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Burlingame Urban Forest Resource Analysis/Tree Inventory
  • Report
  • Tool

As a continuation of their long-standing, proactive approach to managing the urban forest, the City of Burlingame contracted with Davey Resource Group (DRG) in 2011 to inventory publicly owned trees on streets and right-of-ways, in parks, and at City facilities. The inventory, conducted by a team of arborists, included a brief inspection of each tree. In addition to the geographic location, the arborist also recorded the species, size, condition, and current maintenance needs of each tree....

Manhattan Beach Plastic Bag Ban
  • Tool

As a first step toward reducing single-bag use, the Manhattan Beach City Council passed an ordinance banning the distribution of plastic bags at the point-of-sale for all retail establishments in Manhattan Beach in July 2008. This ban is currently onhold due to a lawsuit brought by the "Save the Plastic Bag Coalition."

Mountain View Environmental Sustainability Task Force
  • Tool

As a group of Mayor-appointed citizens, the Environmental Sustainability Task Force has helped the City shape its sustainability goals.
Its' mission is to recommend achievable short-term and long-term community-wide actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create a sustainable environment.
More and more people are concerned about the negative environmental effects of greenhouse gas emissions, energy and water use, and waste production. If you would like to help the Task...

Chula Vista Climate Action Plan
  • Guide
  • Plan
  • Tool

As a result of the 2005 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Report, the City Council directed staff to convene a Climate Change Working Group (CCWG) to develop a Climate Action Plan that provides a set of recommendations to reduce the community's greenhouse gas emissions or "carbon footprint" in order to meet the City's 2010 greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets.

A Guide for Hotels: Boosting Profits with Energy Efficiency and Conversion
  • Guide

As any hotel operator knows, keeping guests happy requires a high level of service and comfort. Traditionally this has also meant a high level of energy consumption - but it doesn't need to be that way. Through energy efficiency and conservation measures, you can dramatically reduce energy use and utility bills - helping to limit greenhouse gas emissions, preserve the environment and protect California's energy security - all while improving the guest experience and your bottom line. This...

Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition
  • Tool
  • Training

As California continues to lead the nation in energy policy and innovation – and in climate action – California cities and counties provide crucial leadership and on-the-ground support to bring more sustainable energy to our communities.

The Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition unites California cities and counties to:
1. Shape regulatory policy and utility programs by speaking with one strong voice;
2. Stay informed and effective on energy issues;
3. Learn...

Energy Efforts: City of Lomita
  • Case Study

As Lomita emerged from the boom and bust of the 1920s and crept slowly into the 1930s, it acquired the reputation of celery/strawberry capital of the world. Truck farming of vegetables, fruits, and eggs became the prevailing occupation of Lomita residents in the 1930s.
After World War II, Lomita's population exploded. As the 1950s progressed, adjacent cities, including the cities of Torrance and Rolling Hills, attempted to annex major portions of the original subdivision, Torrance...

Amador County Traffic Mitigation Fee
  • Finance
  • Tool

As new additional traffic began to stress county roads, the funds to improve them were not sufficient to cover the impacts. Very little property tax revenue goes into County road funding. State Highways (Regional) and County (Local ) roads are maintained mostly from gasoline taxes which do not fully cover the costs. Amador County set up Traffic Mitigation Fees, effective October 25, 1999, to help mitigate the adverse impacts caused by new development and fund the cost of maintaining...

Energy Efforts: City of Ridgecrest
  • Case Study

As of August 2008, the City of Ridgecrest has engaged in Detailed Energy Audits of the Civic Center Complex and all other functions served by the City. The City may now consider further power conservation measures by entering into additional energy service contracts to maximize energy efficiencies within City operations and recover funding currently spent on energy through project investment returns.

Donald Shoup: Putting Cities Back on Their Feet (2010)
  • Report

As one way to comply with the ADA, cities can require property owners to repair any broken sidewalk fronting their property before they sell the property. Analysis of sales data shows that if Los Angeles had adopted a point-of-sale program in 1995, about half of the city’s 4,600 miles of broken sidewalks would have been repaired by 2007. A walkable city needs walkable sidewalks. Requiring sidewalk repairs when property is sold can help put cities back on their feet.

