About the 12th Annual California Climate & Energy Forum

Transforming Tomorrow Together: Weaving recovery, equity, and public health into local energy and climate work
August 3 – 19, 2021


The 12th Annual California Climate & Energy Forum (formerly known as the Annual SEEC Forum) features a new brand, but the same purpose: to foster knowledge exchange and collaboration amongst local climate and energy practitioners to advance fair and equitable climate change and energy practices.  Join us from August 3-19, 2021 as we work together to help all communities meet our 2030 climate goals. The CCEC Forum will center on implementing equitable energy efficiency solutions for underserved, under-resourced and disproportionately affected communities to ensure a just transition towards a clean energy future.

The virtual CCEC Forum will be designed to be highly interactive, engaging, and solutions-oriented. Participants will learn about innovative best practices, case studies, tools, and resources while engaging in discussions around accelerating action in their own communities, regardless of their stage in the process.

Peer-to-Peer Network

We often hear that networking is one of the most valuable aspects of the annual Forum. We would like to ensure that the network we have built still has access to each other in the absence of the in-person networking benefits that the Forum provided, and therefore have created a closed Peer-to-Peer network. Feel free to use this group to connect with other professionals, whether it be for project support or professional development reasons.

What people thought about the 2021 Forum…

rated the forum as good or extremely good
reported that they increased their knowledge and understanding
reported that they felt better equipped to discuss the issues and programs
reported that they felt more motivated to work on issues and programs

2021 Forum Theme

Transforming Tomorrow Together
Weaving recovery, equity, and public health into local energy and climate work.  

The dilemmas of 2020 are not yet behind us. From ongoing budgetary challenges to the systemic issues of racism and environmental injustice that have been illuminated, together local climate and energy practitioners must take decisive action to create a brighter, cleaner, and safer tomorrow for all. Making meaningful progress towards our clean energy vision requires us to embrace the challenging task of advancing holistic energy efficiency solutions, creating authentic relationships with communities, and lifting up viable climate and energy strategies that deliver tangible benefits. Promising pathways continue to emerge for local governments to strengthen their ongoing efforts with new partnerships, resources, policy solutions, and recovery strategies.

The virtual forum will focus on pivotal opportunities for local climate and energy practitioners to address the climate crisis in ways that result in lasting, institutional changes centered around equity and community wellbeing. The forum will create space to recognize the reality that people in our communities are living in today from the effects of climate change, historic and ongoing systemic inequities, COVID-19 impacts, and beyond. By doing so, local governments can focus on these interconnected issues to highlight local solutions and catalyze transformative change through collaboration.

The 12th Annual CCEC Forum, taking place in August 2021, will feature topics weaving recovery, equity and public health into local climate and energy work. The forum will spotlight progress and best practices through the tracks of  Holistic Climate/Energy Planning and Readiness, Equitable Decarbonization, and Just Clean Energy Transition. We invite you to join fellow climate and energy practitioners from across California to collaborate on Transforming Tomorrow Together.

Forum Resources

View resources from past Forums (Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum), which include videos, presentations, and/or notes from each plenary and breakout session, as well as posters from the poster reception at the forums held between 2010 and 2020.

Thanks to our CCEC Forum Sponsors!

Gold Level Sponsors

The Tri-County Regional Energy Network (3C-REN) reduced energy use in our region’s buildings for a more affordable, healthy, resilient and sustainable community.

The Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) delivers regional-scale energy efficiency programs, services, and resources focused on energy, water, and resilience.

The Southern California Regional Energy Network (SoCalREN) brings together a wide variety of services with one common goal: achieving unprecedented levels of energy savings throughout Southern California.

TerraVerde Energy is an independent advisory firm that supports Community Choice Energy Agencies, Public Agencies, and Commercial Enterprises in developing and deploying solar, battery, and energy resiliency programs.

The Energy Coalition (TEC) is a nonprofit that is creating the building blocks for a new energy economy by bringing ideas, technology, and expertise to public agencies, businesses, educators, & more.

Bronze Level Sponsors

Thank you to our promotional partners for getting the word out about the Forum!