CCEC Forum Proposals

Please see below for all of the proposals submitted for the CCEC Forum. Each tab has all of the submissions (both full proposals and individual proposals) for a track. Please be sure to read all of the proposals before the Advisory Committee Meeting and vote on which full proposals you would like to see as part of the program.

Vote for your favorite full session proposals by COB June 7th!

Full Session Proposals

Please Vote for 1-2 of the following proposals through this survey

Proposal #2: Championing Cross-cutting Programs: Effective Equity and Climate Resilience Partnerships

Topic Areas under the track:

  • Equipping diverse partners to accelerate community-driven solutions (e.g CBOs, tribal governments, and small businesses)
  • Holistic climate action planning to support implementation
  • Piloting new technologies and strategies
  • Redefining climate readiness through planning and community engagement

Cross-Cutting Topics:

  • Addressing intersectional issues through energy efficiency solutions with public health and environmental justice co-benefits
  • Implementing equitable energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions
  • Engaging and increasing accessibility for rural/hard-to-reach, under-resourced, BIPOC, and/or any other underrepresented community
  • Partnering with local and regional Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), Tribal Governments, and small businesses
  • Embedding equity and inclusion in institutional processes and practices
  • Equitable funding and financing (state and federal grants, financing incentives, local, sustainable funding models, layering funding sources, regional collaboration, etc.)

Submission Type: Traditional Webinar

Length of Session: 60 minutes

 

Abstract:

As California recovers from the COVID-19 Pandemic, local governments will be tasked with implementing cross-cutting programs that tackle issues of affordable housing, homelessness, and the environment altogether. Oftentimes, projects that address the issues of affordable housing, homelessness, and the environment are developed separately. Through local regional partnerships, these projects can be united in their goals to promote equity and climate resiliency. The San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (SGVCOG) and its regional partners will present on three regional programs that represent these ideals. The highlighted programs include the San Gabriel Valley Regional Housing Trust, the Green Path Careers Program, and the Southern California Regional Energy Network (SoCalREN). These programs represent the power and benefits of regional partnerships at accomplishing intersectional goals. Speakers will share strategies and recommendations for local jurisdictions, community partners, and agencies to address intersectional issues by embedding regional partners in institutional processes and practices.

Equity and Diversity:

The proposed panel will feature three distinguished speakers and one moderator. The first speaker, Brielle Acevedo from the San Gabriel Valley Regional Housing Trust, will highlight the financing mechanism that is unique to the Trust and how the Trust encourages development projects to include and implement green building standards. The second speaker, Lujuana Medina from the County of Los Angeles’ Internal Services Department, will provide an overview of the SGVCOG’s involvements in implementing the Southern California Regional Energy Network’s (SoCalREN) Public Agency Programs, Multifamily Programs, and Workforce Development Programs through effective partnerships. The third speaker, Wendy Angel from the Emerald Cities Collaborative, will provide an overview of how the regional partnership with the SGVCOG led to the creation of the Green Path Careers Program. Funded by homelessness grants, the Green Path Careers Program offers a unique opportunity for young adults who are transitioning from the State’s foster care system to independent living to access training, education, industry certifications, and work experience in the energy efficiency industry. The panel will feature Samuel Pedersen from the SGVCOG as its moderator.

Funding and Financing:

The panel will feature the San Gabriel Valley Regional Housing Trust (SGVRHT), which was formed to allow San Gabriel Valley cities to band together to bring additional affordable housing resources to the San Gabriel Valley region. Specifically, the SGVRHT funds the planning and construction of homeless housing and extremely low, very low, and low-income housing in participating jurisdictions. The speaker on behalf of the SGVRHT will discuss how these affordable housing projects are uniquely positioned to encourage green building standards in the project development process through the support of the SGVRHT. Additionally, the panel will provide an overview of how partnership with the SGVCOG led to the creation of the Green Path Careers Program through leveraging homelessness prevention funding.

Active Engagement:

The panel will be structured as a traditional webinar that encourages public engagement and participation. The moderator will first utilize the first 5 minutes to introduce the panelists. Each of the 3 speakers will subsequently have 10 minutes to provide their presentations. Throughout the presentations, attendees will be asked to provide responses to poll questions to foster engagement. Once all panelists have provided their presentations, the moderator will proceed with asking the panelists a few pre-scripted questions to foster discussion and provide ideas for attendees to ask questions during the Q&A session. Once the panelists provide their responses to the pre-scripted questions, the moderator will reserve 15 minutes for general Q&A and encourage attendees to ask questions. As the webinar approaches to an end, the moderator will thank the panelists and attendees for their participation and share a presentation slide on resources and the panelists’ contact information.

