About Us

Mission

Supporting California local governments to save energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and accelerate climate action by building knowledge and networks amongst local government practitioners.

What we do

We are a hub for energy efficiency and sustainability news, information, best practices, and resources relevant to California’s local governments.

CCEC offers the same services provided by Civicwell (formerly the Local Government Commission) and the Best Practices Coordinator as part of the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative (SEEC), which sunsetted at the end of 2020 after 11 successful years. 

Our Services

CCEC Forum

California Climate & Energy Forum brings together several hundred local government staff, elected officials, and community organizations, so they can collaborate and learn from each other in their efforts to advance fair and equitable climate change and energy practices.

Best Practices Coordinator

The Best Practices Coordinator is tasked with developing local government energy efficiency best practices case studies, sharing resources to promote best practice adoption across California’s local governments.

Resource Library

This library is intended as a source to find all the resources compiled by CCEC throughout the years including best practices, technical assistance directory, technical assistance responses, webinar recordings and materials, funding resources, and a variety of other resources developed or compiled by CCEC.

wEEkly update

The wEEkly update is a weekly newsletter, where events, funding opportunities, peer-to-peer requests, job postings, and other items of interest to local governments are shared. Subscribe to join the 2000+ professionals receiving the wEEkly every Monday morning!

CURRENTS Quarterly

CURRENTS is CivicWell’s free quarterly newsletter providing local elected officials and staff with current information on energy issues affecting California local governments.

Local Energy Resources Network (LERN)

Monthly Local Energy Resources Network (LERN) meetings are held every second Tuesday from 11am – 12pm to exchange knowledge, resources, input, and opportunities to help California local governments pursue their energy and climate goals.

Free Technical Assistance

The Statewide Best Practices Coordinator helps support local governments that need information to help them make progress on their local energy initiatives through free technical assistance.

Funding Resources Webpage

Webpage detailing featured active funding opportunities, a guide to internal and external funding best practices, pre-funding opportunities and a funding and assistance database.

CCEC Partners

Our Staff

Angie Hacker
Statewide Best Practices Coordinator | CCEC
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Ryan Bodanyi
CCEC Senior Project Manager | CivicWell
Kelsey Wolf-Cloud Headshot
Kelsey Wolf-Cloud
Climate & Energy Project Associate | CivicWell
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Gabriela Yamhure
Climate & Energy Project Associate | CivicWell
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John Vandervort
Climate & Energy Project Coordinator | CivicWell

Angie Hacker has nearly 20 years of public, private and non-profit experience serving communities in the areas of sustainability, energy, and climate change, primarily in California. Prior to becoming CEO and Principal Consultant of Prosper Sustainably, she served as Energy and Sustainability Division Chief for the County of Santa Barbara. In that role, she oversaw local, state, federal, and IOU-funded energy and climate initiatives and participated in state regulatory efforts. Her areas of expertise include designing innovative local/regional solutions, communicating a strategic vision, pursuing policy and regulatory opportunities, obtaining resources, building local capacity, leveraging cross-sector partnerships, and engaging stakeholders. She enjoys managing complex projects and datasets to achieve results within multi-agency, political and bureaucratic environments. She earned a Master of Public Administration from New York University. Contact Angie at ahacker@civicwell.org.

Ryan is a Senior Project Manager with CivicWell’s Climate & Energy team, where his work supports mitigation, adaptation, and resiliency efforts. He holds a Ph.D. and MS degrees from the University of Washington, where his research explored what cities and counties in the US are doing to mitigate their greenhouse gas emissions, and how those efforts influence local finance. Most recently he worked with the Center for Sustainable Energy, helping to oversee program evaluation and analysis across five statewide rebate programs for electric vehicles.

When Ryan isn’t trying to save the world – how’s he doing so far? – he enjoys the company of his houseplants, to which he coos and awws unselfconsciously, and with wild abandon. Cats, too, come in for their share of attention; they respond when you pet them, which plants have never been good at. He loves a good beer, a good bike ride, and a good conversation, not necessarily in that order. Contact Ryan at rbodanyi@civicwell.org.

Kelsey Wolf-Cloud started working at the Local Government Commission in 2009 as a Project Assistant. She currently serves as a Project Associate on the Climate and Energy team. She graduated from CSU Chico in 2010 with a BA in Latin American Studies. Kelsey works remotely from her home in southern Chile. Contact Kelsey at kwolfcloud@civicwell.org.

Gabriela Yamhure is a Project Associate for CivicWell’s Climate & Energy team. She graduated from Griffith University (Australia) with a BS in Marine Ecology, and completed her MS at the University of San Diego in Environmental and Ocean Sciences. Being born and raised in Colombia, Gabriela is extremely passionate about climate and environmental justice. When she is not working, she enjoys reading, rock climbing and surfing. On a day off, you will find her doing a backpacking trip or a long hike. Contact Gabriela at gyamhure@civicwell.org.

John is a Project Coordinator for the Climate Change and Energy Team at CivicWell. John grew up in Ukiah, California and has lived in Northern California his entire life. He received a BA in Politics with a concentration in Global and International Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz in the Fall of 2020. In the future he plans to continue his education and study Environmental Law. In his spare time John enjoys hiking, camping, and cooking for friends. Contact John at jvandervort@civicwell.org.
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