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We banned the bag in 100 communities.

In 2013, more cities and counties stood up to protect Pacific wildlife and passed bans on single-use plastic grocery bags. Now, more than 90 communities in California, from Marin to Los Angeles, are living bag free. Thanks to citizen support, California now has a network of 124 underwater state parks that protect our coast and wildlife.

News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Legislators Thank Governor for Marine Protected Area Leadership

Sacramento – As California families begin to plan summer trips to the beach, 29 California legislators released a letter thanking Governor Brown for his leadership to conserve California’s Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Nathan Weaver, Oceans Advocate with Environment California, issued the following statement:

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News Release | Environment California

Plastic bag manufacturer rallies against plastic bag ban

Sacramento — Joined by their lobbyists and allies, a score of representatives from a California plastic bag manufacturer rallied on the Capitol steps to oppose a statewide plastic bag ban. Despite this industry opposition, the bill, SB 270 (Padilla, de León, and Lara), has won the support of numerous environmental organizations, the California Grocers Association, the California Retailers Association, labor, reusable bag manufacturers, the City of Los Angeles, and communities around California. Nathan Weaver, Oceans Advocate with Environment California issued a response to the plastics industry event.

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San Diego Ranked 2nd in Solar Survey

In a nationwide survey of solar energy prowess among cities, San Diego ranked No. 2, overshadowed by celebrity neighbor Los Angeles, the U-T San Diego reports.

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New Report: San Jose Ranks 4th Among Major U.S. Cities for Installed Solar

On April 10, Environment California Research & Policy Center was joined at the Tech Museum of Innovation by San Jose Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen, the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA) and local renewable energy advocates to release a new report: “Shining Cities: At the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution.”

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20 Cities at the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution

Environment California’s new report "Shining Cities: At the Forefront of America's Solar Energy Revolution" focuses on the twenty cities on a  mere 0.1% of the nation’s land, that produce 7% of the solar energy.

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