Commercial Fleet Emissions: San Francisco’s Approach
  • Case Study

As part of its climate protection work SF Environment, a department of the City and County of San Francisco (CCSF), is working with the largest and dirtiest fleets in the community to reduce GHG emissions as well as other air pollutants caused by these vehicles. San Francisco is using their experience in cleaning up its own fleet to develop best practices and conduct outreach that help commercial fleets become low carbon leaders.

Urban Land Institute: Ten Principles for Reinventing America's Suburban Strips (2001)
  • Guide
  • Tool

As part of its mission to examine cutting-edge issues and propose creative solutions for improving the quality of land use and development, the Urban Land Institute sponsored a charrette on smart growth solutions leading off a series of forums seeking solutions to specific land use and growth management problems. The goal of these forums is to find ways to accommodate growth that enhance the economy, protect the environment, and preserve and improve a community’s quality of life.

Santa Barbara Water Conservation Program
  • Finance
  • Guide
  • Training

As part of its ongoing effort to conserve water use, this program offers guidance to residents and local businesses, free rain sensors and water check-ups, and landscaping rebates.

MPDW High Efficiency Toilet Rebate Program
  • Finance
  • Tool

As part of the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA) Rebate Program, the Mid-Peninsula Water District is offering a rebate to our residential customers who purchase and install a qualified high-efficiency toilet (HET). HET’s use less water than your old toilet that uses about 3.5 gallons per flush (gpf) or higher. A toilet using 3.5 GPF or more can account for roughly 26% of your home’s indoor water use. An easy ways to lower your toilet‘s water use by approximately 62% is...

MPWD Clothes Washer Rebate Program

As part of the Bay Area Water Utility Clothes Washer Rebate Program, the Mid-Peninsula Water District (MPWD) is offering a rebate to our residential customers who purchase and install a qualified high-efficiency clothes washer. High Efficiency washers with the Energy Star label use 38 percent less water and 56 percent less energy than standard efficiency models. In addition, the super efficient washers extract more moisture from clothes thereby reducing the time and energy used for drying....

Chula Vista Free Resource and Energy Business Evaluation
  • Training

As part of the City's environmental leadership, businesses with storefronts or offices will be required to participate in a FREE on-site energy evaluation of their facilities (Chula Vista Municipal Code Chapter 20.04). The energy evaluation, which is performed by City staff in about 30 minutes, must be completed in the calendar year when a new license is issued or every 4 years for an existing business license. Businesses are encouraged, but not required, to perform any energy-savings...

California Strong Motion Instrumentation Program (CSMIP) Annual Seminar on Utilization of Strong Motion Data
  • Report

As part of the Data Interpretation Project, CSMIP holds annual seminars to transfer recent research findings on strong-motion data to practicing seismic design professionals, earth scientists and post-earthquake response personnel. The purpose of the annual seminar is to provide information that will be useful immediately in seismic design practice and post-earthquake response, and in the longer term, in the improvement of seismic design codes and practices.

Beacon Award Participant Profile: City of Citrus Heights
  • Case Study

As the City is nearly built-out, the focus of energy conservation in Citrus Heights is on retrofitting existing homes and businesses. The City continues to explore the use of grant funds and programs with SMUD and non-profit agencies to establish programs for home weatherization and solar retrofit. In cooperation with SMUD, PG&E, the California Energy Commission, and other public utilities, subject all municipal buildings to an energy audit and perform practicable energy conservation...

Sustainability Efforts: City of Santa Paula
  • Case Study

As the initial headquarters of the Union Oil Company of California, Santa Paula was one of the early centers of California's enormous petroleum industry. In contrast to many Southern California cities which have grown into massive metropolitan areas teeming with people, highways, and buildings, Santa Paula is an oasis of tranquility nestled between large greenbelts of citrus and avocado orchards.

CEQA Reform: Issues and Options (2005)
  • Report

As we experience intense pressure on housing markets and on the environment as California’s population continues inexorably to grow, CEQA reform is again on the agenda in Sacramento. The Schwarzenegger administration intends to develop legislation to reorient CEQA to better meet growth management needs, in particular related to housing production.

This paper aims to provide a broad but succinct overview of CEQA as a complement to that effort. It attempts to map out the terrain of the...

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