Congratulations to Beacon and Spotlight Award Winners for 2017

Congratulations to cities, counties, and other local agencies improving sustainability in their communities! Palo Alto, San Carlos, Claremont, Hayward, Foster City, Sacramento, Fremont, Scotts Valley and Alpine County all received Beacon Awards this year. Many more cities and counties received Spotlight Awards for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency, natural gas savings, and sustainability best practices. This year…

IEPR Workshop on Climate Adaptation and Resilience for the Energy System

The California Energy Commission will jointly conduct a workshop with the CPUC to discuss new scientific and policy advances on climate adaptation and resilience for the energy system. The workshop is part of the 2017 Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) proceeding. Energy Commission Chair Robert B. Weisenmiller and lead Commissioner for the 2017 IEPR will…

Call for Proposals Closes July 3rd: 7th Annual Central Coast Sustainability Summit

The University of California, Santa Barbara, in partnership with the cities of Goleta, Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, the County of Santa Barbara, and the Community Environmental Council, will be hosting the 6th Annual Central Coast Sustainability Summit on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017. The event will bring together representatives from local governments and organizations to discuss common…

Webinars 8/23-24: Lessons Learned in CivicSpark Project Implementation, Central Coast, Los Angeles, and Southern California Regions

CivicSpark is a Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps program that provides capacity-building support to local governments to accelerate California’s response and resiliency to climate change. These webinars aim to provide a snapshot of some of the accomplishments of the 2015-16 service year, with an emphasis on sharing lessons learned and best practices. (more…)

New Federal Housing Administration PACE Guidance Released

This week, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced clear guidance that will expand access to renewable energy, energy efficiency, and other home resiliency projects for American homeowners. The guidance, signaled last August by President (more…)

AEP Conference 8/1: Climate Change Implications and Adaptation

Join the Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP) Institute in Sacramento August 1st for their third annual conference, “Climate Change Implications and Adaptation.” Download Event Flyer. Register by July 15th for the early registration (more…)

Energy Efficiency 101

New to local government energy efficiency, and looking for some information to get started? See information in the four main categories below – or, check out some of the new, highlighted resources. Highlighted Resources: Energy Efficiency 101 Presentations (SEEC Forum Workshop): Why Energy Efficiency? Motivating factors, data, and case studies Policies Driving Energy Efficiency: EE Policy…