Written by Rafael Reyes Friday, 18 April 2014 21:36
A Bay Area bike share program that began last summer in San Jose and San Francisco is planning its first expansion into the East Bay communities of Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville. The debut could be as early as late 2015 for the bright blue bicycles, which can be checked out for free rides of up to 30 minutes at a time. To start the East Bay bike service, commission planners recommend adding 60 bike stations and 750 bikes in some 8.5 square miles of the three cities. View the Full Article.
Written by Rafael Reyes Thursday, 17 April 2014 17:34
The Bay Area Climate Collaborative's Executive Director Rafael Reyes was appointed this week to the City of San Mateo's newly established Sustainability Commission. The commission will advise Council on policies related to sustainability and establish forums for public outreach and education to the San Mateo community.
Rafael previously served on the City's Sustainable Initiatives Committee in 2007-2008 which developed the City's climate action plan. The plan included the development and implementation of one of the leading green building standards in the nation for a city of its size requiring LEED Silver for new commercial buildings, 75 points Green Points Rated on new residential, and standards for major upgrades.
Written by Alison Erlenbach Wednesday, 02 April 2014 23:07
The City of Berkeley progresses on a streetlight retrofit project with support from the Bay Area Climate Collaborative’s Next Generation Streetlight Initiative and the California Lighting and Technology Center at the University of California, Davis. Converting all streetlights citywide will result in significant reductions in Berkeley’s greenhouse gas emissions.
SAN JOSE, C.A., April 2, 2014 – Yesterday Berkeley's city council approved a contract to convert approximately 8,000 city streetlights to LED by the end of 2014. Streetlights currently account for approximately 1,000 metric tons of CO2 output annually or about 13% of the city’s total emissions. An LED conversion is projected to cut emissions from streetlights by half, and will directly support Berkeley’s ambitious Climate Action Plan goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions locally by 33% between the years 2000 and 2020 and 80% by 2050.
With the energy savings achieved by from streetlight conversions, Berkeley is expected to save nearly $400,000 annually, in addition to PG&E rebates estimated at a total of $650,000. San Francisco-based Tanko Lighting was selected as the winning vendor for the project valued at $2,921,064. The city will use a $3 million 1% interest energy efficiency loan from the California Energy Commission to fund the project, which will be paid back over 10 years through the savings generated from installing LED streetlights from vendors including Leotek, Sensity, Holophane and others.
According to Phillip Harrington, Berkeley’s Deputy Public Works Director, “Upgrading to more energy efficient lights moves us closer to achieving our ambitious sustainability goals and helps us to continue reducing City government’s day-to-day costs and to improve our overall operational efficiency. We would like to thank the Bay Area Climate Collaborative, California Energy Commission and the California Lighting and Technology Center for their support in getting this project to design and construction.”
The Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC) and the California Lighting Technology Center supported the City of Berkeley’s streetlight conversion through BACC’s Next Generation Streetlight Initiative and with support from the California Energy Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program. Activities included cost-benefit analyses, technical assistance, specification development, and guidance on best practices for street lighting.
Rafael Reyes, Executive Director of the BACC stated, “LED streetlight upgrades presents an opportunity for cities to realize significant emissions, energy and cost savings while providing improved lighting. These upgrades provide a major advance for achieving emissions reduction goals. Cities across the Bay Area and elsewhere in the country are switching over to LED streetlights to take advantage of the many benefits from this technology.”
About the Bay Area Climate Collaborative
The Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC) is a public-private initiative accelerating the clean energy economy. Major partners include Bank of America, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Environmental Defense Fund, and local governments representing over 70 percent of the Bay Area population. The BACC is driving innovation for electric vehicles, energy efficiency, residential upgrades, and distributed renewables. The BACC's Next Generation Streetlight Initiative provides leading-edge education, resources and guidance to local governments to accelerate the move to solid-state lighting (LED). Tools and resources that are available online, such as the Next Generation Streetlight Guide, provide details on benefits, financing strategies, deployment options, and more for local governments. The overarching goal of the initiative is to catalyze the conversion of 200,000 streetlights in the Bay Area and deliver $50 million in cost savings and 100,000 metric tons of CO2 avoidance over five years. For more information on the BACC, please visit: http://www.baclimate.org/.
The California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) is a not-for-profit research, development and demonstration facility dedicated to advancing energy-efficient lighting and daylighting technologies. Established in 2003 as part of the Department of Design, under the College of Letters and Science at UC Davis, CLTC conducts prototype testing, technology demonstrations and case studies of emerging lighting technologies. The center also provides information, training and resources through its education and outreach programs. http://cltc.ucdavis.edu.
Written by Alison Erlenbach Tuesday, 25 March 2014 18:10
On the evening of March 26th a panel of industry leaders will gather to discuss the integration of asset efficiency, EV fueling, high-performance lighting, and policies that encourage sustainability in parking. Leaders in technology, real estate, and the parking industry will discuss how high performance parking facilities contribute to the greening of the Bay Area’s transportation. Come join the conversation at the iconic Bently Reserve in San Francisco's Financial District. To learn more and register visit the Green Parking Council Eventbrite page. Green Parking Council San Francisco Innovation Salon 5:30 – 8:30 pm at The Bently Reserve, 3/26/14 Free Registration at gpcsalon.eventbrite.com
About the Bay Area Climate Collaborative
The Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC) is a public-private initiative accelerating the clean energy economy. Major partners include Bank of America, Pacific Gas & Electric, Environmental Defense Fund and local governments representing over 70 percent of the Bay Area population. BACC's Next Generation Streetlight Initiative provides leading-edge education, resources and guidance to local governments to accelerate the move to solid-state lighting (LED). Tools and resources that are available online, such as the Next Generation Streetlight Guide, provide details on benefits, financing strategies, deployment options and more for local governments. The overarching goal is to catalyze the conversion of 200,000 streetlights in the Bay Area to deliver $50 million in cost savings and cut 100,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions over 5 years. For more information, please visit: www.baclimate.org.
Written by Alison Erlenbach Tuesday, 11 February 2014 21:20
The first California Adaptation Forum, co-hosted by the Local Government Commission and the State of California, will be held August 19-20, 2014 in Sacramento, CA. The Call for Session Proposals (CFSP) will be open from February 20th to March 20th. The Submittal Form and Instructions will be posted on the forum website by February 20th.
Forum organizers are looking for sessions that fall into one of seven cross-cutting sector tracks:
- Implementation Strategies
- Monitoring and Evaluation
- Innovation and Technology
- Communication and Stakeholder Engagement
- Funding, Financing, and the Economics of Adaptation
To generate the highest quality program, we encourage you to propose sessions, as well as distribute the announcement as widely as possible throughout your networks.
Climate change is having, and will have, more widespread impacts on California's economy and environment. In addition to reducing California's greenhouse gas emissions, there are steps that must be taken to protect against climate change impacts that are already occurring.
The California Adaptation Forum is designed to create a comprehensive network of multi-disciplinary adaptation leaders who have a strong commitment to addressing these climate risks. We plan to craft a program reflective of the diverse needs and challenges California is facing and bring together leading voices from various sectors to share insights on how we can most effectively respond.
We expect the Forum to attract and engage a diverse mix of over 600 policymakers and leaders. The audience will include elected officials, public and private sector leaders, and nonprofits addressing public health, energy, water, emergency management, agriculture, habitat conversation, and coastal management.
Learn more about the Forum, including the CFSP process, by visiting: www.CaliforniaAdaptationForum.org.