Morning Plenary I: Energy Efficiency Policies, Planning, and Funding for Climate Vulnerable Communities

This session will evaluate how energy efficiency investments currently target and benefit disadvantaged (DAC) and low-income communities. The speakers will discuss how that definition is broadening to include an understanding of climate vulnerability, incorporating climate impacts and adaptation, and how to target current and future investments based on this evolving definition. The session will cover the importance of a common framework, challenges and opportunities in this process, metrics to measure progress, and how various stakeholders including local governments, utilities, and community-based organizations are working toward a shared goal of climate resilience.


  • Leah Fisher, California Strategic Growth Council
  • Nuin-Tara Key, California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
  • Jodi Pincus, Rising Sun Center for Opportunity
  • David Jacot, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
  • Amee Raval, Asian Pacific Environmental Network