On November 8th the CPUC adopted its decision for 2013-14 energy efficiency programs. Budgets for local government partnership programs were reduced by 1% from what the utilities proposed.
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Webinar: DOE’s Solar in Your Community Challenge
January 10, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
The SunShot Prize: Solar in Your Community Challenge (www.solarinyourcommunity.org) is a U.S. Department of Energy-sponsored prize competition that aims to expand solar electricity access to all Americans, especially under-served segments such as low- and moderate-income households, state, local, and tribal governments, and nonprofit organizations. Offering $5 million in cash prizes and technical assistance over 18 months, the Challenge supports teams across the country to develop projects or programs that expand solar access to under-served groups, while proving that these business models can be widely replicated and adopted by similar groups.
On this webinar, Shubha Jaishankar, a Department of Energy Program Support Specialist, will provide an overview of the Solar in Your Community Challenge, its rules and goals, and will discuss how public agencies and organizations can participate in the Challenge. There will be time to address questions from the audience at the end of the webinar.
Presenter: Shubha Jaishankar, Department of Energy
Host: Nate Hausman, Clean Energy States Alliance
This webinar is a presentation of the Clean Energy States Alliance’s Sustainable Solar Education Project. This project, funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, is helping state and municipal officials ensure distributed solar electricity is equitable and consumer friendly. The project will assist states and municipalities to improve consumer information, implement consumer protection measures, and find ways to make solar more accessible to low- and moderate-income households. The project is developing program guides, webinars, online course material, and in-person training for government officials. Learn more at http://cesa.org/projects/sustainable-solar/.
Webinar: Efficiency Treasure Chest: How Cities, Manufacturers, and Retailers Are Unlocking Energy Savings in Warehouses and Distribution Centers
January 10, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Hear how Better Buildings partners are addressing energy use in warehouses and distribution centers and gain ideas for you to take back to your buildings.
Webinar: Climate Change, Health, and Environmental Justice
January 17, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
EPA received requests from community leaders for products that would help them inform and educate their community about the potential impacts of climate change on their health. In response to this need, EPA recently posted communication materials that summarize key points from the U.S. Global Change Research Program's recent report, The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment. Join us for a webinar that will introduce the communications materials and discuss how they can be used.
The link to the Adobe Connect webinar room will be sent to registered participants the day before the webinar.
Webinar: Sustainability with Trees: Community Canopy Project
January 19, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
In this webinar we will explore how distributing trees through a community canopy project can fit with your sustainability efforts, help maximize energy efficiency and engage homeowners within your community.
Kristen Bousquet, from the Arbor Day Foundation, and program partner Ian Jurgensen with the city of Orlando, will discuss how a tree distribution to homeowners offers the ability to positively interact with your community, educate on strategic tree planting, and promote green infrastructure leading to measured environmental benefits (such as air quality, storm water management, carbon sequestration, and energy efficiency).
These benefits are all quantified through meaningful data using a turnkey program that offers technology to assist with automated tree reservations, education, tree tracking, continued communication to the participants, and data/metrics showing the impact of trees planted.
Sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, this free 1-hour webinar will begin at 10 a.m. Pacific Time, which is 11 a.m. Mountain, noon Central and 1 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, January 19, 2017.
What Climate Change Means for the Sierra Nevada--and California
January 24, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Secretary of State Building Auditorium 1500 11th St Sacramento, CA 95814
Over the past few years, Californians have seen first-hand the consequences of hotter-than-normal temperatures and a smaller-than-normal Sierra Nevada snowpack, including historically low reservoir levels, dying trees, and increased wildfire risk. You've probably wondered, "If things are like this now, what will they be like in the future, as the climate continues to change?"
UCLA Professor Alex Hall and his research team have set out to understand future impacts of climate change on the mountain landscapes we love and the snowpack upon which California depends for its water resources. Using innovative techniques to bring global climate model projections to very high spatial resolution, the UCLA team has produced first-of-their-kind projections of future climate that capture the intricate physical processes affecting climate in the Sierra.
In this talk, Dr. Hall will present key findings from the study and discuss what they mean for decision-makers, resource managers, and anyone who cares about the fate of California's iconic mountain range and its unique ecosystems.
California Climate Change Symposium 2017
January 25, 2017 - January 26, 2017
Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel, 1230 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814, USA
California Climate Change Symposium 2017 is the premier forum for the sharing of cutting-edge research addressing the impacts of climate change on the state. This research informs the state’s strategies and policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to develop programs to safeguard California from a changing climate. California Climate Change Symposium 2017 is convened by the California Natural Resources Agency, the California Environmental Protection Agency, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research.
This year’s symposium will feature preliminary reports from California’s Fourth Climate Change Assessment, a status report on the state’s Climate Change Research Plan as well as presentations on emerging research.
1. Facilitate the production, adoption and application of climate science with respect to California policy and local governance
2. Provide a forum for sharing recent science and practical applications relevant to climate change impacts and vulnerability
3. Foster the translation of regional climate change research into policy solutions
4. Expand support for climate science research with applications to California’s environment, public health and economy
5. Facilitate collaboration across scientific research fields and public policy silos
The program structure consists of eight panels, where scientists, policymakers, and practitioners will address the following topics:
1. Sea-Level Rise
2. Adaptation on Natural and Working Lands
4. Tools to Advance Adaptation
6. Social Science Approaches to Reducing Barriers to Adaptation
7. Extreme Heat: Vulnerabilities and Responses
8. Fuel System Vulnerabilities
9. In addition, a series of distinguished keynote speakers will make presentations throughout the day.
Webinar: Encouraging Affordable Housing Through Policy Alignment
January 25, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join Community Builders to learn about strategies and tactics to increase the stock of affordable housing in your community by aligning and adjusting local policy.
Webinar: Heart & Soul Talks: Strengthen Your Community through Engagement
January 26, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Deep community engagement gives local leaders the courage to take risks that lead to positive change. The Orton Family Foundation pioneered the community development method Community Heart & Soul based on that premise. On this call, you’ll hear how three leaders went beyond a "check the box" approach to engagement, working with residents to create ambitious plans that have led to dramatic and lasting results in their towns.
--Jim Bennett, city manager, Biddeford and past ICMA president. Community engagement led the city to buy and tear down an incinerator in the downtown, spurring major revitalization.
--Mike Bestor, former city manager, Golden, Colorado and ICMA member. Empowered by the input of more than 2,000 local residents, city staff revamped development review guidelines to ensure growth aligns with what residents want for their town’s future.
--Kirsten Sackett, community development director, Ellensburg, Washington. Kirsten led a Community Heart & Soul project in Cortez, Colorado that got a diverse group of residents participating in local government and built bridges to underrepresented communities. She liked the results so much she’s doing the same thing in Ellensburg.
Presented in partnership with International City/County Management Association (ICMA).
Webinar: Consistency and Coordination of Energy Efficiency EM&V and Reporting
January 31, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
The next in a series of webinars designed to support states considering and implementing evaluation, measurement, and verification (EM&V) of energy efficiency programs. LBNL is coordinating this series with input from and in collaboration with DOE, EPA, NARUC, and NASEO. Registration information coming soon.
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