California Bill Seeks Social Justice Through Renewable Energy

In recent years, California has been at the forefront of embracing clean tech and implementing legislation focused on sustainability. The state has pursued an aggressive agenda when it comes to going “green”. Most notably the passage of both California’s Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, which aims to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and a more recent 2011 state law that sets a 33 percent renewable portfolio standard for utility companies by 2020.   Link here to read full article

Andrew McAllister Appointed to California Energy Commission

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (April 18, 2012) – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the appointment of Andrew McAllister of San Diego to the California Energy Commission on April 12. McAllister, 46, has held several positions with the San Diego-based California Center for Sustainable Energy ( CCSE) since 2005, most recently as interim managing director.

California hydrogen energy system could make communities independent

Last year, the Department of Energy applauding the establishment of a new hydrogen energy system at the Orange County Sanitation District’s wastewater management facility in Fountain Valley, California. Since the system became active, the agency and other organizations have been keeping a close eye on its performance. The National Fuel Cell Research Center has been examining the system since it began operating and has released some promising information on how the system could be used to make Californian communities energy independent. ...

SoCal’s New Sustainability Strategy Is An Impressive Step Forward

We expect forward-looking sustainability planning from places like  Portland, Vancouver and Copenhagen.  Los Angeles?  Not so much.   Southern California is a region much better known for environmental  problems than solutions, which is precisely why its new, 25-year Sustainable Communities Strategy, adopted unanimously last week by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), is so significant.

Water, at the Intersection of Technology & Humanity

IRVINE, Calif., April 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — On May 9, 2012, the Beckman Center will host the UCI’s Urban Water Research Center’s Annual Dorothy M. Green Memorial Lecture Series “Women in Water.” The Beckman Center is adjacent to the University of California Irvine campus. Registration begins at 5:30pm, followed by keynote speaker Ms. Katie Porter at 6:00pm. Her presentation will conclude with a reception in the lobby open to all attendees....

OCWD Awarded $1,000,000 Grant Towards Initial Expansion Of The Groundwater Replenishment System

As the regional agency administrator for Proposition 84 Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Program for the Santa Ana River Watershed, the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA) recently announced millions of dollars in grants awarded by the California Department of Water Resources. The Orange County Water District (OCWD) received a $1M water sustainability grant for its 30 million gallon per day (MGD) Groundwater Replenishment System (GWRS) Initial Expansion.    Click on link to read the full article.  ...