Winter 2011

California’s ARB Makes History—Approves Cap-and-Trade Regulations for State

Mary Nichols

In November, California voters soundly rejected Prop. 23, a ballot initiative that would have rolled back regulations arising from AB 32, the landmark greenhouse gas emissions reduction law that has positioned California as a worldwide leader in green policy and technology. In December, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved one of the most significant portions of AB 32’s policy mechanisms—cap-and-trade regulation for business and industry.

Plug-In Electric Vehicles: California Remains the Hub of the Emerging Electric Vehicle Industry

Diane Wittenberg

On Dec. 13, 2010, the newly-created Plug-In Vehicle Collaborative released a report called, “Taking Charge: Establishing California Leadership in the Plug-in Electric Vehicle Marketplace.” The report includes 30 suggested actions to develop an electrified transportation system in California. VerdeX presents excerpts from a series of presentations at a press conference at Universal Studios announcing the Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative and the report.

Huntington Beach Implementing Model, Cutting-Edge Energy Efficiency Programs

LED streetlights illuminate a parking lot in Huntington Beach.

While large cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco get a lot of attention for their efforts in greening operations and infrastructure, smaller cities around the state of California have been quietly making strides in adopting innovative technologies and policies at the local level. One such innovative city is Huntington Beach. In order to detail the programs and technologies enabling this local success story, VerdeX was pleased to speak with Huntington Beach Energy Project Manager Aaron Klemm.

LACCD’s Billion Dollar Campus Building Program Showing Results for Colleges & Impacting Sustainability Practices

A rendering of the Library Resource Center at Los Angeles Harbor College, currently under construction along with a new Sciences Complex.

When the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) launched a $1.2 billion building program in 2001, green building and sustainability were not nearly the industry buzz words that they are today. Now, with LACCD’s program continuing through 2015 and spending $6 billion, LACCD has consistently set the market for green products and can claim game-changing impacts on sustainability practices in the building industry.

ZAP Electric Vehicles Approved by China to Buy 100 Percent of Jonway Automotive; Stock Soars on News

Steve Schneider

With its headquarters in California, ZAP Electric Vehicles made business history last month when it announced that it had gained approval from the Chinese government to acquire Jonway Automotive, becoming the first American company to have controlling interest in a Chinese automotive manufacturer. With this powerful foothold into the Chinese market, ZAP Electric Vehicles, whose stock price has soared since, is revolutionizing the automotive market by delivering a variety of affordable electric cars to the market.

USC Architecture School Globally Engaging Students & Faculty Under Dean Ma’s Leadership

Qingyun Ma

Since arriving as the dean of the USC School of Architecture in 2007, Qingyun Ma has set an aggressive agenda for expanding the scope and skill set of the students and faculty of the architectural school. Three years later, Dean Ma continues to focus on integrating technology and sustainability, while organizing workshops around the world—establishing USC as a world class school of architecture.

TreePeople’s Urban Forest Principles Guide Retrofit of Los Angeles & Similar Cities Across the Globe

The street swale works as part of a system to capture and filter water before sending it down to the aquifer--away from the street.

Andy Lipkis, founder and president of TreePeople, details one of his projects, the Elmer Avenue Project in Los Angeles, which blueprints TreePeople’s 40-year history of proving the feasibility of new types of infrastructure development that simultaneously mimic natural processes and benefit the environment.