Past Forum Resources

The California Climate & Energy Forum (previously the Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Best Practices Forum) has been held since 2010. Resources, including videos, powerpoints, and notes from previous forums can be found below.

14th Annual CCEC Forum

June 13 – 14, 2023 | Santa Rosa, CA
2023 Forum Theme – Investment, Innovation, and Inclusion: Locals Leading a Clean Energy, Climate-Stable Future for All

The CCEC Forum brings together leaders in local energy and climate action for a two-day event featuring in-depth conversations with local and regional governments and their partners in State agencies, CBOs, NGOs, and private sector service providers. This year marks our 14th Annual Forum and a pivotal opportunity to build upon State and federal momentum to innovate and collaborate towards a clean energy, climate stable future for all. Participate in a focused agenda that builds upon the 2022 theme of Accelerating Climate Action & Advancing Justice. We will explore local practices and timely topics, such as ensuring the recent windfall of policy investments are used to foster lasting impact and help address the most pressing local emissions and energy resiliency needs in an inclusive and culturally competent way.

2023 CCEC Forum Resources

Existing Building Electrification: A Message of Hope and Action

We bring a message of hope. Hope that electrifying existing buildings is possible when led by local leaders and decision makers like you. Panelists will cover the California Scoping plan and roadmap to zero emissions, code, programs focused on electrification, and innovative actions local government and community-based organizations are taking. Panelists will integrate equity and environmental justice, while exploring opportunities and partnerships that provide the path to zero that we are reaching for.  

Attendee participation will be encouraged. We will provide a space for the panelists and participants to discuss current state policy, regionalized resources, lessons learned and tools/mechanisms to advance local building electrification priorities. Participants will leave the session with a better understanding of California’s scoping plan, how code will be integrated, program opportunities, and community level strategies that promote innovation and investment.

Speakers

  • Lou Jacobson, Willdan, Director
  • Vivan Malkani, Energy and Environmental Economics, Inc., Senior Consultant
  • Jordan Garbayo, County of San Luis Obispo, Energy Program Manager
  • Jaime Alonso, GRID Alternatives Inland Empire, Executive Director
  • Rochelle Butler, San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization, Energy Manager
  • Lindsey Tillisch, Pacific Gas & Electric
Event Date: 06/14/2023
Region: Statewide
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Environmental Justice
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Designing the Right Building Performance Standards for Your City

All-electric building codes are decarbonizing new buildings throughout the state, but the majority of emissions come from existing buildings. Implementing Building Performance Standards (BPS) is an important strategy to cut emissions by targeting the largest polluters. BPS policies help building managers and owners identify inefficiencies and require performance improvements over time. This session will explore lessons learned from cities with experience developing and implementing BPS policies and allow participants to co-create equitable and effective policies for a range of city sizes and characteristics.

Representatives from the cities of Santa Monica, Berkeley, and San Diego will provide an overview of BPS policies in place and under development. Participants will split into breakout groups to design BPS policies based on the characteristics of the city presented at their table and consider companion policies to address any foreseeable consequences on underserved communities and stakeholders.

Speakers

  • Ariana Vito, City of Santa Monica, Senior Sustainability Analyst
  • Shelby Buso, City of San Diego, Chief Sustainability Officer
  • Ammon Reagan, City of Berkeley, Sustainability Program Coordinator
Event Date: 06/14/2023
Region: Greater Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Codes and Standards
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Unlocking Electrification Opportunities in Southern California’s Multifamily Housing Market

Event Date: 6/13/2023
Region: Greater Los Angeles
Sectors Targeted: Commercial, Local Governments, Nonprofit, Residential
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization
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California Energy Design Assistance: K-12 Carbon Footprint

Event Date: 6/13/2023
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization
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Electrification and Permitting: It’s Complicated!

Event Date: 6/13/2023
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Codes and Standards
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Building Resilience – Efficiency’s Role in Decarbonization at Home

Event Date: 6/13/2023
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Sectors Targeted: Residential
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Energy Efficiency
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How the California Energy Storage Permitting Guidebook is Accelerating Adoption of Customer-Side Energy Storage Systems

Event Date: 6/13/2023
Region: Statewide
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Topic Areas: Renewable Energy & Storage
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Competition, Recognition, and Innovation: What Really Motivates Participation?

Event Date: 6/13/2013
Region: Greater Los Angeles, Inland Empire, Sierra Nevada, San Joaquin Valley
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities, Local Governments
Topic Areas: Outreach and Engagement
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Grassroots Community Carbon Conversations: An Important Ingredient toward Achieving Community Decarbonization Goals

Event Date: 6/13/2023
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Sectors Targeted: Nonprofit
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Outreach and Engagement
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Zero Emission Fleet Transition: Roadmap

Event Date: 06/13/2023
Region: San Diego
Sectors Targeted: Commercial, Local Governments
Topic Areas: Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility
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Rural Building Decarbonization Readiness and Resiliency: Vulnerabilities, Solutions, Barriers and Successes

This session will bring together varied perspectives on the experiences of rural Californians in their quest to decarbonize and build resiliency for their communities. Panelists will present how they’re working to overcome challenges, highlight innovative projects, identify barriers that exclude participation in funding opportunities and programs, and make recommendations on how to alleviate obstacles to provide greater opportunities to impact their communities.

Many rural communities are faced with extreme weather and their remote nature amplifies the needs for resiliency and their lack of resources, especially in light of goals to rapidly decarbonize building stock and address transportation needs. This panel will highlight programs and projects that will help deliver an equitable and clean energy future for rural Californians.

Speakers

  • Pam Close Bold, High Sierra Energy Foundation, Executive Director
  • Lou Jacobson, Willdan, Director
  • Stephen Kullmann, Redwood Coast Energy Authority, Director for Demand Side Management
  • Meredith Anderson, Sierra Business Council, Climate and Energy Project Manager
  • Amaury Berteaud, Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments, Sustainability Program Manager
Event Date: 06/14/2023
Region: Central Coast, North Coast, Sierra Nevada
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities, Local Governments, Residential
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Climate Planning, Environmental Justice
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Organize, Fund, Act – Sonoma County Government Collaboration for Climate Solutions

In 2001, local climate activists launched a campaign to mobilize Sonoma County governments to fight climate change. This initiative created an innovative partnership that produced countywide greenhouse gas inventories, climate targets, and climate action plans; started a local community choice energy utility; and, in 2009, founded the Sonoma County Regional Climate Protection Authority (RCPA). RCPA facilitates collaboration among Sonoma County’s local governments, helps set goals, pools resources, formalizes partnerships, and works across policy areas to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build climate resiliency. RCPA became California’s first Climate Resilience District with the passage of SB 852 in 2022. The purpose of the session is to share Sonoma County’s successful model of local government collaboration on climate, learn about RCPA’s work to develop new sources of local funding for climate action centered in environmental justice, and explore how collaborative models like RCPA’s could help other regions achieve their climate goals.

Speakers

  • Tanya Narath, Sonoma County Regional Climate Protection Authority, Director of Climate Programs
  • Suzanne Smith, Sonoma County Regional Climate Protection Authority, Executive Director
  • Tasha Wright, Santa Rosa Water, Energy and Sustainability Coordinator
  • Eris Weaver, Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition, Executive Director
Event Date: 06/14/2023
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Topic Areas: Climate Planning, Partnerships
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Call to Action: Let’s Build Climate Equity through Regenerative Economics

A moderated Solutions Room panel exemplifying local leaders in the area of climate equity that promote a regenerative economic framework. Our solutions room will be organized in a sacred circle. We will hear from panelists about their good work projects, ask critical questions of all participants, facilitate break out groups, and close with a call to action. We will focus on understanding basic principles of regenerative (circular) economic frameworks, and how it can be developed across climate and energy industries to improve BIPOC career pathways, improve public health outcomes and build economic stability for climate impacted communities. All panelists and participants will have an opportunity to share their vision for creating climate equity and economic justice during an unprecedented time in climate equity funding.

