13th Annual California Climate & Energy Forum

Accelerating Climate Action & Advancing Justice

September 21 – 22, 2022 • San Diego, CA

2022 CCEC Forum Session

Accelerating Clean Energy in Rural and Disadvantaged Communities

Energy efficiency works the same in rural and disadvantaged communities as it does anywhere else, right? The short answer is, not exactly.

Implementing clean energy projects in these communities comes with its own unique set of challenges, some of which include fiscal, geographical, and political. During this breakout session, we will take a closer look at how people in these communities are able to achieve success in implementing clean energy projects despite their many obstacles.

To illustrate these challenges and successes, this panel will explore energy efficiency from each perspective including small cities with a population of less than 20,000, a larger city with a population of more than 500,000 as well as the energy efficiency program implementer in their service territory. All of the cities represented are classified as disadvantaged and 2 of the 3 are classified as rural as per the CalEnviroScreen 4.0 tool.

Speakers

  • Ann Kloose, City Of Fresno Sustainably Division
  • Mark Staples, City of Taft, Director of Planning and Development Services
  • Christine Viterelli, City of Arvin, Grants Manager
  • Rochelle Butler (Moderator), SJVCEO, Energy Manager
  • Michelle Villa (She,Her), Willdan Energy Solutions, Account Manager
Event Date: September 22, 2022
Region: Statewide
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities, Local Governments
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Energy Efficiency, Environmental Justice
2022 CCEC Forum Poster

Access to Solar Brings Power: Centering Community in the Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) Program

Event Date: September 22, 2022
Region: Statewide
Sectors Targeted: Residential
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Distributed Energy Resources, Renewable Energy & Storage
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Advancing Resource Accessibility & Energy Resilience: The Energy Education & Resource Hub

Event Date: September 22, 2022
Region: San Diego
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Topic Areas: Energy Efficiency
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At the Table: Local Governments’ Role in Energy Regulation

How to decarbonize, maintain affordability, enhance resilience and address historic environmental injustices, among other critical issues in the energy sector are determined largely through regulatory processes under the California Public Utilities and Energy commissions. Join the Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition (LGSEC) for a Regulatory Primer to better understand how regulatory policies create opportunities and threats for local governments. Hear from members about regulatory successes that have helped achieve local climate and energy goals, and exposed community-based problems for which state decision makers were unaware. Learn how collaborating with other local governments can tailor statewide decision-making to address local needs while filling capacity gaps.

Speakers

  • Steven Moss, M.Cubed, LGSEC Regulatory Consultant, Partner
  • Alelia Parenteau (she/her), City of Santa Barbara, Sustainability & Resilience Director
  • Jennifer Berg (She/Her), BayREN, Director, Energy Programs
  • Garrett Wong (he/him/his) (Moderator), County of Santa Barbara, Climate Program Manager
Event Date: September 22, 2022
Region: Statewide
Sectors Targeted: Nonprofit
Topic Areas: Codes and Standards, Communication, Energy Efficiency, Partnerships
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Bringing Community Based Organizations to the Table to Expand EV Participation in Disadvantaged Communities

Expanding access to electric vehicles (EVs) and EV charging to people in low- to moderate-income and disadvantaged communities that have borne the brunt of air pollution is critical to improving local air quality. New and used EVs, purchased or leased with the help of local, state, and federal incentives, can also decrease individuals’ commuting costs through lower costs to operate and maintain an EV. The Center for Sustainable Energy will lead a panel discussion with well-respected leaders from community based organizations (CBOs) across California that work directly with disadvantaged communities.  They will share best practices and examples of successful outreach methods that bring their audience in closer to better understand the benefits and funding incentives available.  We will review why and how it is important for program administrators for EV and EV infrastructure programs to develop a deep and lasting relationships with trusted CBOs that understand their community needs and the issues to reduce barriers to EVs and EV charging acceptance.  This informative panel discussion will also cover how CBOs help inform policy and program design through their understanding of their communities’ challenges and concerns.  We hope you will join us for this impactful presentation. 

