News & Events
California Community Land Trust Network 2016 Annual Conference
On September 8th and 9th, 2016, NCLT, along with BACCLT hosted the California Community Land Trust Network Annual Conference at Preservation Park in Oakland, CA.
At the conference, attendees agreed to create a formal entity. The group will be raising funds from various sources to create the nonprofit organization and to expand the network to continue to facilitate the ease with which to create and maintain CLT projects.
The group also participated in the successful passing of AB2818, which mandates fair and equitable taxation of CLT homes. The network will now focus on
If you would like to contribute to the network, which will now focus on new efforts to expand legislation to make it easier to do new CLT projects and LEHCs in the CLT model, please visit justgive.org, under "Program" select “Other” and enter "California Community Land Trust Network.”
40th Anniversary Event
On Thursday, November 14th, 2013, NCLT hosted aCalifornia CLT regional meeting and celebrated it's 40th year as a community land trust, as well as the 1st year of the Bay Area Consortium of Community Land Trusts. Many thanks to all of the volunteers and attendees for making it a meaningful celebration! To see slideshows of the events, click the links below.
Slideshow of the California CLT Regional Meeting
Slideshow of NCLT's 40th Anniversary Celebration
Bay Area Consortium of Community Land Trusts
NCLT is pleased to announce start-up funding for the new Bay Area Consortium of Community Land Trusts, a new regional partnership we have formed with 3 other Bay Area Community Land Trusts in order to collaborate / coordinate / and develop our respective resale, education and stewardship programs. Through the Federal Home Loan Bank's AHEAD program, the Consortium has just been awarded $50,000 to fund a new shared Stewardship Coordinator who will be splitting their time between all of our the organizations. The new Coordinator will be working out of the NCLT's office 2 days a week beginning after the first of the year, and, you can expect to see more information about the Stewardship program as they start work, and the plans for the Consortium start to take shape.
Some of the Consortium's goals include shared marketing / resale listings, access to additional mortgage financing, supporting the development of new local CLT's, and to provide additional resident / homeowner support/education and community building by sharing our collective efforts and skills. The founding organizations are the San Francisco Community Land Trust, The Northern California Land Trust, Housing Land Trust of Sonoma and the Bay Area CLT.
NCLT Highlighted in East Bay Express
By Rachel Swan, August 17, 2011
Intentional Community Finds Ways to Save
ABC Channel 7 - By Alan Wang, Tuesday August 05, 2008
Non-Profit Alliance Press Release:
Bay Area Performing Arts Groups Going Green
sfgate.com, by Robert Hurwitt, February 25, 2008
Patrick Dooley beams as he shows off the roof of the Ashby Stage in south Berkeley. The top of the theater is encased in a white insulating foam that coats the surface and the ventilation tubes like a thick blanket of fresh snow. Two rows of black solar panels, 88 in all, cover 60 percent of the surface.
On Dec. 27, the Shotgun Players' Ashby Stage became the first theater in the Bay Area - and possibly in the nation - to convert to solar power.
The whole project cost $140,000, Dooley says. That is a considerable expenditure for a company with a $400,000 annual budget, even factoring in the $40,000 rebate the company later received from the state. But he figures that the savings it will bring - about $10,000 a year - will enable Shotgun to increase the actors' salaries.
More than that, he says, it's part of being a good neighbor in south Berkeley. "We address these issues in our art, but we wanted to find a way to pay them more than lip service."
This article appeared on page A - 1 of the San Francisco Chronicle
Nonprofits Find Path to Affordable Clean Energy
San Francisco Business Times, by Elizabeth Browne December 14, 2007
Bay Area nonprofits are rethinking their missions to include solar power. Churches, theaters and community centers are among the groups striving to cut their energy bills and make an impact on the environment through solar installations. These organizations, on tight budgets and virtually shut out of the incentive and tax rebate programs available to for-profit companies, must often get creative with financing to make the installation of solar pencil out.
"We're this nonprofit arts organization, trying to find some way to become part of the solution," said Patrick Dooley, artistic director of the Shotgun Players in Berkeley. The theater recently installed solar panels on the roof of its building at 1901 Ashby Ave.
Shotgun Players' annual budget is about $500,000, so coming up with the approximately $120,000 to buy and install the solar panels as well as put in a new roof to support them was daunting. But it was a lot less daunting than it could have been. Shotgun Players worked with Berkeley-based Nonprofit Solar Alliance, an arm of affordable housing nonprofit Northern California Land Trust.
"We had to create a financial structure so that affordable housing, community organizations and nonprofits could benefit from (solar) tax credits," said Ingrid Jacobson, solar project manager for the Land Trust.
Non-Profit Solar Alliance Press Release
Northern California Land Trust Uses Venture Capital Funded Non-Profit Solar Alliance to Cost-Effectively Convert Properties to Solar Power
Berkeley, Calif., February 26, 2007
The Northern California Land Trust (NCLT), one of the oldest and largest providers of permanently affordable housing and community facilities in the nation, today announced the formation of the Non-Profit Solar Alliance, a new program which uses private financing to help community-based non-profit organizations cost-effectively convert their properties to solar power.
Non-profits in the Alliance install photovoltaic panels or solar hot water heating systems and convert their properties to solar power, which is often lower priced and is less damaging to the environment than traditional sources. However, solar energy systems typically have a high initial cost and extremely low operating costs so investors fund the installation. Together the non-profits create economies of scale and qualify for available federal government-sponsored tax credits. The tax credits were created by the government to attract energy consumers away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy sources. However, in this case, the tax credits go to the private investors funding the Alliance and the installation of solar panels.
This article appeared on page E - 5 of the San Francisco Chronicle February 19, 2007
Never a company to avoid a challenge, the ambitious little Shotgun Players is undertaking to make its Ashby Stage "the first solar-powered theater in Northern California." Why? "Because," the company said in announcing the program, "we simply can no longer afford to ignore the impact of global warming."
No, this doesn't mean tearing the roof off, in a return to the kind of solar power that lit up the plays of Shakespeare and the ancient Greeks and Romans. Shotgun has entered into partnerships with Berkeley's Sun Light & Power, an alternative energy company, and the Nonprofit Solar Alliance of the Northern California Land Trust, with the goal of having its solar panels up and running by October. Sun Light will give Shotgun a donation each time a business or individual mentions the theater's name when contracting for home or office alternative energy, and Shotgun will provide more publicity for Sun Light in promoting its $100,000 capital campaign for the project.
"We believe that the arts have a responsibility to be the conscience for the society," the company says. "What is important is not to feel overwhelmed" about the magnitude of the global warming crisis, "but to take action." It's a good business decision, too. Shotgun's annual electric bill runs about $10,000, and it plans to redirect much of that money to paying its actors and other artists. -- Robert Hurwitt