This free assistance is being provided under an Environmental Champions grant from Southern California Gas Co. The estimated dollar value of this technical assistance is approximately $7,500 per city, and will be offered at no expense to the two cities selected for the program. No matching funds are required.
“SoCalGas is proud to support Global Green in this effort to help California meet its air pollution and climate goals by taking methane from organic waste and using it to make renewable natural gas,” said Trisha Muse, community relations director at SoCalGas.
Over a four-month implementation period, Global Green will guide each city in creating a sustainable resident outreach program that is specific to the city’s needs and objectives. The programs will address the interconnected issues of food waste and clean, renewable energy (i.e. biogas) in underserved communities. Global Green will train city staff to implement
the program as a city-led program that continues beyond the four-month period of technical assistance, and will host a stakeholder workshop with city leaders focused on expanding the adoption of food-waste-to-biogas infrastructure.
Global Green will additionally assist in recruiting Eco-Ambassadors and implementing up to two training workshops. The group will also install and administer waste data and engagement tracking strategies, such as waste bin sensor technologies and participant surveys.
The Eco-Ambassador program addresses urban infrastructure planning, local clean energy opportunities, and the long-term success of state policy
goals, including AB-1826.
Cities within SoCalGas’ service territory with access to food scrap collection services through their waste hauler(s) are eligible to apply for this opportunity.