Advocacy at Acterra

Acterra Advocates for Climate-Friendly Policies 

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. He let us know that he looks to activist and interest groups  to let him know which bills they support as there are 2,000 bills per session that pass through Sacramento each year. 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 (instead of 2050). 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 

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

Join Acterra in supporting SB100 to accelerate the transition to the use of clean energy in our state. 

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

The commission shall 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. Incentives will be based on the projected reduction in GHG.

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

In response to the Trump administration’s plans to allow more offshore oil drilling, these companion bills would 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.

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

This bill requires that the Energy Commission assess the state’s opportunities for reducing emissions from buildings by at least 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, with a focus on strategies to reduce emissions from space heating and water heating.

AB 1884:  Food facilities: single-use plastic straws 

This bill would prohibit a food facility, where food may be consumed on the premises, from providing single-use plastic straws to consumers unless requested by the consumer. Half a billion plastic straws are thrown away every day. What a waste!

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