CoolCalifornia Challenge in the Media

How Davis Can Become One Cool City

September 16, 2012 | Davis Enterprise

Cool Davis is a citizens group working to support the city’s Climate Action and Adaptation Plan’s goals to lower our collective carbon footprint. The organization is focused on solutions to help us reduce our greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in three main areas: transportation, home energy and consumption (food, goods and services). Cool Davis is poised to help our community pick up the challenge and run with a variety of actions individuals and households can take to reach that goal. ...read more

Cool California Challenge inspires residents to decrease their carbon footprint by living greener

June 7, 2012 | ABC News 10

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Statewide | Four Bay Area cities vie to be "Coolest City"

May 30, 2012 | Contra Costa Times

Four Bay Area cities are competing to be the state's "Coolest City" -- an honor that will go to the California city that gets the most residents to track and reduce their carbon footprints. Pleasanton, Pittsburg, Tracy and San Jose are among 10 cities that entered the contest sponsored by the California Air Resources Board, UC Berkeley, and other state and educational organizations. Bragging rights are the main prize. Cities are awarded points for the most local households that voluntarily sign up on a contest website, and more points if individuals monitor their change in energy and auto use and other activities that generate greenhouse gases. ...read more

Chula Vista currently ranks in 6th place in statewide "Cool California" competition, now let's make Chula Vista #1!

May 24, 2012 | City of Chula Vista

Chula Vista has enrolled in a new statewide competition - known as the COOL CALIFORNIA CHALLENGE - to be recognized for its sustainability accomplishments. The City is competing against the cities of Citrus Heights, Davis, Gonzales, Pittsburg, Pleasanton, Sacramento, Santa Cruz, San Jose, and Tracy. Each community will earn points when its residents and businesses sign-up through the Cool California web portal and successfully reduce their energy use over the next couple months. The three cities with the most points will earn statewide recognition, with the top city being named the “Coolest California City.” ...read more

Statewide | "Coolest California City" Contest Challenges Communities to Reduce Carbon Footprint

May 24, 2012 | PG&E Currents Next 100

Sacramento is a cool California city. Davis is a cool city. And so is Tracy. But which is the coolest city? Last month, the University of California, Berkeley, launched a yearlong contest to find which of 10 cities will most effectively reduce its community-wide carbon footprint and build a more sustainable community. The winning city will claim an undetermined grand prize and the bragging rights to the title “Coolest California City.” ...read more

Sacramento Competes in the CoolCalifornia Challenge

May 21, 2012 | Sacramento Press

Ever ask yourself what you can do to fight climate change? Need help staying motivated? Do you enjoy competition? The City of Sacramento is competing against nine other California cities to win the title of “Coolest City in California.” The goal of the Cool California Challenge is to have fun, raise awareness, and reward personal actions that cut carbon as well as demonstrate how working together can have an impact on reducing our collective carbon footprints and help build more vibrant and sustainable communities. The Challenge provides an online platform designed to empower California citizens to measure their success in cutting carbon, and engage in a fun points-based competition. The program places emphasis on community-based action, which is one of the key action strategies in the Climate Action Plan adopted by the City of Sacramento earlier this year. ...read more

City of Pleasanton in the Running to Become the “Coolest” City in California

May 12, 2012 | Pleasanton Patch

The city of Pleasanton is in the Top Ten cities in the CoolCalifornia Challenge, an innovative competition between California cities to reduce their community-wide carbon footprints and build more vibrant and sustainable communities. Hosted by the California Air Resources Board, the year-long program began on April 1 and includes the cities of Chula Vista, Citrus Heights, Davis, Gonzales, Pittsburg, Pleasanton, Sacramento, San Jose, Santa Cruz, and Tracy. ...read more

Sacramento area cities competing to be “coolest” in California

April 30, 2012 | Greenwise Joint Venture

The cities of Citrus Heights, Davis and Sacramento, along with seven other cities throughout the state, are involved in a statewide competition aimed to reduce carbon footprints at the household level. If you’re a resident of one of these cities, now is your time to go green by reducing your home energy use — and eventually your household transportation use — earn points, and win prizes. The ultimate goal of the campaign is to raise awareness about the carbon footprint of individual households, and to help your city win the title of the “Coolest City” in California. ...read more

Sacramento | Is Your Town California’s “Coolest?”