Speakers

  • Anita Lopez, California Eco Network, Co-Founder
  • Yvette Marí Robles, Pathfinder Wellcare, Curandera
  • Dominic Allamano, Urban Agroforester
  • Teresa Almaguer, PODER, Environmental Justice Organizer
  • Sister Maria A. Muhammad, I Am Green, CEO
  • Fatima Malik, Del Paso Heights Growers’ Alliance, Lead Organizer
Event Date: 06/14/2023
Region: Statewide
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities, Nonprofit
Topic Areas: Environmental Justice, Public Health, Workforce Development
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Electrify Everything (Except for …): Understanding Reach Code Exemptions

An important and often overlooked part of a reach code is the exemptions. Exemptions can be put in place for a variety of reasons, ranging from recognizing situations where reach code requirements are not feasible to political concessions needed to enact a reach code. As such, exemptions can help a reach code to work smoothly and avoid unintended consequences but can also provide a loophole for those who don’t want to comply. In addition, exemptions can be specific (does not include pools) or general (anything that is not feasible).

Although many jurisdictions have adopted reach codes to require all-electric new construction projects, decarbonizing existing buildings is critical to achieving local, state, and federal emissions reductions goals. The variety of buildings, construction methods, site features, and infrastructure in existing buildings can present implementation challenges for some projects that require special consideration, sometimes warranting an exemption from the reach code requirements. Common challenges include funding limitations for permit applicants, a potentially undesirable impact to local industry, technical/technology-related issues (no commercially available replacement), or site-related constraints (no suitable location for equipment). This session will delve into the options and trade-offs involved in developing and enforcing reach code exemptions that address these challenges while preserving benefits. In addition to introductory presentations, we will use role-playing, audience participation, and facilitated group discussion to engage attendees with the key issues. The session will enable attendees to better understand the options and issues related to exemptions as well as the perspectives and constraints of key stakeholders.

Speakers

  • Misti Bruceri, Misti Bruceri and Associates, LLC, Principal
  • Katen Kristiansson, BayREN, Codes and Standards Program Manager
  • Lawrence Garber, Building Decarbonization Coalition, Local Government Associate
  • Greg Mahoney, County of Sacramento, Chief Building Official
  • Bill Kelley, County of Marin, Deputy Director of Building and Safety
Event Date: 06/14/2023
Region: Statewide
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Codes and Standards
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Achieving Equitable Decarbonization: Lessons from International Local Government Perspective

With state and federal imperatives to decarbonize through electrification in the midst of steadily rising electricity rates, local governments are being looked to as critical change agents. The panel will discuss how California is not alone in struggling to address climate change, outline a series of roles local governments could take to help lead the way, and discuss a possible high distributed energy resources future. The session will culminate with a discussion on the best role for local governments, and how the Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition is supporting equal decarbonization. Topics include European Union directives for smart local energy markets, California regulatory opportunities, local resilience and decentralized energy, and perspectives from a local elected official on the path forward. 

Speakers

  • Marc Costa, The Energy Coalition, Director of Policy and Planning
  • Steven Moss, M. Cubed, Partner
  • Arlis Reynolds, City of Costa Mesa, Councilmember
  • Lorenzo Kristov, PhD, Independent Consultant
Event Date: 06/14/2023
Region: Statewide
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Distributed Energy Resources, Partnerships
2023 CCEC Forum Resources

Consult a CBO: Tips for Collaborating on Climate Investments

Join us for an engaging and interactive Q&A session on how local governments and program administrators can effectively engage with community-based organizations (CBOs) to develop more inclusive and impactful policies, programs and outreach. CBOs serve as a critical link between government, program administrators and the community, providing valuable insights and feedback to inform decision-making processes.

This session will explore best practices and lessons learned for building strong partnerships with CBOs, including strategies for effective communication, collaboration, and capacity building. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from experts in the field and engage in discussions on topics such as identifying and leveraging the strengths of CBOs, fostering trust and mutual understanding, and measuring the impact of CBO, local governments and program administrators  partnerships.

Whether you are a local government representative, program funder, a CBO leader, or simply interested in community engagement, this session will provide valuable insights and practical guidance for achieving meaningful and sustainable outcomes through effective partnerships.

Speakers

  • Maggie Singleton, Center for Sustainable Energy, Equity Associate Manager
  • Vivian Rahwanji, Community Housing Development Corporation, Director of Operations
  • Kevin Hamilton, Central California Asthma Collaborative, Executive Director
Event Date: 06/14/2023
Region: San Francisco Bay Area, San Joaquin Valley, Statewide
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments, Nonprofit
Topic Areas: Partnerships
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Let’s Co-Create a Roadmap to Equitably Retrofit Buildings!

You already have a foolproof building retrofit strategy for aligning federal, state, and regional resources to achieve your climate goals and deliver equitable community benefit, right? Wait, you don’t!? Well, then… let’s get together for 75 minutes to work on this problem together! We’ll start with brief overview presentations from the Building Decarbonization Coalition, City of Berkeley, and City of San Luis Obispo. Then we’ll break into small groups facilitated by staff from Central Coast Community Energy, The Switch is On, 3C-REN, Building Decarbonization Coalition and the cities of San Luis Obispo and Berkeley to develop programs for the fictional City of Heatpumptopia. By the end of the session, you’ll learn important program design considerations from your peers, make new connections, and head home inspired and ready to get to work on your own programs. 

Speakers

  • Lucia Pohlman, County of San Luis Obispo, Sustainability and Natural Resources Analyst
  • Panama Bartholomy, Building Decarbonization Coalition, Director
  • Rebecca Milliken, City of Berkeley, Sustainability Outreach Specialist
Event Date: 06/14/2023
Region: Central Coast, San Francisco Bay Area
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Energy Efficiency
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Navigating Parallel Universes: Why Translation Alone Isn’t Enough

How do you conduct effective outreach to communities where English is a second language? Engaging thoughtfully with these communities requires an understanding of their unique institutions, norms, and information networks, which is often not represented in traditional communication resources. Diving in deeper, the way people receive information, who they trust, and how they take action can vary widely even within sub-groups of populations that speak the same language.

In this session, BayREN will share insights on how to effectively engage with communities where English is a second language. We will discuss our successes, failures, and lessons learned in our experiences working with a range of communities and discuss how our process entails collaboration with our own mothers to internationally recognized celebrities.

Speakers

  • Jennifer West, Program Manager, StopWaste
  • Jeffery Liang, BayREN, Single Family Program Manager
  • Yeymi Rivas Reyes, BayREN, Communications Coordinator
  • Tonya Veitch, County of Santa Clara, Senior Sustainability Analyst
Event Date: 06/14/2023
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities, Local Governments
Topic Areas: Outreach and Engagement
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California Public Agency Fleet Electrification Funding and Challenges

In this session, Prospect Silicon Valley will highlight the efforts of several City Governments to electrify their vehicle fleets. Speakers will cover planning challenges including funding programs, charging infrastructure, and organizational change from senior executives to departmental vehicle users.

Speakers

  • Ilse Villacorta-Alatriste, ProspectSV, Senior Project Associate
  • Toto Vu-Duc, City of Watsonville, Senior Environmental Projects Analyst
  • Hilary Ego, City of La Mesa, Environmental Program Manager
Event Date: 06/14/2023
Region: Central Coast, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Topic Areas: Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility, Financing/Funding
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Upsizing Electrification Potential, Not Panels: Addressing Barrier of Panel Upgrades

For many homes the electrical transformation does not need to be as daunting as is commonly thought. They will understand that many homes are capable of transitioning away from gas appliances without electrical service upsizing and be provided the tools and strategies to minimize the need to upsize electrical panels. We will share a suite of existing technologies and strategies that work within the constraints of existing panel capacity, including ‘watt-diet’, circuit sharing, low wattage appliances, and whole building controls among other options. We will also discuss electrification plans to provide options and alternatives to specific scenarios that a homeowner, contractor or utility needs to address to avoid panel upsizing as much as possible. Last, attendees will learn how policy changes and program design can drive a better-optimized approach to panels and service upsizing, as well as, how to employ limited finances, time, and services effectively and equitably across communities.

