1995 - US Adopts Clean Air Act
In a world changing event, the United States breaks ground with revolutionary environmental policy.
1997 - UN Adopts Kyoto Protocol
Kyoto Protocol AdoptedThe third Conference of the Parties achieves an historical milestone with adoption of the Kyoto Protocol, the world’s first greenhouse gas emissions reduction treaty.
2005 - EU Emissions Trading Launches
The European Union Emissions Trading program, the first and largest emissions trading programin the world, launches as a major pillar of EU climate policy.
2006 - Kyoto Protocol Enters Into Force
History is made when the Russian Federation submitted its instrument of ratification to the Kyoto Protocol, sealing its entry into force.
2006 - California Adopts Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32)
The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 establishes the first-in-the-world comprehensive program of regulatory and market mechanisms to achieve real, quantifiable, cost-effective reductions in greenhouse gases (GHG). It makes the Air Resources Board responsible for monitoring and reducing GHG emissions.
2007 - Google Goes Carbon Neutral
Google says it plans to create an additional 50 MWs of renewable energy generating capacity by 2012 and beyond. The company will apply a shadow price for carbon when buying power for its data centers to encourage the use of cleaner energy.
2007 - California Air Resource Board sets 1990 CO2 Limits
The Board adopted greenhouse gas emissions limits to reflect 1990 levels, per the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB32) — a roughly 25 percent reduction by 2020.
2009 - Pete Davis Invents Carbon Neutral Gasoline Program
While working on a loyalty program with large fuel retailers Pete Davis invents a carbon neutral gasoline solution.
2009 - California Air Resource Board Adopts Low Carbon Fuel Standard
New standard aimed at diversifying fuels used for transportation which will achieve 16 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emission reductions by 2020. The regulation is described as the most important early-actions called for under AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act.
2010 - FedEx Trucks Go Green
FedEx operates one of the largest hybrid fleets in the industry, with more than 1,800 alternative energy vehicles worldwide, including the first all-electric parcel delivery trucks in the United States.
2011 - California Air Resources Board Adopts Cap and Trade Program
The board adopts cap-and-trade, a key element of the state’s climate plan that will work with other climate programs to drive innovation and jobs, and promote efficiency and clean energy.
2012 - Microsoft Data Centers Go Carbon Neutral
Microsoft commits to going carbon neutral, joining the growing list of tech companies trying to reduce their environmental footprint.
2013 - Governors Pledge to Put 3.3 Million Zero-Emission Vehicles on the Road by 2025
California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont pledge to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025. The memorandum of understanding (MOU) outlines joint and individual actions that states will take to reach their goal.
2014 - Walmart goes "Green"
Walmart announces doubling of onsite solar energy generation in US by 2020
2014 - Pete Davis and Trenton Spindler create GreenPrint, LLC.
Spurred by congressional decisions and the lack of a private solution Pete Davis and Trenton Spindler begin work on GreenPrint.
2014 - E.P.A. Announces "Clean Power Plan"
Cut carbon pollution from power plants 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030
2015 - Global Solutions Warming Act Enforced on Fuel Distributors
Emissions are to be reduced by two percent each year through 2015 and three percent each year from 2015 to 2020. The rules apply first to utilities and large industrial plants, and in 2015 will begin to be applied to fuel distributors as well, eventually totaling 360 businesses at 600 locations throughout the State of California.