Statewide Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator

Finding Funding Opportunities

I get a lot of questions about how to find grant opportunities and RFPs (Request for Proposals), and so I decided it’s about time I share some resources!

There are a number of places to look for funding opportunities. Here are some of my favorites:

California’s Local Government Energy Efficiency Portal
This portal is a great service provided by the Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator. They shares resources, best practices, news and events and other information with those involved with Local Government Partnerships. You can sign up to get the weekly email, which we share on this blog each week. This email often includes a list of funding opportunities for eligible local and tribal governments. The portal also includes a detailed summary of funding opportunity resources for local governments that may be found here.

California Energy Commission (CEC)
It's always great to get money for what you want to grow.
Photo source: Terrain Magazine
The CEC funds a variety of projects and types of agencies. Current solicitations can be found here and are searchable based on program areas. I recommend subscribing to the list serve so you are up to date with contract notices as they’re released.

The CEC also funds “energy innovation” projects through the EPIC (Electricity Program Investment Charge) Program. These projects address environmental impacts and usually include program design, research and development, technology deployment, and market facilitation. Current solicitations include vehicle-grid integration, biomass-to-energy systems for food waste sector, and developing ZNE (zero net energy) buildings.

Grants.gov
All federal grants are submitted through this website. Unfortunately, solicitations and RFPs are a little hard to find through their system, but you can sign up for email notifications regarding new funding opportunities. The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) has a much easier advanced search system. If you find something in CFDA, you can more easily search for the specific grant solicitation on grants.gov to apply.

FDO Professional
FDO Professional allows you to search foundations that fund your industry in your area. This service is fee based, but you can access it for free from “Funding Information Network locations” in your area; just bring a flash drive for any information or lists of foundations you want to download. Many libraries, including Fresno County Public Library, Stanislaus County Library and Tulare Public Library are “Funding Information Network locations”. Check them out!


Do you have other resources to share? What’s your favorite?



Statewide LG EE Best Practices: Weekly Update

Here are your wEEkly Updates:

1. Call for climate adaptation proposals: The call for session proposals for this year’s California Adaptation Forum has been extended! The Adaptation Forum will take place in Long Beach, CA September 7th-8th. Learn more here.

2. Valuing EE in buildings: I’ve been hearing from a number of local governments about the importance of solid statistics on the financial value of energy efficiency for buildings leads, contractors, realtors, and residents to make efficiency decisions that can transform the market. A new study published in the Journal of Structured Finance analyzes California homes and shares some great statistics on resell values of homes with PACE projects: read the results, and connect to more resources on valuing EE, here.


3. AB 802 Comment Period Extended: Related to energy disclosure and valuing EE, the CEC has extended the comment period on their proposed implementation of AB 802 benchmarking and energy disclosure requirements to April 15th. A transcript of the March 25th meeting covering their proposal and public comments has also been added to their website for review. For more, click here.

4. EE technology best practices: the U.S. Department of Energy's 2015 Quadrennial Technology Review has been released, and contains a wealth of best practices information in deploying technologies for energy efficiency (and other benefits). Click here to review in full, or here to connect to the chapter on Advanced Building Technologies.

5. Funding for Healthy Cities: More than $1.5 million is available to small/medium cities, counties and tribes: click here for more information. For more EE, energy and sustainability-related funding opportunities, click here.

6. Valuing cap and trade implementation for low-income Californians: A new study from UCLA has analyzed the value of cap and trade programming and compliance costs for low-income Californians, and found positive results. Click here for more.

7. Upcoming webinars from USEPA, USDOE, and more: click here to review more than 10 webinars coming up this month offering support on EPA Portfolio Manager, serving low-income communities, navigating DOE's new weatherization center, and renewables integration in California.

8. Building code training opportunities added: Looking for more Title 24 training opportunities? No-cost trainings for building inspectors, plan examiners, consultants, and more are available from Energy Code Ace. Click here to see their training schedule or to request a training. The CEC will also be offering building code trainings through local ICC Chapters – click here for more information.

9. Energy storage financing: More and more local governments are incorporating energy storage into their energy and resiliency planning. An event covering the status of energy storage, and how to implement using financing, will be held by the Clean Energy Advisory Financing Council (CEFAC) in San Francisco and by webinar April 12th. For more information, click here.

10. EE, sustainability and economic growth: click here for 5 signs that sustainability is the new engine for global economic growth. For more on EE supporting economic growth, check out these short videos from the Construction Climate Talks and testimonials from businesses using EPA ENERGY STAR.