Speakers

  • Jenny Low, Build It Green, Program Manager
  • Abhijeet Pande, TRC, Vice President for Research and Technology Commercialization
  • Laura Feinstein, SPUR, Sustainability and Resilience Policy Director
  • Emily Alvarez, StopWaste, Program Manager
Event Date: 06/13/2023
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Sectors Targeted: Residential
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Energy Efficiency
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The Future of Virtual Power Plants: Empowering Underserved Communities

Sarah Delisle, Vice President, Government Affairs & Communications of Swell Energy; Ed Hamzawi, Director, Advanced Energy Solutions of Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD); and Achini Bandara, Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships at GRID Alternatives North Valley will discuss how aggregating distributed energy resources en masse in the form of a virtual power plant (VPP) lowers the cost of ownership for consumers and helps utilities manage demand while increasing individual reliability and resilience across the electric grid. They will demonstrate how Swell is working to help SMUD deliver on its 2030 Zero Carbon Plan to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from its power supply, including how the success of programs like SMUD’s My Energy Optimizer Partner+ is based not only on total enrollment but also on the additional job opportunities created for local installers, new revenue opportunities, and grid resilience benefits, as well as the socially equitable impacts of these programs.

Speakers

  • Sarah Delisle, Swell Energy, Vice President for Government Affairs and Communications
  • Ed Hamzawi, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Advanced Energy Solutions Director
  • Achini Bandara, GRID Alternatives North Valley, Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships
Event Date: 06/13/2023
Region: Sacramento Valley
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Topic Areas: Distributed Energy Resources, Energy Resilience
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Building Local Resilience Models – BayREN Resilient Libraries Network Pilot

The BayREN Resilient Libraries Network seeks to develop a network of local libraries to also function as Community Resilience Centers. Libraries play critical roles especially for disadvantaged communities. Six sites were selected. BayREN is providing engineering technical assistance for each site to assess necessary upgrades to improve energy efficiency and provide access to cooling, heating, and clean air and potential for battery back-up and storage. Pilot participants will be matched with funding and financing experts to provide tailored guidance to identify relevant funding sources for both CRC building upgrades and the specific programming and services that each site intends to provide to their communities year-round. Pilot participants who will share current challenges and lessons learned from their work to build a CRC based on community needs. Information about how the pilot is funded, how BayREN is working with partners and how this pilot could be replicated will be provided.

Speakers

  • Jenny Berg, BayREN, Energy Section Director
  • Aleka Seville, Collective Strategies Consulting, LLC, Founder and Principal
  • Nick Kordesch, City of Oakland, Energy Program Manager
  • Veronika Cole, City of Oakland, Resilient Communities Analyst
  • Laura Wong, County of San Mateo, Sustainability Coordinator
Event Date: 06/13/2023
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities, Local Governments
Topic Areas: Energy Efficiency, Energy Resilience
2023 CCEC Forum Resources

Catch Them Early – Educating Los Angeles’ Youth about Opportunities in the Green Economy

In March of 2023 SoCalREN held a Future Green Leaders Summit to build awareness about different career pathways in Sustainability and Energy Efficiency that students may not be introduced to otherwise. The summit was attended by over 1,800 6th, 7th and 8th grades students from disadvantaged/low-income communities around LA. The summit featured over 18 workshops, 40 exhibitors (including Microsoft and Google) and several highly interactive displays designed to inform the audience about opportunities in the Green Energy Sector with the intent of generating interest and guiding the development of future leaders.

This panel will discuss the vision for the summit, the incredible support the summit gained throughout the public and private sector and present key outcomes and feedback. Additional discussion will be provided around the immensely challenging logistics of event coordination and lessons learned.

Speakers

  • Tessa Charnofsky, County of Los Angeles, Workforce Education and Training Program Manager
  • Lujuana Medina, County of Los Angeles, Environmental Initiatives Manager
  • Shanette Anderson, Emerald Cities Collaborative, Southern California Senior Program Manager
Event Date: 06/13/2023
Region: Greater Los Angeles
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Topic Areas: Workforce Development
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Equitable Electrification for Multifamily Properties

As California jurisdictions seek to decarbonize their building stocks while simultaneously addressing the state’s housing crisis, the challenge of how to retrofit existing multifamily buildings without displacing residents looms large. This session will tell the story of how low-income multifamily properties in the Bay Area layered multiple funding sources to complete comprehensive clean energy and electrification retrofits. Attendees will learn how the projects came together, what technical challenges had to be overcome, and how residents were engaged throughout the process. It will also touch on how incentive programs are evolving to more holistically serve owners and residents.

The panelists will then discuss lessons learned for both local jurisdictions and multifamily property owners, including solutions to common barriers to electrification, how to make the financials of multifamily retrofits pencil out, and how to incorporate resident voices.

The following programs were leveraged and will be discussed: BAMBE, SOMAH, LIWP, TECH Clean CA

Speakers

  • Marisa Villarreal, GRID Alternatives, SOMAH Program Director
  • Sheetal Chitnis, Association for Energy Affordability, Senior Program Manager
  • Ben Cooper, StopWaste, Program Manager
  • Emma Barker, Eden Housing, Inc., Associate Project Developer
Event Date: 06/13/2023
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments, Residential
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization
2023 CCEC Forum Resources

Making Equity Real in Climate Mapping Tools and Platforms

Mapping tools such as the CalEnviroScreen and the Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool (CEJST) are used to allocate millions of dollars of climate funding. The Greenlining Institute has advocated that these tools are designed to identify communities that are most affected by climate change, economic hardships, and racism. This session provides a practical framework for technologists, government officials, and advocates to go beyond ideals and make equity real in every stage of designing, utilizing, and improving their tools and platforms. This session will touch on limitations with existing tools, such as race not being a factor or tools not including the cumulative impacts of multiple factors, and opportunities for local stakeholders to fill those holes in their planning particularly when it comes to the evaluation of equity goals and benefits.

This workshop draws from Greenlining’s decades of experience in climate justice and racial equity advocacy and technical assistance. We will provide examples from our experience working with communities and government agencies on local, state, and federal tools that are used to allocate funding to disadvantaged communities. We will then move into an interactive discussion where participants come up with strategies on how their jurisdictions use mapping tools and data to advance racial and environmental justice. Participants will have the chance to share their findings and strategies with the group.

Speakers

  • Sneha Ayyagari, The Greenlining Institute, Clean Energy Initiative Program Manager
  • Nicole Wong, The Greenlining Institute, Climate Resilience Program Manager
Event Date: 06/13/2023
Region: Statewide
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments, Nonprofit
Topic Areas: Data Requests and Analysis, Environmental Justice
2023 CCEC Forum Resources

Meeting the Moment: Building Inclusive Energy Action Across the Central Coast

This session will follow the ever-changing story of an energy program that adapted its approach to serve the unique needs of communities and sectors across California’s Central Coast. CC-LEAP, a regional utility-funded efficiency program, has had to pivot, navigating a pandemic launch and understandably strained public agencies and businesses. The program approach quickly shifted from a large-scale energy projects approach to innovative program offerings that catered to small businesses and small local governments with limited budgets and staff capacity. Through community involvement and strategic partnerships, CC-LEAP has overcome regional energy efficiency challenges and driven equitable energy and climate action. In this session, our team, along with partners and member agencies, will share best practices and encourage discussions on customized energy services and strategic partnerships to meet regional needs and goals.

