News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Wind Energy Prevents As Much Global Warming Pollution As Taking 897,000 Cars Off The Road

California wind farms currently generate energy equivalent to powering 1.2 million homes.  In 2011, California installed more new wind capacity than any other state in the nation.  If wind development continues through 2016 at a pace comparable to that of recent years, California will reduce global warming pollution by as much as taking an additional 925,000 cars off the road and will save enough water to meet the needs of an additional 40,100 people.

Report | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Making the Grade with Clean Energy

Solar energy makes sense for California’s schools. This first-of-its-kind report presents case studies from 18 California school districts that have installed solar energy projects at nearly 200 schools combined, illustrating the environmental, economic and educational benefits of going solar in our schools.

News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

California Businesses Save While Reducing Carbon Pollution

Amidst the excitement and controversy of the California launch of the nation’s first ever economy-wide carbon pollution auction, Environment California Research & Policy Center released a new report detailing how businesses and organizations of all different types and sizes are embracing clean energy solutions as a way to reap near-term economic returns, all while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Report | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Greening the Bottom Line 2012

Reducing global warming pollution is critical to protecting California’s environment, but doing so can also deliver big rewards for our state’s economy. This report highlights eight organizations that have made investments in clean energy solutions, together reducing their emissions of global warming pollution by the equivalent of nearly 270 million pounds of carbon dioxide per year while saving approximately $3.60 million annually.

News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Clif Bar Turns Being Green into Green

“Solving global warming and strengthening our economy are two sides of the same coin,” said Bernadette Del Chiaro, Clean Energy and Global Warming Program Director at Environment California Research & Policy Center and co-author of new report. “The experience of California companies flies in the face of claims that California’s leadership on solving global warming is bad for business.”

News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Local School District Harnesses Solar to Save Thousands

For Superintendent Andy Alvarado, who is seeing Golden Valley Unified School District (GVUSD) through tough fiscal times, embracing solar power was all about the math. With energy prices on the rise and state education dollars declining, installing affordable solar panels to produce clean electricity was a decision that is sure to receive a passing grade.

News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Obama Admin. Finalizes Historic Clean Car Standards

Today the Obama administration finalized new clean car standards that will double the fuel efficiency of today’s vehicles by 2025, drastically reducing emissions of carbon pollution and cutting oil use nationwide.  The standards will cover new cars and light trucks in model years 2017-2025, and require those vehicles to meet the equivalent of a 54.5 miles-per-gallon standard by 2025. 

Report | Environment California Research and Policy Center

When It Rains It Pours

Global warming is happening now and its effects are being felt in the United States and around the world. Among the expected consequences of global warming is an increase in the heaviest rain and snow storms, fueled by increased evaporation and the ability of a warmer atmosphere to hold more moisture.

News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

New Report: Extreme Downpours Up 35% in California

The snowstorm that closed down the Grapevine in 2011: the Ridgecrest flood of 2008: the La Conchita mudslide of 2005: extreme rain and snow storms are on the rise in many parts of California according to a new Environment California Research & Policy Center report that confirms extreme rainstorms are happening 35 percent more frequently since 1948. 

Report | Environment California Research and Policy Center

In the Path of the Storm

4 out of 5 Californians live in areas hit by recent weather disasters. 

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