Association of
Bay Area Governments
Bay Area Air Quality Management District Bay Conservation and Development Commission Metropolitan Transportation Commission
Preserving the Bay Area's quality
of life through collaborative planning

Regional initiatives administered by ABAG include Bay Area Green Business Program, the Bay Area Call Center for the Energy Upgrade California Program, Municipal Operations Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory (GHGE),  and Energy Efficiency Workshops.  These program initiatives help reduce energy use in local government facilities and residential homes, prepare for an influx of electrical vehicles, and increase the efficiency of local businesses across the region.

Developed and launched by ABAG over 15 years ago, the Bay Area Green Business Program was the first in the nation to recognize small businesses that comply with environmental regulations and take additional steps to conserve resources and prevent pollution and waste. The high standards of this model program have been acclaimed by the State of California and now over 2300 certified businesses are recognized as both Bay Area and California Green Businesses.

Another key initiative is the Bay Area Information Call Center for the Energy Upgrade California Program which has helped hundreds of Bay Area homeowners gain access to rebates and incentives for residential building retrofits to reduce energy and water use in their homes. The Bay Area Information Call Center can be reached at 1-855-464-8484.

Programs addressing environmental and economic sustainability needs administered by ABAG under Green Communities contracts with Pacific Gas and Electric, Inc. include Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Assistance Program (GHGE), and two series of energy efficiency workshops. The two rounds of GHGE efforts developed quantified greenhouse gas inventory reports about the operations of buildings, street lights, water systems, and wastewater plants for cities and towns. The final reports were presented to city councils and city staff to help local governments make effective and more informed decisions about reducing GHG emissions, as well as energy consumption.

Two series of energy efficiency-related workshops specific to local governments are being conducted. The first workshops have trained local government representatives on both Portfolio Manager, which assesses normalized energy performance; and, PG&E’s Automated Benchmarking Service (ABS), which provides historical energy usage data as well as automatic monthly updates to the building’s Portfolio Manager account. The second series of workshops are assisting local governments with completing energy efficiency projects. The workshops, targeted to local government representatives, offer instruction in mapping decision-making, developing an effective project message, crafting a business case with financial analysis and creating an easily understandable project proposal.

The Electric Vehicle Readiness Program partners have developed guidelines to facilitate the installation of new electric vehicle charging stations and other infrastructure throughout the region. ABAG is partnering with regional agencies MTC and the Air District to help access grant funds for electric vehicle infrastructure.