Speakers

  • Ivana Dorin, The Energy Coalition, Program Manager
  • Annie Secrest, County of San Luis Obispo, Energy and Water Coordinator
  • Lindsey Tillisch, Pacific Gas & Electric, Expert Program Manager
  • Rachel Pennington, The Energy Coalition, Acting Assistant Director of Energy Services
Event Date: 06/13/2023
Region: Greater Los Angeles, Central Coast
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Topic Areas: Energy Efficiency, Partnerships
2023 CCEC Forum Resources

Decarbonizing Homes while Creating Quality Jobs in your Community

Join us for a panel discussion on home electrification or “decarbonization” initiatives and the complementary creation of good jobs in the community – with a focus on economic justice, equity, and environmental health. The panel will explore incorporating high road labor standards into public incentive programs, working with unions and the apprenticeship training programs they provide, and promoting a more sustainable future. The discussion will showcase the Bay Area High Road Training Partnership, which aims to transform the residential retrofit industry from low road to high road, generating family-sustaining jobs while supporting climate sustainability. The panel will feature representatives from a city, a union organization, and public program administrators to discuss strategies for ensuring decarbonization jobs are high road and promoting sustainability efforts while benefiting workers and the community.

Speakers

  • Chiara Arellano, Rising Sun Center for Opportunity, High Road Initiatives Manager
  • Jennifer West, Program Manager, StopWaste
  • Jordan Ackerman, Construction Trades Workforce Initiative, Policy and Public Affairs Manager
  • Billi Romain, City of Berkeley, Energy and Sustainable Development Manager
Event Date: 06/13/2023
Region: Sacramento Valley, San Francisco Bay Area
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Workforce Development
2023 CCEC Forum Resources

Investing in a Climate-Safe Future: Business and Government Roundtable

Nonprofits and governments advocate for policies and programs to achieve social, economic and environmental goals.  But the clean energy economy will be built by the private sector. This is true whether we are talking about efficient, all-electric homes, electric vehicles and charging infrastructure, or farms and ranches that grow our food and wine. All these enterprises are privately held, and privately operated. This session will bring together top business leaders from the North Bay to share their programs and practices, and engage in conversation with a cross section of activists and government representatives to better understand how the public and private sectors can better collaborate in creating a future that is clean, affordable, resilient, equitable and safe.

Speakers

  • Doron Amiron, The Climate Center, Business Program Manager
  • Ardi Arian, Renewable America, President & CEO
  • Brad Baker, SOMO Group, CEO
  • Jane Elias, County of Sonoma, Energy and Sustainability Manager
Event Date: 06/13/2023
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Sectors Targeted: Commercial, Local Governments
Topic Areas: Partnerships
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13th Annual CCEC Forum

September 21 – 22, 2022 | San Diego, CA
2022 Forum Theme: Accelerating Climate Action & Advancing Justice

The consequences of an extractive fossil fuel economy are here, but so are the solutions. As we work to implement climate and energy solutions, there are dual needs: an urgency to meet our goals and a need to do so in an inclusive, conscientious way without leaving anyone behind. So as we accelerate climate and energy action with new strategies and technologies, how can we create time for the tough and meaningful discussions we need to have? How do we ensure that solutions advance justice and include historically and presently disadvantaged communities? Through this forum, we are looking to engage local governments, state agencies, organizations, and any interested practitioners to facilitate sharing best practices, tools and ideas on how to approach our statewide and local goals effectively.

2022 CCEC Forum Session

Closing Plenary: Accelerating Climate Action and Advancing Justice… with Accountability

To close out the forum, we turn our attention squarely to this year’s theme: Accelerating Climate Action and Advancing Justice. Calls for equitable and inclusive decisions, investments, plans, and projects are reverberating throughout the climate field and in our communities. There is a growing recognition that members of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and other marginalized groups are disproportionately impacted by pollution and the impact of climate change, resulting from an enduring history of systemic racism and chronic disinvestment in their communities. As the momentum for equitable climate action continues to build, how do we ensure meaningful and lasting outcomes for communities? This closing plenary seeks to move beyond principles and frameworks to hear real stories from community organizers and advocates – on what’s working, what isn’t, and what it means to advance justice with accountability. 

Speakers

  • Roger Lin (he/him) (Moderator), Center for Biological Diversity, Senior Attorney for Energy Justice
  • Grace Peralta Beasley (she/her), MCE, Senior Customer Programs Manager
  • NJ Mvondo, National Association for Climate Resilience Planners (NACRP), Member
  • Christian A. Torres (He/him), Comite Civico del Valle, Special Projects Manager
Event Date: September 22, 2022
Region: Statewide
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Topic Areas: Climate Planning, Environmental Justice
2022 CCEC Forum Session

Morning Plenary: Collaborating with Tribes

The geopolitical region that we now know as California has for millennia been home to more than 100 distinct Native American Tribes. Beginning with the arrival of Spanish missionaries and soldiers in San Diego in 1769, California Tribes have endured the loss of their lands, resources, and people to the forces of colonialism. Despite an array of injustices and disadvantages, California’s indigenous peoples continue to demonstrate unparalleled resilience and stewardship of the environment. Today, many local governments share boundaries with California Tribes. They also govern land that is considered Tribal ancestral lands and that continues to be home to indigenous people and culturally-important species and resources. Collaboration between Tribal and non-tribal communities is not always easy, but it can produce powerful results. This session will showcase some of the nation-leading climate and energy work being done by Tribes and their partners in the San Diego area. Speakers will highlight Tribes’ unique history, perspective, knowledge, and legal authority, all of which make them vital leaders, teachers, and partners in regional climate and energy efforts. Attendees will leave with a deeper understanding of Tribal perspectives on a host of relevant issues including ways to respectfully and effectively engage and collaborate with Tribes.

Speakers

  • Joshua Simmons, Prosper Sustainably, President and Founder, Principal Consultant
  • Shasta Gaughen (she/her), Pala Band of Mission Indians, Environmental Director/THPO
  • Michael Connolly, Campo Kumeyaay Nation, Resource Economist/Kumeyaay Historian
  • Angie Hacker (Moderator), CCEC, Statewide Best Practices Coordinator
Event Date: September 22, 2022
Region: Statewide
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments, Tribal Governments
Topic Areas: Partnerships
2022 CCEC Forum Session

Opening Plenary: State of Climate and Energy in California in 2022

The opening plenary will provide attendees with an overview of the State of Climate and Energy in California in 2022. This plenary aims to set the stage for this year’s theme by reviewing key policies, trends, and opportunities for Accelerating Climate Action and Advancing Justice, with particular attention to providing timely and relevant updates for local governments. Our panel of State and local leaders will reflect on statewide progress towards key climate goals, challenges to overcome, and emerging opportunities for a carbon-free, climate-resilient future by balancing speed and justice. 

Speakers

  • Angie Hacker(Moderator), CCEC, Statewide Best Practices Coordinator
  • David Hochschild (he/him/his), Chair, California Energy Commission
  • Genevieve Shiroma (she/her), California Public Utilities Commission, Commissioner
  • Samuel Assefa (He/Him/His), Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR), Director
  • Lynn von Koch-Liebert (she/her), California Strategic Growth Council (SGC), Executive Director
Event Date: September 21, 2022
Region: Statewide
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Topic Areas: Climate Planning, Energy Efficiency
2022 CCEC Forum Session

Elevating and Equitable Engaging Rural Voices in the Energy Transition

California has long been a leader in the clean energy and climate transition, yet disadvantaged communities continue to be left behind.  This is particularly true for rural communities, which face ever-increasing challenges with fragile grid systems, a lack of distributed generation, complications responding to public safety power shutoff (PSPS) events, disparate geographics, and local government capacity limitations.

