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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

Pinnacles National Park Act Headed to President’s Desk

Pinnacles National Park Act upgrades the protection status of Pinnacles National Monument, located in central California near Soledad, to that of a National Park. 

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News Release | Environment California

Chico City Council orders plastic bag ordinance

Chico, CA – The City Council voted 5-2 to draft an ordinance to control plastic bag pollution in Chico. Mayor Mary Goloff, Vice-Mayor Scott Gruendl, and Councilmembers Ann Schwab, Randall Stone, and Tami Ritter voted in favor, with Councilmembers Sean Morgan and Mark Sorensen opposed. The vote came after lively public comment in which several Chico residents spoke out in support of a plastic bag ban.

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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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