Sacramento Valley Station focuses on locals and the environment


A zero-emissions transit hub is proposed for Sacramento, California

Sacramento Valley Station focuses on locals and the environment


This focus on sustainability has earned the Sacramento Valley Station the Living Community Challenge certification (LCC), which is a rigorous zero-energy and zero-carbon sustainability standard. Perkins and Will Images via Steelblue for the City of Sacramento and Perkins and Will .


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Announcing the Sacramento Sustainability Unconference

Green Living Ideas

Important Media is so excited to announce the Sacramento Sustainability Unconference! We here at Important Media are so excited to announce the upcoming Sustainability Unconference in Sacramento. The post Announcing the Sacramento Sustainability Unconference appeared first on Green Living Ideas. An Unconference is a unique twist on a regular conference: at most conferences, there are few people on stage, but most of the people you want to speak.

The greenest public fleet in America


Here are five things to know about some of the cleanest transportation infrastructure around — Sacramento’s city fleet. Business Green are-five california cities city-fleet- clean fleets cleanest electric vehicles fleet management know-about- sacramento the-cleanestSee more here: The greenest public fleet in America.

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Extreme Sea Levels to Become Much More Common Worldwide as Earth Warms

Environmental News Network

The news has been packed in recent months with severe climate and weather events—record-high temperatures from the Pacific Northwest to Sicily, flooding in Germany and the eastern United States, wildfires from Sacramento to Siberia to Greece.

VW Quote of the day

Environmental Economics

From yesterday, actually (I accidentally saved this one as a draft): “I feel totally ripped off,” said John Decker, 55, a photographer from Sacramento, who owns a 2013 Jetta SportWagen with the diesel engine. “It It just reeks of fraud and that they intentionally misled the buyers of their vehicles into thinking these were clean diesels, environmentally good cars, that were fun to drive.”. via

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California Officially Requires Solar on New Homes in 2020

Green Living Guy

Includes Visionary Solar Plus Storage Option SACRAMENTO First off all and Making it official. Yes folks, the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) unanimously confirmed the new standards. Standards that require solar on new homes in California starting in 2020.

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The greenest fleet in America


Here are five things to know about some of the cleanest transportation infrastructure around — Sacramento’s public fleet. View original post here: The greenest fleet in America. Business Green california cities clean fleets cleanest fleet management public-fleet- the-cleanest

BMW Electric ActiveE Available in Fall 2011

Eco Auto Ninja

San Diego, Sacramento and select areas in Connecticut. The BMW ActiveE rolled onto the show floor at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. This member of the BMW electrified 1-Series will make its first North American appearance at New York Auto Show this spring. One thousand ActiveEs will be built for field testing in New York, Boston, L.A.,

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California Caldor Fire destroys town, keeps raging


At least two people were seriously injured in Grizzly Flats, which is about 60 miles east of Sacramento. Via Sacramento Bee , KCRA Lead image via InciWeb. What started as a little blaze last weekend in El Dorado County, California , has turned into a town-gobbling inferno.

Shade Trees Can Trim Dollars From Your Energy Bill

Eco Friendly Daily

The study was conducted last year taking 460 single-family homes in Sacramento. Sacramento was chosen because of the raging summers and the wide use of air conditioners, no doubt causing a large carbon footprint. The Sacramento Municipal Utility District is very active with its tree planting campaigns. Residents are entitled for up to 10 free trees per year through a program co-opted with the Sacramento Tree Foundation. We have stood in the shade and felt it all along.

Most Endangered Rivers Are In California

Eco Friendly Daily

The top two rivers listed were both in California, the Sacramento and the San Joaquin Rivers. If the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers were to collapse, it would impact water supplies to approximately 25 million people in California, damage freshwater deltas and flood the capital of Sacramento. The conservation group American Rivers recently released their list of the country’s most endangered waterways for 2009.

Progress Energy tries some behavioral economics

Environmental Economics

It didn't work in Sacramento , but why not try it here? From the comments section on the Sacramento post: Putting things into perspective: although a 1,5% drop in consumption is indeed low, given the low demand-elasticities of electricity (mostly around -0,2 in the US, according to [link] for a price rise to achieve the same drop in consumption would require a 7,5% price increase.