Proposer:

Alexander Fung (he/him/his)
Management Analyst, San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments

Moderator:

Samuel Pedersen (he/him/his)
Management Aide, San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments

Speakers:

Brielle Acevedo (she/her/hers)
Regional Housing Trust Administrator, San Gabriel Valley Regional Housing Trust

Lujuana Medina (she/her/hers)
Environmental Initiatives Manager, County of Los Angeles – ISD Environmental & Energy Services

Wendy Angel (she/her/hers)
Program Director, Emerald Cities Los Angeles

Proposal #4: Energy Benchmarking: Successes, Challenges, and Best Practices

Topic Areas under the track:

  • Leveraging energy data: benchmarking, tools, usage, and access

Cross-Cutting Topics:

  • N/A

Submission Type: Traditional Webinar

Length of Session: 60 minutes

Abstract:

California has been one of the country’s leaders in addressing, planning, and taking action against climate change. The City of San Francisco and the state of California started requiring energy benchmarking disclosure in 2011 and 2018, respectively. The session will highlight benchmarking successes, challenges, and best practices through the local and state government lenses. Participants will learn how the jurisdictions have identified and tackled challenges with data quality and implementation, how reported benchmarking data has been used in the past, and how jurisdictions plan to use it in the future.

Equity and Diversity:

The panel consists of panelists from the state and local level of government and come from diverse walks of life differing in age and gender identities. In addition, our group has had to overcome biases based on sexual orientation and disabilities. The panelists will incorporate potential equity implications of their benchmarking policies in the presentation.

Funding and Financing:

Panelists will review how each jurisdiction has funded their respective programs, lessons learned in the process, and tips for local governments looking to implement similar programs in the future.

Active Engagement:

Panelists will share stories detailing how each jurisdiction started their benchmarking programs, personal experiences, and challenges faced implementing programs with limited resources and staffing.

Proposer:

Paris Smith (she/her/hers)
Energy and Green Building Associate, San Francisco Department of the Environment

Moderator:

Barry Hooper (he/him/his)
Senior Green Building Specialist, San Francisco Department of the Environment

Speakers:

Paris Smith (she/her/hers)
Energy and Green Building Associate, San Francisco Department of the Environment

Erik Jensen (he/him/his)
Energy Specialist, California Energy Commission

Proposal #6: Regional Unity and Climate Justice for All

Topic Areas under the track:

  • Equipping diverse partners to accelerate community-driven solutions (e.g CBOs, tribal governments, and small businesses)
  • Holistic climate action planning to support implementation
  • Piloting new technologies and strategies
  • Redefining climate readiness through planning and community engagement

Cross-Cutting Topics:

  • Addressing intersectional issues through energy efficiency solutions with public health and environmental justice co-benefits
  • Engaging and increasing accessibility for rural/hard-to-reach, under-resourced, BIPOC, and/or any other underrepresented community
  • Partnering with local and regional Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), Tribal Governments, and small businesses
  • Embedding equity and inclusion in institutional processes and practices, Equitable funding and financing (state and federal grants, financing incentives, local, sustainable funding models, layering funding sources, regional collaboration, etc.)

Submission Type: Traditional Webinar

Length of Session: 60 minutes

Abstract:

Affordable housing is one of the most pressing issues facing California. There are over 4,000 individuals experiencing unsheltered homelessness in the San Gabriel Valley. The San Gabriel Valley Regional Housing Trust (SGVRHT) is a regional collaboration between 22 member cities in the San Gabriel Valley dedicated to funding and financing the development of affordable and homeless housing. Provision of adequate housing is directly connected to climate justice as access to safe and decent housing is directly linked to health outcomes and _. Low income communities have been disproportionately burdened by the negative effects of development, pollution, and waste disposal.

Equity and Diversity:

The proposed panel will feature three distinguished speakers and one moderator. The first speaker, Vice Mayor Jed Leano, Chair of the San Gabriel Valley Regional Housing Trust (SGVRHT), will highlight the importance of a regional approach to housing solutions and the value of innovation in providing housing and achieving climate justice. The second speaker, Hafsa Kaka from the City of Riverside, will provide an overview of the City of Riverside’s Tiny Home Shelter which enabled the City to clear a riverbed encampment and improve health outcomes for individuals experiencing homelessness. The third speaker, Jean Armbruster, the Director of the Policies for Livable Active Communities and Environments (PLACE) program for the County’s Dept. of Public Health, will explain the PLACE program. The panel will feature Brielle Acevedo from the SGVRHT as its moderator.

