Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.
Official Statement on February 9, 2016 after the U.S. Supreme Court issued an order blocking enforcement of the Obama Administration's Clean Power Plan
This Week's Items of Interest
February 10, 2016

Sustainability  - FHWA Recognizes Caltrans
Cites Multiple Programs' Use of INVEST Tool as a National Case Study

Caltrans' groundbreaking report,  Smart Mobility 2010: A Call to Action for the New Decade,  laid out a vision for developing a new approach to transportation that is multimodal, sustainable, and integrated with land use. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the California Governor's Office of Planning and Research, and the California Department of Housing and Community Development jointly prepared this report, now known as The Smart Mobility Framework (SMF). As part of its preparation for implementing the SMF, Caltrans identified the sustainability tools, research, guidance, and best practices that have been developed or initiated since the publication of Smart Mobility 2010. After completing that investigation, Caltrans chose to test the use of INVEST statewide to see how the tool could benefit the planning, programming, and maintenance of the California state highway system.   2.7.2016
Planet - Energy - Water
California's drought adds $2 billion in electricity costs

It's one of the lesser-known costs of California's drought: the drying-up of the state's normally abundant cheap hydroelectric power.
A hydro shortage has raised California's electricity costs by a combined $2 billion the past four years, according to a report released Tuesday by the Pacific Institute, a water policy think tank based in Oakland. In addition, the institute said the drought has contributed to climate change: California's fossil-fuel power plants have increased greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent to make up for the hydro shortage.  (2.8.16)
Prosperity - Freight - Best Practices
How Challenger Motor Freight is tackling sustainability  (2.4.16)

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People - Planet - Prosperity - Policy Shaping
Ten Priorities for a Green Budget

On Tuesday, February 9, the Obama administration will present its last budget to Congress. With most of his signature environmental initiatives accomplished, and Congress unlikely to adopt any pro-active environmental laws he proposes, writing the first iteration of the must-pass federal budget is one of the last opportunities President Obama has to shape policy for our air, water, our lands and our climate. Here are ten priorities for a healthier, greener future we're looking for in the president's budget.
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Planet - SB-743 - Webinar Recording
SB 743 CEQA Guidelines and Technical Advisory Update - Webinar Recording   Watch Video   (2.4.16)

The Governor's Office of Planning and Research will host a second webinar on February 9, 2016 to discuss its Revised Proposal on Updates to the CEQA Guidelines on Evaluating Transportation Impacts in CEQA (Implementing Senate Bill 743 (Steinberg, 2013), released on January 20, 2016. Please note, registration for the webinar is limited to 500 participants.
 
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Prosperity - LEED Gold Certification - Stadium
Super Bowl 50 An Environmental Sustainability Champion
 
While earlier Super Bowls, including Super Bowl XLVIII  in East Rutherford New Jersey in 2014, and Super Bowl XLIX last year in Glendale, Arizona, charted progress, this year's edition is leading the way. Since opening up in 2014, the home of the San Francisco 49ers garnered a lot of buzz for its high-tech initiatives, including stadium-wide Wi-Fi. Yet, its green initiatives really put this stadium on the map. (2.7.16)
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Prosperity - Solar - Energy
Morocco to switch on first phase of world's largest solar plant

Desert complex will provide electricity for more than 1 million people when complete, helping African country to supply most of its energy from renewables by 2030. The power station on the edge of the Saharan desert will be the size of the country's capital city by the time it is finished in 2018, and provide electricity for 1.1 million people. (2.4.16)
Planet - Clean Energy- Solar
France Wants To Install 1,000 Km Of Solar Roadways Over The Next Five Years

Known for its historic cobblestone paths and  traffic-jammed streets, France forgoes traditional bricks and pavement for shiny solar panels with its new roadway project.
French officials announced plans to construct a 1,000-kilometer-long (621 miles) solar roadway, with each kilometer capable of providing enough clean energy to power 5,000 homes. (2.7.16)
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Sustainability - Quiz
What's your sustainability personality?
 
Do you volunteer in a community garden? Or, help families in need recover from disasters? Maybe you've started a recycling program at work? Tell us what matters most to you to discover your sustainability personality.  (2.7.16)
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