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BEACH Working Group

Building Efficiency Assessments for City Health Working Group

Over 80% of the buildings standing today in Santa Monica will exist in 2050.  By 2030, Santa Monica hopes to cut carbon emissions from these buildings by half

Such a transformation requires a public-private partnership, and a significant, unprecedented, investment in planning, community engagement and thoughtful implementation.  As such, the Office of Sustainability and the Environment created a working group to bringing together leaders from the fields of architecture, engineering, labor, affordable housing, property management and advocacy - the Santa Monica BEACH Working Group.   

The stated goals of the working group are to:

  1. Analyze the drivers of energy use in existing buildings and opportunities to improve efficiency. 
  2. Evaluate existing building policy and make recommendations for future policy. 
  3. Identify supplementary resources that the city can develop to aid building owners and tenants in achieving deep carbon reductions. 

Working Group Session #1:

The working group held its first session on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. There were presentations from Rebecca Andreassen and Hilary Firestone on Los Angeles’ Existing Buildings Energy and Water Efficiency (EBEWE) policy and one from Catherine Campbell on Berkeley’s Building Energy Savings Ordinance (BESO). Joel Cesare from the Office of Sustainability and the Environment facilitated the process.


Working Group Basics:

The group will hold six additional monthly sessions through 2018 alongside public workshops to solicit feedback on potential policy measures. 

If you would like to stay updated on the process and attend public workshops, please sign up here.

Contact Maansi Shah at for more information.

Last updated: Thursday, 03/08/2018

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