Locals Only: Breaking Through Regional Barriers for Energy Action

Just before the start of the pandemic, SoCalREN began partnering with regional organizations to equitably expand program reach. By mid 2020, we had onboarded five regional partners—a mix of non-profit organizations and councils of governments—with a tremendous breadth of insights into how we could craft more regionally-relevant resources. Fast forward two years, and we’ve got a lot to show for our collaborative efforts! This session will highlight how regional partners have worked with SoCalREN to break through agencies’ skepticism of a region-wide program, promote existing offerings, and co-create new ones. SoCalREN’s regional partners will feature the initiative pilots that they designed and launched this year, including a home energy assessment program, and a comprehensive Energy Resiliency Action Plan program for climate-vulnerable communities. As we enter the third year of regional partnerships, we will engage the audience in a discussion of best practices to increase local energy action so that all communities can realize the benefits of energy savings.


  • Kim Fuentes, South Bay Cities Council of Governments, Deputy Executive Director
  • Sumi Gant (She/Hers), Gateway Cities Council of Governments, SoCalREN Program
  • Pam Close Bold, High Sierra Energy Foundation, Executive Director
  • Amy Whitehouse (she/her) (Moderator), SoCalREN, Project Manager
  • Samantha Dodero, San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization, Associate Executive Director
  • Nicholas Ryu, San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments, Manager of Natural Resources & Sustainability
  • Lujuana Medina, SoCalREN, Environmental Initiatives Manager