11. Several job announcements today: the City of San Diego is hiring for an Energy Program Coordinator! Learn more here.

12. Job announcement: Marin Clean Energy is hiring for a Customer Programs Specialist and a Law Clerk (Intern). Learn more here.

13. Job announcement: the Port of San Diego is hiring for a Senior Environmental Specialist. Click here for more information.

14. Leverage CivicSpark this coming year: And, a reminder that for local governments looking for capacity for energy efficiency and sustainability, now is the time to propose a project for a CivicSpark AmeriCorps fellow for the coming year! Learn more here.

As always, you can keep track of relevant events by connecting to the EE Events Calendar, and find more resources being added daily on the EECoordinator website



That’s all for this week!

Statewide LG EE Best Practices: Weekly Update

For those of you who know who Joseph Oldham is you likely are on his email distribution list and receive this update each week.  We are grateful that Joseph has agreed to allow our little blog to re-post his weekly update.  If you have an interest in the happenings of energy efficiency and local government throughout California this is the update for you! If you love the information here, but want more in depth features be sure to check out Joseph's quarterly newsletter, CURRENTS.  


1.  2013 Non-Residential Energy Code Checklists Now Released 
The California Statewide Codes & Standards Program is pleased to announce the release of 9 new Checklists designed to help "decode" California's 2013 building energy code. These easy-to-use checklists provide step-by-step guidance on Title 24, Part 6 requirements for nonresidential plans checks and field inspections. Download and print them for easy "low-tech" use in the field.  To access more information, go to these links: 
2.  City of Berkeley Seeking Examples of RFPs
The City of Berkeley is seeking examples of RFPs for water and energy performance contracts.   If you have one, please send it to Neal De Snoo at ndesnoo@cityofberkeley.info.

3.  Solar Roadmapping Update
Cities and counties interested in increasing use of solar in their communities should consider a solar road mapping program funded by the US Department of Energy (DOE).  Solar Roadmap makes it easier, faster, and more affordable for communities to install solar and transform their solar market.  Solar Roadmap works by unlocking communities’ full solar market potential through five key focus areas: Solar Market Development; Project Financing Tools; Permitting Process Improvements; Planning and Zoning Standards; and Interconnection Processes.
This DOE-led program:
· Requires minimal staff time involvement;
· Provides proven approaches to streamline processes, reduce staff staff time. and increase efficiency;
· Requires no financial commitment or cost to participate.  Funding already provided by DOE; 
· Provides free solar technical feasibility assistance for sites and consulting over the next 2 years; and,
· Currently has over 70 city and county participants in California.
If you would like to learn more or determine how you might participate in this program, please get in touch with Karly Zimmerman at Strategic Energy Innovations at  415.507.1430karly@seiinc.org

4.  100 Resilient Cities Challenge
The Rockefeller Foundation has announced their 100 Resilient Cities Challenge.  For more information about how your city can participate, go to this link:  http://www.100resilientcities.org/pages/100-resilient-cities-challenge?utm_medium=display


5.   SCHEDULE CHANGE for Public Workshops on the Investment of Cap-and-Trade Auction Proceeds to Benefit Disadvantaged Communities
OAKLAND WORKSHOP HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO SEPTEMBER 3.

The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) and Air
Resources Board (ARB) invite you to participate in public
workshops to discuss investment of Cap-and-Trade auction
proceeds.  Topics will include: the identification of
disadvantaged communities, development of guidance on maximizing
the benefits to disadvantaged communities, and how to determine
what counts as benefiting those communities.

The workshop will be held in three locations as indicated below;
each workshop will cover the same topics.

FRESNO Workshop: August 25, 2014
LOS ANGELES Workshop: August 26, 2014
OAKLAND Workshop: September 3, 2014 (NEW DATE)

The dates that workshop materials will be available have also
been updated.  CalEPA will release information about approaches
to identifying disadvantaged communities by August 15th and ARB
will release draft interim guidance for State agencies to
maximize benefits in disadvantaged communities, including
criteria to determine which projects benefit disadvantaged
communities, by August 20th.

The detailed notice for these workshops and workshop materials on
the investment of auction proceeds to benefit disadvantaged
communities will be made available at:
http://www.arb.ca.gov/auctionproceeds


6.   Program Opportunity Notice - PON-14-305 - Demonstrating Bioenergy Solutions That Support California's Industries, the Environment, and the Grid
Program Opportunity Notice - PON-14-305
Electric Program Investment Charge
Demonstrating Bioenergy Solutions That Support California's Industries, the Environment, and the Grid

Deadline to Submit Applications: November 7, 2014 by 3:00 p.m.

