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We banned the bag in 100 communities.

In 2013, more cities and counties stood up to protect Pacific wildlife and passed bans on single-use plastic grocery bags. Now, more than 90 communities in California, from Marin to Los Angeles, are living bag free. Thanks to citizen support, California now has a network of 124 underwater state parks that protect our coast and wildlife.

News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Solar Power Helps California Schools Save Money, Cut Pollution

“California school districts are adding a fourth “r” to the building blocks of education: reading, ‘riting, ‘rithmetic and renewables,” said Michelle Kinman, clean energy advocate with Environment California Research & Policy Center and author of the report. “Schools all across California are saving significant dollars by going solar, and helping reduce air pollution.

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Report | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Making the Grade with Clean Energy

Solar energy makes sense for California’s schools. This first-of-its-kind report presents case studies from 18 California school districts that have installed solar energy projects at nearly 200 schools combined, illustrating the environmental, economic and educational benefits of going solar in our schools.

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News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Local School District Harnesses Solar to Save Thousands

For Superintendent Andy Alvarado, who is seeing Golden Valley Unified School District (GVUSD) through tough fiscal times, embracing solar power was all about the math. With energy prices on the rise and state education dollars declining, installing affordable solar panels to produce clean electricity was a decision that is sure to receive a passing grade.

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News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

California Businesses Save While Reducing Carbon Pollution

Amidst the excitement and controversy of the California launch of the nation’s first ever economy-wide carbon pollution auction, Environment California Research & Policy Center released a new report detailing how businesses and organizations of all different types and sizes are embracing clean energy solutions as a way to reap near-term economic returns, all while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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Report | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Greening the Bottom Line 2012

Reducing global warming pollution is critical to protecting California’s environment, but doing so can also deliver big rewards for our state’s economy. This report highlights eight organizations that have made investments in clean energy solutions, together reducing their emissions of global warming pollution by the equivalent of nearly 270 million pounds of carbon dioxide per year while saving approximately $3.60 million annually.

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