Southern California Association of Governments geared up for a greener and more sustainable region

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Challenge
As part of its planning efforts, Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) wanted to get data on the energy and water usage of all commercial, industrial, and residential operations and facilities in the region to:

Inform and improve regional transportation and local city planning; and
Meet its SB 375 target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles and light trucks.

Solution
SCAG relied on FirstCarbon Solutions to identify and gather all of the data and information needed from a variety of sources, including the Department of Energy (DOE), Energy Information Administration (EIA), the California Energy Commission (CEC), and the six counties and 190 cities that SCAG represents. As a requirement of the project, FirstCarbon Solutions established energy and water consumption factors which SCAG would need in different formats, such as GIS tools.

FirstCarbon Solutions also provided design guidance for SCAG’s Internet-based sustainability portal for the public and regional city, county, and transportation planners to access. This information provided Southern California residents insight into water and energy sources, as well as visibility into consumption in their community and how it compares to other areas, in order to help these residents reduce their resource use.

The FirstCarbon Solutions Advantage

SCAG was looking for a partner with extensive expertise in compiling and managing environmental data and using data-driven insights to develop energy efficiency plans and selected FirstCarbon Solution to help them meet their objectives.

FirstCarbon Solutions provided SCAG with a suite of services ranging from energy and water inventory analysis to supply chain carbon and energy accounting:

  • Energy Efficiency Services that audited and verified true energy conservation and helped implement energy efficiency programs in Southern California.
  • Supply Chain Services evaluated if the entire supply chain of energy of all commercial, industrial, and residential operations and facilities in Southern California met reporting requirements.
  • Life Cycle Assessments measured all of SCAG members’ organizational operations and their associated impact on the environment.

FirstCarbon Solutions helped SCAG monitor, manage and report on all of its environmental data and cost effectively managed the implementation of SCAG’s sustainability program. All FirstCarbon Solutions programs are designed to help “lighten the load” and remove the guesswork associated with measuring and improving environmental management initiatives.

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