Speakers

  • Lauri Walker (she/her/hers) (Moderator), Center for Sustainable Energy, Senior Manager, Equity
  • Flora Barron (She/Hers), Metropolitan Area Advisory Committee, Director of Economic Development
  • Christian A. Torres (He/him), Comite Civico del Valle, Special Projects Manager
Event Date: September 22, 2022
Region: Statewide
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities, Local Governments
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility
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Building Electrification: Dystopian Novel or an Opportunity for Equitable Action

Real and perceived barriers to building electrification, renewable generation, and advanced energy storage paint the outline to the next hit novel chronicling a dystopian future.  Imagine a world not so far off, perhaps only a few generations, where we have electrified communities, resilient to the escalating climate crisis. Who are they and will conflict emerge between those who have reliable access to resources and those who do not?

The goal is simple—to discuss how to keep this potential eventuality squarely in the fiction section of our collective future. To achieve our goal, panelists will discuss how policy, energy code and programs intersect with building electrification and equitable access to resources. Focus will be placed on discussing barriers, community messaging and recommended actions to accelerate equitable change.

Speakers

  • Rochelle Butler, SJVCEO, Energy Manager
  • Lou Jacobson (Moderator), Willdan, Senior Program Manager
  • Jessie Knapstein (she/her), Energy and Environmental Economics, Inc. (E3), Senior Managing Consultant
  • Jordan Garbayo, Tri-County Regional Energy Network, County of San Luis Obispo, Energy Program Manager
  • Jaime Alonso (He/Him), GRID Alternatives Inland Empire, Executive Director
  • Jose Buendia, Southern California Edison, Sr. Project Manager
Event Date: September 21, 2022
Region: Statewide
Sectors Targeted: Commercial, Residential
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Energy Efficiency
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Closing Plenary: Accelerating Climate Action and Advancing Justice… with Accountability

To close out the forum, we turn our attention squarely to this year’s theme: Accelerating Climate Action and Advancing Justice. Calls for equitable and inclusive decisions, investments, plans, and projects are reverberating throughout the climate field and in our communities. There is a growing recognition that members of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and other marginalized groups are disproportionately impacted by pollution and the impact of climate change, resulting from an enduring history of systemic racism and chronic disinvestment in their communities. As the momentum for equitable climate action continues to build, how do we ensure meaningful and lasting outcomes for communities? This closing plenary seeks to move beyond principles and frameworks to hear real stories from community organizers and advocates – on what’s working, what isn’t, and what it means to advance justice with accountability. 

Speakers

  • Roger Lin (he/him) (Moderator), Center for Biological Diversity, Senior Attorney for Energy Justice
  • Grace Peralta Beasley (she/her), MCE, Senior Customer Programs Manager
  • NJ Mvondo, National Association for Climate Resilience Planners (NACRP), Member
  • Christian A. Torres (He/him), Comite Civico del Valle, Special Projects Manager
Event Date: September 22, 2022
Region: Statewide
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Topic Areas: Climate Change, Climate Planning, Energy Efficiency, Sustainability
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Co-Designing Climate Policy Solutions with Environmental Justice Communities & Workers

Co-designing equitable climate policies with government officials, environmental justice communities and the labor movement is difficult, yet necessary work. This interactive breakout session will explore the challenges and opportunities associated with co-designing climate policies and programs that center environmental and labor justice. Our panelists include a sitting City Councilmember as well as community advocates and leaders, all of whom are at the forefront of innovative, community-led climate policies throughout the state. Join us to hear their unique perspectives and vital lessons learned in pursuit of equitable climate policies that advance justice. An open discussion format will provide ample opportunity for attendees to engage directly with the expert panelists and learn how to apply those lessons in their own communities.