This panel will link utility, government, and implementation to present solutions for engaging rural California voices in the energy transition, including:

  • Community approaches to energy programs.  California community choice aggregators (CCAs) are load serving entities with unusual latitude in initiatives to address local needs.  Josh Brock, Vice President of Calpine, will discuss lessons from CCAs throughout the state, drawing upon extensive research and evaluation of programs serving disadvantaged communities.
  • Enhanced customer communications.  James Riley, Partner at Appos Advisors, will draw upon decades of experience working with investor-owned utilities to share lessons in how to qualify and engage customers in assistance programs, and best methods for supporting rural communities during PSPS events.
  • Local and inclusive energy and climate solutions.  The Town of Truckee is a local jurisdiction that is quickly becoming a leader in community-based climate and sustainability solutions.  Anna Klovstad, Former Mayor, will define successful local stakeholder engagement strategies, agency collaboration tactics, and changes to the Town’s policies and priorities to support climate solutions.

Panelists will discuss specific approaches to working with underserved communities and how these approaches have translated into program designs and solutions that can be applied in rural communities throughout California. 

Speakers

  • Josh Brock (He/Him), Calpine Energy Solutions, Vice President – CCA Commercial Operations
  • James Riley, Appos Advisors, Partner
  • Anna Klovstad, Town of Truckee, Former Mayor
  • Courtney Henderson (Moderator), Resource innovations, Head of Market Strategy
  • Sherry Hao (she/her), Sierra Business Council, Climate & Energy Program Director
Event Date: September 22, 2022
Region: Statewide
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities, Local Governments
Topic Areas: Energy Resilience, Environmental Justice
2022 CCEC Forum Session

Bringing Community Based Organizations to the Table to Expand EV Participation in Disadvantaged Communities

Expanding access to electric vehicles (EVs) and EV charging to people in low- to moderate-income and disadvantaged communities that have borne the brunt of air pollution is critical to improving local air quality. New and used EVs, purchased or leased with the help of local, state, and federal incentives, can also decrease individuals’ commuting costs through lower costs to operate and maintain an EV. The Center for Sustainable Energy will lead a panel discussion with well-respected leaders from community based organizations (CBOs) across California that work directly with disadvantaged communities.  They will share best practices and examples of successful outreach methods that bring their audience in closer to better understand the benefits and funding incentives available.  We will review why and how it is important for program administrators for EV and EV infrastructure programs to develop a deep and lasting relationships with trusted CBOs that understand their community needs and the issues to reduce barriers to EVs and EV charging acceptance.  This informative panel discussion will also cover how CBOs help inform policy and program design through their understanding of their communities’ challenges and concerns.  We hope you will join us for this impactful presentation. 

Speakers

  • Lauri Walker (she/her/hers) (Moderator), Center for Sustainable Energy, Senior Manager, Equity
  • Flora Barron (She/Hers), Metropolitan Area Advisory Committee, Director of Economic Development
  • Christian A. Torres (He/him), Comite Civico del Valle, Special Projects Manager
Event Date: September 22, 2022
Region: Statewide
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities, Local Governments
Topic Areas: Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility
2022 CCEC Forum Session

Going Beyond 2022 Building Standards to Continue Accelerated Climate Action

With the effective date for the new 2022 statewide Building Energy Efficiency Standards only a few months away, many active reach codes will be revisited in the context of the new requirements. What will remain a “reach” over state minimums? What actions can local jurisdictions take to continue accelerating progress on their own climate action plans? How can existing buildings be a bigger part of the progress?
This session tackles the challenge, focusing on how local experience both informs development of the state code, and provides a platform that jurisdictions may use to leapfrog beyond these minimums. First, the presenters will share the results of a survey conducted by Building Decarbonization Coalition, BayREN and Acterra that connected with local government staff from jurisdictions with a building electrification ordinance. This will offer insights on the effects that reach codes are having on jurisdictions with permitted residential and commercial projects and the number of those projects that were designed all-electric. Then, panelists and attendees will share insights and experiences from the 2019 cycle, including lessons learned and opportunities to continue advancing climate-related policies by local leadership in the next code cycle. Together, the session participants will explore ordinance options, from the general policy structure, building types, and targeted activities and measures.

Speakers

  • Danuta Drozdowicz (she), California Energy Commission, Energy Specialist Efficiency Division
  • Crystal Najera, City of Encinitas, Sustainability Manager
  • Demian Hardman-Saldana, Contra Costa County, Department of Conservation and Development, Senior Planner
  • Misti Bruceri (She/Her/Hers), (Moderator) Statewide Reach Codes Program, Coordinator and Technical Lead
  • Lawrence Garber, Building Decarbonization Coalition, Program Associate
  • Cora Panturad, Monterey County, Sustainable Infrastructure Analyst
Event Date: September 22, 2022
Region: Statewide
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Topic Areas: Codes and Standards, Energy Efficiency
2022 CCEC Forum Session

Uniting Data and Community: San Diego’s Climate Equity Index

This panel discussion will cover the process in which the City of San Diego co-developed the first-of-its-kind Climate Equity Index (CEI) in partnership with 32 community-based organizations and nonprofits, to better understand and map out the impacts of climate change at the community level. The discussion will cover the CEI results, process of co-developing, first-hand account from CBOs, detailed information on amount of staff time and budget to develop the CEI, and how the CEI has used the CEI to inform City policy and define Communities of Concern. This will be a conversation around equity, environmental justice, embedding equity in institutional processes, and forging non-traditional partnerships.

  • Roberto Carlos Torres (Moderator), Institute for Local Government, Senior Program Manager
  • Patrice Baker, Groundwork San Diego, Community Outreach Director
  • Dr. Cindy Lin (She/Her), Business for Good, Environmental Health Committee Lead & Board Member
  • Randy Wilde, City of San Diego, Office of Mayor Todd Gloria, Senior Policy Advisor
Event Date: September 22, 2022
Region: San Diego
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities, Local Governments
Topic Areas: Climate Planning, Environmental Justice, Outreach and Engagement, Partnerships
2022 CCEC Forum Session

Accelerating Clean Energy in Rural and Disadvantaged Communities

Energy efficiency works the same in rural and disadvantaged communities as it does anywhere else, right? The short answer is, not exactly.

Implementing clean energy projects in these communities comes with its own unique set of challenges, some of which include fiscal, geographical, and political. During this breakout session, we will take a closer look at how people in these communities are able to achieve success in implementing clean energy projects despite their many obstacles.

To illustrate these challenges and successes, this panel will explore energy efficiency from each perspective including small cities with a population of less than 20,000, a larger city with a population of more than 500,000 as well as the energy efficiency program implementer in their service territory. All of the cities represented are classified as disadvantaged and 2 of the 3 are classified as rural as per the CalEnviroScreen 4.0 tool.

Speakers

  • Ann Kloose, City Of Fresno Sustainably Division
  • Mark Staples, City of Taft, Director of Planning and Development Services
  • Christine Viterelli, City of Arvin, Grants Manager
  • Rochelle Butler (Moderator), SJVCEO, Energy Manager
  • Michelle Villa (She,Her), Willdan Energy Solutions, Account Manager
Event Date: September 22, 2022
Region: Statewide
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities, Local Governments
Topic Areas: Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy & Storage
2022 CCEC Forum Session

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.

