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Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan “Phased Approach” raises concerns for CA desert conservation

After receiving more than 20,000 public comments on the draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP), federal and state agencies today announced that they will finalize the plan in a “phased” approach – moving forward with large-scale renewable energy development and conservation on public lands in the California desert while slowing down the planning effort on the private lands

Public input sought during renewable energy listening session

The Land Use Services Department will continue to solicit public input on the future of renewable energy development throughout the County’s unincorporated areas during a special listening session from 2 to 4 p.m. on March 5

Mayor Lee & Supervisor Farrell to Restart GreenFinanceSF Program for Residential Buildings

WASHINGTON, D.C. - November 27, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Mayor Edwin M. Lee and District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell today announced that the City will restart a program to help property owners finance energy efficiency projects in their homes. Called GreenFinanceSF, the program for residential buildings is a voluntary Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program that provides affordable financing options to San Francisco homeowners to pay for the installation of energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation improvements. GreenFinanceSF creates green jobs for the local economy while also reducing energy and water use and greenhouse gas emissions.

Construction Completes on Newman Garrison + Partners-Designed ParkLanding in Buena Park

Los Angeles, CA - November 7, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Construction has completed on ParkLanding, a four-story multifamily community designed by Newman Garrison + Partners (NG+P), an architectural firm based in Newport Beach, Calif. Developer Jamboree Housing Corporation partnered with the City of Buena Park Community Redevelopment Agency to replace a long-time, abandoned 2.02-acre site with a state-of-the-art, high-quality affordable apartment complex using NG+P’s proprietary design concept, New Block™.

Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change Releases Recommendations for the Department of Energy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - August 6, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Today the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change released a white paper recommending 20 concrete steps the Department of Energy should take in carrying out the President’s Climate Action Plan. The recommendations include strengthening specific energy efficiency standards, accelerating the development and deployment of low-carbon energy technologies, expanding the use of energy savings performance contracts to save energy at federal facilities, encouraging reforms in state building codes and utility rate structures, maximizing the contribution of power marketing administrations, and analyzing the climate change impacts of liquefied natural gas exports

Hines and Invesco Acquire Historic Rialto Building in San Francisco’s South Financial District

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - March 8, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Hines, the international real estate firm, and Invesco Real Estate, announced today that they have jointly acquired the Rialto Building located at 116 New Montgomery Street in San Francisco’s South Financial District, from Africa Israel USA (AFI USA). Financials on the transaction were not disclosed. Hines will oversee management and leasing of the property on behalf of the partnership

Southern California Landfill Recognized for Transforming Waste into a Green Community Asset

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - February 1, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized Olinda Alpha Landfill for generating renewable energy from a local source while protecting the climate, providing energy savings and strengthening the economy

Capps Joins Members of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition to Urge Passage of...

WASHINGTON, DC - September 14, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Congresswoman Lois Capps (CA-23) joined her colleagues in the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC) on the floor of the House of Representatives urging the Speaker to immediately renew tax incentives for wind energy. The renewable energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) provides an income tax credit for each kilowatt-hour of electricity produced by a renewable energy source, including wind, and has been a key factor in the expansion of clean energy over the last decade.

2525 El Camino Real Senior Apartments in Santa Clara Celebrates Groundbreaking Ceremony

San Jose, CA - June 21, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- On Wednesday, June 20, 2012, Santa Clara broke ground on 2525 El Camino Real Senior Apartments, a development by ROEM Corporation, in collaboration with Pacific Housing, Inc. and the City of Santa Clara. The groundbreaking ceremony began at 2:00 p.m. at 2525 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, California 95050 (cross streets: El Camino Real and Buchanan Drive).

Southern California Edison joins the Demand Response Partnership Program

Innovative program established by the U.S. Green Building Council and Environmental Defense Fund to drive adoption of demand response in commercial building market Washington, DC...

U.S. Green Building Council Names Top 10 Green Building Policies in California

Sacramento, CA - April 26, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), in conjunction with USGBC California, an organization representing eight California USGBC chapters, today released its inaugural Top 10 list of State and Local Green Building Policies in California. These policies were recognized for the way each has advanced green building practices in the state.

