Thursday, August 31, 2006

'Green'-Aspiring California, World's Eighth Largest Economy, Embraces Sustainable Future; Shuns Washington Environmental Leadership

California catapulted to the forefront of U.S. efforts to fight global warming on Wednesday with an accord that will give the state the toughest laws in the nation on cutting greenhouse gas emissions and possibly spur a reluctant Washington to take similar action.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has accused fellow Republican President George W. Bush of failing to demonstrate leadership on climate change, said he reached a “historic agreement” with Democrats to make California a world leader in reducing carbon emissions.

“The success of our system will be an example for other states and nations to follow as the fight against climate change continues,” Schwarzenegger said in a statement after weeks of tense negotiations.

The bill now seems certain to win approval this week in a vote in the state Senate and Assembly, where Democrats hold majorities. Thursday is the last day of the legislative session ahead of November elections.

Despite opposition from within his own party, Schwarzenegger was expected to support the bill since he has made much of his environmental record in his reelection bid.

Green policies are popular among voters in environment-savvy California, the world’s eighth-largest economy and 12th largest producer of greenhouse gas emissions. California’s Global Warming Solutions Act aims to cut emissions to 1990 levels, or around 25 percent, by 2020 with an enforceable cap and mandatory reporting for top polluters like energy companies." ...

Reuters "California agrees on global warming bill" via Financial Times August 31, 2006


West Coast Green Conference and Expo San Francisco, September 28-30, 2006

The Audubon Center at Debs Park, Los Angeles, California, North America

An urban environmental education center that brings nature to East Los Angeles children, the Audubon Center at Debs Park is the first U.S. project to achieve a Green Building Council LEED 2.0™ Platinum rating. Its level of sustainability shines in nearly every aspect of design, including restoration of the native landscape, passive energy-conservation strategies, materials selection, 100 percent off-the-grid solar power, onsite stormwater detention, and onsite wastewater treatment and dispersal systems. The jury declared this “the greenest project in California” and commended its well-scaled, understated building forms.

The Audubon Center is easily accessible from the Southwest Museum Gold Line Metro stop.

Photo credit: © Cesar Rubio Photography via With thanks.


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