Putting Warning Labels on Bottled Water Might Not Be as Crazy as It Sounds

Green (Living) Review

Meanwhile, Walmart’s Great Value brand taps Sacramento’s municipal water supply. A new petition is asking for graphic text and photos to be slapped on the single-use containers. Labels warning people about the dangers of lung cancer, heart disease, and emphysema are common on cigarette packaging around the developed world.

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The limitations of behavioral economics

Environmental Economics

I just reviewed a nudge style paper, and it was cool, but the extensions don't seem to be there: Or take a recent study in Sacramento, Calif., It's Friday night and I'm getting ready for a night of clubbing. Just one more post. that tried to curb household electricity consumption. Prime Minister Cameron has repeatedly cited this research.) While traditional energy bills inform customers only about their own consumption, these bills directly compared them with their neighbors.

You would think that there would be more peace and tranquility in Weed

Environmental Economics

Bottled-water plants have met with resistance and in some cases protests in a number of places across California, including a Nestlé plant last year in Sacramento. There seems to be a lack of joint decision making in Weed: Roseburg Forest Products, an Oregon-based company that owns the pine forest where the spring surfaces, is demanding that the city of Weed get its water elsewhere. For the past 50 years, the company charged the city $1 a year for use of water from the Beaughan Spring.

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Chinook At Record Low In California

Eco Friendly Daily

The Pacific Fishery Management Council stated that only 66,264 Chinook returned to the Sacramento River basin to spawn. After last year’s numerous bans on commercial and recreation salmon fishing in California and Oregon, many are concerned by the latest news. California’s Chinook populations are the lowest ever recorded to date. The number includes natural and hatchery salmon. The previous year, the number of Chinook was around 90,000.

California Organic Fertilizers Receives California Department of Food and Ag Organic Materials Registration (OIM) for 23 Products

Green (Living) Review

Sacramento, CA, March 08, 2012 : California Organic Fertilizers, Inc. All organic fertiizer products manufactured by California Organic Fertilizers, Inc. have been registered by CDFA a OIM products allowed for sale in organic agriculture in California. has received registration by CDFA on all 23 of their organic fertilizer input materials (OIMs). California AB856 requires that all OIMs are registered by CDFA prior to sale.

I thought Tim and I were the only ill-informed and self-serving environmental economics bloggers?

Environmental Economics

Matt Kahn: The Sacramento Bee has  published an opinion piece  that I wrote with Bo Cutter. "): In today's Sacramento Bee, Andrew Chang  has some tough things  to say about California's AB32 and about Bo Cutter and myself.   We argue that California's AB32 (the legislation intended to sharply reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions) is off to a good start.

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The ReUse People of America Launches National 2012 ReUse Contest

Green (Living) Review

Prospect, PA California cities including Sacramento, Oakland, Pacoima, Orange, and Los Angeles The Reuse Contest promotes innovative remodeling projects built by consumers using discarded materials that are normally sent to landfills. Participating stores include: Habitat ReStores in Orange CA, Kansas City MO, Charleston WV, and Houston, TX Second Chance Building Materials Center: Boise, ID ReBuilding Exchange: Chicago, IL Sacramento Regional Conservation Corp.,

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Water pricing (sigh)

Environmental Economics

Despite California’s distress, about half of the homes in the capital, Sacramento, still don’t have water meters, paying a flat fee no matter how much water they consume. The New York Times sure is making blogging difficult. Highlighting text and hitting the Typepad "Blog It" button doesn't work (in Chrome) or sends me to another NYTimes story (in Firefox) [or vice versa]. Yet, I persevere (save the webpage to desktop, printscreen for images, etc) when it is worth it.

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When green jobs are negative

Environmental Economics

It is not very often I get to check the solid waste category box: lawmakers in Sacramento are trying to make California the first state to approve a blanket ban on this most ubiquitous of consumer products. This is a special day. Mr. Padilla’s [a state senator who is sponsoring legislation for a statewide ban] measure would ban the bags at supermarkets, liquor stores and other locations where they have long been standbys.

Electric Vehicle Events in 98 Cities

Sierra Club Compass

According to reports by local organizers, more than 2,000 test-drives took place at events Plug In Day events nationwide, including 300 at the Sacramento event alone. Were you one of the more than 35,000 people who attended electric vehicle (EV) promotion events in 98 cities this past weekend?

