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Greening Buildings with LEED certification

LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program. From sustainable site development to indoor environmental quality”LEED focuses on building practices that support areas of human and environmental health. There are more then 68,000 LEED commercial projects in the United States and LEED certified buildings exist in more than 150 countries and territories and 6 continents.

Green buildings save money, have a positive influence on the health of occupants, and promote renewable clean energy. They also improve rental rates to 20% above average and increase selling prices. Learn more about LEED certification and it’s benefits.

Zero-emission school buses to reduce costs and clean up the air

The Electric Vehicle (EV) School Bus project is an ambitious, innovative project currently underway in California. It is the largest EV school bus demonstration in the nation that to deploys Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology. The school buses are currently being repowered in Poway, CA by Transpower, USA and will be deployed in Torrance, Kings Canyon and

Convert Your Car to Biodiesel

Bottom Line: Almost any diesel engine car can go biodiesel with little or no modifications.

biodieselAlmost any diesel car can run on biodiesel without major modifications. Biodiesel is a clean burning alternative fuel produced from domestic, renewable resources. Biodiesel contains no petroleum, but it can be blended at any level with petroleum diesel to create a biodiesel blend. These blends are sold using a system called the “B factor,” which denotes the percentage of biodiesel contained within a petrol/bio mix. Biodiesel is simple to use, biodegradable, nontoxic, and essentially free of sulfur and aromatics.

Only diesel engines can run on biodiesel. All engines that run on #2 diesel can also be run on biodiesel. This means, home furnaces, generators, half-trucks, homestead tools, fishing boats, etc.

Accelerate the Effectiveness of Your Green Team

Bottom Line: Green Teams can make organizations more sustainable and businesses more profitable.

Some employees respond to our current sustainability challenges and opportunities by becoming intrapreneurs, regardless of their role or positions. These intrapreneurs start green teams in their organizations to make them more sustainable and–for businesses–more profitable.

Sustainability and Energy for Public Agencies – Where to Start

Bottom Line: Get help jumpstarting sustainability at your public agency with this guidebook.


Sustainability is a simple idea with big implications. With all the information and ideas floating around, figuring out how to move towards your sustainability goals may seem overwhelming.

Help “Spare the Air” in San Mateo County

Bottom Line: The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has the resources to help us maintain San Mateo County’s healthy air quality.

Help Spare the AirHave you got a fireplace? Do you know what effect wood smoke has on our air quality? Do you know who’s most at risk to poor air quality?

Reduce your water usage and save on your water bill.

Bottom Line: With water fees rising more than 10% annually and water shortage in California it is prudent and economical to reduce your water usage. With a few simple changes, taking advantage of a number available incentives and rebates it is easy to reduce your water consumption significantly.

Reduce Your Water Usage2In the US the average person uses about 150 gallon per day according to the United Nations 2008 Development Report Update. This is more than twice as much as the average person in Germany, about 8 times more than the average person in China. Note that “an American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than the typical person living in a developing country slum uses in a whole day [1]”. The most recent measured data for San Mateo County show an average use of 87.1 gallon per day per person (gpd) [2], with significant differences between Water Districts, ranging from 267 gpd in Hillsborough to less than 50 gpd in South San Francisco. About 68% of the water in San Mateo County is consumed by residential use.

Go Solar and Get Cash Back!

Bottom Line: Incentives from California and the Federal Government for installing solar at your home or business make it a great time to GO SOLAR!

GoSolarandGetCashBack!-image1California is striving to create thousands of megawatts of new solar-generated electricity, moving the state towards a clean energy future. And you can help! Join the thousands of home and business owners who have earned cash back rebates by installing solar energy systems through the California Solar Initiative. Customers earn cash rebates for every watt of solar energy generated on homes, businesses, farms, schools, and government and non-profit organizations.

Climate Change Research, Social Networking, and You

Bottom Line: Hikers, photographers, birders, gardeners and others are making contributions to climate change research.

Backyard Scientist

Many scientists are measuring and studying the reaction of plant and animal species to climate change. Unexpectedly, some researchers use data that backyard naturalists have gathered to study species’ populations and migrations. For example,

City of Millbrae Uses Kitchen Grease to Power Wastewater Treatment Facility

Bottom Line: The City of Millbrae completed a $6 million facility at its Water Pollution Control Plant that will turn grease from local restaurants into biogas and pay for itself in 17 years.

The City of Millbrae (with the help of Chevron Energy Solutions) recently completed a new $6 million facility at its Water Pollution Control Plant that will turn inedible used kitchen grease from local restaurants into biogas — generating renewable energy to treat the city’s wastewater. Their old plant was aging and too small to support the installation and use of modern cogeneration equipment that can capture and reuse biogas. Instead of wasting a valuable energy source, the City took on the challenge of building a custom system that can be replicated anywhere.

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