Vital Signs by Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission

The San Francisco Bay Area has established an innovative monitoring initiative to track trends related to transportation, land and people, the economy, the environment and social equity. Measurements in these areas are our region’s Vital Signs – helping us understand where we are succeeding and where we are falling short. Led by the Metropolitan Transportation […]

Climate Communications and Behavior Change: A Guide for Practitioners

Climate Communications and Behavior Change: A Guide for Practitioners is a guidebook, developed by the Social Capital Project of the Climate Leadership Initiative, that draws on extensive global warming, behavior change and communications research to distill tools and recommendations that climate leaders can easily apply. It includes talking points that have been tested with the […]

California Climate Adaptation Strategy (2013)

In 2009, California adopted a statewide Climate Adaptation Strategy (CAS) that summarizes climate change impacts and recommends adaptation strategies across seven sectors: Public Health, Biodiversity and Habitat, Oceans and Coastal Resources, Water, Agriculture, Forestry, and Transportation and Energy. The 2009 CAS was the first of its kind in the usage of downscaled climate models to […]

Guide: Establishing a Plan to Achieve Energy Code Compliance in Cities (2014)

Establishing a Plan to Achieve Energy Code Compliance in Cities, a new resource developed by the City Energy Project, helps guide U.S. city leadership and their building department leadership in working together to implement an effective strategy to achieve high levels of energy code compliance for new and renovated buildings. The document introduces factors responsible for […]

CA Governor’s Office of Planning and Research Best Practice Pilot Program

The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research Best Practice Pilot Program (BP3) includes a suite of programs and partnerships that produce replicable case studies of best practices being adopted and implemented at the local and regional level around the state. A small set of best practice pilots were completed in the summer of 2016 using […]

Model Energy and Green Building Codes, New Buildings Institute

NBI works collaboratively with a wide range of industry partners to bring model energy codes up to current market capabilities. Measures promoted by NBI include higher efficiency standards for equipment and advanced design strategies such as daylighting. Once adopted by states and local jurisdictions, the model code becomes the basis for minimum energy requirements. Access the […]

Transforming Cities: IMT Resources for Local Governments and Allies (2014)

Buildings account for more than 40% of the total energy consumption in the U.S., and addressing their energy use is key to reaching a city’s carbon reduction targets. IMT helps cities engage their building owners, managers, tenants and finance stakeholders in all areas of building efficiency to reduce carbon emissions and bolster local economic development. […]

2017 Annual Report: California 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 […]

Local Government Commission Winter 2016 Newsletter

CURRENTS: Winter 2016 CURRENTS is the Local Government Commission’s free quarterly newsletter providing local elected officials and staff with current information on energy issues affecting California local governments. This edition introduces the Zero Net Energy Hub for local governments, presents the collective impact of Gateway Cities and emerging trends in local governments, highlights on-the-ground local […]

Building Efficiency Standards Online Resource Center

The 2016 energy standards went into effect January 1, 2017. The California Energy Commission’s Online Resource Center is provided to assist the building community and enforcement agencies with Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Energy Standards) compliance. Energy Standards apply to newly constructed buildings, as well as additions and alterations for existing buildings. Presently, the Energy Standards […]

Weatherization Guide for Local Governments

SEEC developed a Weatherization Guide for Local Governments to highlight the benefits of weatherization to achieve a variety of local goals, and to share local government best practices to develop partnerships and programs, demonstrate leadership, and invest in workforce development. Weatherization is the modification of a building to reduce energy consumption and optimize energy efficiency by protecting […]

White House Mid-Century Strategy for Deep Decarbonization

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 […]

SEEC 2016 Climate and Energy Legislative Update

This legislative update provides a brief summary of key climate and energy bills passed in the 2016 legislative session. SEEC 2016 Climate and Energy Legislative Update [PDF] Please rate this resource 5 Stars = Excellent

State of Local Climate Action: California 2016

State of Local Climate Action: California 2016 provides a unique portrait of local government climate leadership in California.  Developed by ICLEI in cooperation with partners through the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative (SEEC), the report presents a comprehensive picture of measurable local emissions trends, targets, planning efforts, and energy and climate actions in the state, along […]

Cool Roofs Cost Effectiveness in All California Climate Zones

This report evaluates the cost-effectiveness of installing high albedo roofing, known as cool roofs, that produce efficiency savings and mitigate the urban heat island effect.  Local governments can use this cost-effectiveness information to justify inclusion of cool roof approaches in “reach codes,” building codes that go beyond State Title 24 energy provisions.  Local reach codes […]

District Energy in Cities Guidebook (2015)

This extensive guidebook evaluates lessons from 45 cities in developing district energy systems.  Topics covered include partnership models, financing, risk management, and the roles of local government.  Published through a collaboration between ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, UN Environment Program, UN HABITAT, and Sustainable Energy for All. ICLEI UNEP DistrictEnergyReportBook Please rate this resource 5 Stars […]