The financing sustainability resource center includes resources to help local agencies finance and support sustainability activities, including links to utility and state agency programs, white papers and tip sheets.
The following summarizes major resources to support sustainability efforts. The summary is not intended to be exhaustive. Additional targeted or other resources may be available in individual geographic areas. Because funding sources, eligibility criteria and availability change constantly, local officials are encouraged to review the programs themselves carefully.
California utilities and state agencies offer a variety of programs to support and finance local government energy efficiency efforts. This page provides a starting point for understanding what programs and resources are available to help.
Like any investment, efforts to finance energy-efficiency projects benefit from thinking ahead about the pros and cons of different options. This paper discusses options and issues related to financing energy efficiency.
Local agencies throughout California are striving to reduce costs, even as the demand for services grows. In this environment, improving efficiency helps agencies do more with their existing resources and can offer a high return on investment. This whitepaper offers suggestions on working with energy utilities to finance energy efficiency improvements.
The question of how to make local agencies more sustainable is an ongoing issue for local officials. Sustainable communities are places that foster and maintain a high quality of life. This whitepaper highlights the experiences of two California communities: City of Riverbank and City of Pleasanton.
Partnerships among public, private and nonprofit groups are nothing new, and examples abound. However, innovative partnerships that build capacity to address sustainability, energy efficiency, climate change and reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are relatively new. Two examples illustrate the creativity and vibrancy of these efforts.
Finding the funds to support worthwhile programs presents a challenge in the best of times. This challenge is compounded when local budgets are stretched as tightly as they are today. Nevertheless, many local agencies continue to support activities and programs to make their communities more sustainable, believing that investing in sustainability leads to healthier communities and improved economic vitality while saving money, conserving natural resources and protecting the environment.