Speakers

  • Alex Jasset (Moderator), Physicians for Social Responsibility – LA
  • Katie Valenzuela (she/her), Sacramento City Councilmember, Environmental Justice Policy Consultant
  • Laura Gracia, CBE
  • Kameron Hurt, RePower LA
Event Date: September 21, 2022
Region: Statewide
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Topic Areas: Climate Change, Climate Planning, Communication, Environmental Justice, Partnerships
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Collaborative Pathways to Equitable Decarbonization in the San Diego Region

Recognizing the need for a regional approach to addressing climate change, the County of San Diego is in the process of creating an integrated Regional Decarbonization Framework (RDF). The integrated RDF is a visionary document to address regional emissions in the San Diego region to getting to zero carbon emissions in the energy system in alignment with State and federal goals and pathways. The integrated RDF is also visionary because it seeks to provide the data-driven emissions reductions pathways to all jurisdictions, agencies, and governments to foster a collaborative approach to decarbonization and to ensure that no parts of the region are left behind. In focusing on collaboration, learning, and a data-driven approach to emissions reductions, the Integrated RDF is also centering on equity because addressing climate change will require addressing climate justice and environmental justice. This panel will discuss the integrated RDF’s initial findings and relevance for the region.

Speakers

  • Elise Hanson, County of San Diego, Management Fellow
  • Scott Anders (He/Him), Energy Policy Initiatives Center, University of San Diego School of Law, Director
  • Kyle Heiskala, Environmental Health Coalition, Climate Justice Policy Advocate
  • Gordon McCord (he/his) (Moderator), University of California, San Diego – School of Global Policy & Strategy, Associate Professor of Economics
Event Date: September 21, 2022
Region: San Diego
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Climate Change, Communication, Energy Efficiency, Environmental Justice, Partnerships
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Elevating and Equitable Engaging Rural Voices in the Energy Transition

California has long been a leader in the clean energy and climate transition, yet disadvantaged communities continue to be left behind.  This is particularly true for rural communities, which face ever-increasing challenges with fragile grid systems, a lack of distributed generation, complications responding to public safety power shutoff (PSPS) events, disparate geographics, and local government capacity limitations.

This panel will link utility, government, and implementation to present solutions for engaging rural California voices in the energy transition, including:

  • Community approaches to energy programs.  California community choice aggregators (CCAs) are load serving entities with unusual latitude in initiatives to address local needs.  Josh Brock, Vice President of Calpine, will discuss lessons from CCAs throughout the state, drawing upon extensive research and evaluation of programs serving disadvantaged communities.
  • Enhanced customer communications.  James Riley, Partner at Appos Advisors, will draw upon decades of experience working with investor-owned utilities to share lessons in how to qualify and engage customers in assistance programs, and best methods for supporting rural communities during PSPS events.
  • Local and inclusive energy and climate solutions.  The Town of Truckee is a local jurisdiction that is quickly becoming a leader in community-based climate and sustainability solutions.  Anna Klovstad, Former Mayor, will define successful local stakeholder engagement strategies, agency collaboration tactics, and changes to the Town’s policies and priorities to support climate solutions.

Panelists will discuss specific approaches to working with underserved communities and how these approaches have translated into program designs and solutions that can be applied in rural communities throughout California. 

Speakers

  • Josh Brock (He/Him), Calpine Energy Solutions, Vice President – CCA Commercial Operations
  • James Riley, Appos Advisors, Partner
  • Anna Klovstad, Town of Truckee, Former Mayor
  • Courtney Henderson (Moderator), Resource innovations, Head of Market Strategy
  • Sherry Hao (she/her), Sierra Business Council, Climate & Energy Program Director
Event Date: September 22, 2022
Region: Statewide
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities, Local Governments
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Energy Resilience
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Empowering Residents to take Climate Action on a Community Scale

Event Date: September 22, 2022
Region: Central Coast, San Francisco Bay Area
Sectors Targeted: Residential
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Clean Energy, Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility, Energy Efficiency, Energy Saving Solutions, Residential
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Funding Equitable Residential Decarbonization in Berkeley

