Summer 2020

CA Workforce Development Board Jobs & Climate Action Plan: Putting California on the High Road

Issue: 
Carol Zabin

The 2030 Jobs & Action Plan put forth by the California Workforce Development Board and written by the UC Berkeley Center for Labor and Education offers the State a vision for integrating economic and workforce development into major climate policies and programs.

Admiral (ret.) Dennis McGinn Makes the Case (Security, Resilience & Mission Assurance) for Integrated DER

Issue: 
Denny McGinn

Dennis McGinn shares the potential for smart, behind-the-meter IT to stabilize demand peaks and enable deployment of renewables + storage at scale. He also highlights the market-shifting opportunities for federal investment in storage incentives, clean hydrogen, and offers his advice for getting the nation’s clean energy transition back on track.

CalEPA’s Jared Blumenfeld on Grounding COVID Recovery in Climate Action

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Jared Blumenfeld

California Environmental Protection Agency Secretary Jared Blumenfeld shares how his agency’s priorities have been impacted by the overlapping crises and continued federal antagonism to climate action. Secretary Blumenfeld reiterates Governor Newsom's commitment to ensuring safe and affordable rural drinking water supplies and opportunities to propel the state’s post-COVID economic recovery with clean jobs.

States Join Forces to Accelerate Bus & Truck Electrification 

Issue: 
Mary Nichols

In July, 15 states and the District of Columbia announced a joint memorandum of understanding (MOU), committing to work collaboratively to advance and accelerate the market for electric medium- and heavy-duty vehicles to achieve the deep economy-wide emission reductions needed to avoid the worst consequences of climate change.

California Legislature Unveils $100 Billion Stimulus & Economic Recovery Plan

Issue: 
Bob Hertzberg

Working groups from both houses of the California Legislature last week unveiled a $100 billion joint stimulus plan that proposes to put the state on a path toward an equitable and resilient economic recovery by raising revenues without raising taxes, which proponents assert will protect Californians and spur job creation during and even after the COVID-19 crisis.

Lion Electric's Zero-Emission Trucks & Buses Lead the Pack in Southern California 

Issue: 
Marc Bedard

In June, the California Air Resources Board adopted a first-in-the-world Advanced Clean Truck rule requiring truck manufacturers to transition from diesel trucks and vans to electric zero-emission trucks beginning in 2024, so that, by 2045, every new truck sold in California wi

Solving the Climate Crisis: The Congressional Action Plan for a Clean Energy Economy

Issue: 
Rep. Mike Levin

Despite COVID-19’s drastic disruption of world trade and global economic activity, May of 2020 had the highest monthly average atmospheric CO2 concentrations ever recorded.

Adel Hagekhalil on StreetsLA’s Mission: Enhancing Quality of Life For All & Making Our Streets Safe, Mobile, and Sustainable

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Adel Hagekhalil proudly shares how StreetsLA has accelerated paving & sweeping in high-traffic commercial corridors and fully integrated holistic solutions and green technology to ADAPT to the new challenges of COVID-19 and enhance quality of life for all.

SolarSkyrise on The Promise of Building Integrated Photovoltaic Technology for Unlocking the Value of Vertical Solar

Issue: 
Alisa Kreynes

SolarSkyrise's Alisa Kreynes on the promise of building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) technologies and how her firm’s analytics technology and platform enables developers and designers to maximize the value of vertical real estate.