CCSE recognized businesses, organizations and individuals in California who made noteworthy energy savings and greenhouse gas reductions in 2011 at the eighth annual Energy All-Star Awards held Thursday, March 22, at the University of San Diego.
Outstanding Innovation: San Diego Building Project
Outstanding Innovation: California Building Project
Outstanding Sustainable Organization
San Diego Sustainable Community Leadership
California Sustainable Community Leadership
Ultimate Energy All-Star
"Their leadership stands as exemplary models of how California leads the nation in our conversion to a clean energy future."
-Andrew McAllister, CCSE managing director
Energy Upgrade California Open House in Mira Mesa Saturday – Mike Plavan, an employee of ASI Hastings Heating and Air Conditioning, and his wife Lisa installed a variety of energy efficiency measures in their home at 11137 Crater Drive off Black Mountain Road. They will host an open house Saturday, March 31, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to showcase Energy Upgrade California. Read a case study of their upgrades here.
Union Bank Partners with Green Learning Adventure ( GLA) – During a lighter moment at CCSE, Union Bank reps Susan Miller and Kathy Patoff (left) presented a mock check for $17,500 to CCSE's Siobhan Foley and Andrea Cook to help support the GLA educational program. By the way, the fellow in the center is "Average Joe," a papier-mâché representation of the trash an average person uses in a day. You can learn more about the GLA online.
New CCSE Video Now Online – View a three-minute video about CCSE's vision and mission featuring clean energy leaders and stakeholders. The video premiered at the recent Energy All-Star Awards ceremony. Click here.
CCSE in Riverside – Riverside Mayor Ronald O. Loveridge (left) and Colin Santulli of CCSE's Transportation Program participated in a plug-in electric vehicle ( PEV) workshop sponsored by the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project held in Pasadena March 24. About 60 guests listened to a panel of PEV owners talk about driving and charging experiences.
$120 Million for EV Charging Stations – Governor Jerry Brown and the California Public Utilities Commission have decided to fund electric vehicle charging stations with the $120 million NRG Energy Inc. settlement levied because of the costs of long-term power contracts signed during California's energy crisis a decade ago. The money will fund at least 200 public fast-charging stations and another 10,000 plug-in units at 1,000 locations statewide. Read the full news release here.
Inside the ERC
Policy and Planning
Did you know CCSE offers free, ongoing workshops on energy efficiency, solar energy, green building, transportation and climate change? Register now! Click on the links below or call (866) SDENERGY.
Web Only - CSI Application Process Made Easy
Energy Upgrade California Orientation Workshop
Join the CCSE Elite Volunteer Ambassadors
Home Performance 101 for Homeowners
Solar for Homeowners 2 - Be a Smart Solar Customer
Experience the GE Lighting Revolution Tour – Join us when the GE mobile exhibit visits CCSE on Friday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. You'll see energy-saving lighting solutions for everything from retail showrooms to your living room. And, you might win an iPad 2. More about the tour here.
L.A. Sustainability Summit – The future of energy investments in California will be discussed at "Local Energy – Global Markets," the Los Angeles Business Council's sixth annual Sustainability Summit to be held Friday, April 27, at the Getty Center. Among the speakers will be Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, California energy officials and utility representatives. For more information and registration, click here.
Drive the Green Wave – Traffic lights are often synchronized so that if you drive at the speed limit, you will pass through a series of green lights without stopping. Driving more quickly means you arrive sooner at a light and need to stop. A steady speed often can help you avoid red lights, thereby keeping your car moving along more efficiently.
CCSE Is Hiring
Current green job openings:
Green Job Seekers –
"We have to figure out how to live without fossil fuels someday… Why not sooner?"
- James Hansen, Goddard Space Institute
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