Decarbonizing existing buildings is imperative to achieving our climate goals but has a large price tag. Absent the ability to access substantial incentive dollars, many building owners will not be able to afford these investments or will pass these costs on to tenants, exacerbating displacement risk and the housing affordability crisis. Building on Berkeley’s cutting-edge climate policies, city staff and the Building Electrification Institute wanted to understand how to fund the decarbonization of Berkeley’s housing stock while preserving housing affordability. They commissioned a funding gap analysis, which analyzed the cost to decarbonize Berkeley’s residential buildings by 2045; identified federal, state, regional, and local funding sources that support equitable decarbonization; quantified the remaining funding gap; and explored fundraising opportunities to fill that gap. Members of the project team will share their approach, provide key findings from this analysis and offer a roadmap for other jurisdictions to conduct similar assessments.

Speakers

  • Dani Makous (she/her)(Speaker)Building Electrification Institute, Assistant Director
  • Bridgett Neely(Moderator)Firefly Energy Consulting, President
  • Catherine Campbell-Orrock(Speaker)Building Electrification Institute, Deputy Director
  • Nick Dirr(Speaker)Association for Energy Affordability, Senior Director, Programs
Event Date: September 21, 2022
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities, Residential
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Energy Efficiency, Financing/Funding
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Going Beyond 2022 Building Standards to Continue Accelerated Climate Action

With the effective date for the new 2022 statewide Building Energy Efficiency Standards only a few months away, many active reach codes will be revisited in the context of the new requirements. What will remain a “reach” over state minimums? What actions can local jurisdictions take to continue accelerating progress on their own climate action plans? How can existing buildings be a bigger part of the progress?
This session tackles the challenge, focusing on how local experience both informs development of the state code, and provides a platform that jurisdictions may use to leapfrog beyond these minimums. First, the presenters will share the results of a survey conducted by Building Decarbonization Coalition, BayREN and Acterra that connected with local government staff from jurisdictions with a building electrification ordinance. This will offer insights on the effects that reach codes are having on jurisdictions with permitted residential and commercial projects and the number of those projects that were designed all-electric. Then, panelists and attendees will share insights and experiences from the 2019 cycle, including lessons learned and opportunities to continue advancing climate-related policies by local leadership in the next code cycle. Together, the session participants will explore ordinance options, from the general policy structure, building types, and targeted activities and measures.

Speakers

  • Danuta Drozdowicz (she), California Energy Commission, Energy Specialist Efficiency Division
  • Crystal Najera, City of Encinitas, Sustainability Manager
  • Demian Hardman-Saldana, Contra Costa County, Department of Conservation and Development, Senior Planner
  • Misti Bruceri (She/Her/Hers), (Moderator) Statewide Reach Codes Program, Coordinator and Technical Lead
  • Lawrence Garber, Building Decarbonization Coalition, Program Associate
  • Cora Panturad, Monterey County, Sustainable Infrastructure Analyst
Event Date: September 22, 2022
Region: Statewide
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Topic Areas: Codes and Standards, Energy Efficiency
2022 CCEC Forum Poster

Google Nest Smart Thermostat: An Accessible and Equitable Energy Solution

Event Date: September 22, 2022
Region: Statewide
Sectors Targeted: Residential
Topic Areas: Energy Efficiency, Energy Saving Solutions, Residential
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How Multifamily Clean Energy Programs Support an Equitable and Sustainable Future

Event Date: September 22, 2022
Region: Statewide
Sectors Targeted: Residential
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Distributed Energy Resources, Renewable Energy & Storage
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Locals Only: Breaking Through Regional Barriers for Energy Action

Just before the start of the pandemic, SoCalREN began partnering with regional organizations to equitably expand program reach. By mid 2020, we had onboarded five regional partners—a mix of non-profit organizations and councils of governments—with a tremendous breadth of insights into how we could craft more regionally-relevant resources. Fast forward two years, and we’ve got a lot to show for our collaborative efforts! This session will highlight how regional partners have worked with SoCalREN to break through agencies’ skepticism of a region-wide program, promote existing offerings, and co-create new ones. SoCalREN’s regional partners will feature the initiative pilots that they designed and launched this year, including a home energy assessment program, and a comprehensive Energy Resiliency Action Plan program for climate-vulnerable communities. As we enter the third year of regional partnerships, we will engage the audience in a discussion of best practices to increase local energy action so that all communities can realize the benefits of energy savings.

