Category Archives: Climate change

California Climate Fight More Urgent Than Ever

Beijing smog: Studies have found that auto exhaust is the main source of pollution. In the face of proposed changes in federal efforts to fight climate change, California’s aggressive efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have become more important than ever. … Continue reading

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The Wettest Drought Year?

There’s no doubt that 2017 has been a wet year. California mountains are covered with snow, and most reservoirs are above their long-term averages. While we won’t see a surface water shortage in 2017, UC Davis notes that some remnants … Continue reading

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Welcome to the “Enernet”

An emerging network of distributed, interactive energy generation, storage and delivery, described as the “enernet,” is expected to be the foundation for smart cities and the “internet of things.”

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Smart Cities – Challenges and Opportunities

In just over three decades, 70 percent of Earth’s population is expected to live in cities. A study from The Economist asks citizens and businesses in 12 diverse cities around the world, from Los Angeles to Shanghai, for their thoughts … Continue reading

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Nation’s Largest Net Zero Plus™ Commercial Building Retrofit Opens in Los Angeles

The Net Zero Plus Electrical Training Institute includes demonstration center & living laboratory for emerging energy technologies  LOS ANGELES – June 6, 2016 – Today marked the opening of the nation’s largest net zero plus commercial building retrofit, the Net Zero Plus … Continue reading

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El Niño, Drought, Mudslides, Hurricanes: Schools Keynote Offers Insights

JPL Scientist Bill Patzert What will the winter bring? A “Godzilla” El Niño sits in the Pacific, and some have wondered if the recent mudslides that shut down the Grapevine are a preview of what the winter will bring. Even if … Continue reading

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Video: How is Prop 39 Implementation Going?

Prop 39 will be discussed in numerous sessions at the upcoming Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit. We recently had a chance to talk to one of our speakers about her session and her perspective on the state of Prop … Continue reading

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Low-Water Landscapes for Schools – Beyond Gravel

While there’s no question that gravel has a place in water-efficient landscape design, over-reliance on this material can produce results that fall short of what school officials, parents, community members and students expect from school grounds. Other low-water options exist that can provide habitat, … Continue reading

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Electric Vehicle Infrastructure, Incentives for Schools

Since 2011, California has accounted for more than 40 percent of all plug-in electric vehicle purchases in the U.S. Whether schools are already thinking about EV infrastructure or not, the vehicle decisions being made by teachers, administrators and parents will increase … Continue reading

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California State PTA: Climate Change is a Children’s Issue

Atmospheric CO2 concentration is the highest in human history. Graph: NASA At its annual conference this month, the California State PTA adopted a resolution on climate change and climate change education. The resolution was put forward by the San Diego Unified Council … Continue reading

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