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Irvine is one of 3 cities in state to win $1 million to combat climate change

By Ben Brazil Photo: Raul Roa

After taking part in a statewide competition, Irvine has been awarded $1-million worth of funding to help achieve its ambitious goal to have a zero-carbon economy by 2030.


Petaluma solar company cashes in federal energy grant

By Viva Sheth Photo: Crissy Pascual/argus-courier Staff

Petaluma’s r&d lab, as indicated by its name, started with research and development of several products to create more renewable and accessible sources of energy.


When it comes to power, Sonoma prefers sustainability

By Chase Hunter

Climate change is the heart of many Sonoma residents’ concerns, and most of them are putting their money where their mouth is, according to data from Sonoma Clean Power. Sonoma Clean Power options have been available to Sonoma residents since 2014, and now about seven in eight residents use one of its electricity options despite being 5% more expensive than PG&E services, said Erica Torgerson, director of customer services for Sonoma Clean Power.


Cal Fire gives nearly $1 million for fire safety in Sonoma Valley

By Christian Kallen Photo: Robbi Pangelly

The Sonoma Valley Wildlands Collaborative has received a Cal Fire California Climate Investments Fire Prevention grant of $934,286 to fund an additional three years of hazardous wildfire fuels reduction and planning in Sonoma Valley, announced Joe Plaugher of Sonoma Land Trust.


How Napa And Sonoma County Winemakers Are Responding To Climate Change

By Wendy Lee Photo: Larkmead Vineyards

As one of the premier winemaking regions in the world, the California winemakers of Napa and Sonoma counties are deeply concerned about the impacts of climate change on their vineyards, and ultimately on the quality of wines they produce


$5 million to fight climate change on Highway 37

By Christian Kallen Photo: John Burgess , The Press Democrat

The solution to traffic and infrastructure woes along State Route 37, popularly known as Highway 37 between Novato and Vallejo, is aided by $5 million added to the pending state budget bill, Senate Bill 170. The funds are intended to help cope with the effects of climate change and sea-level rise along the route.


Bay Area winemakers are feeling climate change more acutely than ever this harvest season

By Esther Mobley Photo: Jessica Christian , The Chronicle

This year’s wine harvest is well underway throughout California, and vintners in some parts of the state say they’re feeling the effects of climate change more acutely than ever.


Close to Home: Drive less to combat climate change

By Willis Richards and Richard Sachen Photo: Diana Vucane , Shutterstock

Sonoma County aims to be a leader in the battle to cope with the climate crisis. Our Regional Climate Protection Authority seeks to have “net-zero” greenhouse gas emissions within the next nine years — by 2030. However, a recent analysis revealed that plans for more bicycle-pedestrian trails and bridges won’t be sufficient to reach that goal. We will need changes in culture comparable to those ignited by the COVID pandemic.


Sonoma’s climate change commitment on the spot

By Christian Kallen Photo: Robbi Pangell

The commitment of the City of Sonoma to its own climate goals, as articulated in the 2020 Climate Plan and the 2020 Declaration of a Climate Emergency, runs up against a deadline for compliance with the state’s organic waste law by the end of the year.


Sonoma Clean Power Debuts Advanced Energy Center in Downtown Santa Rosa

By Sonoma Clean Power

Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) has officially opened the Advanced Energy Center in downtown Santa Rosa. The Advanced Energy Center, made possible in part through a grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC), creates an interactive educational experience that brings clean, energy-saving solutions directly to SCP customers.