Funding and Financing:

The panel will feature the San Gabriel Valley Regional Housing Trust (SGVRHT), which was formed to allow San Gabriel Valley cities to band together to bring additional affordable housing resources to the San Gabriel Valley region. Specifically, the SGVRHT funds the planning and construction of affordable and homeless housing in participating jurisdictions. The speaker on behalf of the SGVRHT will discuss how these affordable housing projects are uniquely positioned to encourage green building standards in the project development process through the support of the SGVRHT.

Active Engagement:

The panel will be structured as a traditional webinar that encourages public engagement and participation. The moderator will first utilize the first 5 minutes to introduce the panelists. Each of the 3 speakers will subsequently have 10 minutes to provide their presentations. Throughout the presentations, attendees will be asked to provide responses to poll questions to foster engagement. Once all panelists have provided their presentations, the moderator will proceed with asking the panelists a few pre-scripted questions to foster discussion and provide ideas for attendees to ask questions during the Q&A session. Once the panelists provide their responses to the pre-scripted questions, the moderator will reserve 15 minutes for general Q&A and encourage attendees to ask questions. As the webinar approaches to an end, the moderator will thank the panelists and attendees for their participation and share a presentation slide on resources and the panelists’ contact information.

Proposer:

Brielle Acevedo (she/her/hers)
Regional Housing Trust Administrator, San Gabriel Valley Regional Housing Trust

Moderator:

Brielle Acevedo (she/her/hers)
Regional Housing Trust Administrator, San Gabriel Valley Regional Housing Trust

Speakers:

Jed Leano (he/him/his)
Chair, San Gabriel Valley Regional Housing Trust, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Claremont

Hafsa Kaka (she/her/hers)
Officer of Homeless Solutions, City of Riverside

Jean Armbruster (she/her/hers)
Director of Policies, LA County Public Health

Individual Proposals

Please read the following proposals to discuss during Advisory Committee Meeting

Individual Proposal #2: Edward Myers (he, him, his) Consultant, The Climate Center, Santa Rosa

Topic Areas under the track:

  • Leveraging energy data: benchmarking, tools, usage, and access

Cross-Cutting Topics:

  • Partnering with local and regional Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), Tribal Governments, and small businesses

 

Submission Type: Presenter

 

Description of Expertise:

I trained as Chemical Engineer (MS, UCB 1981), and my early career involved oil refining R&D.  Twenty years back, I transitioned to water/wastewater treatment energy efficiency auditing and design, developing numerous successful projects. I have presented talks on this work at the Water Environment Federation’s Energy and Water national conferences. My earlier professional exposure to the petrochemical industry and its long-term environmental damage led me, on my own, to explore sustainability tools such as The Natural Step and the Ecological Footprint. I have been a technical advisor to The Climate Center (Santa Rosa) for twenty years.  Recently, The Climate Center asked me to develop a Climate Safe Pathways greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and sequestration spreadsheet model to quantify how actions they are proposing will impact California’s net emissions.  This model, an Excel workbook, is now available for download on The Climate Center’s website.  It allows the adjustment of many climate action parameters (such as adoption of electric vehicles, building electrification, electrical and industrial energy efficiency) and charts GHG emissions impacts over the next ten years.  It also allows anyone familiar with Excel to see and understand the calculations.  The workbook includes source references and a user guide.  As such, it could be a valuable teaching tool, accessible to a wide audience.  My hope would be the model could promote equity in the understanding of GHG emissions causes and remedies. I propose a presentation and short demonstration of the model, and discussion of the lessons learned.

Individual Proposal #5: Janelle London (she/her) Co-Executive Director, Coltura

Topic Areas under the track:

  • Piloting new technologies and strategies

Cross-Cutting Topics:

  • Addressing intersectional issues through energy efficiency solutions with public health and environmental justice co-benefits
  • Implementing equitable energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions
  • Engaging and increasing accessibility for rural/hard-to-reach, under-resourced, BIPOC, and/or any other underrepresented community
  • Equitable funding and financing (state and federal grants, financing incentives, local, sustainable funding models, layering funding sources, regional collaboration, etc.)

