Advocacy at Acterra

Acterra Advocates for Climate-Friendly Policies 

Recently Acterra staff and board members joined 350 Silicon Valley for a meeting with Assemblymember Marc Berman to discuss the importance of advocating for leveraged action on climate—a.k.a. policy reform. We were glad to hear that Asm Berman was a co-author on the Ting AB 1745 bill that bans sale of gas powered cars in California by 2040. Acterra Board member Dan Quinn underscored the importance of rewording AB 2195 to require measurement of methane leaks in California, while Edith Eddy asked for Berman's support on SB 100 which would move California to 100% renewable energy by 2045. We enjoyed the opportunity to meet with our representative about these issues.

Make Your Voice Heard! Support Climate Bills in the CA State Legislature 

Contact our legislators (info below) and ask for their support 

Update on SB 100: California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program: emissions of greenhouse gases

In September 2018, Gov. Brown signed into law SB100 (sponsored by K. de León) to accelerate the transition to the use of clean energy in our state! Read more.

Update on SB 1477: Low-emissions buildings and sources of heat energy 

In September 2018, Gov. Brown signed into law SB1477, requiring the Public Utilities Commission develop a statewide market development initiative to advance the state’s market for low-emission space and water heating equipment for new and existing residential and nonresidential buildings.

Update on SB 834: State lands: leasing: oil and gas and AB 1775: leasing: oil and gas 

In September 2018, Gov. Brown signed into law these companion bills to prohibit any further offshore oil drilling within California’s three-mile underwater coastal zone. It would also ban any pipelines or other means of conveying oil through this coastal zone onto the shore of California.

Update on AB 3232: Zero-emissions buildings and sources of heat energy 

In September 2018, Gov. Brown signed into law this bill requiring that the Energy Commission assess the state’s opportunities for reducing emissions from buildings by at least 40% below 1990 levels by 2030, with a focus on strategies to reduce emissions from space heating and water heating.

Update on AB 1884:  Food facilities: single-use plastic straws 

In September 2018, Gov. Brown signed this bill into law. This law prohibits food facilities, where food may be consumed on the premises, from providing single-use plastic straws to consumers unless requested by the consumer. Fast-food establishments are exempted. Half a billion plastic straws are thrown away every day. What a waste! In a statement, Brown said, “One thing is clear, we must find ways to reduce and eventually eliminate single-use plastic products."

Contact your legislators and ask for their support:

State Senator Jerry Hill
California State Senate
Phone: (650) 212-3313 (San Mateo office)

Assemblymember Evan Low (District 28)
California State Assembly
Phone: (408) 446-2810 (Cupertino office)

Assemblymember Marc Berman (District 24)
California State Assembly
Phone: (650) 691-2121 (Los Altos office)

Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (District 22)
California State Assembly
Phone: (650) 349-2200 (San Mateo office)

Advocacy Advice

County Supervisor Joe Simitian’s 13 tips for successful advocacy

Tips for developing an effective climate advocacy campaign, Climate Action Reserve, June 28, 2017