Written by Rafael Reyes Wednesday, 13 August 2014 15:46

BACC and Bank of America Partnership Supporting Clean Energy Economy

Renewed Support will Further Accelerate Bay Area Clean Energy Implementation

SAN JOSE, C.A., Aug. 13, 2014 – The Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC) today announced a renewal of anchor financial support from strategic partner Bank of America to advance high-impact clean energy initiatives in the San Francisco Bay Area, including next generation lighting, electric vehicles (EVs), and efficiency and clean energy in K-12 schools.


Now in its fifth year of partnership with the BACC, Bank of America has provided nearly $280,000 in grants which have accelerated regional programs that will yield near-term cost savings and carbon pollution reduction. These include the facilitating the two largest electric vehicle (EV) fleet deployments in the country with 140 EVs to over a dozen municipalities; the Bay Area Next Generation Streetlight Initiative, which has catalyzed the upgrade of over 70,000 streetlights to LEDs; and Energize Schools, supporting the Bay Area’s school districts in maximizing their clean energy investments.


In a July 8th press conference in Alameda County Bank of America Senior Vice President Gail Mohr, Alameda County Board President Keith Carson, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, and other senior Bay Area leaders announced the landmark rollout of 90 all-electric vehicles to ten Bay Area local governments in what is the single largest municipal deployment of light-duty battery electric vehicles in the nation to date.


“Our support for organizations like the Bay Area Climate Collaborative plays a significant part in meeting our 10-year, $50 billion environmental business goal,” noted Mohr. “Through our partnership, we are helping to address climate change and advance immediate carbon reducing solutions which support the economy.”


“Bank of America’s support plays an instrumental role enabling some of the most substantive clean energy initiatives in the region,” said Rafael Reyes, Executive Director of the BACC. “We are grateful for their guidance and vision.”


About the Bay Area Climate Collaborative

The Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC) is a public-private initiative of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group established by business and civic leaders in 2009 to accelerate the clean energy implementation. BACC programs have committed over 54 million lbs. CO2 avoided over the next 10 years through its market oriented initiatives. BACC initiatives include facilitating the deployment of 140 electric fleet vehicles, over 150 EV charge ports, 70,000 LED street lights, and developing innovative programs such as Energize Schools. Anchor partners include Bank of America, PG&E, Environmental Defense Fund, major clean energy industry partners, and local governments representing over 70 percent of the Bay Area population. For more information on the BACC, please visit: www.baclimate.org.


About Bank of America

Bank of America is one of the world's largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small- and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving approximately 57 million consumer and small business relationships with approximately 5,700 retail banking offices and approximately 17,750 ATMs and award-winning online banking with 30 million active users. Bank of America is among the world's leading wealth management companies and is a global leader in corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 4 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients through operations in more than 40 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.


Please visit: http://about.bankofamerica.com/en-us/global-impact/environmental-sustainability.html




Written by Diana Chou Tuesday, 08 July 2014 16:19

Ten Bay Area Local Governments Roll Out 90 All-Electric Vehicles


Government fleet additions the largest deployment in U.S.

Oakland, C.A., July 8, 2014 – Alameda County Board of Supervisors President Keith Carson, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), the Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC), and ten other public agencies today announced the rollout of 90 all-electric vehicles into the fleets of ten Bay Area local governments – the largest government fleet deployment in the U.S. to date.

The public agencies receiving vehicles are: Alameda County, Sonoma County, San Francisco, Concord, Santa Rosa, San Jose, Oakland, Fremont, the Marin Municipal Water District, and Sonoma County Water Agency. The Transportation Authority of Marin also participated with additional support for the Marin Municipal Water District.


This deployment is one in a series that the BACC and its partners are facilitating to assist public agencies in incorporating electric vehicles (EVs) into their fleets. Today’s rollout of 90 all-electric vehicles will yield operational cost savings of more than $500,000 and avoidance of 2 million pounds of CO2 over five years. This supports the region’s efforts to establish the Bay Area as the “EV Capital of the U.S.” and helps meet Governor Brown’s goal of 1.5 million EVs on California roads by 2025.


Alameda County has led the collaborative procurement effort for the vehicles and the forthcoming procurement of charging equipment later this year. The County will receive 26 of the 90 vehicles – raising the number of electric or hybrid vehicles in its fleet to over 50. Alameda County also received recognition this year for its EV work with the Ready, Set, Charge! Bay Area EV Readiness Award in the Most EV-Ready Large Community category.

