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A Greener Way For San Jose

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Our guest is Councilmember Ash Kalra, who talks with host Alex Wise about the successes and challenges of promoting environmentally sound policy in a city that’s one of the most ethnically and economically diverse in the nation

An Interview With San Jose Councilmember Ash Kalra
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Our guest is Councilmember Ash Kalra, who talks with host Alex Wise about the successes and challenges of promoting environmentally sound policy in a city that’s one of the most ethnically and economically diverse in the nation

The Changing State of Solar Power in California

Solar rebates are declining in California while new businesses like solar brokers emerge here and elsewhere
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From Glenn Croston's blog at Cleantechies:

California State Senate Passes Bill Banning Use of Styrofoam Food Containers

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Styrofoam containers have reached near iconic status as symbols of rampant pollution.  They take hundreds of years to biodegrade, contain suspected carcinogens, and are not accepted in the vast majority of recycling programs nationwide.  In response to these and other concerns, the California Senate has voted to approve a recent bill authored by Sen.

Community Choice Aggregation: A Sexy Idea With An Unsexy Name

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A California law passed in 2002 allows communities served by private utilities to bring citizens together who want to get more renewable energy than is required by law and maybe quit supporting nuclear. That’s what motivated Marin County, which lies just north of San Francisco, CA, and seven of its cities.

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A California law passed in 2002 allows communities served by private utilities to bring citizens together who want to get more renewable energy than is required by law and maybe quit supporting nuclear. That’s what motivated Marin County, which lies just north of San Francisco, CA, and seven of its cities.

Lake Forest Baseball Training Academy Doubles as Homeless Youth Center

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Homeless youth center in California making a difference with support from the UPS Foundation.

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Homeless youth center in California making a difference with support from the UPS Foundation.

The Proposition 23 Jobs Battle: Choosing to Flight Climate Change or Create Jobs. Or Do Both.

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This election season one of the most contentious battles in California is over Proposition 23 which proposes to roll back and delay the implementation of AB32, California’s landmark bill to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Those in favor of Proposition 23 say we can’t afford to implement AB32 and fight climate change now, that it will cost us jobs. The measure would delay AB32 until the state’s unemployment rate falls to 5.5% for a whole year. Others say that Proposition 23 (delaying AB32) will do just the opposite, killing jobs, while AB32 would be the job creator. Their positions appear diametrically opposed, total opposites. Who is right? 

Who says we can't create jobs and save the world at the same time?
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This election season one of the most contentious battles in California is over Proposition 23 which proposes to roll back and delay the implementation of AB32, California’s landmark bill to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Those in favor of Proposition 23 say we can’t afford to implement AB32 and fight climate change now, that it will cost us jobs. The measure would delay AB32 until the state’s unemployment rate falls to 5.5% for a whole year. Others say that Proposition 23 (delaying AB32) will do just the opposite, killing jobs, while AB32 would be the job creator. Their positions appear diametrically opposed, total opposites. Who is right? 

First Products Pass New Stricter VOC Standard for Homes

by Tom Lent of the Pharos Project and the Healthy Building Network
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by Tom Lent
 
Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) has released their first Indoor Advantage Gold certifications for products meeting the new, tougher residential criteria under Version 1.1 of the 01350 specification (see the new certificate here). The State of California made several revisions to the 01350 standard early this year including:
  1. Tightening the formaldehyde standard to meet new California state guidelines and

Valero, Tesoro and Occidental Face Shareholder Pressure for California Proposition 23 Support

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Responding to the oil companies’ financial backing for California’s controversial Proposition 23, investors today announced they have filed shareholder resolutions with Occidental Petroleum (Occidental), Valero Energy Corp. (Valero) and Tesoro Corporation (Tesoro) requesting Board-level review and oversight of the companies’ political expenditures and policies. Proposition 23 aims to suspend California’s landmark global warming law and, if passed, would undermine national efforts to reduce pollution causing climate change.

 

Investors File Resolutions Challenging Company Political Spending Policies and Procedures
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Responding to the oil companies’ financial backing for California’s controversial Proposition 23, investors today announced they have filed shareholder resolutions with Occidental Petroleum (Occidental), Valero Energy Corp. (Valero) and Tesoro Corporation (Tesoro) requesting Board-level review and oversight of the companies’ political expenditures and policies. Proposition 23 aims to suspend California’s landmark global warming law and, if passed, would undermine national efforts to reduce pollution causing climate change.

 

Portioning California's Water for Farms, Fish, and Families

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Forum on Water for Farms, Fish, and Families -- What food professionals, chefs, restaurateurs, and consumers should know about urgent water issues in California
 
When:   October 4, 2010, Wine and cheese reception at 5:30 p.m, followed by a moderated panel discussion at 6:30 p.m.
 
Where: The David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Suite 320, Berkeley, CA 94704

Cost:   Admission is $20 per person; $10 for students with valid student ID.

Tickets available through EventBrite or at the door.

Order tickets here.

What food professionals, chefs, restaurateurs, and consumers should know about urgent water issues in California
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Forum on Water for Farms, Fish, and Families -- What food professionals, chefs, restaurateurs, and consumers should know about urgent water issues in California
 
When:   October 4, 2010, Wine and cheese reception at 5:30 p.m, followed by a moderated panel discussion at 6:30 p.m.
 
Where: The David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Suite 320, Berkeley, CA 94704

Cost:   Admission is $20 per person; $10 for students with valid student ID.

Tickets available through EventBrite or at the door.

Order tickets here.

California Companies in BICEP Coalition Urge Prop. 23 “No” Vote

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California-based Levi Strauss & Co., eBay Inc., Symantec, Clif Bar & Company and The North Face – all internationally known brand names – today urged California voters to reject the Proposition 23 ballot initiative. They said it would effectively kill the state’s landmark air pollution and clean energy law – and with it the kind of technological innovation opportunities that create many jobs.

Ballot Measure Would Cost Jobs, Investment; Risk California’s Market Lead in One of 21st Century’s Great Emerging Industries
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California-based Levi Strauss & Co., eBay Inc., Symantec, Clif Bar & Company and The North Face – all internationally known brand names – today urged California voters to reject the Proposition 23 ballot initiative. They said it would effectively kill the state’s landmark air pollution and clean energy law – and with it the kind of technological innovation opportunities that create many jobs.

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