KTGY’s Residential Designs Earn National Recognition for Excellence & Innovation

IRVINE, CA - March 14, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Best in American Living Award (BALA) and NAHB 50+ Housing Council's Best of 50+ Housing Awards programs recently honored KTGY Group, Inc., Architecture + Planning, and some of the country's top builders/developers with a total of eight awards for innovation and home design excellence in the multifamily and 50+ housing markets. The award galas were recently held at the NAHB 2012 International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Orlando, FL.

Learn How to Make Home Energy Efficiency Improvements; Receive up to $8,000 in Rebates...

January 24, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- The City of Long Beach and LA County invites all residents to attend the Energy Upgrade CA Kick-Off Event on Thursday, January 26, from 6-8 pm at the Expo Art Gallery, 4321 Atlantic Ave., in Long Beach.

KTGY Celebrates 20th Anniversary By Volunteering At Blind Children’s Learning Center This Past Weekend

SANTA ANA, CA - October 5, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Volunteers from Irvine, California-based KTGY Group, Inc. Architecture and Planning wielded paint brushes, including the design and painting of a 24 ft. wide jungle-themed mural, cleaned toys, trimmed hedges and did other assorted tasks this past Saturday at the Blind Children's Learning Center (BCLC), located at 18542-B Vanderlip Ave. in Santa Ana.

C.W. Driver-Built Library Earns LEED Gold Certification

San Diego, CA - September 21, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- C.W. Driver’s work building the Ramona Library in the San Diego town has resulted in the 21,000-square-foot structure being granted LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. C.W. Driver, a premier builder serving the Western U.S. since 1919, left its environmentally conscious mark on the Tuscan and Southwestern-style building, which is the second-largest library in San Diego County. It opened this spring and is four-times larger than the original library it replaced.

Rep Honda Introduces “Smart Electronics” Bill & “NANO” Bill

WASHINGTON DC - August 2, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Today, Rep Michael Honda (CA-15), representative of Silicon Valley and member of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, is reintroducing the Smart Electronics Act, to address the greenhouse gas impacts and energy costs of proliferation of electronic devices throughout the world, and the Nanotechnology Advancement and New Opportunities (NANO) Act.

L.A. Times – “Legislators introduce bill to resuscitate PACE program for green upgrades to...

Washington, D.C. - July 22, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- A government program that helped homeowners finance and install green upgrades before a technical roadblock stalled it last year may be resuscitated by Congress.

Mayor Lee Introduces New Municipal Green Building Standards Ordinance

San Francisco, CA - July 20, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Mayor Edwin M. Lee today introduced legislation at the Board of Supervisors updating the Municipal Green Building Code to require U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification for all municipal construction and major renovation projects over 5,000 square feet after September 1, 2011. Currently, only LEED Silver certification is required for municipal buildings, while LEED Gold is required for private sector buildings starting in 2012. This legislation updates green building standards for municipal construction projects that will secure San Francisco’s place as a national leader in resource efficient building.

UNVEILING OF THE FIRST BUILDING RETROFITTED THROUGH THE AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT

February 15, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Councilmember Herb Wesson attended today the unveiling of the first building - the Vineyard Recreation Center - to be retrofitted by workers trained through the Green Retrofit Workforce Program. Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the first-in-the nation, workforce development retrofit program targets workers from low-income communities and trains them with the skills they need to obtain good-paying, green jobs.“The Green Retrofit Workforce Program is a national model for how to build a specialized, highly-trained workforce that can retrofit municipal buildings to drastically reduce our City’s carbon footprint,” Mayor Villaraigosa said. “After all, electricity use within buildings accounts for almost one-third of our greenhouse gas emissions -- emitting almost 17 million tons of greenhouse gas a year into the air we breathe.”

Green City Lofts Owners Association Selects MERIT for Property Management Services

East Bay, CA - February 7, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Green City Lofts Owners Association Selects MERIT for Property Management Services MERIT will provide property management services for the 64-unit mid-rise community in Emeryville, CA

Popular Government & Nonprofit Press Releases

Long-Running Clean Water Act Dispute Ends, Duarte Agrees to Pay Civil...

Bringing to a close several years of litigation, John Duarte and Duarte Nursery Inc. have agreed to pay a large civil penalty and preserve and restore creeks, streams, and wetlands to resolve violations of the Clean Water Act on property located in Tehama County, California, the Justice Department announced today.

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Lofgren announces federal funding for zero-emissions buses at Mineta Airport

A new, nearly $3.2 million federal grant was awarded to the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport to purchase six zero-emissions shuttle buses and associated charging infrastructure, announced U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) today