Three City of Fremont Fire Stations are benefitting from a microgrid energy demonstration project that pairs solar photovoltaic (PV) carports with large battery systems to allow the facilities to generate and store their own energy, acting like mini power plants. The project is a public-private partnership between the City of Fremont, the Fremont-based clean technology firm Gridscape Solutions (Gridscape), and the California Energy Commission (CEC). The goal of the demonstration project is to show how such microgrid energy systems can provide added resiliency to critical public facilities by “islanding” (or operating separately) from the grid in the case of an emergency; the added benefits are that the City will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions while saving significantly on utilities through solar generation and battery storage instead of drawing power from the electric grid during peak usage times. In addition, the project supports local cleantech entrepreneurship and has served as an important economic development tool.
The City of Hayward’s Water Pollution Control Facility (WPCF) is an award-winning green energy generating site and the first publicly owned treatment works and largest generating account in the California RES-BCT (Renewable Self Generating Bill Credit Transfer) Program. Since the completion of the 1,132 kilowatt (kW) cogeneration facility in 2014, it has been generating an average of 750,000 kilowatt hour (kWh) monthly, allowing virtually all of the solar energy generated on site to be exported to PG&E.
Localizing the Paris Agreement:
A guide for Local Government Action in Support of the U.S. Nationally Determined Contribution
This guide is intended to help local governments go beyond pledges and move toward action on implementing the Paris Agreement. Focusing solely on the national policies that can uphold the U.S. Paris Commitment (or lamenting the lack thereof) fails to capture some of the most promising actions that can achieve demonstrable emissions reductions. Those will happen locally.
To solidify itself as a low-carbon leader and support economic growth through energy efficiency, the City of Milwaukee has undertaken a comprehensive energy efficiency program for buildings. Building efficiency in the commercial sector provide particular opportunity for the City to curtail greenhouse gas emissions while epitomizing public-private leadership on greenhouse gas emissions reduction. Utilizing a mix of federal funding paired with a financing strategy that incentivizes clean energy upgrades, Milwaukee is on a path to retrofit 200 commercial and industrial buildings with energy-efficient upgrades to meet its goal of 20% building energy reduction over a decade.
EPEAT and ICLEI ClearPath are utilized by the City of Durango, CO, to achieve sustainability goals set forth in a Municipal Sustainability Action Plan. EPEAT-Registered IT product purchases have resulted in quantifiable environmental benefits, significant cost-savings and public recognition, while ICLEI ClearPath enables Durango to develop greenhouse gas inventories, forecast scenarios, visualize climate action plans, and track progress.
Spurred by calls from the communities most exposed to climate change impacts, the Paris Climate Agreement set the ambitious goal of limiting the end-of-century global average temperature increase to 1.5° Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Will the United States continue to play a significant role in the global effort to curb warming? Trump said he would look into climate change. He needs look no further than ICLEI member cities — some of whose climate actions are highlighted in this report — for examples of how local governments are charting a path toward reduced emissions that is far steeper than what federal targets aim to achieve. Download the full report.
Let’s Talk Communities and Climate: Communication Guidance for City and Community Leaders is designed to help experienced and novice climate change communicators. This guide synthesizes the latest academic research and message testing on climate communications from across the social sciences into a practical guide to support communities and meaningful discussions of climate change. This report was produced by the Path to Positive Communities program in collaboration with ICLEI USA and ecoAmerica.
A new report out from a group of non-profits and utilities documents city climate leadership in California. The State of Local Climate Action: California 2016 was developed by ICLEI through the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative (SEEC), a partnership among ICLEI, the Institute for Local Government, Local Government Commission, and the state’s four investor-owned utilities. The report presents a comprehensive picture of measurable local emissions trends, targets, planning efforts, and energy and climate actions in the state, along with in-depth profiles of local and regional agencies pursuing goals like public health and economic development through climate action. The findings confirm that local governments are making a significant contribution to the State’s climate goals, which are among the most aggressive in the world. Download the report at: http://bit.ly/2dO7vp9
Case Studies & Special Reports
Sea Level Rise Adaptation Strategy for San Diego Bay Executive Summary