Sustainability News:

Berkeley Home Energy Efficiency Workshop: Tuesday September 23rd, 6:30-8:pm

Is your home leaking energy and money? Come to a free event to learn how you can make your home more comfortable and save money.

When: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Time: 6:30-8pm at West Branch Library
Where: 1125 University Avenue, Berkeley CA 94702
To secure your spot: RSVP

At this FREE event:

Bring your PG&E bill to sign up for the completely FREE Home Energy Analyzer at the workshop! There will be light refreshments and energy efficiency giveaways! Please RSVP


WE LOVE WATER! A Water Conservation Fair
Celebrate water with the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition’s Water Working Group during its We Love Water event, and discover a multitude of ways to conserve. Find out how to check for leaks, learn about your local creeks, discover the best native plants for your garden, and much more! For more information, please see We LOVE Water Flyer

When: Sept. 27, 10am-3pm
Where: MLK Jr. Civic Center Park, 2151 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, at Center Street, Berkeley

This event collaborates with the 19th annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival, so plan to enjoy their poetry readings, music, and more. And of course, pick up your produce from the nearby Berkeley Farmers Market. 
   


  BESO- Updating RECO/CECO to Reach Berkeley's Greenhouse Gas Emission Goals

With nearly half of all greenhouse gas emissions in Berkeley coming from buildings, it is critical that we continue to advance innovative and smart energy efficiency strategies for our homes and businesses. On September 10, 2013, City Council adopted a resolution directing staff to initiate a public process to update the City's existing Residential Energy Conservation Ordinance (RECO) and Commercial Energy Conservation Ordinance (CECO) laws. 

Updating the Ordinance:  The Berkeley Energy Commission and staff of the Office of Energy and Sustainable Development have developed a draft ordinance to replace RECO and CECO with an updated Building Energy Saving Ordinance (BESO). BESO will affect all existing buildings in Berkeley. The proposed draft ordinance will:

The current Draft Building Energy Saving Ordinance (9/30/14) is scheduled to go to the Energy Commission on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. See the agenda on the Energy Commission website for a copy of the Energy Commission BESO Staff Report (9/30/14) and to find out when the item will be heard. The public is welcome to attend to hear the current proposal and provide comments. BESO will then be scheduled to go to City Council in late 2014.

To stay updated about BESO and upcoming meetings, email: greenbuilding@cityofberkeley.info


 City Appoints Its First Chief Resilence Officer
CRO will lead Citywide resilience building efforts, helping Berkeley prepare for, withstand, and bounce back from chronic stresses and acute shocks as part of the 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC). For more information, see: CRO Press Release   


ME2 Evaluation Released  

Money for Energy Efficiency (ME2) Program was a limited-time-only program that provided cash incentives for energy efficiency upgrades in Berkeley homes and businesses. The ME2 program was funded by $1,013,500 in federal stimulus money awarded to Berkeley from the U.S. Department of Energy. The City of Berkeley offered financial incentives to owners of residential, commercial and industrial properties to conduct energy audits and make energy efficiency improvements. Learn about the success of the ME2 program, check out the ME2 Outcomes Evaluation Report


The Rockefeller Foundation Names Berkeley as an Inaugural City of the 100 Resilient Cities Network
Berkeley to be among the first group of cities selected to benefit from innovative resilience planning tools and resources

The Rockefeller Foundation announced that Berkeley was selected as an inaugural member of the 100 Resilient Cities Network. Berkeley was one of nearly 400 cities across six continents to apply for The Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge, and one of only 33 cities to be selected. 

The Rockefeller Foundation defines resilience as "the ability of a community to withstand shocks while still maintaining its essential functions and to recover quickly and effectively." Berkeley will be awarded at least two years of funding to cover the cost of a full-time staff person dedicated to coordinating the City's resilience efforts, including readiness for earthquakes and wildfires, and advancement of local strategies designed to prepare the community for the impacts of climate change, such as sea-level rise and extreme heat.

100 Resilient Cities enables cities around the world to develop and implement resilience plans, provides city leaders a forum to share and learn from others' experiences, and connects them with suppliers, thinkers, and stakeholders who can help them improve their city's resilience.

"We congratulate Berkeley on being named one of the 100 Resilient Cities," said Rockefeller Foundation President Judith Rodin. "Along with 32 other cities across six continents, Berkeley will be able to better prepare for, withstand, and bounce back more effectively in the face of shocks, stresses and other vulnerabilities. Berkeley is now part of a global network of urban areas focused on building resilience, to share best practices and lead by example for cities throughout the world."

“We are honored to be selected to participate in the 100 Resilient Cities Network, and proud of Berkeley’s proactive approach to building resilience in our community,” said Berkeley City Manager, Christine Daniel. “Participation in the 100 Resilient Cities Network will help the City to accelerate our efforts to make Berkeley better able to prepare for and bounce back from disasters. We are looking forward to contributing Berkeley’s best practices to the 100 Resilient Cities Network, and to learning resilience approaches from our fellow cities.”

For more information, see: www.rockpa.org 


Announcing the Home Energy Analyzer

Check out the new, free online tool, Home Energy Analyzer. It's available to all Alameda County residents with a PG&E Smart Meter. The Home Energy Analyzer uses advanced analytics to monitor your home's energy use. It then offers specific tips to help you save money on your energy bill and make your home more comfortable.

For more information and to find out about rebates for energy upgrades visit Bay Area Regional Energy Network / call (866) 878-6008 or attend an upcoming workshop. 


Be the Action in the Climate Action Plan: Join the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition

The Berkeley Climate Action Coalition works to accelerate implementation of the Berkeley Climate Action Plan. Your leadership and expertise can more fully turn this plan into action. 

Join the Coalition and a working group! The Coalition has six active working groups, each focused on carrying out at least one action from the Climate Action Plan within a year. The working groups are:

 Get involved! Join one of the working groups of the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition


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