“By replacing older fleet vehicles with clean EVs, we’re greatly reducing pollution while saving our taxpayer money on fuel costs,” Carson said. “By combining some of these EVs with on-site solar power charging stations, we are one of the nation’s leaders in the use of green vehicles.”

The all-electric vehicles – projected to be 64 Ford Focus sedans, 23 Nissan LEAF sedans and 3 Zenith vans – were purchased with $2.8 million in funding support from MTC, which offset the incremental cost of the EVs and charging infrastructure. Local agency vehicle replacement funds made up the balance of the investment.

“Today’s rollout is an important milestone. One of the cornerstones of MTC’s Climate Initiatives program is promoting the adoption of EVs. The introduction of EVs into public agency fleets gives hundreds more drivers the chance to not only experience electric, but to tell their friends, neighbors and co-workers about their advantages.” said MTC Chair Amy Worth.

Sonoma County and the Sonoma County Water Agency purchased 27 vehicles through the program. The addition brings the County’s alternative fuel fleet vehicle total to over 300, encompassing over 30% of the agencies’ cars, vans, and light duty trucks and creating one of the largest plug-in hybrid electric vehicle fleets in the country. "We are excited to add these vehicles to our fleet", said Sonoma County Director of General Services Jose Obregon. "On the average, with our onsite stationary fuel cell, we are able to operate these vehicles at a fuel cost that is 83% lower than a conventionally powered vehicle."

The number of vehicles being acquired by each agency is as follows: Alameda County: 26, Concord: 10, Fremont: 2, Marin Municipal Water District: 1, Oakland: 3, San Francisco: 14, San Jose: 3, Santa Rosa: 4, Sonoma County: 22, and Sonoma County Water Agency: 5.

“America’s future lies beyond dependence on foreign oil, and in San Francisco we are taking the necessary steps to jump start our green future today,” said Mayor Ed Lee. “In 2008, San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland committed to making the Bay Area the Electric Vehicle capital of the nation, and today we are investing in more electric vehicles for our City fleet and providing the necessary charging infrastructure to make EV a viable choice for our residents. We are saving money, improving air quality, and reducing greenhouse gas pollution because of our shared commitment to electric vehicles.”

The Ford Focus and Nissan LEAF sedans each utilize lithium-ion batteries to power the vehicles and use regenerative braking to recover energy while driving. The Focus is assembled in Wayne, Michigan, has an EPA-estimated rating of 110 city, 99 highway and 105 combined MPG equivalent, and an EPA-estimated range of 76 miles on a fully-charged battery. The LEAF, assembled in Smyrna, Tennessee, has estimated driving range of 84 miles and MPG equivalent ratings of 126 city, 101 highway and 114 combined. The Zenith Motors 350 Cargo utility van is assembled in Crestview Hills, Kentucky and has a range of 120 miles per charge with a payload capacity of 3,000 lbs.

Concord Vice-Mayor Ron Leone said, “Our fleet vehicle routes are ideally suited for EVs. The EV proposition makes a lot of sense for our fleet, and our fleet managers are excited to have vehicles that have far less maintenance required than gasoline powered cars.”

The participating agencies were brought together by the Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC), which is providing coordination and technical support for this landmark deployment. The BACC is also providing communication and education to other agencies on the benefits of EVs for their fleets.

Noted Rafael Reyes, Executive Director of the Bay Area Climate Collaborative, “These vehicles add to a series of fleet projects facilitated in the Bay Area by the BACC for a total of 140 electric vehicles in the past 12 months, with more to come, so agencies can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, lower costs and insulate themselves from gas price hikes. These municipalities are demonstrating great leadership, showing the benefits of EVs in fleets and providing a model for other fleets to follow.”

About the Bay Area Climate Collaborative

The Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC) is a public-private initiative of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group established by the Mayors of San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland to accelerate the clean energy economy. Major partners include Bank of America, PG&E, Environmental Defense Fund, industry partners including ChargePoint, Schneider Electric and ABM, as well as local governments representing over 70 percent of the Bay Area population. The BACC is driving electric vehicle innovation through deployment of over 140 electric vehicles and over 240 charge ports across the region; co-facilitation of the EV Strategic Council, the executive forum driving the region’s vision to be the “EV Capital of the US”; co-management of the region’s EV marketing campaign Experience Electric; and development of Ready, Set, Charge, California! A Guide to EV-Ready Communities delivering key guidance on EV preparedness. For more information on the BACC, please visit: www.baclimate.org.


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Written by Rafael Reyes Wednesday, 25 June 2014 19:47

7/8 EV Fleet Roll Out - Largest in US!