Speakers

  • 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
Event Date: September 22, 2022
Region: Greater Los Angeles, Sierra Nevada, San Joaquin Valley
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Topic Areas: Partnerships
2022 CCEC Forum Session

Making the Case for Energy Efficiency Retrofits in Multifamily Buildings

Serving Hard-to-Reach customers is both inherently difficult and vitally necessary as the climate crisis continues to disproportionally affect the most vulnerable populations. Energy efficiency upgrades are the most cost-effective way to reduce energy waste and GHGs in the built environment, while lowering energy bills and improving comfort and indoor air quality. This panel will explore the challenges of implementing deep energy efficiency retrofits in multifamily projects, specifically low-income or affordable housing, and the opportunities to provide EE benefits at scale in the sector. The discussion will touch on project scope, timeline, obstacles, layering of incentive programs, expected benefits, and lessons learned. Attendees will leave with an understanding of decisions and pain points that need to be addressed for multifamily property owners to implement EE upgrades, how to support them in overcoming those obstacles, and some of the ways to leverage incentives and grants to make a project financially feasible.

Speakers

  • Ellen Muscarella, Many Mansions, Vice President
  • Nick Dirr, Association for Energy Affordability, Senior Director, Programs
  • David Segan, Association for Energy Affordability, Inc., Senior Associate, Programs
  • Marisa Hanson-Lopez (Moderator), County of Santa Barbara, Energy Program Manager
Event Date: September 22, 2022
Region: Central Coast
Sectors Targeted: Residential
Topic Areas: Energy Efficiency
2022 CCEC Forum Session

At the Table: Local Governments’ Role in Energy Regulation

How to decarbonize, maintain affordability, enhance resilience and address historic environmental injustices, among other critical issues in the energy sector are determined largely through regulatory processes under the California Public Utilities and Energy commissions. Join the Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition (LGSEC) for a Regulatory Primer to better understand how regulatory policies create opportunities and threats for local governments. Hear from members about regulatory successes that have helped achieve local climate and energy goals, and exposed community-based problems for which state decision makers were unaware. Learn how collaborating with other local governments can tailor statewide decision-making to address local needs while filling capacity gaps.

Speakers

  • Steven Moss, M.Cubed, LGSEC Regulatory Consultant, Partner
  • Alelia Parenteau (she/her), City of Santa Barbara, Sustainability & Resilience Director
  • Jennifer Berg (She/Her), BayREN, Director, Energy Programs
  • Garrett Wong (he/him/his) (Moderator), County of Santa Barbara, Climate Program Manager
Event Date: September 22, 2022
Region: Statewide
Sectors Targeted: Nonprofit
Topic Areas: Codes and Standards, Energy Efficiency, Partnerships
2022 CCEC Forum Session

The 3 C’s: Community Colleges, Climate Action and Community Engagement

This breakout session will be a moderated discussion with Bakersfield College / Kern CCD and their governmental and community partners on the work developing the Kern Energy Innovation Workforce coalition. The session will explore how broadening and deepening partnerships has resulted in greater trust, collaboration, and a heightened ability to attract state and federal resources. Discussion will include approaches to intentional outreach to ensure that disadvantaged communities are included in the discussions and how a broad representation from industry, labor, nonprofits, and government helps to break down silos and lead to strategies developed by the community with workforce and inclusion as a central focus. The session will address challenges presented in forming the coalition, and climate action initiatives that are underway arising from the development of the partnerships. Participants will be asked to think about their communities and develop a list of 3-5 potential community partners for outreach.

Speakers

  • Traco Matthews (He/Him), Community Action Partnership of Kern, Chief Program Officer
  • Christine Viterelli, City of Arvin, Grants Manager
  • Norma Rojas-Mora (she/her/ella) (Moderator), Bakersfield College, Executive Director, Government Relations and Development
  • David Teasdale (he/him/his), Kern Community College District, Executive Director, Economic and Workforce Development Programs
Event Date: September 21, 2022
Region: Statewide
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities, Local Governments, Nonprofit
Topic Areas: Outreach and Engagement, Workforce Development
2022 CCEC Forum Session

Co-Designing Climate Policy Solutions with Environmental Justice Communities & Workers

Co-designing equitable climate policies with government officials, environmental justice communities and the labor movement is difficult, yet necessary work. This interactive breakout session will explore the challenges and opportunities associated with co-designing climate policies and programs that center environmental and labor justice. Our panelists include a sitting City Councilmember as well as community advocates and leaders, all of whom are at the forefront of innovative, community-led climate policies throughout the state. Join us to hear their unique perspectives and vital lessons learned in pursuit of equitable climate policies that advance justice. An open discussion format will provide ample opportunity for attendees to engage directly with the expert panelists and learn how to apply those lessons in their own communities.

Speakers

  • Alex Jasset (Moderator), Physicians for Social Responsibility – LA
  • Katie Valenzuela (she/her), Sacramento City Councilmember, Environmental Justice Policy Consultant
  • Laura Gracia, CBE
  • Kameron Hurt, RePower LA
Event Date: September 21, 2022
Region: Statewide
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Topic Areas: Climate Planning, Environmental Justice, Partnerships
2022 CCEC Forum Session

Collaborative Pathways to Equitable Decarbonization in the San Diego Region

Recognizing the need for a regional approach to addressing climate change, the County of San Diego is in the process of creating an integrated Regional Decarbonization Framework (RDF). The integrated RDF is a visionary document to address regional emissions in the San Diego region to getting to zero carbon emissions in the energy system in alignment with State and federal goals and pathways. The integrated RDF is also visionary because it seeks to provide the data-driven emissions reductions pathways to all jurisdictions, agencies, and governments to foster a collaborative approach to decarbonization and to ensure that no parts of the region are left behind. In focusing on collaboration, learning, and a data-driven approach to emissions reductions, the Integrated RDF is also centering on equity because addressing climate change will require addressing climate justice and environmental justice. This panel will discuss the integrated RDF’s initial findings and relevance for the region.

Speakers

  • Elise Hanson, County of San Diego, Management Fellow
  • Scott Anders (He/Him), Energy Policy Initiatives Center, University of San Diego School of Law, Director
  • Kyle Heiskala, Environmental Health Coalition, Climate Justice Policy Advocate
  • Gordon McCord (he/his) (Moderator), University of California, San Diego – School of Global Policy & Strategy, Associate Professor of Economics
Event Date: September 21, 2022
Region: San Diego
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Topic Areas: Energy Efficiency, Partnerships
2022 CCEC Forum Session

The Yolo Climate Commission: Emission Reduction through Community-Driven Action

This interactive session highlights the role that resource-constrained, rural, and/or agricultural communities play in taking aggressive, grassroots action on climate change. We will discuss how Yolo County passed a climate emergency declaration, established a carbon negative by 2030 goal, and created a community-driven Climate Action Commission that is charged with guiding the development and implementation of the County’s Climate Action and Adaptation Plan. We will hear from a panel of community leaders and elected officials about the development of the Commission, and strategies employed—such as funding early action projects, undertaking creative engagement in unincorporated regions, and centering historically and presently disadvantaged communities—to ensure that resources are urgently mobilized to tackle our climate goals efficiently and equitably. Session attendees will discuss lessons-learned in standing up a Climate Action Commission, the opportunities for leveraging funding and engagement to overcoming resource constraints, and the models that worked for Yolo County.

Speakers

  • NJ Mvondo, National Association for Climate Resilience Planners (NACRP), Member
  • Kristen Wraithwall (she/her), Yolo County, Sustainability Manager
  • Jim Provenza, Yolo County, District 4, County Supervisor
  • Adelita Serena (She/Hers), Yolo County Climate Commission/Sierra Club, Commissioner/Community Outreach Coordinator
Event Date: September 21, 2022
Region: Sacramento Valley
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Topic Areas: Climate Planning, Partnerships
2022 CCEC Forum Session

The Intersection of Food Access and EE: LA’s Neighborhood Market Revitalization Program

This session will bring together the perspectives of different stakeholders that have made LA County’s Healthy Stores Refrigeration Program (HSRP) possible. Participants will gain valuable insights on leveraging different funding sources, finding intersections between local issues, and engaging the community to deliver larger behavioral benefits for businesses and residents—all through a single program.