April 10, 2012 | KQED

We must’ve missed the opening ceremonies with the parade of flag-bearing competitors and giant torch-lighting — or maybe it was canceled to save energy. Either way, ten California cities are competing over the next year to reduce their carbon emissions. Individuals, local governments and businesses will all be involved in the project, called the Cool California Challenge. The Cool California website has a carbon calculator, tips on reducing your footprint and links to rebates. Plus there’s a social media element, so you can envy, goad or cooperate with your neighbors as you see fit. The competing cities are Chula Vista, Citrus Heights, Davis, Gonzales, Pittsburg, Pleasanton, Sacramento, Santa Cruz, San Jose and Tracy. Participants earn points by being more carbon-conscious. ...read more

Statewide | Berkeley researchers tackle California’s carbon footprint

April 6, 2012 | University of California, Berkeley News Center

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A newly launched UC Berkeley-powered state program aims to shrink California’s bulging carbon footprint at the grassroots level by helping individuals make better energy-related choices in the home, on the road and at the store. Sponsored by the California Air Resources Board, the Cool California Challenge, which kicked off April 1, brings together 10 cities in a yearlong community-based competition to cut carbon emissions — with the winner crowned California’s Coolest City. “Most Californians believe that climate change is a problem and that we should take action to reduce our carbon impact,” says Christopher Jones, head researcher at Cool Climate Network, an applied-research consortium at Berkeley’s Renewable and Appropriate Energy Lab, or RAEL. “As with a lot of behaviors we would like to change, like eating healthier or getting more exercise, when it comes to carbon emissions good intentions are often not enough to achieve long-term change,” Jones says. Jones, a doctoral student at Berkeley, developed the first carbon calculator in collaboration with Daniel Kammen, professor of energy and resources and RAEL director. ...read more

Citrus Heights | Join the CoolCalifornia Challenge!

April 2, 2012 | City of Citrus Heights

You can make your city cool, one pound of CO2 at a time. The Cool California Challenge is a fun, innovative 12-month competition between ten California cities to reduce their carbon footprints and build more vibrant and sustainable communities. The contest begins April 1st and the top three cities will earn $10,000 in support funds to continue the challenge through March 2013. The winning city will be crowned "Coolest California City" and receive a cash prize of $100,000 to support future citywide sustainability efforts. ...read more

Statewide | A contest between cities to reduce greenhouse gases

April 2, 2012 | Capital Public Radio

Senior political advisor for John McCain's 2008 presidential bid Steve Scmidt; Sacramento Bee columnist Marcos Breton; A contest between cities to reduce greenhouse gases; Author Greg Crouch talks hiking in Iran and the history of Chinese aviation. ...listen now

Davis | How cool are we?

April 1, 2012 | Davis Enterprise


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The CoolCalifornia Challenge begins Sunday. In the next few months, we’ll find out just how cool we really are in Davis, one household at a time. “It’s a fun competition,” says Chris Granger, one of the key Cool Davis organizers. “Every individual or household can sign up online now. Over the next few months, they will record their household energy use and transportation practices. It’s like taking your temperature. “As enough citizens sign up, we’ll get a baseline on how we’re doing in Davis.” ...read more

Davis | CoolCalifornia Challenge photos

March 30, 2012 | Davis Enterprise


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Davis | Take the CoolCalifornia challenge

March 29, 2012 | Davis Enterprise

Yes, Davis is Cool! Almost 200 people showed up last week to watch “Your Environmental Road Trip,” affectionately known as “YERT.” The Cool Davis Initiative presented the movie as a community environmental awareness event and a kickoff for the Cool California Challenge. Starting Sunday, Davis residents can sign up online at www.cooldavis.org/challenge to help Davis win the coveted title “Coolest City in California” in a competition against 10 other cities including Sacramento, Citrus Heights, Santa Cruz and San Jose. ...read more

Davis prepares for CoolCalifornia Challenge at gathering Wednesday

March 25, 2012 | Davis Enterprise

The city of Davis and the Cool Davis Initiative are in the final preparation stage for the start of the Cool California Challenge which begins April 1. All those interested in helping make Davis the “coolest city in California” are invited to gather Wednesday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Fireside Room at Davis Community Church, 412 C St. Mayor Joe Krovoza will speak at 5:15 p.m. ...read more

Sacramento | Climate Change in Your Hands

March 15, 2012 | Sacramento News & Review


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Sacramento | City enters cool contest to achieve low-carbon lifestyle

February 15, 2012 | City of Sacramento

The City of Sacramento is one of the first six cities to enter the “Cool California Challenge,” a statewide competition between California cities aimed to reduce the carbon footprints of residents and promote sustainable communities. This effort comports with the City’s overall goal of creating a more sustainable city. As a result of being one of the first entrants, the City has received $1,000, which will be used as seed money to launch this outreach and social marketing campaign. The competition is slated to begin on April 1, with the winner being announced one year later. ...read more

Davis aims to be the coolest city in California

February 5, 2012 | Davis Enterprise


Mr. Toad, the city of Davis mascot, turns in Davis’ application for the Cool California Challenge to Chris Jones, lead researcher from UC Berkeley. Davis was the first city to apply to the challenge funded by the California Air Resources Board. Courtesy photo

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, which is the coolest city in all of fair California? As of Wednesday, Davis is in the running for the title of Coolest California City when it became one of the first six cities to apply for the Cool California Challenge. As a result, the city and the Cool Davis Initiative will be awarded $1,000 in seed money to launch the campaign, with the possibility of even bigger prizes on the horizon. ...read more