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Cities and Local Communities are Increasing their Renewable Energy Through CCA

by Shawn Marshall, LEAN Energy Executive Director Nov 06, 2013

By Shawn Marshall, LEAN Energy US


Have you heard about a local energy solution called Community Choice Aggregation (CCA)? Currently enabled in six states – CA, IL, OH, NJ, RI, and MA – CCA leverages the market power of group purchasing, consumer energy choice, and local decision-making. It enables local governments to buy and/or develop power on behalf of their residents, businesses and municipal facilities. CCA creates a functional partnership between municipalities and existing utilities. It has the proven ability to lower electricity rates, rapidly green the grid, and slash greenhouse gas emissions.

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ICLEI Board Members and Resilient Communities for America Campaign Chair Appointed to White House Task Force on Climate Change

by Christina Ashtary Nov 02, 2013

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OAKLAND, CA

ICLEI USA is proud to announce the appointment of local elected officials and ICLEI board members Salud Carbajal (Santa Barbara County, CA), Frank Cownie, (Des Moines, IA), Michael Nutter (Philadelphia, PA), and Kristin Jacobs (Broward County, FL) as well as its Resilient Communities for America Campaign Chair Kevin Johnson (Sacramento, CA) to the White House Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience.

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California Regional Leaders Discuss how Climate Adaptation Should be Governed

by Melissa Higbee, Climate Program Officer Oct 28, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On October 24, California’s Little Hoover Commission convened a group of regional government, non-profit and foundation leaders to discuss how climate adaptation should be governed in the state.

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In Absence of Federal Government, the City of Irvine Steps In for the U.S. Dept. of Energy Solar Decathlon

by christinaashtary Oct 09, 2013

Despite a week of government shutdowns, the 6th U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon kicked off last Thursday in the City of Irvine, Calif., replacing its typical home on the Washington, D.C. National Mall and attracting over 25,000 visitors in one weekend.

Holding the Decathlon outside of Washington could not have come at a more controversial time: while current government shutdowns have left the U.S. Department of Energy immobile, the City of Irvine carried the mantle of clean energy leadership forward as the first host of the Decathlon and XPO Solar exhibit outside of the District of Columbia.

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Win $5 MM for your County or City through the Georgetown University Energy Prize

by christinaashtary Oct 07, 2013

What if communities across the country came together, in the spirit of friendly competition, to significantly raise the bar on energy efficiency?

That’s where the Georgetown University Energy Prize comes in. This multi-year, $5 million prize was born of a mission to tap the imagination, creativity, and spirit of competition between communities across the country to develop sustainable energy-saving innovations.
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"Think Globally, Act Locally." Lessons from the 2013 World Mayor's Summit on Climate Change

by ICLEI-USA Executive Director Michael Schmitz Oct 01, 2013

 

As I arrived in France last month with a delegation of ICLEI-USA Mayors to participate in a global forum hosted by French Prime-minister Jean-Marc Ayraul, I was blown away by the number of local officials from around the world who gathered to share their initiatives and collaborate on implementing scalable sustainable solutions.  The 2013 Nantes World Mayor's Summit on Climate Change saw more than 100 leaders from 30 countries lend their support for a declaration calling for greater cooperation with all levels of government on the matter, and improved local access to international financing frameworks to fund local climate actions.

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New Community Recycling and Composting Greenhouse Gas Emission Standard Released

by christinaashtary Sep 25, 2013

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability USA in collaboration with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum, has released a new national standard for estimating the greenhouse emissions benefits of recycling and composting at the community level.  The climate benefits gained from composting and recycling are significant.

 

>>Click here to access the Protocol

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FREE Passes to SXSW Eco Conference for ICLEI Members

by christinaashtary Sep 25, 2013

Complimentary passes to the  2013 SXSW Eco Conference October 6-7 in Austin, TX are available exclusively for members!

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District-Scale Sustainable Development at the 2013 EcoDistricts Summit

by christinaashtary Sep 24, 2013

On November 12-14, 2013,  the EcoDistricts Summit will promote the sustainable neighborhood development movement at their premier Boston conference. The Summit is an important event for leading city makers who are designing the urban areas of the future.

 

>>Register Here and use "ICLEISUMMIT13" to receive an ICLEI exclusive 10% discount.


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Cut Residential Energy Use with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Home Energy Score

by christinaashtary Sep 03, 2013

Until recently, homebuyers did not have a standardized way to evaluate a home’s energy use.  With the launch of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Home Energy Score,  states and local governments can now encourage homeowners and homebuyers to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. By providing reliable information about home energy use, the Home Energy Score will help homeowners and point-of-sale homebuyers to better assess the energy usage for any home in the Unites States.

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