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April 29, 2010
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- Advocacy, publications and events
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- Why It's Good for Business
- Event launches Pacific Northwest Chapter
- E2 Member speaks out
- Northern California's Spring EcoSalon
- E2 was originator, principal sponsor of SB 77
- New York events and advocacy update
- Event highlights three experts in the field
- Honoring Senator Pavley, update on AB 32
- E2's April 2010 monthly TeleSalon
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 From left: State Senator Fran Pavley (D-Santa Monica); Paul Murphy, Office of Santa Clara County; Gary Luebbers, Sunnyvale City Manager; Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger; Don Eagleston, Sunnyvale Chamber of Commerce; Bob Epstein, E2 Co-founder; an Kevin Surace, Serious Materials. (Click on image for larger version.)
There was cause for celebration this month as the California legislature passed, with strong bi-partisan support, a bill that will catalyze voluntary energy retrofits to residential and commercial property while creating a projected 10,500 direct jobs. During an April 21 press conference at the Sunnyvale headquarters of Serious Materials, a leading maker of energy-saving building products, Governor Schwarzenegger announced he had signed the bill and explained that SB 77 is testament to the idea that good environmental policy and good economics go hand-in-hand. By standardizing a statewide Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing system, the bill will make it easier and more affordable for Californians to undertake energy efficiency measures and small renewable energy projects on their properties by paying back the cost of the project over time through an assessment added to their property tax.

A small but dedicated team of E2 members and staff worked effectively over the past four months with the bill's author, State Senator Fran Pavley (D-Santa Monica), to make this bill a reality and demonstrate the broad support for policies that create jobs, reduce pollution and enhance our energy independence (see E2's February support letter).

Also, for an update on PACE financing in New York, see the article below.


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