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Solar Accounting: Measuring the Costs and Benefits of Going Solar

by Farleigh Wolfe Aug 27, 2012

The Solar Foundation is pleased to announce the release a new informational primer created as part of efforts from the ICLEI- and ICMA-lead Solar Outreach Partnership, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative. As a member of this partnership, The Solar Foundation helps provide information and technical expertise to local governments interested in implementing solar programs and policies.

The Solar Foundation's Solar Accounting: Measuring the Costs and Benefits of Going Solar is a new primer to help local governments understand and measure the costs of installing a solar energy system on a municipal or county property. The primer also breaks down the cost associated with direct ownership and ownership by a third party as well as the financial benefits of going solar.

Accounting is the linchpin in getting solar up on municipally owned buildings. It’s gotta make financial sense and this document explains how.

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Lessons on Outreach From Richmond’s Sustainability Plan

by Don Knapp Aug 26, 2012

Sustainability professionals understand that the key to developing a sustainability plan is getting strong buy-in and participation—both within a local government and among the greater community. But it’s easier said than done. Richmond, VA’s new RVAgreen plan, which was approved by City Council in July 2012, rests on a strong foundation of internal and external support, cultivated over many months under the leadership of Mayor Dwight C. Jones.

I spoke with Alicia Zatcoff, City of Richmond’s Sustainability Manager, who shared her strategies and lessons learned with engaging community members and municipal colleagues in the development of RVAgreen.

Right: Alicia Zatcoff, City of Richmond Sustainability Manager

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Georgetown Climate Center Releases New Tool Kit to Help Local Governments Adapt to Record Heat

by Georgetown Climate Center Aug 26, 2012

On the heels of the hottest month in U.S. history, the Georgetown Climate Center has released a new tool to help cities and counties better prepare for the public health and infrastructure challenges caused by rising temperatures.

As of August 5, 2012, there have already been 27,042 heat records set or matched this year – a warming trend climate scientists expect will continue.

“We’re trying to help communities adopt common sense solutions,” said Sara Hoverter, author of Adapting to Urban Heat: A Tool Kit for Local Governments. “There are simple steps local governments can pursue to adjust to these record heat increases, but we need more communities to start taking action now to protect residents and more wisely invest the millions of tax dollars being spent on infrastructure and development projects in our communities.”

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Summer's Extreme Weather Damaging Infrastructure Nationwide

by Don Knapp Aug 21, 2012

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Watch this eye-opening video from NBC News on the impact that extreme heat and flooding are having across the country on our nation's aging infrastructure. The take-home message is one that ICLEI has been repeating for years: Climate change is happening now and our communities need to prepare for it. Learn more about what local governments can do.

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Success Story: The Greening of Grand Rapids

by Heidi Stukkie Aug 18, 2012

Photo credit: ADAM BIRD, reposted from the Rapid Growth website.

 

Reposted with permission from the Rapid Growth website:

Recent national awards have positioned Grand Rapids as an environmental leader known for its commitment to sustainability, energy efficiency and climate protection. The city’s focused efforts to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions began a few years ago and are already showing significant cost savings and numerous social and environmental benefits.   

Earlier this summer, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) awarded Mayor George K. Heartwell first place in the large city category of the 2012 Mayors’ Climate Protection Awards. The award recognizes mayors for their innovative practices to increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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New Residential PACE Launch Is a Success in Southern California

by PACENow Aug 13, 2012

Guest blog post from PACENow:

The Home Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO) Financing Program, sponsored by the Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG), was launched in Riverside County (CA) in September 2011 for commercial projects and three months later in December for homes.  HERO is shaping up as a success on both residential and commercial fronts.

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Two New Solar Resources

by The Solar Foundation Aug 12, 2012

The Solar Foundation is pleased to announce the release of two *NEW* informational products created as part of our efforts under the Solar Outreach Partnership, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative. As a member of this partnership, The Solar Foundation helps provide information and technical expertise to local governments interested in implementing solar programs and policies.


1. Brief: The State of the Solar Industry

The brief, “The State of the Solar Industry”, provides readers with an up-to-date assessment of the current condition of the solar industry and the policies supporting it.

 

2. Training on Solar in Small Communities

Our web-based training, "Solar in Small Communities: Challenges and Opportunities," addresses three specific strategies small governments can use to promote strong solar markets.

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Konrad Otto-Zimmerman on ICLEI's Impact at Rio+20

by Don Knapp Aug 01, 2012

Dear ICLEI Members,

We are proud to report that recent events have seen ICLEI being elevated on the basis of its longstanding leadership in global advocacy, developing solutions, accelerating action, spurring change and paving pathways to sustainability.

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Announcing the 2013 Climate Leadership Awards

by Don Knapp Jul 31, 2012

Begin your application now for the 2013 Climate Leadership Awards! Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to receive government recognition for your environmental efforts and highlight your leadership and competitive edge to key stakeholders

In 2011, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its three NGO partners - The Climate Registry (The Registry), the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), and the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) – launched the Climate Leadership Awards (CLA), calling national attention to exemplary corporate, organizational, and individual leadership in response to climate change. The inaugural 2012 awards were presented to one individual and 20 organizations [see 2012 winners].

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