Fall 2015 Tools, Resources and Events

Tools & Resources

SEEC Energy Calendar

It’s hard to keep track of all of the energy-related workshops and webinars taking place throughout the state. That’s why we developed the SEEC Energy Calendar – to help you keep track of what’s going on, when it’s happening, and where to be to catch the action.

[textblock align=”center”]View the SEEC Energy Calendar[/textblock]

If you have any events you’d like to see on the calendar, please send details to statewideenergycoordinator@civicwell.org.

The Beacon Program

The Institute for Local Government (ILG) and the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative (SEEC) are excited to announce this year’s Beacon Award Winners:

  • City of Brisbane (gold)
  • City of Redwood City (silver)
  • City of Hayward (silver)
  • City of South Gate (silver)
  • County of San Mateo (silver)

Congratulations California Beacon Communities! We also distributed 85 Beacon Spotlight Awards to more than 30 cities for their achievements in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, saving energy and adopting programs and policies that create more sustainable communities. For a complete list of winners, visit www.ca-ilg.org/award-winners.

The Beacon Program is a statewide program that provides support and recognition to California cities and counties that are working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save energy and adopt policies and programs that promote sustainability. The program provides a framework for local governments to share best practices that create healthier, more efficient vibrant communities, and honors voluntary efforts by local governments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save energy and adopt policies that promote sustainability. The Beacon Program is sponsored by the Institute for Local Government and the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative. To learn more, visit californiaseec.org/beacon-award.

SEEC ClearPath

SEEC ClearPath California is an all-in-one suite of online tools to help you complete your government operations and community-wide GHG inventory, forecast and climate action plan.

  • Performing GHG inventories and forecasts is now far easier for California local governments, thanks to the Suite’s powerful, user-friendly features developed by ICLEI.
  • SEEC ClearPath California contains the updated Inventory, Forecasting, and Climate Action Planning modules.  These tools enable detailed energy and emissions accounting for both government operations and community scale activities.
  • A no-cost tool, with no software to install — it’s all online.
  • To gain access to SEEC ClearPath California, please click “Account Setup” to the right and complete the form.
  • To learn more about this NO-COST tool for California local governments, visit californiaseec.org/software-tools

SDG&E’s Energy Innovation Center

Expand your skill set with no-cost classes at SDG&E’s Energy Innovation Center! The Energy Innovation Center’s Workforce Education & Training program offers individualized help to Trade Professionals, associations and business & residential customers through industry-specific seminars, workshops and certification courses. There’s even a Food Service Demonstration Kitchen where food service professionals can test and compare over 40 pieces of energy-efficient equipment. Visit sdge.com/innovationcenter for a list of classes and to learn more.

CivicSpark AmeriCorps Program

CivicSpark is a Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps program dedicated to building capacity for local governments to address climate change in California, administered by the Local Government Commission in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research.

CivicSpark helps local governments build their climate response capacity by working directly with local staff or in the community on projects that address their larger climate-action goals. Each year, 48 CivicSpark fellows, organized in regional teams, work with a range of local and regional project partners such as cities, counties, regional agencies, school districts, MPOs and NGOs, helping them implement local climate-smart projects such as greenhouse gas inventories, complete streets plans and water-conservation campaigns. With the support and assistance from CivicSpark, these projects help move our communities toward a healthier, safer and more resilient future. To learn more, visit civicspark.lgc.org.

[textblock align=”center”]View or download the CivicSpark flyer for local government agencies[/textblock]

Mark Your Calendars

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Join the Energy Division for EM&V Fundamentals Training Workshop for Local Governments,a CPUC-sponsored Webinar Unplugged, on Tuesday, October 27th from 10:30-11:30am at 866-630-5989 (Access Code 336 2110#). The purpose of this webinar is for the Energy Division to inform and improve the capacity of the LG stakeholder community to increase active participation and evaluation study results.
[textblock align=”center”]View or download the webinar presentation[/textblock]

A webinar unplugged is a conference call convening stakeholders to listen in as Energy Division provides a presentation on a topic of immediate interest. The presentation slides are provided in advance of the webinar. The host moderator draws from the slides and expands on them for the delivery of the presentation. The host prompts the audience to “turn the page” either printed or via device to read along. Benefits? Besides saving public dollars, you are provided the slides well in advance. Thus, you are able to come to the webinar well informed so as to have your questions prepared and at the ready. Because a webinar unplugged requires less time to prepare for, Energy Division is able to conduct webinars unplugged more frequently and on shorter notice.

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REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN – for the nation’s largest smart growth and sustainability event! The theme for the 2016 conference is “Practical Tools and Innovative Strategies for Creating Great Communities,” underscoring a stronger emphasis on implementation tools and strategies, and new technologies that will help communities NOW! The program will feature a dynamic mix of over 80 sessions, workshops and trainings for veteran experts to smart-growth novices, also including optional tours of model projects and networking opportunities. Early Bird registration rates are available now through December 4th! Visit www.NewPartners.org for more details!

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Save the date and stay tuned for more details on the
2nd biennial California Adaptation Forum! This forum reflects the diverse needs and challenges facing California, bringing together leading voices from around the state to share insights about how we can most effectively respond.

What did you think?

We would love to hear from you about how we can provide the information, resources, and tools you need to advance your climate and energy initiatives to create a lasting impact in your community and for California. What did you find valuable in this newsletter? What are you interested in seeing in the next newsletter (December 2015)? Please contact Julia Kim at statewideenergycoordinator@civicwell.org or 916-448-1198 x304 to share your thoughts.