Governor Schwarzenegger Launches the California Green Corps

Green (Living) Review

State To Utilize Federal Economic Stimulus Funds & Public-Private Partnerships For Green Jobs Training Sacramento, Ca., March 2009 : Immediately after meeting with President Obama's Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis in Sacramento to discuss federal economic stimulus funding and job creation, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today launched the California Green Corps.

It Isn’t Just a Playground Anymore

Green Home Blog

As Erika Dimmler of Sacramento’s Edible Schoolyard movement says, this seed magic prompts children to eat vegetables they have never tasted before. It Isn’t Just a Playground Anymore. As a result of the recent economic downturn – which one financial guru has dubbed “The Great Recession” – everything is down: jobs, GDP, exports, wages and home values. The recession officially ended in June of 2009, but during the more than three years since, all the signs and symptoms remain.

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Voluntary Green Energy Programs Growing In U.S.

Eco Friendly Daily

According to the 2010 statistics, the top participants in the green energy program are Austin Energy, Portland General Electric, PacifiCorp, Sacramento Municipal Utility District and Xcel Energy. In the United States many utility companies have green power programs. These programs allow customers the ability to voluntarily contribute to increasing the use of renewable energies by their utility company. Overall, some 850 utilities across the U.S.

A Colder Winter for San Francisco?

Eco Friendly Daily

Currently, Sacramento County, the San Joaquin Valley and some Bay Area cities already have similar bans in place. Colder temperatures in fall and winter draws friends and families to the warmth of the fireplace, but maybe not in San Francisco anymore–not on nights with high smog pollution, at least. A new proposed ban on wood burning fires on high smog days in the San Francisco Bay area highlights a surprising source of air pollution.

Record-breaking heat waves ravaging the West are not normal, scientists warn


In Sacramento, a new high of 109°F has been recorded, and in Denver, temperatures reached 100°F on three consecutive days. Climate experts are raising alarm over the scorching weather across much of the western U.S. Although high-pressure zones are not uncommon in the summer, the “heat domes” with persistent high-pressure zones usually come toward August. This year, several states have already witnessed persistent scorching temperatures that cannot pass for normal summer heat.

Solutions for Cities – From Nature

Cool Green Science

Mayor Greg Fischer of Louisville, Kentucky, sponsored the resolution; myself and West Sacramento, California Mayor Christopher Cabaldon joined as co-sponsors. June 20 was the official first day of summer – but as Texans, we’d be forgiven for not realizing it. In Austin, that date marked the 15th consecutive day of 90+-degree days, leaving many to wonder if we are in for another record-breaking year.

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The Oil Industry’s California Playbook

Sightline Daily

From the Sacramento Bee ’s Fact Check on the ad : First, the legislation is not called the California Gas Restriction Act of 2015. The Sacramento Bee Fact Check explained where this wild accusation may have originated: The ARB (air resource board) has long required onboard diagnostic equipment to monitor emission control components on cars and trucks, and it is now considering expanding the kind of data collected to measure fuel consumption.

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The Best of Cool Green Science 2016: From the Field Edition

Nature Conservancy - Science

Field biologist Evan Padgett examining one of the sycamores scientists sampled within the Sacramento River restoration. “In the field.” ” It’s where a lot of science gets done — from remote jungles to windswept deserts to the downtown business district. Even GIS mapping and spatial planning require hours of muddy boots and sweat to ground-truth their data.

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Weekend Reading 5/3/13

Sightline Daily

Matt Yglesias has what I believe to be a perfectly accurate analysis of the NBA’s recent vote to keep the Kings in Sacramento: …the Seattle bidders were offering to build a brand new arena for the Kings. By contrast, the Sacramento bidders managed to persuade the city of Sacramento to build a brand new arena for the Kings. If this was a pill, you’d do anything to get it.

Conflict between Wildlife and Wind Farms

Green Blog

Recently, it’s been reported that Pattern Energy Group has abandoned plans to construct a new wind farm in Sacramento because of concerns about the bald eagle population. Wind power is a great form of energy; there’s no doubt about that. However, there have been recent threats to the wildlife population that have collided with these green efforts. This upcoming January 2012, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will publish new guidelines for wind farms.

