February 2012

February 1, 2012

California’s Cap and Trade Fuels a Carbon Market

James Goldstene, Executive Officer of the California Air Resources Board, and Robert Owen-Jones, Australian Government, discuss the states of the carbon markets today and how they will develop in the coming years as incentives mature and prices shift freely.

February 1, 2012

VerdeXchange 2012: Scaling Up Clean Tech in California and Canada

Cecilia Estolano, Celine Bak, and Robert Hertzberg discuss the trajectories of the clean tech industry at January's VerdeXchange Conference. What can California learn from Canada? And vice versa?

February 1, 2012

VerdeXchange Green Build Panel: Codes & Mandates Should Not Impede Sustainability

VerdeXchange 2012 hosted a panel, moderated by Gail Goldberg, Executive Director of the Urban Land Institute, Los Angeles, on ‘Green Building Through Codes, Mandates, and Incentives’. Panelists Steve Glenn, CEO, LivingHomes, Ken Lewis, President, AC Martin Partners, and Deborah Weintraub, Chief Deputy Office of the LA Bureau of Engineering, outlined their practices and how building codes impact or fail to impact development projects.

February 1, 2012

Darrell Steinberg: Time to Focus Intensely on State Water Bond

California State Senate President pro tempore Darrell Steinberg's remarks highlighting the need for lawmakers to unite behind a coherent state water investment plan. In budget stressed economic times, passing a multi-billion dollar water bond will be challenging. The need to create jobs and reinvest in California drives Senator Steinberg forward, despite only having imperfect policy solutions to work with.

February 1, 2012

Groundwater Management in California Needs Better Monitoring and Regulation

TPR is pleased to present the following excerpt from a panel, ‘Groundwater Management: Advancing Quality and Quantity’ at the Future of Water in Southern California conference in Los Angeles. M. Rhead Enion, a fellow in environmental law and policy at UCLA, offers a comparative view of the condition of groundwater management in California today and what steps the state may take to improve regulatory mechanisms and mitigate looming challenges.

February 1, 2012

Jonathan Weisgall Announces MidAmerican Renewables at VX2012

At the close of the 5th VerdeXchange Conference in January, Jonathan Weisgall, Vice President at MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company, announced a new platform called MidAmerican Renewables. MidAmerican Energy is looking for opportunities, and Weisgall maintains that California’s environmental record, as well as its influence on national policy, makes renewable opportunities in the state particularly robust.

January 31, 2012

Lights Out! Redevelopment Agencies After the California Supreme Court Decision

The CA Supreme Court upheld the legislature’s decision to abolish redevelopment agencies, and on February 1st they dissolve. Local governments and affordable housing advocates remain nervous. Lynn Hutchins discusses what happens next. Transcribed from Eden Housing's Affordable Housing podcast.

January 31, 2012

Reinventing Los Angeles: Seizing the Transit Opportunity

What role does local government play in a city’s reinvention? And how does a local government envision its public initiatives contributing to a positive urban environment? Ken Bernstein, Principal City Planner for the Los Angeles Department of City Planning, overseeing the Policy Planning and Historic Resources Division, tells us where Los Angeles has recently been devoting energy.

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