Purpose of Solicitation
The purpose of this solicitation is to fund technology demonstration and deployment projects that demonstrate and appraise the operational and performance characteristics of pre-commercial biomass conversion technologies, generation systems, and development strategies.

Pre-Application Workshop

Energy Commission staff will hold one Pre-Application Workshop to discuss the solicitation with applicants. Participation is optional but encouraged.  Applicants may attend the workshop in-person, via WebEx, or via conference call on the date and at the time and location listed below.

August 21, 2014 workshop:
California Energy Commission
1:30 p.m.
1516 9th Street
Sacramento, CA  95814
Hearing Room A

August 26, 2014 workshop:
South Coast Air Quality Management District
Auditorium
1:30 p.m.
21865 Copley Drive
Diamond bar, CA 91765

https://energy.webex.com

1st Workshop (8/21)
Meeting Number: 920 500 358
Meeting Password: meeting@130
Topic: PON-14-305 Pre-Application Workshop #1

2nd Workshop (8/26)
Meeting Number: 922 158 195
Meeting Password: meeting@130
Topic: PON-14-305 Pre-Application Workshop #2

Telephone Access Only:
Call 1-866-469-3239 (toll-free in the U.S. and Canada). When prompted, enter the meeting number
For more information:
http://www.energy.ca.gov/contracts/epic.html#PON-14-305


7.  Whole House Draft Report Posted for Review and Comment on Public Document Area Site
The draft report for the Whole House Impact Evaluation has been posted to the PDA siteTo view the document and/or provide comments on the report visit the PDA athttp://www.energydataweb.com/cpuc, click on the “Search” tab at the top of the page then scroll down to the bottom and type the following in the search box:
Comments should be uploaded to the website by clicking the comment box.
Comments are due by August 27, 2014 on the Public Document Area.  Final report will be posted on September 5, 2014. 

Questions?

Please contact Mona Dzvova at Mona.dzvova@cpuc.ca.gov

Statewide LG EE Best Practices Coordinator: Weekly Update Vol. VIII, Issue II

For those of you who know who Pat Stoner is you likely are on his email distribution list and receive this update each week.  We are grateful that Pat has agreed to allow our little blog to re-post his weekly update.  If you have an interest in the happenings of energy efficiency and local government throughout California this is the update for you! If you love the information here, but want more in depth features be sure to check out Pat's quarterly newsletter, CURRENTS.  

August 14, 2013 Weekly Update: CPUC workshop on EE financing; Multi-family tenant engement; SEEC presentations; SF PUC seeks EE consultant

Workshop on EE Financing Pilots August 16
To all parties and interested persons:   Attached is the agenda for the workshop to be held on Friday August 16, 2013 at 10:00a.m. in hearing Room E. An hour long lunch break will be called around noon, and the workshop will end no later than 4:00 p.m.

As “Joint Utilities,” Southern California Gas Company and San Diego Gas & Electric Company submitted Comments on the Proposed Decision proposing an implementation plan for the EE Financing Pilots which they developed in consultation with CAEATFA and HBC. I view the resulting implementation plan as having significant weight because the PD envisions SoCalGas and CAEATFA as the implementing entities.  

Therefore, it will serve as the organizational underpinning of the workshop. That does not mean all of the Joint Utilities’  proposals will be adopted in the final decision, but the workshop will focus on understanding the proposal and how other proposed changes to the PD could affect implementation due to timing, cost, or other factors. The agenda identifies several issues from the Comments which could have a direct impact on the pilot program implementation plan, and which will be discussed individually.

The workshop is not the place  to introduce new evidence, make speeches, or to re-argue policy positions. The function is to clarify the projects and pin down implementation costs and schedule through questions and answers. As a result, the parties should be better able to focus their Reply Comments in terms of implementation as well as policy.

Parties will have priority in asking questions, but some public or stakeholder questions will be allowed, as time permits.

Melanie M. Darling
Administrative Law Judge
California Public Utilities Commission
505 Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94102-3298

Webinar: Tenant Engagement in the Multi-Family Setting
Behavior is the missing link in energy efficiency. Our best efforts to legislate and design energy efficient multifamily buildings are contingent on a third piece: tenant engagement. Tenants are not always aware of the way their energy use can contribute to the scale of energy saving potential. This webinar, offered by California Multi-Family New Homes, will address ways in which stakeholders can work with tenants to achieve anticipated energy efficiency.

