Long Beach Competes to Reduce Carbon Footprint in CoolCalifornia Challenge

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Energy Upgrade California® announces that 22 California cities will be part of the 2015-2016 challenge entitled the CoolCalifornia City Challenge, a six month long competition among participating cities in the state to incentivize residents to take simple steps to reduce their carbon footprint and better manage energy use.

“The CoolCalifornia City Challenge is a fun and engaging initiative that demonstrates the impact each community can make to flight climate change and move California toward a cleaner, more sustainable economy,” said Pamela Wellner, Manager, Research and Climate Change Programs, Energy Upgrade California.

The 22 cities that are participating in the 2015-2016 CoolCalifornia Challenge include: Claremont, San Mateo, Buellton, Indio, Burlingame, Long Beach, Elk Grove, San Carlos, Lynwood, Martinez, South Pasadena, Redwood City, Huntington Beach, San Pablo, Benicia, Corte Madera, Mill Valley, Sausalito, El Cerrito, Fairfax, Larkspur, and Richmond.

Residents of participating cities can join the challenge by registering on the CoolCalifornia Challenge website, www.CAChallenge.org where they can create a MyEnergyUpgrade plan and log in their energy use including electricity, natural gas and vehicle fuel usage. Each household can log their energy usage and earn points within different categories including green, golden or bonus points depending on the energy savings within their home or through reduction of vehicle fuel consumption. Every point earned by each household will help lead the participating city to win the Challenge.

All cities are judged based on the points individual households earn for their community by tracking their energy use and vehicle emissions from October 1, 2015 to March 30, 2016.

The participating cities will each receive a portion of $150,000 in prize money based on their total points, with the winning city crowned “Coolest California City” and the two runner ups crowned “Cool California City”. The money earned will help fund community sustainability projects in the Challenge cities

“While only households of participating cities can join the challenge,” said Wellner, “We encourage all household to join by visiting www.CAChallenge.org. Households can visit EnergyUpgradeCA.org an online resource for information, tools, and programs for Californians to learn how to manage energy, save money, and make their homes more comfortable.”

The CoolCalifornia Challenge is administered by Energy Upgrade California. The Challenge is a collaborative effort between California government, university and non-profit organizations and is comprised of team members from Energy Upgrade California, the California Air Resources Board and researchers at the University of California, Berkeley’s Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory.

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