Speakers

  • Kim Fuentes, South Bay Cities Council of Governments, Deputy Executive Director
  • Sumi Gant (She/Hers), Gateway Cities Council of Governments, SoCalREN Program
  • Pam Close Bold, High Sierra Energy Foundation, Executive Director
  • Amy Whitehouse (she/her) (Moderator), SoCalREN, Project Manager
  • Samantha Dodero, San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization, Associate Executive Director
  • Nicholas Ryu, San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments, Manager of Natural Resources & Sustainability
  • Lujuana Medina, SoCalREN, Environmental Initiatives Manager
Event Date: September 22, 2022
Region: Greater Los Angeles, Sierra Nevada, San Joaquin Valley
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Codes and Standards, Communication, Energy Efficiency, Energy Saving Solutions, Partnerships, Residential
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Making the Case for Energy Efficiency Retrofits in Multifamily Buildings

Serving Hard-to-Reach customers is both inherently difficult and vitally necessary as the climate crisis continues to disproportionally affect the most vulnerable populations. Energy efficiency upgrades are the most cost-effective way to reduce energy waste and GHGs in the built environment, while lowering energy bills and improving comfort and indoor air quality. This panel will explore the challenges of implementing deep energy efficiency retrofits in multifamily projects, specifically low-income or affordable housing, and the opportunities to provide EE benefits at scale in the sector. The discussion will touch on project scope, timeline, obstacles, layering of incentive programs, expected benefits, and lessons learned. Attendees will leave with an understanding of decisions and pain points that need to be addressed for multifamily property owners to implement EE upgrades, how to support them in overcoming those obstacles, and some of the ways to leverage incentives and grants to make a project financially feasible.

Speakers

  • Ellen Muscarella, Many Mansions, Vice President
  • Nick Dirr, Association for Energy Affordability, Senior Director, Programs
  • David Segan, Association for Energy Affordability, Inc., Senior Associate, Programs
  • Marisa Hanson-Lopez (Moderator), County of Santa Barbara, Energy Program Manager
Event Date: September 22, 2022
Region: Central Coast
Sectors Targeted: Residential
Topic Areas: Energy Efficiency, Energy Saving Solutions, Residential
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Morning Plenary: Collaborating with Tribes

The geopolitical region that we now know as California has for millennia been home to more than 100 distinct Native American Tribes. Beginning with the arrival of Spanish missionaries and soldiers in San Diego in 1769, California Tribes have endured the loss of their lands, resources, and people to the forces of colonialism. Despite an array of injustices and disadvantages, California’s indigenous peoples continue to demonstrate unparalleled resilience and stewardship of the environment. Today, many local governments share boundaries with California Tribes. They also govern land that is considered Tribal ancestral lands and that continues to be home to indigenous people and culturally-important species and resources. Collaboration between Tribal and non-tribal communities is not always easy, but it can produce powerful results. This session will showcase some of the nation-leading climate and energy work being done by Tribes and their partners in the San Diego area. Speakers will highlight Tribes’ unique history, perspective, knowledge, and legal authority, all of which make them vital leaders, teachers, and partners in regional climate and energy efforts. Attendees will leave with a deeper understanding of Tribal perspectives on a host of relevant issues including ways to respectfully and effectively engage and collaborate with Tribes.