Day: Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: WEBINAR

Register Here

SEEC Forum Presentations Available
The presentations, meeting notes, and videos from the 4th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Best Practices Forum held in Sacramento, CA are now available online!

Please use the following link to access these exciting resources:  http://www.lgc.org/events/seec/forum2013_agenda.html

Notes and PowerPoints from the Pacific Gas and Electric Company Local Government Partner Meeting as well the Statewide Local Government Partner Meeting are also available. Please use the following link to access these resources: http://www.lgc.org/SEEC/partnership_meetings.html

If you have any questions or comments about these resources please contact Jenny Woods at jwoods@lgc.org or (916) 448-1198 ext. 324.

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission RFP for Energy Efficiency Consulting Services          The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Power Enterprise released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for energy efficiency consultant services. The Energy Efficiency Services group is seeking up to 4 teams of consultants for services totaling $9.5 million over 5 years. The work targets San Francisco municipal facilities. See the link for more details.

Also, please visit my website: www.EECoordinator.info

Statewide LG EE Best Practices Coordinator: Weekly Update Vol. VIII, Issue I

For those of you who know who Pat Stoner is you likely are on his email distribution list and receive this update each week.  We are grateful that Pat has agreed to allow our little blog to re-post his weekly update.  If you have an interest in the happenings of energy efficiency and local government throughout California this is the update for you! If you love the information here, but want more in depth features be sure to check out Pat's quarterly newsletter, CURRENTS.  

August 7, 2013 Weekly Update: EM&V Plan Available; Sustainability Best Practice Framework Updated; New IDSM Fact Sheet; Net-Zero Energy Summit

EM&V Plan Available
The CPUC's Energy Division and Investor Owned Utilities have released the updated 2013-2014 Funding Cycle Energy Division-Investor Owned Utility Energy Efficiency Evaluation, Measurement and Verification Plan. The Plan creates a high level blueprint to guide evaluation and study of the $2 billion 2013-2014 portfolio of energy efficiency programs. You can access the plan at http://www.energydataweb.com/cpuc/home.aspx.
ILG's Sustainability Best Practice Framework Updated
The Institute for Local Government has released its first comprehensive update of the Sustainability Best Practice Framework since its initial release in 2008. The framework offers new and practical ideas on how local agencies can save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in ten categories, including ideas about how to engage the public and promote individual and community action.
New Fact Sheet: Huntington Beach's Integrated Demand Side Management Program
An Integrated Demand Side Management (IDSM) audit, which looked at energy efficiency, conservation, demand response and renewables, paired with AB 32 strategic planning goals, created an opportunity to adapt and integrate the full suite of IDSM tools in City operations. To download the fact sheet, visit: www.EECoordinator.info/best-practices/

Net-Zero Energy Summit in Irvine, October 8-10
 The Net-Zero Energy Home Coalition will be hosting the Net-Zero North American Leadership Summit from October 8-10 in Irvine, California, in conjunction with the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013.

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CURRENTS: An Energy Newsletter for Local Governments | Summer 2013 Edition

CURRENTS is a publication by Pat Stoner, the Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator.  Pat has been writing and distributing CURRENTS: An Energy Newsletter for Local Governments since 1998.  We thank Pat for allowing us to post his newsletter on our blog.  To subscribe to CURRENTS, email Patrick Stoner (slgeebpc@lgc.org). 

Please visit the Statewide Coordinator web site at: www.EECoordinator.info

Energy Efficiencies In Five Rural Communities In Five Days

Congressman Jim Costa, Fresno County Supervisor Phil Larson, Mendota Mayor Robert Silva, and officials from Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), the Fresno County Economic Development Corporation (EDC), Richard Heath and Associates (RHA), and the Center for Irrigation Technology’s Advanced Pumping Efficiency Program were on hand to kick off a week long campaign of energy efficiency upgrades to the western Fresno County rural communities of Mendota, Kerman, Firebaugh, San Joaquin, Coalinga and Huron last August. The campaign was dubbed ‘Five Cities, Five Days.” read more...

Sonoma County Community Choice Aggregation

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted to implement Sonoma Clean Power. This program will focus on providing a cleaner power mix for Sonoma County customers. The Board's decision means that this service will be made available to about 100,000 customers in the unincorporated areas of the county. read more...