HSRP is a Los Angeles County initiative to support corner stores and small businesses across Los Angeles County by fully funding new energy-efficient refrigerators to stock with healthy food. The program aims to address the challenge of food deserts, help small businesses save money, reduce GHG emissions, promote healthy food options in low-income communities, and provide education, outreach, and support to small businesses. Within the first phase of this program’s implementation, over 80 stores in LA County’s food deserts have received their fridges and begun to see the positive impacts in their communities.

Speakers
  • Natalie Espinoza (She/Her)(Moderator), The Energy Coalition, Education and Engagement Program Manager
  • Lujuana Medina, SoCalREN, Environmental Initiatives Manager
Event Date: September 21, 2022
Region: Greater Los Angeles
Sectors Targeted: Commercial
Topic Areas: Energy Efficiency, Public Health
2022 CCEC Forum Session

Building Electrification: Dystopian Novel or an Opportunity for Equitable Action

Real and perceived barriers to building electrification, renewable generation, and advanced energy storage paint the outline to the next hit novel chronicling a dystopian future.  Imagine a world not so far off, perhaps only a few generations, where we have electrified communities, resilient to the escalating climate crisis. Who are they and will conflict emerge between those who have reliable access to resources and those who do not?

The goal is simple—to discuss how to keep this potential eventuality squarely in the fiction section of our collective future. To achieve our goal, panelists will discuss how policy, energy code and programs intersect with building electrification and equitable access to resources. Focus will be placed on discussing barriers, community messaging and recommended actions to accelerate equitable change.

Speakers

  • Rochelle Butler, SJVCEO, Energy Manager
  • Lou Jacobson (Moderator), Willdan, Senior Program Manager
  • Jessie Knapstein (she/her), Energy and Environmental Economics, Inc. (E3), Senior Managing Consultant
  • Jordan Garbayo, Tri-County Regional Energy Network, County of San Luis Obispo, Energy Program Manager
  • Jaime Alonso (He/Him), GRID Alternatives Inland Empire, Executive Director
  • Jose Buendia, Southern California Edison, Sr. Project Manager
Event Date: September 21, 2022
Region: Statewide
Sectors Targeted: Commercial, Residential
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Energy Efficiency
2022 CCEC Forum Session

Promotoras as Partners in Advancing Clean Energy in Disadvantaged Communities

Creating a more equitable clean energy future takes time and care. Programs that address barriers to participation such as trust, access, language, and transportation will achieve greater success than those that rely simply on incentives.  This session looks at how the promotora de salud outreach model can advance clean energy and environmental equity goals in low-income communities. The model, originally developed in Mexico, is already successfully used by healthcare clinics across the U.S. Promotoras are powerful partners because they speak the same language, share a common culture, and regularly interact with people. This moderated panel will describe how promotoras have been key in several healthcare initiatives and then discuss the decarbonization efforts that can benefit from this partnership. The session’s purpose is to demonstrate that by working with promotoras, local governments have an untapped local resource to help realize the shared vision of a vibrant, healthy and equitable community.

Speakers

  • Stephanie Lemus (she/her/hers), Clinica Romero, Director, Public Policy & Community Affairs
  • Mabell Garcia Paine, Viridis Consulting LLC, President
  • Nancy Barba (she/her) (Moderator), Frontier Energy, Director
  • Susana Moncada (She/Her/Hers/Ella), Clinica Romero, Promotora/Community Health Worker
Event Date: September 21, 2022
Region: Greater Los Angeles
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities
Topic Areas: Outreach and Engagement, Public Health, Renewable Energy & Storage
2022 CCEC Forum Poster

Advancing Resource Accessibility & Energy Resilience: The Energy Education & Resource Hub

Event Date: September 22, 2022
Region: San Diego
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Topic Areas: Energy Efficiency
2022 CCEC Forum Poster

How Multifamily Clean Energy Programs Support an Equitable and Sustainable Future

Event Date: September 22, 2022
Region: Statewide
Sectors Targeted: Residential
Topic Areas: Distributed Energy Resources, Renewable Energy & Storage
2022 CCEC Forum Poster

Access to Solar Brings Power: Centering Community in the Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) Program

Event Date: September 22, 2022
Region: Statewide
Sectors Targeted: Residential
Topic Areas: Renewable Energy & Storage
2022 CCEC Forum Poster

Multifamily Zero Carbon Action Plan – carbon neutral, resilient, affordable

Event Date: September 22, 2022
Region: Statewide
Sectors Targeted: Residential
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization
2022 CCEC Forum Poster

Empowering Residents to take Climate Action on a Community Scale

Event Date: September 22, 2022
Region: Central Coast, San Francisco Bay Area
Sectors Targeted: Residential
Topic Areas: Outreach and Engagement
2022 CCEC Forum Poster

Google Nest Smart Thermostat: An Accessible and Equitable Energy Solution

Event Date: September 22, 2022
Region: Statewide
Sectors Targeted: Residential
Topic Areas: Energy Efficiency
2022 CCEC Forum Session

Funding Equitable Residential Decarbonization in Berkeley

Decarbonizing existing buildings is imperative to achieving our climate goals but has a large price tag. Absent the ability to access substantial incentive dollars, many building owners will not be able to afford these investments or will pass these costs on to tenants, exacerbating displacement risk and the housing affordability crisis. Building on Berkeley’s cutting-edge climate policies, city staff and the Building Electrification Institute wanted to understand how to fund the decarbonization of Berkeley’s housing stock while preserving housing affordability. They commissioned a funding gap analysis, which analyzed the cost to decarbonize Berkeley’s residential buildings by 2045; identified federal, state, regional, and local funding sources that support equitable decarbonization; quantified the remaining funding gap; and explored fundraising opportunities to fill that gap. Members of the project team will share their approach, provide key findings from this analysis and offer a roadmap for other jurisdictions to conduct similar assessments.

Speakers

  • Dani Makous (she/her)(Speaker)Building Electrification Institute, Assistant Director
  • Bridgett Neely(Moderator)Firefly Energy Consulting, President
  • Catherine Campbell-Orrock(Speaker)Building Electrification Institute, Deputy Director
  • Nick Dirr(Speaker)Association for Energy Affordability, Senior Director, Programs
Event Date: September 21, 2022
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities, Residential
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Energy Efficiency, Financing/Funding
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12th Annual CCEC Forum

Transforming Tomorrow Together | August 3 – 19, 2021
2021 Forum Theme

Transforming Tomorrow Together: Weaving recovery, equity, and public health into local energy and climate work.  

The dilemmas of 2020 are not yet behind us. From ongoing budgetary challenges to the systemic issues of racism and environmental injustice that have been illuminated, together local climate and energy practitioners must take decisive action to create a brighter, cleaner, and safer tomorrow for all. Making meaningful progress towards our clean energy vision requires us to embrace the challenging task of advancing holistic energy efficiency solutions, creating authentic relationships with communities, and lifting up viable climate and energy strategies that deliver tangible benefits. Promising pathways continue to emerge for local governments to strengthen their ongoing efforts with new partnerships, resources, policy solutions, and recovery strategies.

The virtual forum will focus on pivotal opportunities for local climate and energy practitioners to address the climate crisis in ways that result in lasting, institutional changes centered around equity and community wellbeing. The forum will create space to recognize the reality that people in our communities are living in today from the effects of climate change, historic and ongoing systemic inequities, COVID-19 impacts, and beyond. By doing so, local governments can focus on these interconnected issues to highlight local solutions and catalyze transformative change through collaboration.

The 12th Annual CCEC Forum, taking place in August 2021, will feature topics weaving recovery, equity and public health into local climate and energy work. The forum will spotlight progress and best practices through the tracks of  Holistic Climate/Energy Planning and Readiness, Equitable Decarbonization, and Just Clean Energy Transition. We invite you to join fellow climate and energy practitioners from across California to collaborate on Transforming Tomorrow Together.

