Infrastructure

Treasurer Chiang Signs Green Bond Pledge & Jointly Releases Green Bond Market Report with Milken Institute

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John Chiang

The Treasurer hopes that the report, entitled Growing the U.S. Green Bond Market: Actionable Strategies and Solutions, will inspire more jurisdictions to invest in green bonds.

Congress' Earl Blumenauer on Federal Policy Making Challenges & Opportunities 

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Rep. Earl Blumenauer

Oregon Congressmember Earl Blumenauer returns to VX News to explain why infrastructure issues are so difficult to tackle under the Trump administration, and shares his most urgent priorities: funding road maintenance through a higher gas tax and, eventually, a road user charge; passing a farm bill that ensures nationwide access to clean water and healthy food; and helping a growing number of states capitalize on the newly legal cannabis industry.

California Leads on Climate: Extending Cap & Trade & Optimizing the VW Settlement Funds

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Mary Nichols

CARB Chair Mary Nichols explains the potential impact of the Volkswagen settlement for electric transportation, as well as how the national leadership vacuum on climate change is affecting California's international partnerships.

Leadership & Wise Investments Have Served Fresno Well: Mayor Ashley Swearengin

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Over the past eight years, Fresno has been in the skilled hands of Ashley Swearengin. A veteran of water, transportation, and economic development battles, the former Mayor opines on lessons learned during her productive eight years. VX News is pleased to present an exit interview with former Mayor Swearengin.

LADWP’s New GM Ready and Expected to Lead Nation's Largest Municipal Utility On Energy & Water

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In February the Los Angeles City Council approved Marcie Edwards as the new General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the largest municipal utility in the US. Edwards began working at LADWP in 1976 at age 19 as a clerk typist, rising to the position of assistant general manager for the marketing and the customer service business units. She left LADWP in December 2000 to serve as general manager of Anaheim’s municipal water and electric utility. In her new position, Edwards faces the challenge of maintaining relations with the department’s strong labor coalition as well as balancing capital investments in infrastructure with state mandates on sustainability.

Los Angeles County Public Works’ Pat Proano on Innovative & Sustainable Approaches to Recycling and Managing Waste

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Pat Proano, Assistant Deputy Director of the Environmental Programs Division at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, spoke with VerdeXchange News about strategies for meeting AB 341’s mandate to recycle 75 percent of trash in LA County. He focuses on the promise of conversion technology, which transforms organic waste into fuels, and the efforts at a state-wide, legislative level to clarify this practice. Proano also outlines benchmarks he expects the county to meet in the next year in terms of organics management, waste steam diversion from landfills, and citizen education. With landfills already full, a paradigm shift is underway to handle the 22 million tons of trash generated each year.