How Benchmarking Makes Cities Smarter

By Caroline Keicher Program Manager, Building Energy Performance Policy, The Institute for Market Transformation

2013 looks like it will be a banner year for building energy benchmarking and disclosure policies. With Philadelphia’s policy adoption closing out 2012 on a high note, Minneapolis got us started strong in January of 2013—becoming the seventh U.S. city, and the first in the Midwest, to pass a policy requiring transparency of energy performance in large commercial buildings. read more...

ACEEE Report: Assisting Home Buyers With Increased Energy Use Information

What if people could have access to a piece of valuable information that they don’t currently receive about the house they are considering for purchase? What if this could happen with very little bureaucracy and limited program implementation costs? Sound appealing? read more...

Trading New Development For Water Savings In Napa

The City of Napa has a medium-sized water system of about 25,000 connections. Its Water Demand Mitigation (Water Offset) requirement for new development has historically been known as the ‘Toilet Retrofit Program,’ because the water savings were achieved by replacing older 3.5+ gallon-per-flush (gpf) toilets with 1.6 gpf ultra-low-flush toilets (ULFTs). Several years ago, that replacement toilet specification changed to EPA WaterSense-labeled 1.28 gpf high-efficiency toilets (HETs). read more...

Optimizing Municipal Facility Performance: Retrocommissioning Program Toolkit For Local Governments

By The California Sustainability Alliance

In its Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) established a strategic framework for helping local governments advance sustainability within their jurisdictions. The Plan calls for local governments to influence the community, leverage local authority and lead by example by improving resource efficiency, reducing carbon emissions and cutting energy bills in their own facilities. read more...

Solar Energy Resource Guide

The Northern California Solar Energy Association (NorCal Solar) released its 9th edition Solar Energy Resource Guide (SERG) last July. This highly-regarded publication is a primer on just about all things solar, written and reviewed by experts. read more...

Zero Net Energy For Policymakers & Local Governments

Are you pursuing zero net energy (ZNE) buildings, goals or policies in your jurisdiction?Do you need information, tools and other resources to help?
Connect with public sector leaders in Sacramento on July 16th for a Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Leadership meeting to share experiences and learn about tools and resources to achieve ZNE. read more...

Upcoming Events

The following list of upcoming events may be of interested to you. read more...

Statewide LG EE Best Practices Coordinator: Weekly Update Vol. VII, Issue II

For those of you who know who Pat Stoner is you likely are on his email distribution list and receive this update each week.  We are grateful that Pat has agreed to allow our little blog to re-post his weekly update.  If you have an interest in the happenings of energy efficiency and local government throughout California this is the update for you! If you love the information here, but want more in depth features be sure to check out Pat's quarterly newsletter, CURRENTS.  

UPDATE for JULY 10, 2013

LEAD CEC COMMISSIONER WORKSHOP ON THE DEFINITION OF ZERO NET ENERGY IN NEWLY CONSTRUCTED BUILDINGS IN CALIFORNIA
The California Energy Commission Lead Commissioner on the Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) will conduct a workshop to discuss the definition of "Zero Net Energy" as it relates to newly constructed buildings in California.

Commissioner Andrew McAllister is the Lead Commissioner for the 2013 IEPR. Other commissioners may attend and participate in this workshop. Commissioners and staff from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) may also attend and participate.

In Person Attendance
Thursday, July 18, 2013, 9:00 a.m.
CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION
1516 Ninth Street, First Floor, Hearing Room A
Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Remote Attendance
You may participate in this meeting through WebEx, the Energy Commission's online meeting service. Presentations will appear on your computer screen, and you may listen to the audio via your computer or telephone. Please be aware that the meeting may be recorded.
To join a meeting:

VIA COMPUTER: Go to https://energy.webex.com and enter the unique meeting number: 923 288 296. When prompted, enter your information and the following meeting password: cec@0718

The "Join Conference" menu will offer you a choice of audio connections:

1.      To call into the meeting: Select "I will call in" and follow the on-screen directions.
2.      International Attendees: Click on the "Global call-in number" link.
3.      To have WebEx call you: Enter your phone number and click "Call Me."
4.      To listen over the computer: If you have a broadband connection, and a headset or a computer microphone and speakers, you may use VolP (Internet audio) by going to the Audio menu, clicking on "Use Computer Headset," then "Call Using Computer."

VIA TELEPHONE ONLY (no visual presentation): Call 1-866-469-3239 (toll-free in the U.S. and Canada). When prompted, enter the unique meeting number: 923 288 296. International callers may select their number from https://energy.webex.com/energy/globalcallin.php.

