The Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative (SEEC) provides support to cities and counties to help them reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save energy. SEEC is an alliance between three statewide non-profit organizations and California’s four Investor-Owned Utilities. It builds upon the unique resources, expertise and local agency relationships of each partner.
SEEC provides at no cost:
- Education and tools for climate action planning and reducing energy use;
- Opportunities for peer-to-peer networking; and
- Technical assistance and recognition for local agencies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save energy and adopt policies and programs that promote sustainability.
SEEC members are:
➤ ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability
➤ Institute for Local Government
➤ Local Government Commission
➤ Pacific Gas and Electric Company
➤ San Diego Gas and Electric Company
➤ Southern California Edison
➤ Southern California Gas Company
By leveraging the resources and expertise of the seven partners to help local agencies, SEEC aptly demonstrates the phrase, “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”
ICLEI is a national local government membership association focused on climate protection and sustainability. As part of SEEC, ICLEI provides free in-depth technical workshops and resources to help cities and counties take key steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including conducting greenhouse gas inventories, and preparing and implementing climate action plans. Free online resources available through ICLEI’s SEEC partnership include:
- Quick Start Guides for conducting greenhouse gas emissions inventories, target setting and forecasting, and writing Climate Action Plans
- Sample Climate Action Plans and Climate Action Plan Template
- Community Inventory Tool-free online tool to conduct community scale inventory
- Climate Action Planning Assistant (CAPA) – free online decision support tool and scenario planner for greenhouse gas reduction measures
- City Planners’ Energy Action Handbook: Greenhouse Gas Reduction Measures for New Development
Learn more about ICLEI’s SEEC resources at www.californiaseec.org/.
The Institute for Local Government is the non-profit research and education affiliate of the League of California Cities and the California State Association of Counties. As part of ILG’s SEEC partnership, the Beacon Award: Local Leadership toward Solving Climate Change, recognizes cities and counties that:
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy use;
- Adopt policies and programs to address climate change; and
- Promote sustainability.
Participating in the Beacon Award program lets local agencies receive positive recognition and helps cities and counties shine a bright light on their accomplishments for their residents, colleagues and others.
Visit www.ca-ilg.org/BeaconAward for more information about participating in the Beacon Award program and to learn about the activities of Beacon Award participants.
The Local Government Commission provides inspiration, technical assistance, and networking to local elected officials and other dedicated community leaders who are working to create healthy, walkable, and resource-efficient communities. LGC has a number of resources available on their website to help local governments to address climate change and energy use. As part of SEEC, LGC provides:
- No cost webinars on energy efficiency and sustainability topics
- Annual statewide conference on energy efficiency and climate planning best practices
- Networking meetings for local government utility partnerships
Visit www.lgc.org/SEEC/ for more information.
■ Utility Resources
The four utility partners in SEEC offer resources to help local agencies save energy, save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Each utility provides a suite of programs for local agencies. Visit the links below for more information about the utility programs available.
- Pacific Gas and Electric Company: www.pge.com/sustainablecommunities
- San Diego Gas & Electric Company: www.sdge.com/save-money/solutions-your-business/energy-savings-solutions
- Southern California Edison: www.sce.com/business/ems/governmentandinstitutional/default.htm
- Southern California Gas Company: www.socalgas.com/for-your-business/rebates/industry/government/shtml
This program is funded by California utility ratepayers and administered by Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Diego Gas and Electric, Company, Southern California Edison, and Southern California Gas Company under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.