Energy Upgrade California Challenges Cities to Save Energy

September 22, 2014 By Karen Henry

energy-upgrade-cali-energy-manageEnergy Upgrade California, in partnership with with the California Air Resources Board and the University of California’s Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory is wrapping up its CoolCalifornia City Challenge, a competition between California cities to motivate and reward residents for reducing their carbon footprints and saving energy.

Participants track driving and home energy use to earn “green points.” Each point helps participants’ cities earn sustainability funding from Challenge sponsors. The winning city will receive $50,000 in prize money and be crowned the “Coolest California City.”

Arcata is one of several California cities registered in the challenge and has been working to reduce its carbon footprint at homes and workplaces since April 1. Residents have been tracking their energy use and vehicle emissions to earn points for their city. Among other activities, residents have been saving energy by replacing incandescent bulbs with LEDs, unplugging phone chargers and getting home energy assessments.

In addition to Arcata, registered cities include Burlingame, Claremont, Corona, Chula Vista, Long Beach, Lynwood, Mission Viejo, Rancho Cucamonga and Riverside.

The CoolCalifornia City Challenge ended August 31. The winning city will be recognized in October.

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