New report examines consequences of private utility over-purchasing of power for customers as Community Choice grows

A new report by the Center for Climate Protection examines the over procurement of power by private utilities in the context of the growth of Community Choice Energy in California. The report is authored by energy policy analyst June Brashares and Tyler Bonson, a graduate of Sonoma State’s Energy Management and Design and in Economics. The […]

Personal stories to inspire climate policy

Do you have a personal story about climate impacts? Jane Bender, President of the Board for the Center for Climate Protection, along with a group of climate activists, has been meeting with California Senator Dianne Feinstein’s legislative aides to strategize how they can help the Senator in efforts to move good climate policy forward. The aides […]

San Jose’s Community Choice vote is unanimous

Four years ago the Center for Climate Protection ranked San Jose as its top priority for establishing a Community Choice program due to its size and location at the center of innovation worldwide. Yesterday, the vision became a reality. “While leaders in Washington continue to languish in a petroleum-fueled past, cities like San Jose will […]

Center for Climate Protection partners with MCE and others for building efficiency optimization project

California Energy Commission “Local Government Challenge Grant” project receives highest score in its category On April 11th the Center received news that it had been awarded, along with its Project partners, $1.7M in funding for a project that will help the state achieve its greenhouse gas reduction goals and that aims to develop a replicable model […]

Marches for Science and Climate beg question: Why march?

by Laurie-Ann Barbour, Center for Climate Protection I was proud to be part of the March for Science in Santa Rosa on Earth Day – one of over 600 marches around the world highlighting the importance of science for everyone.  The marches sent a message to the current administration about the value of scientific research […]

World must reach net zero emissions sooner, study finds, to reach Paris climate goal

by Nicholas Kusnetz, Inside Climate News Greenhouse gas emissions must peak quickly and carbon capture technology must improve if there is hope of limiting warming to safe levels, researchers find. Humanity’s emissions of greenhouse gases must peak within the next decade for the world to meet the goals of the Paris climate agreement, according to […]

Center and UC Santa Barbara students selected to partner on Community Choice Energy project

In late March the Center for Climate Protection and a group of UC Santa Barbara students received word that their project “Developing a Toolkit to Optimize Community Choice Energy Programs” has been selected for the 2017-18 cycle. It was a highly competitive process so this is exciting news. The students are in a program at […]

Welcome, Laura Ibsen

We are pleased to welcome Laura Ibsen as the new Program Coordinator for ECO2schools at the Center for Climate Protection! Laura brings a wealth of experience and education to her new roll. Previously Laura worked for the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition. She is passionate about cycling and loves to encourage others to bike and drive less. […]

Development Director Kristin Berger Joining the Leakey Foundation

Kudos to Kristin who, after three years as the Center for Climate Protection’s Development Director, will join the Leakey Foundation, based in the Presidio. Kristin lists the following lessons she learned while at the Center for Climate Protection: Through conversations, we gain fellowship, knowledge, and communication skills to come off the sidelines and help lead […]

Cocoa 4 Carpools – Treats for Sustainable Transit

Did you ever want to get rewarded for doing the right thing? This February students across Sonoma County delivered an important message to their peers, encouraging them to walk, bike, bus, or carpool to school. As a reward, the eco-club greeted students with either a delicious cookie or a cup of piping hot cocoa. What […]