Join us on July 8th for the rollout of the 90 vehicle EV Fleet National Demonstration Project. This is the largest single deployment of municipal battery electric vehicles in the country with 10 public agency fleets throughout the San Francisco Bay Area receiving vehicles.

Event Details

Speakers include Alameda Board President Keith Carson, MTC Chair Amy Worth, Vice Mayor of Concord Ron Leone, Oakland Mayor Quan (invited), San Francisco Mayor Lee (invited) and others.

The project is led by the County of Alameda with BACC support and includes San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland, Sonoma County, Concord, Santa Rosa, Sonoma County Water District, Marin Municipal Water District and Fremont.


Written by Rafael Reyes Thursday, 19 June 2014 19:16

Nearly 80 Electric Vehicle Charging Ports to be Deployed by Bay Area Climate Collaborative


California Energy Commission awards grant for Bay Area Charge Ahead Project, Phase One

Mountain View, C.A., June 19, 2014 – The Bay Area Climate Collaborative announced that the California Energy Commission today awarded $491,290 for the deployment of EV charging infrastructure. A consortium of EV industry leaders developed the Bay Area Charge Ahead Project to deploy 29 charging stations -- and a total of 78 individual charge ports -- across the peninsula and south bay. The consortium led by the Bay Area Climate Collaborative includes ChargePoint, ABM, the EV Communities Alliance, and 9 site hosts.

The Bay Area Charge Ahead project was developed with the support of two nonprofit leaders in electric vehicles (EV) and clean energy work – the Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC), and the EV Communities Alliance. “This deployment is a major step forward towards widespread public charging, making it easier than ever to drive electric throughout the Bay,” according to the BACC Executive Director, Rafael Reyes, “Reaching our target of 100,000 EVs on the road by 2020 not only will dramatically reduce greenhouse gas pollutants but also support the economy by ensuring $120 million or more is in people’s pockets instead of going out the door for fuel.”


“ABM and ChargePoint are proud to be deploying these EV charging stations together in Silicon Valley,” says Cameron Funk, Director Business Development for ABM; and Richard Lowenthal, ChargePoint co-founder, in a joint statement. ChargePoint is the established national leader in EV charging station design and manufacturing, with more than 18,000 stations deployed globally, while ABM is a North American  leader in charge station installation.


The publicly available charging stations will be deployed at locations in the cities of Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Menlo Park, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, as well as San Mateo County and Stanford University. The Bay Area has nearly 40 percent of the plug-in electric vehicles in California, and public charging enables more miles to be travelled with clean electric drive vehicles. Over 10 years, this phase of the Bay Area Charge Ahead project is expected to result in net reductions of over 10 million kilograms of CO2, compared to the global warming pollution of regular gas vehicles.

“Our residents and businesses are early adopters of alternative and cleaner transportation, so this program is another great way for us to support those initiatives,” said Mayor Chris Clark of Mountain View. “Adding a new public charging area to our downtown and in civic centers throughout the region is beneficial for everyone.”

The lead applicant for the grant is the Bay Area Climate Collaborative, a public/private partnership that works to accelerate clean energy implementation in the Bay Area.  San Jose based EV equipment maker ChargePoint will provide the charging stations; ABM will install them; and the EV Communities Alliance will provide strategic support. This is phase one of a two phase project BACC is managing to install over 150 charge ports throughout the region.

About the Bay Area Climate Collaborative

The Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC) is a public-private initiative of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group established by the Mayors of San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland to accelerate the clean energy economy. Major partners include Bank of America, PG&E, Environmental Defense Fund, industry partners including ChargePoint, and local governments representing over 70 percent of the Bay Area population. The BACC is driving electric vehicle innovation through co-facilitation of the EV Strategic Council, the executive forum driving the region’s vision to be the “EV Capital of the US”; co-managing the Experience Electric EV marketing campaign with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission; facilitation of 150 electric vehicles to municipal fleets; and development of Ready, Set, Charge, California! A Guide to EV-Ready Communities delivering key guidance on EV preparedness. For more information on the BACC, please visit: www.baclimate.org.

About ABM

ABM (NYSE: ABM) is a leading provider of facility solutions with revenues of $4.8 billion and 100,000+ employees in over 350 offices deployed throughout the United States and various international locations. ABM’s comprehensive capabilities include facilities engineering, commercial cleaning, energy solutions, HVAC, electrical, landscaping, parking and security, provided through stand-alone or integrated solutions.

ABM Energy is dedicated to providing technologies and solutions that reduce energy consumption and operating costs as well as improve sustainability – from state-of-the-art building controls and high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment to electric vehicle charging stations and renewable energy systems. For more information please visit www.abm.com/energy.

