City of Long Beach 
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Long Beach, CA 90802

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 012816
Help Long Beach-Based Schools, Non-Profits Earn Prize Money by Joining the CoolCalifornia Challenge
Larry Rich

Help Long Beach make a big, final push to win the 2015-2016 Energy Upgrade California CoolCalifornia Challenge, an online competition to reduce carbon footprints throughout the state. Residents are encouraged to participate and earn up to $3,000 for their local non-profit or school of choice.

“Our community takes climate change seriously, and we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint as part of the City’s sustainability efforts, as well as helping the state meet its energy goals,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.

Long Beach is currently in second place with 257,659 points; behind the City of Claremont with 591,126, but ahead of its next closest competitor, the City of Burlingame with 205,545 points. Nineteen other cities are participating.

Residents can join the challenge by registering on the CoolCalifornia Challenge website,, where they enter monthly energy use including electricity, natural gas, and vehicle use through March 30, 2016, earning points for Long Beach. Residents can form teams with each point helping a Long Beach school or non-profit earn prize money.

The CoolCalifornia Challenge is administered by Energy Upgrade California. This is the second year Long Beach has participated in this challenge. The previous year residents earned $10,000 which the City of Long Beach’s Office of Sustainability, in Partnership with the Long Beach Community Foundation, awarded to qualifying Long Beach-based non-profits and schools.

Sign up and register your household and form a team today to be in the running for an award. Teams competing for prize money for their organization need a minimum of 100,000 combined points to qualify. First Place, $3000; Second Place, $2000; and Third Place, $1,000. Prizes will be awarded based on team rankings as listed on and announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2015.

All non-profit groups must be a Long Beach-based 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization or an educational institution (school boosters clubs are eligible), and will be vetted by the Long Beach Community Foundation in advance to confirm eligibility.

The other cities that are participating in the 2015-2016 CoolCalifornia Challenge include: San Mateo, Buellton, Indio, Elk Grove, San Carlos, Lynwood, Martinez, South Pasadena, Redwood City, Huntington Beach, San Pablo, Benicia, Corte Madera, Mill Valley, Sausalito, El Cerrito, Fairfax, Larkspur, and Richmond.

Visit and sign up to begin earning points for Long Beach. For more information please contact the Office of Sustainability at 562.570.5839 or email