Speakers

  • Joshua Simmons, Prosper Sustainably, President and Founder, Principal Consultant
  • Shasta Gaughen (she/her), Pala Band of Mission Indians, Environmental Director/THPO
  • Michael Connolly, Campo Kumeyaay Nation, Resource Economist/Kumeyaay Historian
  • Angie Hacker (Moderator), CCEC, Statewide Best Practices Coordinator
Event Date: September 22, 2022
Region: Statewide
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments, Tribal Governments
Topic Areas: Climate Change, Climate Planning, Energy Efficiency, Sustainability
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Multifamily Zero Carbon Action Plan – carbon neutral, resilient, affordable

Event Date: September 22, 2022
Region: Statewide
Sectors Targeted: Residential
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Energy Efficiency, Energy Saving Solutions, Residential
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Opening Plenary: State of Climate and Energy in California in 2022

The opening plenary will provide attendees with an overview of the State of Climate and Energy in California in 2022. This plenary aims to set the stage for this year’s theme by reviewing key policies, trends, and opportunities for Accelerating Climate Action and Advancing Justice, with particular attention to providing timely and relevant updates for local governments. Our panel of State and local leaders will reflect on statewide progress towards key climate goals, challenges to overcome, and emerging opportunities for a carbon-free, climate-resilient future by balancing speed and justice. 

Speakers

  • Angie Hacker(Moderator), CCEC, Statewide Best Practices Coordinator
  • David Hochschild (he/him/his), Chair, California Energy Commission
  • Genevieve Shiroma (she/her), California Public Utilities Commission, Commissioner
  • Samuel Assefa (He/Him/His), Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR), Director
  • Lynn von Koch-Liebert (she/her), California Strategic Growth Council (SGC), Executive Director
Event Date: September 21, 2022
Region: Statewide
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Topic Areas: Climate Change, Climate Planning, Energy Efficiency, Sustainability
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Promotoras as Partners in Advancing Clean Energy in Disadvantaged Communities

Creating a more equitable clean energy future takes time and care. Programs that address barriers to participation such as trust, access, language, and transportation will achieve greater success than those that rely simply on incentives.  This session looks at how the promotora de salud outreach model can advance clean energy and environmental equity goals in low-income communities. The model, originally developed in Mexico, is already successfully used by healthcare clinics across the U.S. Promotoras are powerful partners because they speak the same language, share a common culture, and regularly interact with people. This moderated panel will describe how promotoras have been key in several healthcare initiatives and then discuss the decarbonization efforts that can benefit from this partnership. The session’s purpose is to demonstrate that by working with promotoras, local governments have an untapped local resource to help realize the shared vision of a vibrant, healthy and equitable community.

Speakers

  • Stephanie Lemus (she/her/hers), Clinica Romero, Director, Public Policy & Community Affairs
  • Mabell Garcia Paine, Viridis Consulting LLC, President
  • Nancy Barba (she/her) (Moderator), Frontier Energy, Director
  • Susana Moncada (She/Her/Hers/Ella), Clinica Romero, Promotora/Community Health Worker
Event Date: September 21, 2022
Region: Greater Los Angeles
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Energy Resilience, Renewable Energy & Storage
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The 3 C’s: Community Colleges, Climate Action and Community Engagement

This breakout session will be a moderated discussion with Bakersfield College / Kern CCD and their governmental and community partners on the work developing the Kern Energy Innovation Workforce coalition. The session will explore how broadening and deepening partnerships has resulted in greater trust, collaboration, and a heightened ability to attract state and federal resources. Discussion will include approaches to intentional outreach to ensure that disadvantaged communities are included in the discussions and how a broad representation from industry, labor, nonprofits, and government helps to break down silos and lead to strategies developed by the community with workforce and inclusion as a central focus. The session will address challenges presented in forming the coalition, and climate action initiatives that are underway arising from the development of the partnerships. Participants will be asked to think about their communities and develop a list of 3-5 potential community partners for outreach.