About ChargePoint

ChargePoint is the largest and most open electric vehicle (EV) charging network in the world, with more than 18,000 charging locations. Ranked #1 by leading independent research firm, Navigant Research, ChargePoint makes advanced hardware and best-in-class cloud based software. ChargePoint’s open network is utilized by many leading EV hardware makers and encourages all EV charging manufacturers to join.

ChargePoint’s real-time network information including the availability of charging locations throughout the nation is available through the ChargePoint mobile app, online and via the navigation systems in top-selling EVs including the new BMW i3 and the Nissan LEAF. Every 9 seconds, a driver connects to a ChargePoint station and by initiating over 5 million charging sessions, ChargePoint drivers have saved over 4.3 million gallons of gasoline and driven 100 million gas free miles.

For more information about ChargePoint, visit www.chargepoint.com.

About the EV Communities Alliance

The EV Communities Alliance promotes the mass adoption of EVs in California by developing EV-friendly policies, programs, and resources at the state, regional, and local level. The Alliance brings together public/private partnerships to accelerate development of EV charging infrastructure, build EV awareness, and plan for the EV transition, in alignment with the state’s goal to ensure that 80% of all vehicles are electric drive by the year 2050.


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Written by Rafael Reyes Monday, 02 June 2014 17:44

Free Environmental Programs on Timely Topics Offered in Burlingame

Free Environmental Programs on Timely Topics Offered in Burlingame


The Citizens Environmental Council - Burlingame is inviting the public to six talks and film showings about current environmental issues in coming months, beginning with a talk on California’s water crisis on Wednesday, June 18.


All programs are free. They will be held in the Lane Community Room in the Burlingame Public Library at 480 Primrose Road, Burlingame. All programs will start at 7 p.m. and conclude by 8:45 p.m.


Wednesday, June 18 – “How We Can Solve California’s Water Crisis.” Newsha Ajami, director of urban water policy at Stanford University’s Water in the West program, will describe California’s complex and often controversial water system, and she’ll explain how we need to rethink how it is managed in order to save money and energy and be less vulnerable to droughts. For example, new technology will soon make it possible to reuse water in place instead of using energy to pipe it long distances. Eventually, instead of trying to get rid of wastewater, we will think of it as a resource that augments supply while producing energy.


Monday, July 14 – “Plastic Paradise” Film with Beth Terry. This 57-minute documentary brings home the reality that plastic never goes away. Filmmaker Angela Sun shows the enormous five gyres of plastic waste floating in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and sheds light on ways to curb our voracious consumption of plastic. The film will be followed by a discussion led by Beth Terry, author of Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too. Watch the movie trailer: plasticparadisemovie.com

Wednesday, August 6 – “Dive” Film with Dana Frasz of Food Shift. Forty percent of all food in the United States is wasted. Curious about the amount of food sent straight to landfills, filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and his friends track the colossal problem of food waste in the U.S. in the award-winning documentary “Dive.” Following the 53-minute film showing, Dana Frasz, founder and director of Food Shift, will explain how her nonprofit is rethinking the food waste problem. Watch the movie trailer: divethefilm.com/trailer.aspx


Wednesday, September 3 – The Pros and Cons of Gray Water and Rainwater. What can you expect to save in water usage and cost if you install a gray water or rainwater system? Tom Bressan of The Urban Farmer Store will explain why these alternative water systems are growing in popularity and which will work best for your needs, and he’ll show techniques for assembling and maintaining gray water and rainwater harvesting systems. A rainwater barrel valued at $120 will be raffled off during this event. A question-and-answer period will be led by Burlingame Mayor Michael Brownrigg, who advocates simpler city regulations to encourage use of gray water and rainwater systems. Co-sponsored by the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency.


Wednesday, October 1 –The Grassroots Crusade for Food Reform in California. There is a growing movement to change food and farming so it will deliver health and resilience rather than cheap calories and degraded communities. As president of Roots of Change, former chairman of Slow Food USA and the strategic adviser to the California Food Policy Council, Michael Dimock is at the forefront of that movement. He will share his perspectives on what is next and how every Californian has a stake and a role in the next phase of the food revolution.

Wednesday, November 5 – “Gasland” Film

This Oscar-nominated film from 2010 describes the harmful effects of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on the local environment and people’s health. When filmmaker John Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country journey to find out if fracking is safe. Along the way, he uncovers a trail of secrets, lies and contamination, including water faucets that catch fire. The film is 107 minutes long. Watch the movie trailer: http://one.gaslandthemovie.com/trailer



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