NRDC Golden State Newsletter June 2014, Vol 1, Issue 75
NRDC's Annie Notthoff, Joel Reynolds

It's an exciting time here at NRDC: Last month in Santa Monica we celebrated recent edible victories at our "Thought for Food" benefit, and two weeks later saluted environmental champs Lisa Jackson and Bob Fisher in San Francisco at People + Places + Progress. June kicked off with a huge climate announcement as EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy announced the single biggest step taken to combat climate change -- the country's first-ever limit on carbon pollution from existing power plants (more below). In California, we know that climate change is already impacting everything from our food to our water supply.

In coping with unprecedented drought, it's abundantly clear that we must come together to discuss real water supply solutions. NRDC along with our partners at the Pacific Institute just unveiled "The Untapped Potential of California's Water Supply" -- a first-ever statewide analysis detailing new water savings opportunities across every sector, which can help bridge the dangerously growing gap between water demands in California versus available water supply.


Annie Notthoff, California Advocacy Director
Joel Reynolds, Western Director

California Court Backs Investment for a Clean Energy Future

CA clean energy

In a big win for clean energy, a state appellate court upheld one of California's premier renewable energy and energy efficiency programs, the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC). The program will provide $1.3 billion over the next few years for research and development into new electricity technologies, which are critical to California's ability to meet its climate goals. NRDC played a significant role in helping the California Public Utilities Commission shape the program, and also came to the program's defense when it was challenged in court. Ultimately, the court decided that the program was entirely lawful. With that green light, the program can continue to fund the R&D that will lead to the technological breakthroughs necessary for a clean, reliable, and low-cost energy future.

EPA Carbon Pollution Rule is Good News for California

power plant

The Environmental Protection Agency just announced the most significant action ever taken by the United States to address climate change, by seeking to limit the industrial carbon pollution coming from power plants. Governor Brown and NRDC's northwest climate partners reacted positively right away. Under California's Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) and clean power law (SB 1368), California's program to cut carbon pollution and promote clean energy is already up and running. We are steadily reducing our carbon intensity while growing the economy. The EPA's guidance allows California to continue implementing its portfolio of clean energy strategies as the foundation for its state plan: Frances Beinecke, NRDC president, praised the proposal. "The new carbon pollution standards will be good for our health, good for our economy and good for our children and all future generations. Time is running out, but today the president is reminding us that we have the solutions."

Thought For Food Benefit in Santa Monica a Great Success

LA benefit

At the end of May NRDC hosted a grand event in southern California featuring NRDC's work to maintain a healthy and sustainable food supply. The evening featured a new film featuring NRDC's food and agriculture team, a compelling discussion on the overuse of antibiotics on the farm, and a musical performance by the uplifting and inspirational Aloe Blacc. The SoCal development team worked hard to make sure it would be a night to remember, and a wonderful recognition of our connection to the environment, embodied by our food.

Former NRDC Legal Intern's, Now Attorney's, Clean Energy Triumph

Pierre Delforge

Since joining NRDC just over a year ago, attorney Jackie Prange has litigated several of NRDC's important cases, including the above-mentioned win in which NRDC intervened to defend a state clean energy program. As a part of NRDC's Litigation Team in San Francisco, she has also worked on issues involving water pollution, environmental justice, climate change, and food safety. Originally from Oregon, Jackie eventually made her way south and worked as a legal intern in NRDC's Santa Monica office back in 2007. After a brief hiatus to finish law school, earn a master's degree in environmental health, clerk for a federal judge, and practice law at a small public interest firm, Jackie ultimately rejoined NRDC in March of 2013. An avid hiker, Jackie spends her free time roaming the mountains of California.

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