Category Archives: Energy

Governor Signs Budget; New Threshold for DSA Submissions

June 29, 2016

By Rebekah Cearley

2016-17 Budget

On Monday, June 27, 2016, the Governor signed SB 826, the 2016-17 Budget Act, and a number of trailer bills to implement policy changes in the budget.  For the first time since the 1980’s, the Governor did not exercise his line-item veto authority to reduce or eliminate any of the budget appropriations passed by the Legislature.

The budget includes $122.5 billion in General Fund expenditures, $51.6 billion of which is slated for K-12 education programs. The budget prioritizes preparing for the next economic downturn, one of the Governor’s top priorities, by placing an extra $2 billion into the state’s Rainy Day Fund, bringing the total fund balance to $6.7 billion. The budget also addresses one of the Legislature’s top priorities by including $400 million for affordable housing, tied to future regulatory reform, and authorizing development of a $2 billion bond program to address homelessness for individuals with mental health needs.  Details of this program are still being negotiated.

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Keys to Securing Brownfields Funding Webinar

June 3, 2016

CASH Staff

CASH_Logo_Web_Proof3The US Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Toxic Substances Control & the State Water Resources Control Board Present: How to access Funding for Brownfields and Environmentally Impacted Properties in Your Community

This webinar is aimed at local governments, agencies involved with redevelopment, general improvement districts, school districts, community development corporations, tribes, non-profit organizations and any other parties interested in returning brownfields to productive economic and/or open space use. The webinar will discuss available resources, application schedules and guidelines, and projects which successfully utilized multiple sources of funding.

The webinar will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. For more information, please click here.


State Allocation Board Meeting Minutes (May 2016)

May 31, 2016

By Rebekah Cearley

CASH_Logo_Web_Proof3The next State Allocation Board (SAB) meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 22, 2016. For a PDF copy of the May 2016 SAB meeting minutes, please click here. 

Governor Releases 2016-17 May Revision

May 13, 2016

By Ian Padilla

CASH_Logo_Web_Proof3On Friday, May 13, 2016, the Governor released his  2016-17 May Revision.  We are currently reviewing the details concerning school facilities.  In the press conference, the Governor was asked if he opposed the State School Bond, Governor Brown stated that he did not support or oppose the measure, and could deal with its costs if it was approved.  This is consistent with his January 2016 statements concerning his position on the State School Bond.

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Education Symposium Highlights California’s Energy Leadership for Sustainable Schools

March 23, 2016

By Stelli Munnis, Sun Power

As California schools face the prospect of continued budget cuts and rising energy costs, doing more with less has become their mantra. While energy represents a huge cost center for many schools, strategically managed energy presents a significant opportunity—to save money for teacher salaries and student services, expand educational opportunities, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve the human health and learning environment of students.

Energy costs are the second highest cost for many schools and universities—second only to teacher salaries—and schools could save up to 25% of energy costs every year by implementing energy improvements according to the US Department of Energy. In addition, offsetting energy consumption with increasingly cost-competitive clean energy technologies like solar can protect schools against future rises in electricity rates by essentially “locking in” today’s prices for 20 years or more.

With the passage of California SB 350 (2015), which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase renewable energy production in the state by 2030—and Governor Brown’s ambitious goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050—the time is ripe for educators to evaluate their options for a strong, proactive energy policy at every campus.

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C.A.S.H. To Provide Education at the Green California Schools & Community Colleges Summit & Expo!

August 6, 2015

Since its inception, C.A.S.H. has partnered with the Green California Schools & Community Colleges Summit & Expo to help provide workshops on pertinent green school facility funding issues.

This year, C.A.S.H. is pleased to announce that, in partnership with the School Energy Coalition (SEC), we will provide two excellent workshops that will include panels of green school facility experts as follows: Continue reading

Impact of School Building on Student Health and Performance

July 6, 2015

C.A.S.H. is sharing this informative video presentation by Anisa Baldwin Metzger, M.Arch., who is the manager of School District Sustainability Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council.  This presentation was given at the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment’s 12th annual conference on September 19, 2014.

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Why California Schools Are Rapidly Adopting Electric Vehicle Charging and Energy Storage

February 23, 2015

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Electric vehicle charging station usage has soared over the past few years. In California alone there are more than 100,000 electric vehicles on the road today according to figures by and Baum & Associates, a Michigan-based market research firm. The installation of electric vehicle charging stations at California schools is yielding multiple benefits, for schools, students, faculty and families in communities across the state. As electric vehicles become more commonplace, schools will need to provide more charging options for employees, students and guests. However, each time an EV is plugged in to a charging station, the electricity demand for a building spikes, which can leave schools with shockingly high demand charges at the end of the month. What are Demand charges? Demand charges (kW) are part of every commercial electricity bill and are determined by the highest 15 minutes of use during a billing cycle. Schools and administrative buildings, can pay 50 percent or more of their electric bills in demand charges. Even one sudden spike in energy usage can send a schools monthly electric bill skyrocketing.

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