Speakers

  • Traco Matthews (He/Him), Community Action Partnership of Kern, Chief Program Officer
  • Christine Viterelli, City of Arvin, Grants Manager
  • Norma Rojas-Mora (she/her/ella) (Moderator), Bakersfield College, Executive Director, Government Relations and Development
  • David Teasdale (he/him/his), Kern Community College District, Executive Director, Economic and Workforce Development Programs
Event Date: September 21, 2022
Region: Statewide
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities, Local Governments, Nonprofit
Topic Areas: Climate Change, Communication, Environmental Justice, Outreach and Engagement, Workforce Development
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The Intersection of Food Access and EE: LA’s Neighborhood Market Revitalization Program

This session will bring together the perspectives of different stakeholders that have made LA County’s Healthy Stores Refrigeration Program (HSRP) possible. Participants will gain valuable insights on leveraging different funding sources, finding intersections between local issues, and engaging the community to deliver larger behavioral benefits for businesses and residents—all through a single program.

HSRP is a Los Angeles County initiative to support corner stores and small businesses across Los Angeles County by fully funding new energy-efficient refrigerators to stock with healthy food. The program aims to address the challenge of food deserts, help small businesses save money, reduce GHG emissions, promote healthy food options in low-income communities, and provide education, outreach, and support to small businesses. Within the first phase of this program’s implementation, over 80 stores in LA County’s food deserts have received their fridges and begun to see the positive impacts in their communities.

Speakers
  • Natalie Espinoza (She/Her)(Moderator), The Energy Coalition, Education and Engagement Program Manager
  • Lujuana Medina, SoCalREN, Environmental Initiatives Manager
Event Date: September 21, 2022
Region: Greater Los Angeles
Sectors Targeted: Commercial
Topic Areas: Businesses, Energy Efficiency, Energy Saving Solutions
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The Yolo Climate Commission: Emission Reduction through Community-Driven Action

This interactive session highlights the role that resource-constrained, rural, and/or agricultural communities play in taking aggressive, grassroots action on climate change. We will discuss how Yolo County passed a climate emergency declaration, established a carbon negative by 2030 goal, and created a community-driven Climate Action Commission that is charged with guiding the development and implementation of the County’s Climate Action and Adaptation Plan. We will hear from a panel of community leaders and elected officials about the development of the Commission, and strategies employed—such as funding early action projects, undertaking creative engagement in unincorporated regions, and centering historically and presently disadvantaged communities—to ensure that resources are urgently mobilized to tackle our climate goals efficiently and equitably. Session attendees will discuss lessons-learned in standing up a Climate Action Commission, the opportunities for leveraging funding and engagement to overcoming resource constraints, and the models that worked for Yolo County.

Speakers

  • NJ Mvondo, National Association for Climate Resilience Planners (NACRP), Member
  • Kristen Wraithwall (she/her), Yolo County, Sustainability Manager
  • Jim Provenza, Yolo County, District 4, County Supervisor
  • Adelita Serena (She/Hers), Yolo County Climate Commission/Sierra Club, Commissioner/Community Outreach Coordinator
Event Date: September 21, 2022
Region: Sacramento Valley
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Topic Areas: Climate Change, Climate Planning, Communication, Environmental Justice, Partnerships
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Uniting Data and Community: San Diego’s Climate Equity Index

This panel discussion will cover the process in which the City of San Diego co-developed the first-of-its-kind Climate Equity Index (CEI) in partnership with 32 community-based organizations and nonprofits, to better understand and map out the impacts of climate change at the community level. The discussion will cover the CEI results, process of co-developing, first-hand account from CBOs, detailed information on amount of staff time and budget to develop the CEI, and how the CEI has used the CEI to inform City policy and define Communities of Concern. This will be a conversation around equity, environmental justice, embedding equity in institutional processes, and forging non-traditional partnerships.

  • Roberto Carlos Torres (Moderator), Institute for Local Government, Senior Program Manager
  • Patrice Baker, Groundwork San Diego, Community Outreach Director
  • Dr. Cindy Lin (She/Her), Business for Good, Environmental Health Committee Lead & Board Member
  • Randy Wilde, City of San Diego, Office of Mayor Todd Gloria, Senior Policy Advisor
Event Date: September 22, 2022
Region: San Diego
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities, Local Governments
Topic Areas: Climate Change, Climate Planning, Communication, Environmental Justice, Outreach and Engagement, Partnerships
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