornia Climate Action Resource Guide

This page contains tools and resources necessary for conducting a greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory and developing a climate action related plan. Climate action planning is an iterative process that generally involves six steps outlined above. The following information provides links to the most up-to-date and relevant resources pertaining to each of the steps and is […]

California Solar Statistics

California Solar Statistics (CSS) is the official public reporting site of the California Solar Initiative (CSI), presented jointly by the CSI Program Administrators and the California Public Utilities Commission. Here you will find actual program data summaries for the CSI General Market, Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH), and Single Family Affordable Solar Homes (SASH) programs as well as […]

2017 Annual Report: CA Cap-and-Trade Auction Proceeds

To date, nearly $3.4 billion has been appropriated by the Legislature to State agencies implementing GHG emission reduction programs and projects. The State’s portion of the Cap-and-Trade auction proceeds are deposited in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF), and used to further the objectives of the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (Assembly Bill 32 […]

United States Mid-Century Strategy for Deep Decarbonization

In November 2016, the United States presented this mid-century strategy (MCS) under the Obama Administration, which envisions economy-wide net GHG emissions reductions of 80 percent or more below 2005 levels by 2050. The U.S. MCS charts a path that is achievable, consistent with the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement, and an acceleration of existing […]