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Green Building Challenge Newsletter | October 13, 2015
Welcome
 Welcome to the first edition of the Green Building Challenge newsletter! The newsletter will provide you with program updates, news, resources, and information on green events. It will be sent twice a month for the duration of the Challenge, which runs from September 2015 to August 31, 2016. 
The Challenge is the first of its kind to launch in Southern California and we are excited to work with you throughout the program. We encourage you to share your sustainability success stories and achievements - contact us at gbc@southbaycities.org to be included in an upcoming newsletter.
Launch Press Event
GBC Press EventThe South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCCOG) held a press conference on September 23, 2015 to launch the Green Building Challenge in Southern California.  Jim Gazeley, the SBCCOG Chair and Lomita Mayor Pro-Tem, Torrance Mayor Patrick Furey, along with other South Bay elected officials, program funding partners Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas Company and Golden State Water Company in addition to many of the business enrollees to the program were in attendance. Missed it? View event coverage and photos
Earn easy points to get started!
Just getting started with the Challenge? Here are a few easy ways to earn points and start climbing the leader board! 
  • Invite Colleagues to the Challenge (Tenant E&O-002, Prop E&O-004)
  • Set Water Conservation Goals (Tenant & Prop H2O-000)
  • Connect with Social Media (Tenant E&O-003, Prop E&O-008)
Questions? Contact us at gbc@southbaycities.org 
Green Janitor Education Program
The Green Janitor Education Program is a free certification that provides janitors with hands-on energy management and green cleaning training. It supports operations and maintenance practices that enable buildings to meet green performance standards, with special focus on resulting energy efficiency.  The pilot program recently involved eight LEED-certified buildings across Los Angeles, with 126 janitors earning Certification. If you are interested in hosting a training for your staff, contact us at gbc@southbaycities.org. Read More
 
This program is a partnership of  the U.S. Green Building Council-Los Angeles, the Building Owners and Managers Association of Greater Los Angeles, Service Employees International Union-United Service Workers West, and Building Skills Partnership. 
Resources
Upcoming Events & Education
Earn Points by Participating in the Following  Events and Programs

October 24, 2015: 
Free event for the community to learn more about the value of waterEarn points for Tenant E&O-006 and Prop E&O-001.
Considering Energy Star Portfolio Manager to benchmark your building? 

No matter what type of commercial or institutional building you own or manage, EPA has tools and resources to help you save energy. Earn points for Tenant E&R-001 and Prop E&R-001.
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Find someone close by your home who shares your commute. Earn points for Tenant TPT-004 and Prop TPT-005.

What is the California Climate Credit and how can you use it to lower your energy bills? Earn points for Tenant IEP-008. Read More.
Interested in a training or workshop for your company? Contact us at  gbc@southbaycities.org.
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