Energy as a climate action can be hard to measure. When given the phrase “reducing energy use” everyone thinks of turning the lights off, but when pushed to think about more ways to save energy, many automatically jump to hard tasks such as installation of solar panels or switching out larger home appliances with Energy Star equivalents. The latter tasks are great ways to reduce your overall energy use, but they can be difficult to accomplish due to availability and cost. So, once again we are back to turning off the lights which reduces energy and is cost effective, but is this really the only easy thing we can do? and does the easy stuff even matter
This post was written by BC3 Climate Action Fellow Victoria Chames
This post is part 5 in a series of COP21 blogs tracking the progression of the historic conference. Part 1: Looking Ahead to this November's Paris Climate Conference, part 2: Businesses Supporting Efforts on the Road to Paris. part 3: Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activities Provide Proof that Climate Action is Building Worldwide, and part 4: How Bay Area Companies are Supporting Climate Negotiations in Paris.
A universal, legally binding agreement on climate change has been in the works for many years, but has never been fully achieved...until now! The twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) took place from November 30 to December 12, 2015, in Paris, France. On December 12th, 195 nations stood together and agreed to adopt the Paris Agreement. The agreement will be open for signatures in April 2016, and will come into force in January 2020. Below is a series of highlights from the Paris Agreement which provide a framework for climate change mitigation and adaptation for the remainder of this century and how San Francisco can help contribute to these climate goals.
This post was written by BC3 Climate Action Fellow Victoria Chames.
As climate negotiations continue in Paris, many of the San Francisco Bay Area's largest businesses are pledging to do their part and calling on world leaders to take strong action to address climate change. Here's a look at some of the commitments and public statements BC3 member companies and their peers in the Bay Area have made ahead of COP 21:
BC3 thanks these companies for demonstrating their support for a climate change agreement in Paris that takes a strong step forward toward a sustainable future and for ongoing leadership in local climate solutions!
Holiday season is in full swing and BC3 is ready to make it a zero waste season. To prepare for the big feasts coming up, we decided to put together our own Zero Waste Holiday Checklist.
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So we have all heard of carbon footprints, but what about chemical footprints? In many ways the types and amounts of chemicals a company uses through their supply chain, production, and output can have a larger impact on the environment than the company’s carbon output. Last Tuesday, BC3 met with Dr. Sally Edwards to discuss the details of the Chemical Footprint Project, a program that encourages greater chemicals management in companies and publicly recognizes leaders in the field. Dr. Edwards explained what a chemical footprint project is and why it matters to businesses. In order to get a good feel for a company’s chemical footprint and why it is important, BC3 decided to walk through a simplified example, Company A.
It’s a big challenge to engage employees and fellow co-workers in sustainable activities, but the latest energy saving campaign, Step Up and Power Down, aims to help businesses do just that. Step Up and Power Down is a collaboration between Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the City of San Francisco focused on helping local businesses take simple actions to reduce energy waste. Amongst the many tools offered by the program are a variety of employee engagement campaigns that promote efficient energy use.
COP21: Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activities Provide Proof that Climate Action is Building Worldwide
This post is part 3 in a series of COP 21 Paris blogs tracking the progression of the historic conference. Part 1: Looking Ahead to this November's Paris Climate Conference and part 2: Businesses Supporting Efforts on the Road to Paris.
Momentum for Change is an initiative of the UN Climate Change Secretariat with the goal to shine a light on activities across the globe that are moving the world towards a highly resilient, low carbon future. Momentum for Change recognizes innovative solutions , known as Lighthouse Activities, that address both climate change and wider economic, social, and environmental challenges. They provide examples of what people, businesses, and governments are doing to tackle climate change.
On October 27th the 2015 Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activity Award winners were announced. They included 16 game changing initiatives from around the world; below are 5 of the most innovative solutions.
This post is part of the Great Green San Francisco blog series. This series celebrates the projects around town that are making our city a better place to live and that provide a global model for environmental initiatives. This week we interviewed SF Environment’s Commute Smart Program Associate, Daniel Soto, on San Francisco’s latest transportation pilot, SF Moves, which will provide free resources to help residents, commuters, and business owners access more sustainable forms of transportation.
SF Moves is a San Francisco transportation pilot program being spearheaded by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) and the San Francisco Department of Environment (SF Environment). The program focuses on providing residents and businesses with the information and tools to increase their usage of sustainable modes of transportation. Through the program, residents can receive a neighborhood specific bike map, clipper cards, information on transit discount programs, amongst other nifty transportation resources and tools. Currently the program is being piloted in the Mission neighborhood with planned expansion into the Ingleside neighborhood early next year. This week, SF Environment’s Daniel Soto talks to BC3 about the program in detail.
This post is part 2 in a series of COP 21 Paris blogs tracking the progression of the conference. For part 1 click here.
The White House held a summit on October 19th to bring together leaders from the business, science, technology, and non-profit communities to discuss steps that the Federal government and private sector are taking to support COP 21 Paris. The summit included: speeches from 3 science advisors to the President, two panel sessions with business leaders and finished with a speech from vice-president Joe Biden. The full summit can be watched here.
During the summit, expectations from the Paris agreement were discussed. It was stressed that we need a Paris agreement which allows for revisiting and furthering commitments, has clear transparency between countries, mobilizes ongoing financial support for countries in need of help to reach low carbon systems, and provides ways to measure success. As expressed by the summit, businesses play a vital role in climate action and the road to Paris.
If you ever step back and calculate the amount of energy your home uses, the number might surprise you. This year’s U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon aims to teach us how much energy is used in the home and how solar energy can be used in place of typical energy sources. This October, seventeen teams met in Irvine, California to complete their design of the perfect solar-powered home. Each team was tasked with creating a home that is affordable, has consumer appeal, and uses energy efficiently. The event is titled a decathlon because each team must earn top scores in ten different competitions. Of the ten contests, five are juried contests where a panel of qualified professional judges determine the final score and five are solely measured on metrics.
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