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LA BANS PLASTIC BAGS

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa just signed LA’s historic ban on single-use plastic bags into law! With this historic achievement, 1 in 3 Californians now live somewhere with a plastic bag ban. With LA, 78 California cities and counties have taken action. Onward!

News Release | Environment California

President Obama, Congress Save Wind Power in Fiscal Cliff Agreement

Los Angeles– Today President Obama will sign into law a bill that extends key tax credits for wind power and averts the ‘fiscal cliff.’ The main federal incentives for wind power – the renewable energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) and the offshore wind Investment Tax Credit (ITC) – expired on December 31, 2012, but with today’s new law will now be available for wind power projects that start construction over the next year, allowing for continued growth of Californian and American wind power.

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News Release | Environment California

Environment California Applauds President Obama’s Decision to Double Northern California Marine Sanctuaries

Today President Obama and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) initiated the doubling of two northern California marine sanctuaries. The expansion area, which stretches across nearly 2,800 square miles from Bodega Bay to Point Arena and out to sea, will protect critical habitat for hundreds of aquatic species, including endangered salmon and sea lions, and prohibit oil and gas exploration.

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Schools Go Solar to Save Cash, Revive Programs

As energy goes in California, schools are among the biggest users, causing many districts in the state to consider solar power as a way to shave utility expenses.

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News Release | Environment California

Capitola Bans Plastic Bags

The City Council voted unanimously tonight to bar retail stores from distributing single-use plastic bags within city limits. “This important step forward for Capitola shows once again that local communities can achieve lasting victories for ocean and environmental health,” said Nathan Weaver of Environment California.

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News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Greening the Bottom Line in Century City

In Los Angeles’s Century City, being green pays off. Standing at the base of the landmark skyscrapers known as Century Plaza Towers on the city’s westside, environmentalists joined with the Los Angeles Business Council Institute, prominent business leaders and elected officials to put a spotlight on how California businesses and property owners are embracing clean energy solutions and saving money.

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