4/28 Event in San Diego: Climate Change Mitigation: From International Goals to Local Successes and Challenges


TRC invites you to join SoCal climate, environment and energy experts for a lunch discussion! Learn  about applicable climate change strategies from the UN Paris Climate Conference, and closer to home, emerging local climate mitigation solutions.

Thursday, April 28, 2016
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Procopio Tower
525 B Street
First Floor – Conference Room 220
San Diego, CA 92101

Lunch and beverages will be served (includes vegetarian option).
Click here to RSVP by 4/22 to reserve your space!
We hope to see you there!

For questions, please email or call Julieann Summerford at
JSummerford@trcsolutions.com or (916) 844-1031



Climate Change Mitigation: From International Goals to Local Successes and Challenges

1:15 p.m. – Introductions
1:30 p.m. – Global Agreements and Goals

  • State of the Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement
  • Global and local renewable energy goals

1:40 p.m. – Innovative Mitigation Solutions Roundtable

  • Offshore wind – Cape Wind Energy Project
  • Utility scale solar – Riverside County 350 MW Project
  • Battery storage  –  Classifying and zoning for approval
  • Microgrids – Loading order, distributed renewable energy and avoiding transmission losses
  • Energy efficiency – Portfolio energy management (cities and agencies)

2:15 p.m. – Local Climate Action Plans Roundtable

  • What innovative solutions does your jurisdiction have planned or underway?
  • How do you integrate, fund and execute energy roadmaps and climate action plans?
  • What are the challenges and gaps in implementing GHG reductions in climate action plans?
  • San Diego 100% renewable energy commitment by 2035 – How are we going to get there?

3:00 p.m. – Adjourn

Discussion Leaders

  Richard Burke

Mr. Burke has over 35 years of experience in environmental planning, permitting and compliance.  He has particular experience with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other state and federal environmental regulations.  Mr. Burke is author of numerous papers and presentations on energy and climate change, and he teaches a graduate level advanced degree class at Loyola Marymount University.

  Katie Wilson

Ms. Wilson has 27 years of experience in energy, sustainability and environmental strategic planning efforts. Her work has spanned large capital improvement projects, community-scale sustainability programs, energy conservation programs and strategic energy action planning.  Over her career, Ms. Wilson has partnered closely with California investor-owned utilities, municipalities and educational, healthcare and commercial stakeholders.

  Julieann Summerford

Ms. Summerford has a 17-year track record of designing, implementing and growing high-impact residential energy efficiency programs across California. She has pioneered solutions, including the state’s first multifamily new construction and whole-house retrofit programs, which have expanded and continue to operate statewide. Ms. Summerford previously served as Chair of the California Association of BuildingEnergy and earned the organization’s Hall of Fame Award.

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