Programs/Resources

Check here for information about energy and climate programs of interest to local governments. If you know of others to include, please email Patrick Stoner (slgeebpc@lgc.org).

The Institute for Local Government is offering the Beacon Award: Local Leadership Toward Solving Climate Change as part of the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative. The Beacon Award recognizes and celebrates cities and counties that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save energy, and adopt policies and programs that address climate change and promote sustainability.

ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability has free tools, trainings and other resources for California cities and counties working on climate action planning. ICLEI has developed climate action planning tools as part of the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative. The tools are free to California cities and counties. Sample titles include:

The California Air Resources Board’s CoolCalifornia.org has a Local Government resources page that includes a local government toolkit, climate calculators, climate action planning assistance, local government case studies, and a funding wizard for energy and climate activities.

The Strategic Growth Council is a California cabinet-level committee tasked with coordinating the activities of the member state agencies to:

  • Improve air and water quality
  • Protect natural resources and agriculture lands
  • Increase the availability of affordable housing
  • Promote public health
  • Improve transportation
  • Encourage greater infill and compact development
  • Revitalize community and urban centers
  • Assist state and local entities in the planning of sustainable communities and meeting AB 32 goals

The Cool California Challenge is a statewide competition between California cities to reduce carbon footprints of residents, earn points for recognition and prizes, and ultimately to crown the Coolest California City and two Cool California cities. It is designed to unite a city’s greenhouse gas reduction efforts, engage individuals across the community and reward them for making meaningful progress toward climate action goals. Applications are being accepted until February 29th.

The California Sustainability Alliance is designed to help meet the State’s aggressive energy, climate and other resource and environmental goals by increasing and accelerating energy efficiency in combination with complementary green measures and strategies. Its program areas include: Green Local Government, Green Building, Multifamily Buildings and Water-Energy Nexus.

The Cities of Berkeley, Oakland and Emeryville completed a report on local policy options for increasing energy efficiency in existing multifamily buildings. The report is one component of a project called Multifamily Building Energy Efficiency Solutions (BEES). The project is designed to identify the challenges and opportunities that building owners and tenants face when trying to lower their energy consumption, and to develop innovative strategies that support greater energy efficiency in apartments, condos and cooperatives.

The latest version of the California Solar Initiative Handbook was posted on April 12, 2013.

The US DOE’s Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium has released a Retrofit Finance Analysis Tool to help municipalities analyze the cost and return on investment from lighting efficiency projects.

A March 2012 CPUC study, Local Distributed Solar PV Cost Benefit Analysis Study, estimates the technical potential for “local” distributed photovoltaics (PV) in California, and assesses the associated costs and benefits. The study relies on the latest available PV cost data and entails a detailed assessment of PV interconnection potential at the distribution substation or feeder level.

Federal Resources for Sustainable Rural Communities: This new guide to programs from the Partnership for Sustainable Communities and USDA can help rural communities promote economic competitiveness, protect the environment, and enhance quality of life. The guide provides information on funding and technical assistance opportunities available from HUD, DOT, EPA, and USDA, as well as examples of how rural communities across the country have put these programs into action.

The California Sustainability Alliance has created a Retrocommissioning (RCx) Program Toolkit  to help local government staff develop and implement a municipal facility retrocommissioning program.

The Northern California Solar Energy Association (NorCal Solar) released its 9th edition Solar Energy Resource Guide (SERG).

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) announced on April 11 that it has launched a publicly available, comprehensive online view of the U.S. government’s national and state energy data and information. The agency designed the new online portal with a range of users in mind, including policy makers, energy analysts, and the general public, who want to locate and compare state energy data and rankings and customize their own maps and charts, using an assortment of interactive tools.