Why the California Water Crisis is a Foretaste of Water Crises to Come

Nature Conservancy - Science

Water is so cheap that half the buildings in Sacramento don’t even have water meters (and neither does my apartment in DC, for that matter). Coyote Hills in California. Photo © Ken-ichi Ueda/Flickr. By Rob McDonald, senior scientist, The Nature Conservancy. You’ve no doubt seen it all over the news: California is in the midst of its worst drought in its history. And that media coverage has portrayed this drought as an extreme, unprecedented event. But it’s something more.

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Everyone has a plan, until…

Cool Green Science

For example, the Yolo Bypass, a 60,000-acre reconnected floodplain along the Sacramento River, today is the best and largest remaining floodplain habitat in California’s Central Valley, supporting native birds and fish, and providing recreation and open space to a growing region Using All of Our Tools There is no one answer to solving the world’s water management challenges and green infrastructure is not a panacea or silver bullet.

Salmon Fishing Halted on West Coast

Eco Friendly Daily

The Chinook salmon spawning process has always involved a return of hundreds of thousands of fish to the Sacramento River every year. Fishing for Chinook salmon, also known as “king salmon”, has been halted for the California and Oregon coasts due to the rapid decline in population for this native fish. The Pacific Fishery Management Council made this announcement to stop fishing for this particular species May 1st in an attempt to bring back the salmon numbers. The Decline.

Heart of Recycled Glass: Ellen Blakeley Studio Reuses Waste to Create Mosiac Art

Eco Chic

Blakeley’s mosaic artistry, expressed in both her decorative tiles and fine arts projects, was recently recognized with the Best in Show prize in the international Mosaic Art Now competition juried by Dr. Scott Shields of the Crocker Art Museum , Sacramento, CA. Best In Show, Mosaic Art NOW, “Meredith&# by Ellen Blakeley. shattered safety glass and various surface treatments on Live Oak tree bark). Ellen Blakeley is the creator of stunning handmade recycled glass mosaic tiles.

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Who is Zimmerman Defender Joe Oliver? | PR Watch

PR Watch

His WESH profile lists his honors: "Joe recieved [ sic ] an Emmy nomination and worked on the Emmy award-winning newsmagazine The West/In American while working at KCRA-TV , Sacramento, Calif. Skip to Main Content Area. Contact Us. News Feeds. Podcasts. Privacy Policy. RSS Feeds. Volunteer. Optional Member Code. Sign up. Reports Lisa Graves. Mary Bottari. Brendan Fischer. Rebekah Wilce. Harriet Rowan. Contributing Writers Beau Hodai. Jill Richardson. Wendell Potter. Will Dooling.

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Big in 2021: American jobs created by EV companies


Lion got its start making electric school buses and has delivered major orders to the Twin Rivers Unified School District in Sacramento, California, and White Plains School District in White Plains, New York.

Propane Terminal Added to Refinery Proposal in Longview

Sightline Daily

In December 1999, the FBI foiled a plan by two militiamen who conspired to blow up a pair of 12-million-gallon refrigerated propane facilities in Elk Grove , near Sacramento, California. Gas Tanks by Tony Spencer used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 The latest wave in the tsunami of the Northwest fossil fuel export schemes has washed up in the form of a propane-by-rail facility on the Columbia River.

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California Board Endorses Forest Clearcutting in Fight Against Global Warming

Green (Living) Review

SACRAMENTO, CA: A cap-and-trade program approved Thursday by the California Air Resources Board includes damaging loopholes that would incentivize clearcutting in the name of reducing carbon emissions. The program — adopted as part of California’s effort to reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions — would allow industrial polluters to purchase carbon “offset credits” instead of reducing their own greenhouse gas emissions.

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Meet the urban planner responsible for San Francisco’s car-free Market Street


Besides streets, Perkins and Will is currently engaged in the Living Community Challenge (LCC) pilot project in the city of Sacramento called the Sacramento Valley Station Master Plan. It plans to be a net-positive carbon, net-positive water and net-positive energy community around the regional intermodal mobility hub in Sacramento.

Can California’s cap and trade address environmental justice?


“Me and my five cousins, we all have asthma,” says Abe Francis, 15, of Sacramento. In March, Valenzuela was elected to Sacramento’s City Council District 4, representing midtown and downtown Sacramento and South Land Park. “How we invest our resources is really a reflection of our priorities,” says Serna, also a Sacramento County supervisor. Can California’s cap and trade address environmental justice?