 

Submission Type: Presenter

 

Description of Expertise:

I am the co-executive director of Coltura, a nonprofit working to end the use of gasoline by changing policy and culture. I also lead Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s Beyond Gasoline initiative, with a goal to cut gasoline consumption in Silicon Valley 50% by 2030. I have written and presented extensively on California policy needed to accelerate the transition away from gasoline to cleaner alternatives with the urgency required by the climate crisis. My areas of expertise include gas car phaseouts, EV charging highway signage, public fleet electrification, gas station regulation, and tracking and measuring gasoline sales volumes at the local level.

I am interested in participating in the forum because I believe that EV incentives can be provided in a manner that is more equitable and better for the environment.  Presently EV incentives are provided without regard to the amount of gasoline being displaced by the EV.  I will present on why EV incentives and other subsidy policies should be refocused to provide higher incentives for people who use more gasoline.

I am co-authoring a forthcoming whitepaper showing that those who burn the most gasoline tend to be disproportionately people of color (especially Latinx). By focusing EV incentives on the biggest gasoline users, the state will be able to reduce vehicle emissions and air pollution faster, with disproportionate air quality and climate benefits for low income people and people of color.

Individual Proposal #12: Lorenzo Kristov (he/him) Principal Market Architect, The Climate Center

Topic Areas under the track:

  • Integrating climate resilience into climate/energy action plans
  • Redefining climate readiness through planning and community engagement

Cross-Cutting Topics:

  • Partnering with local and regional Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), Tribal Governments, and small businesses

 

Submission Type: Presenter

 

Description of Expertise:

I have worked in electricity policy in California for over 25 years, first at the California Energy Commission in the 1990s and then as a Principal in Market Design and Infrastructure Policy at the California Independent System Operator from 1999 to 2017. For the past three years, as independent consultant I have worked with The Climate Center and other organizations to design and advocate for bottom-up approaches to energy transition, to enable local governments (cities, counties, tribal authorities) to plan and implement local carbon-free electricity resources. Technologies now exist for building clean resilient local electricity systems that support decarbonization projects (such as electric mobility services and building retrofits), enhance resilience by providing electric service when the grid is disrupted, and address environmental justice by bringing economic and health benefits of clean energy systems to vulnerable, low-income communities. This year I worked with The Climate Center and Sen. Bill Dodd’s office to move SB 99 successfully through the California Senate. SB 99 the “Community Energy Resilience Act of 2021” will create a statewide program administered by the CEC to fund and provide technical and planning expertise to local governments to develop resilience plans through a local participatory process. The resulting plans will specify shovel-ready projects to deploy clean microgrids on critical local facilities and community shelters throughout the state, to prepare communities to have functioning electric service when extreme climate events or pre-emptive power shutoffs disrupt grid service. Under the planning process created by SB 99, these local projects will be formulated collaboratively by diverse stakeholders including CBOs and community representatives, private technology and microgrid companies, local government planners and utility managers, experts pre-qualified and funded by CEC grants, and the electric distribution utilities, and will be sufficiently detailed to be ready to move forward when  federal and state infrastructure and resilience funding becomes available. I would like the opportunity to present our vision for Community Energy Resilience to the CCEC audience.

Individual Proposal #15: Barry Hooper (He/Him) Senior Green Building Coordinator, San Francisco Department of the Environment

Topic Areas under the track:

  • Leveraging energy data: benchmarking, tools, usage, and access

Cross-Cutting Topics:

  • N/A

 

Submission Type: Presenter

 

Description of Expertise:

Since 2009, Barry Hooper has contributed to the development and management of San Francisco’s Existing Buildings Energy Performance ordinance, which aims to motivate improvement in building performance through annual benchmarking and disclosure of energy use for commercial and multifamily buildings, and by requiring commercial buildings to prepare an action plan for cost-effective energy efficiency improvements. This work has been rooted in stakeholder engagement and empowerment – seeking to raise up the strong positive link between efficiency, emission reduction, utility cost reduction, and a healthy economy.

Barry also leads development of San Francisco Green Building Code – which extends beyond statewide requirements by requiring new buildings to install solar photovoltaics or living roofs, provide expanded and flexible electrical infrastructure for vehicle charging, and meet credible 3rd party green building standards. He serves as a Technical Advisor to the Bay Area Regional Energy Network Codes & Standards program, and is active in the C40 Cities Private Sector Energy Efficiency Network as well as the Urban Sustainability Directors’ Network Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance.

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