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Topic - Environment, Energy & Climate Change Archive

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California’s Water: Drought, Floods and Preparedness

California’s Water: Drought, Floods and Preparedness

Although we have millions of acre-feet of empty space behind dams to capture storm runoff and snowmelt, that space cannot protect Californians against levee breaks, mudslides or overflowing urban creeks.

February 2016
California Cities Use Creative Approaches to Recycling

California Cities Use Creative Approaches to Recycling

As California residents and businesses increase the amount of material they recycle, local governments seek ways to build additional recycling facilities and expand existing programs.

February 2016
Salinas Fosters Ag Tech Innovation

Salinas Fosters Ag Tech Innovation

Technology will soon be radically transforming agriculture and the Salinas Valley, home to an agricultural industry that generates over $8 billion annually.

January 2016
2015 Legislative Year in Review

2015 Legislative Year in Review

Significant positive developments for the League included the adoption of a new economic development tool for lower-income communities and the passage of a medical marijuana regulatory bill package.

January 2016
Extended Producer Responsibility: Protecting Public Health and the Environment

Extended Producer Responsibility: Protecting Public Health and the Environment

Ensuring that residents properly dispose of hazardous wastes — such as pesticides, batteries, needles and pharmaceuticals — from their homes is an important part of protecting the environment and public health, but it can be expensive. Many local governments are working with the California Product Stewardship Council to find a better way.

January 2016
The Top 10 Energy Efficiency and Solar Financing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

The Top 10 Energy Efficiency and Solar Financing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

November 2015
Preparing Your Community for Fire Danger

Preparing Your Community for Fire Danger

The combination of drought, higher temperatures and abundant dry vegetation means that California’s fire season is now a year-round phenomenon.

October 2015
Palo Alto Builds on a Legacy of Innovation as a Sustainable Community

Palo Alto Builds on a Legacy of Innovation as a Sustainable Community

Many of the more progressive policies and programs in place today started as smaller pilot programs.

September 2015
Celebrating 60 Years of Service to California’s Local Governments

Celebrating 60 Years of Service to California’s Local Governments

The Institute for Local Government promotes good government at the local level by creating practical, impartial and easy-to-use resources for California communities.

August 2015
A New Approach to Habitat Conservation in Silicon Valley

A New Approach to Habitat Conservation in Silicon Valley

July 2015
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