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Ack, What’s an ERC? Cliffsnotes on the Clean Power Plan

ERCs, allowances, leakage, mass-based, rate-based, set-asides, CEIP, EM&V, trading ready, glide path, RPS, EERS…. Got it? A lot of acronyms and terms come up in discussions about state compliance with the Clean Power Plan, the Environmental Protection Agency’s new standards for curbing carbon pollution from power plants. If you aren’t…

Aqui Estamos: Celebrating Latino Conservation Leadership

Much has been discussed about the need to diversify the environmental movement, because it is the right thing to do (everybody should have access to clean air and water) and because it is the smart thing to do (a broader base will help us win). Here in California and elsewhere on…

Clean Power Plan Communications: An Idea Book for Communicators

Maintaining a steady drumbeat of media and communications on a long-term issue or campaign that spans an extended period can be a challenge. After an initial wave of coverage, there are periodic bursts of media connected to major developments, but public exposure eventually tapers off as the media lose interest…

COP21: It Takes a (Global) Village

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together” -- African Proverb Walking into the Civil Society space--a.k.a. the “Green Zone”--at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) last week, I was struck by the sheer amount of activity buzzing about around me.…

Indigenous Rising in Paris: Report from COP21

We are now in the second week of COP21 and as negotiations and decisions are wrapping up inside COP, the energy outside, in the streets of Paris and within side events, is picking up and going strong. This morning an action, a part of #ArtCOP21 and led by French activists,…

The 3rd Annual Americas Latino Eco Festival

Congratulations to Americas Latino Eco Festival (ALEF) for an inspirational, thought-provoking and action-oriented three days in Denver October 15-17.  Now in its third year, this year’s installment brought together Latino leaders and advocates from conservation, the arts, policy, science, education, business and more, with a clear call for climate action.…

Building support for coastal resilience: Top 5 tips

From San Diego to the San Juan Islands, communities up and down the West Coast are preparing for sea level rise. Seasonal high tides and storm surges are giving residents a taste of the future—experts predict sea levels may rise up to 66 inches by the year 2100, putting roads,…

Climate action on California’s coast

While political battles rage on over state climate laws designed to clean up California’s air and energy, communities up and down the coast are quietly preparing for one climate impact that has largely escaped partisan politics: sea level rise. Last month, I attended a University of California Irvine event on…

Here. Now. Us. actualizes climate change for Marin County

I’m sure you remember a childhood moment at the beach, on a mountain or in an observation tower, begging your parents for a quarter so you could look through the coin-operated binoculars and get a close-up view of everything that was once so small to your naked eye. Now imagine…

Financial crisis and coal?

A lot of news and information about energy comes across my desk every day, so it’s not often that I get past the first page of anything, much less page 90. Yet that’s just where I found myself recently -- page 90-91 of a utility regulatory proceedings document from New…