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Ice Ice Baby. Back in 1990, everyone was talking about Julia Roberts in the movie Pretty Woman. Just fewer than 30 million people lived in California (compared to more than 37.25 million today) and everybody is boasting about their Acura Legend or Mazda Miata. The California Air Resources Board’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions below these levels by 2030. This is more than a 40% reduction and one of the most ambitious reduction target in North America.

The plan outlines the most effective ways to reach the new 2030 goal, including the state’s highly successful Cap-and-Trade program, which can benefit many industrial properties.

As you’re probably aware, the California Greenhouse Gas Cap-and-Trade Program began in 2013 with the objective of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from regulated entities by more than 16%. It is a central component of the state’s broader 2020 strategy to reduce total greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels.CapAndTrade

California’s cap-and-trade program uses a market-based mechanism to lower greenhouse gas emissions. Now the state is going further. This goal is to generate half of the state’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030 and double the rate of energy efficiency savings in California buildings.

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has also committed to:

  • Reducing today’s petroleum use in cars and trucks by up to 50% within the next 15 years;
  • Make heating fuels cleaner;
  • Manage farm and rangelands, forests and wetlands so they can store carbon.California Governor Jerry Brown

“This plan lays out a road map for California – and the rest of the world – to achieve climate goals that were inconceivable only a decade ago,” noted Governor Brown, who established the 2030 target when he signed State Bill 32 in September 2016. “There are steep hills ahead, but we’ll scale them by continuing to take a series of bold actions, including extending California’s Cap-and-Trade Program.”

The original Cap-and-Trade rules applied to large electric power plants and large industrial plants. In 2015, they extended to fuel distributors (including distributors of heating and transportation fuels). Now, the program encompasses around 360 businesses throughout California and nearly 85% of the state’s total greenhouse gas emissions.

Mary Polak, Minister of Environment of British Columbia, Canada, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and California Gov. Jerry BrownCalifornia is currently the ninth largest economy in the world, but we are playing a leading role in setting aggressive climate goals, broadening collaboration among sub national leaders and taking action to reduce climate pollutants. In addition to driving emission cuts in California, the program shall provide a template as to how an economy-wide Cap-and-Trade system can function in the United States.

Over the past year and a half, the Governor has traveled to the United Nations headquarters in New York, the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, France, the Vatican in Italy and the Climate Summit of the Americas in Toronto, Canada to call on other leaders to join California in the fight against climate change. Governor Brown also joined an unprecedented alliance of heads of state, city and state leaders – convened by the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund – to urge countries and companies around the globe to put a price on carbon.Canada John Kitzhaber, Jay Inslee, Jerry Brown limate-preparedness-taskforce-001

The authorities are listening. Governor Brown issued a joint release with the governors of Oregon and Washington and the premier of British Columbia reaffirming their commitment to climate action at the close of COP22 – limiting the increase in global average temperature to below 2° Celsius, 35.6° Fahrenheit – the level of potentially catastrophic consequences. Recently, 29 new members to the Under 2 Coalition, an international climate pact formed by California and Baden-Württemberg, including Germany, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Mexico, China, North America, Japan, Israel, Peru and Chile. 165 jurisdictions and counting have joined the coalition representing more than a billion people and $25.7 trillion in combined GDP – more than one-third of the global economy.

John Kitzhaber, Jay Inslee, Jerry Brown limate-preparedness-taskforce-001





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About Jodi Summers

Jodi Summers
SoCal Investment Real Estate Group
Sotheby’s International Realty

Sotheby’s International Realty’s legacy dates back to 1744. Respected as one of the world’s oldest and largest fine art auctioneers, Sotheby’s has a longstanding tradition of bringing together buyers and sellers of fine property. Today, Sotheby’s International Realty boasts nearly 13,000 sales associates, located in more than 660 offices in 49 countries and territories. Broker Jodi Summers is the founder of the SoCal Investment Real Estate Group, a top producing team with Sotheby’s International Realty in the Los Angeles area.

With more than $140,000,000 in listed inventory, Jodi and the SoCal Investment Real Estate Group know finance, rules, regulations, procedures and methods. We are accurate, knowledgeable, timely and aware of how government shapes the cities of Southern California, including Santa Monica, Venice, Culver City, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Los Angeles.

A New York native, Jodi grew up working in the family business – marketing, Madison Avenue style. Childhood math quiz questions calculated demographic and psychographic percentages or analyzed the allocation of adverting dollars. Word games were for devising slogans.

“My marketing and communication skills have proven to be a true gift when it comes to promoting real estate,” observes Jodi. “And I am consistently able to get an exceptionally high price per square foot for my sellers.”

Discipline (Jodi holds a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do), organization, motivation, excellent communication skills and knowing & satisfying the needs of her clients have been her essentials for running a successful business. A passion for investment real estate explains her emphasis in asset-yielding properties.

The City of Santa Monica chose Jodi to be part of the prestigious 9-member Civic Working Group to analyze and offer feedback on the future of the 10.5-acre Santa Monica Civic Auditorium site. Additionally, Jodi is a member of the National Association of Realtors, Beverly Hills + Greater West Side Association of Realtors, Action Apartment Association of Westside income property owners, the Santa Monica Conservancy historic preservation society, the Friends of Sunset Park community group, the Real Estate Investors Club L.A., the American Solar Energy Society, Sierra Club, California Parks Association and the Culver City Rock & Mineral Club. She is currently the Communications Chair for the Ocean Park Association in Santa Monica, and a partner in Save the Civic – a community group involved with the City in the adaptive reuse of the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and adjacent area.

An honors graduate from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University, Jodi moved to California in the mid-’90s to achieve her goal of living by the beach with a hibiscus bush in her yard.

She has thrived as an entrepreneur in the entertainment, media and marketing industries. She has three books in publication with Allworth Press – The Interactive Music Handbook, Making and Marketing Music and Moving Up In the Music Business. Making and Marketing Music is in second edition. Check out her work on

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