In our work with CalCEF over the last few years, we’ve had the pleasure of working on several interesting “entrepreneur in residence” projects. Today, one of them has graduated from research to implementation, with the launch of the Efficiency Resource Fund. Created as part of an EIR project with Bob Hinkle, the Efficiency Resource Fund provides an opportunity for impact investors—e.g, foundations, pension funds, and others—to get more energy efficiency projects underway in community-scale businesses around the country.
This white paper, published by CalCEF in partnership with the Berkeley Labor Center and the BlueGreen Alliance, recommends strategies for using ordinary home life-cycle events—renovations, home sales, and others— to achieve cost-effective energy efficiency upgrades in existing homes.
I recently worked with the teams at OSIsoft and Sustainable Industries to publish a case study looking at the UC San Diego’s microgrid. Today, the campus produces 92% of its own energy. It’s striving to go further with a combination of new clean energy resources, additional on-site generation and storage, and innovative demand-reduction strategies.
We just got some awesome feedback from a member of the B Lab team on the recently-released Annual Report.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with the team at B Lab over the last two years to publish their annual reports. This year, they’ve pulled together a great report with metrics about what Certified B Corps are doing. It’s been wonderful to see the community growing, and this year’s report got to highlight some … Read more
There are a lot of places to go for a weekend bike ride in and around San Francisco – stunning oceanside paths, family-filled Golden Gate Park, hilly city routes. But here’s one you might have missed: San Francisco’s combined sewer/storm-water system, one of the many recreational rides organized and led by volunteers and friends of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. Read more
San Francisco is boomtown for bicycling. And with more riders comes more diversity. Among the growing population of bicyclists are those who eschew speed and spandex in favor of sitting upright and slowly making their way through town in whatever they happen to be wearing that day. It’s a trend that some are calling the Slow Bike Movement. Read more
On a bicycle, San Francisco’s hilly neighborhoods can be daunting, but for 8-year-old Aidan, the rides up are well worth the work for the rides down: “Faster! Faster!” he shouts, telling me about his early days riding to school on a trailer bike with his mom, Maureen Persico. Read the full post
Ah, spring. It’s the season we’ve all waited for: drier, sunnier and perfect for getting outdoors. There’s no better time of year for families to be outside biking. If you’re interested in biking with your family but haven’t started, Bike to School Day on April 7 is a great opportunity to try it out alongside thousands of other families. Here’s some advice from families that peddle all year round
There are a growing number of options for homeowners seeking to use energy-efficient light bulbs. This buyer’s guide will help you select the most energy efficient and environmentally sensitive option for your needs. Start comparing