California’s reputation for progressive environmental mandates precedes itself. A host of state and municipal laws and ordinances have taken effect in recent years, and many more are under consideration by legislators across the state. Most notably, State Assembly Bill 1103 went into effect in 2013, requiring nonresidential building owners or operators to disclose energy consumption data to buyers, lenders, and lessees. The current law applies to buildings equal to or greater than 5,000 sq. ft.
Other statewide and municipal legislative initiatives in California include:
- Statewide Mandatory Composting of Food Waste
- Statewide Mandatory Recycling
- A statewide sales-and-use tax exemption for Recycling & Composting Equipment
- A statewide Plastic Bag Banfor retail stores
- Statewide Water Use Restrictions to drive a 25 percent reduction in potable water use
- Various Energy & Water Reporting and Audit Requirements in Berkeley through 2019
- A forthcoming Berkeley Energy Assessmentordinance
- A Polystyrene Packaging Ban in Campbell
- A Plastic Bag Ban and paper bag usage fee for retailers and restaurateurs in Danville
- A Plastic Bag Ban and paper bag usage fee for retailers and restaurateurs in Lafayette
- A Lafayette Polystyrene Packaging Ban requiring 50 percent of food packaging to be recyclable
- A Polystyrene Packaging Ban for foodservice providers in Los Gatos
- An Energy & Water Reporting legislative effort in the San Diego Unified Port District A Mandatory Energy Benchmarking ordinance for buildings over 5,000 sq. ft. in San Francisco
- A Mandatory Energy Audit Every 5 Yearsfor San Francisco buildings over 10,000 sq. ft.
- Intensive energy benchmarking policy discussions in Santa Monica
- A Polystyrene Packaging Banfor foodservice businesses in Ukiah
- A Polystyrene Packaging Ban for foodservice providers in Walnut Creek
Water conservation requirements in Western states are dynamic. Stay informed with updates like this contribution to the Ecova Insider blog.
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