VIA MOBILE ACCESS: Access to WebEx meetings is now available from your mobile device. To download an app, go to www.webex.com/overview/mobile-meetings.html.

If you have difficulty joining the meeting, please call the WebEx Technical Support number at 1-866-229-3239.

For more information:
http://www.energy.ca.gov/2013_energypolicy/documents/index.html#07182013
(If link above doesn't work, please copy entire link into your web browser's URL)

EXISTING BUILDINGS DRAFT ACTION PLAN PRESENTATIONS AVAILABLE
https://mail.google.com/mail/u/1/images/cleardot.gifPresentations from June 24, 25 and 28, 2013 Staff Workshops on The Comprehensive Energy Efficiency Program for Existing Buildings Draft Action Plan

For more information:
http://www.energy.ca.gov/ab758/documents/

WORKSHOP IN WE&T SCOPE OF WORK, JULY 29
Per Decision 12-011-015, the “Decision Approving 2013-14 Energy Efficiency Programs and Budgets,” the Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs) were directed to hire an expert entity to help design a comprehensive approach to the Workforce Education and Training issues (WE&T) inherent in their energy efficiency (EE) portfolios.  The IOUs are pleased to announce that the UC Berkeley Donald Vial Center was selected after a formal solicitation review process.

The statewide IOU team invites all interested stakeholders to a public workshop during which the UC Berkeley team will present their work plan, in response to the IOU’s requested scope of work.  Questions will also be welcomed.

Public Workshop:  WE&T Consultant Contract – July 29, 2013, 10:00 am – Noon
California Public Utilities Commission (Room TBD)
505 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco  94102
Call-in/Webinar Details Will Be Provided

FREE WEBINAR: ADDRESSING CLIMATE CHANGE THROUGH COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND BEHAVIOR CHANGE
There will be a free one-hour webinar on Tuesday, July 16. It will feature best-selling author David Gershon who will share recent research and case studies on Addressing Climate Change through Community Engagement and Behavior Change.

Please note the start time in your time zone: 9 a.m. Pacific.

Register here: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/256538070

David Gershon, co-founder and CEO of Empowerment Institute, is one of the world's foremost authorities on behavior-change, community engagement and large-system transformation. He is the author of 11 books, including "Social Change 2.0: A Blueprint for Reinventing Our World," and the best-selling "Low Carbon Diet: A 30 Day Program to Lose 5,000 Pounds." He co-directs Empowerment Institute's School for Transformative Social Change, which teaches change agents to design and implement stakeholder engagement and behavior change initiatives.

WATER-ENERGY TOOLKIT
The California Sustainability Alliance has released a Water-Energy Toolkit for Sustainable Development, a practical guide to implementing water-energy conservation policies and projects for local government, developers, water agencies and supporting parties.

The Alliance’s Toolkit is designed to provide four important stakeholder groups (water agency staff, policy makers, developers and water-energy conservation advocates) with the basic knowledge and resources needed to enable consideration of water-energy savings solutions in the community development process. Structured as an action-oriented and practical guidebook, the Toolkit offers simple steps, example roadmaps, and exemplary California case study examples of working projects to guide stakeholders through the key components of the water-energy sustainability decision-making process.
Download the toolkit for more details.

OPR'S NEW CLIMATE CHANGERS VIDEO
Check out OPR’s newest Climate Changers video: Crossing 400: The Keeling Curve Reaches a Historic Milestone. Ralph Keeling, geochemistry professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, talks about the @keeling_curve and a historic climate milestone: the carbon dioxide concentration in our atmosphere recently exceeded 400 ppm for the first time in human history. Dr. Keeling explains the consequences of this, outlines solutions, and addresses why time is of the essence.

OPR has also recently uploaded several other new videos to our Climate Changers YouTube Site, an innovative video initiative to share hot lessons and cool solutions. We invite you to browse through our video library and to become a "climate changer" by joining us in working toward a more resilient California.

"BAD INCENTIVES FOR GREEN CHOICES"  
A new post by Severin Borenstein    
Sure, I'd like to see a tax on gasoline that reflects its greenhouse gases emissions. If we can't or won't do that, then maybe subsidies for electric vehicles can imperfectly address some of the same goals. If not that, how about free EV charging? Free parking? Higher speed limits for EVs? Discount air travel for EV owners? Complimentary massages? By the time you got to the last couple ideas, you probably said "well that's ridiculous."  At least I hope so. But where do you draw the "ridiculous" line? Click here for the whole post.


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