Schedule at a Glance

Track Legend

Plenary Events (Recommended)

Holistic Climate/Energy Planning and Readiness

The Holistic Climate/Energy Planning and Readiness Track sessions will cover one or more of the following topic areas

  • Leveraging energy data: benchmarking, tools, usage, and access
  • Equipping diverse partners to accelerate community-driven solutions (e.g CBOs, tribal governments, and small businesses)
  • Holistic climate action planning to support implementation
  • Integrating climate resilience into climate/energy action plans
  • Piloting new technologies and strategies
  • Redefining climate readiness through planning and community engagement
  • Planning and implementing affordable ZNE housing

Equitable Decarbonization Strategies

The Equitable Decarbonization Strategies Track sessions will cover one or more of the following topic areas

  • Electrification best practices, action plans, retrofits, and lessons learned
  • Energy Efficiency (EE) energy education and curtailment behaviors for community members
  • Responsible waste management for building retrofits and retirement of energy efficiency equipment
  • Reducing embodied carbon in building construction
  • Electrification and decarbonization policies, model ordinances, and codes
  • Integrating Energy Efficiency (EE) with Distributed Energy Resources (DER), Electric Vehicles (EVs), storage, renewable energy, and Zero-Net Energy (ZNE)
  • Access to Energy Efficiency (EE) rebate programs for renters and affordable housing retrofits
  • Decarbonization strategies in agriculture and farming including energy efficient technologies, water/energy nexus, transportation, workforce impacts, etc.

A Just Transition to Clean Energy

A Just Transition to Clean Energy Track sessions will cover one or more of the following topic areas

  • Overview of climate risks to the energy sector and key transition opportunities
  • Clean energy workforce development and equitable job transition programs
  • Retiring stranded assets and associated workforce impacts and life cycle assessment
  • Emergency management; navigating public safety power shutoffs; disaster mitigation, and recovery
  • Preparing for a decentralized energy system through DER procurement processes and community microgrids
  • Grid reliability solutions via non-diesel backup power, smart grids, hardening, or distributed generation to respond to disruptions
  • Transition to electric vehicles, charging infrastructure, impacts on the grid, and opportunities to diversify transportation options

Week 1

Tuesday, August 3

10:00 – 11:30 am

Opening Plenary – A Statewide View of Progress, Challenges, and Opportunities

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Opening Plenary – A Statewide View of Progress, Challenges, and Opportunities
Tuesday, August 3 | 10:00 – 11:30 am

California communities are emerging from the pandemic with new needs, priorities, and possibilities. Local governments are managing many fundamental shifts at once including a wave of commitments to recover in ways that take climate change, equity, and health more seriously than ever before. In this session, we welcome State and local speakers to help us begin the forum by ground setting in the “new normal” and highlighting clean energy progress, challenges, and opportunities from around the State.

Speakers:
Moderator: Angie Hacker | Statewide Best Practices Coordinator | Local Government Commission
Angie Hacker has nearly 20 years of public, private and non-profit experience serving communities in the areas of sustainability, energy, and climate change, primarily in California. Prior to becoming CEO and Principal Consultant of Prosper Sustainably, she served as Energy and Sustainability Division Chief for the County of Santa Barbara. Her areas of expertise include designing innovative local/regional solutions, communicating a strategic vision, pursuing policy and regulatory opportunities, obtaining resources, building local capacity, leveraging cross-sector partnerships, and engaging stakeholders.
Alejandra Téllez | Program Management Analyst | Tri-County Regional Energy Network
Alejandra Téllez is the program analyst for Sustainability Programs for the County of Ventura. Alejandra, manages the Local Government Partnership; Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance which is the County’s local energy efficiency clearinghouse office for training seminars, project identification, technical project support and energy planning for municipal governments, school and community college districts, special districts and small commercial businesses. In partnership with the counties of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Alejandra oversees the residential programs which provide utility customers and contractors with a direct link to dozens of energy rebates, training workshops and customer programs. Also manages sustainability activities via building operations and program implementation in County of Ventura services.
Darcie Houck | Commissioner | California Public Utilities Commission
Commissioner Darcie L. Houck was appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) by Governor Gavin Newsom on Feb. 9, 2021. She formerly served as Chief Counsel for the California Energy Commission since 2019. Commissioner Houck was an Administrative Law Judge at the CPUC from 2016 to 2019, a Partner at Fredericks Peebles & Morgan from 2005 to 2016, and Staff Counsel and Policy Advisor at the California Energy Commission from 2000 to 2005. Commissioner Houck has expertise in matters concerning environmental equity, nuclear energy regulation, and safety policy. She has an extensive background representing Native American tribes throughout the country on matters involving energy, natural resources, land claims, and water rights, among others. Commissioner Houck is a member of the California Indian Law Association, California Lawyers Association, Schwartz-Levi Inn of Court, Women Lead and the Association of Women in Water, Energy, and Environment. She earned a law degree from the University of California, where she also earned a Master of Science in community development.
Alana Mathews | Director of Policy Resources and Training |
Prosecutors Alliance of California
Alana Mathews is an impact attorney, executive leader, and equity champion. She is a former prosecutor who transitioned from protecting victims and criminal justice to protecting vulnerable communities and environmental justice. She was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown as the Public Adviser for the California Energy Commission where she developed the agency’s energy equity initiative, DEI programs, and coordinated a multi-agency disadvantaged communities advisory group. She later served as the chief consultant for the Joint Legislative Committee on Climate Change Policies where she focused on environmental and climate equity. Ms. Mathews is currently the Director of Policy Resources and Training for the Prosecutors Alliance of California and an adjunct professor at McGeorge School of Law. She is also the founder of the Community Justice Collaborative and an Advisory Board Member for the Rising Sun clean energy workforce development program.
Debra Gore-Mann | President & CEO | Greenlining Institute
As the middle child of a biracial, military, first generation immigrant family, Debra Gore-Mann embraces the beauty and strength that lies in her differentness. With an engineering degree and an M.B.A. from Stanford (where she was the only African American woman in a class of 300 graduate students), her work has spanned across the private, public and political sectors in uplifting low opportunity communities with funding, team building and financial and people resources. As Greenlining’s President and CEO, Debra serves as the unifying voice for our multifaceted policy work, bringing her unique, intersectional perspective to bear. She currently serves on several nonprofit boards and as a managing director for the fledgling Oakland Rise professional women’s basketball team.
Ronaldo Fierro | Councilmember | City of Riverside
Born and raised in Riverside, many of Ronaldo Fierro’s earliest memories are those of his father sharing stories of immense perseverance, working in fields up and down California and overcoming insurmountable challenges to start their family’s produce company. On the Riverside City Council, Councilmember Fierro is focused on ensuring that the City of Riverside is doing all that is within its power to actively respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and to bring Riverside forward into a full recovery, and eventual rebound, from the traumatic effects of the pandemic. As the Chair of the City Council’s Economic Development Committee, Councilmember Fierro has taken a leadership role in continuing business attraction and retention efforts amidst the pandemic. Ronaldo currently lives in the Victoria neighborhood with his wife, Sheena and their 7-year old daughter, Luna.
David Burdick | Executive Vice President | TerraVerde
David serves as Executive Vice President of Business Development for TerraVerde Energy, supporting CCAs and public agencies (including transit agencies, school districts, municipalities, and water agencies) in evaluating, deploying, and managing intelligent energy programs (solar PV projects, battery energy storage projects, resiliency programs, facility microgrids, and DER Programs). Prior to joining TerraVerde, David served as a General Manager for a solar & battery EPC firm.
Laurel Rothschild | Vice President | The Energy Coalition
As Vice President, Laurel oversees The Energy Coalition’s diverse portfolio of programs and collaborates with stakeholders across the state to advance the organization’s mission of empowering communities to leap into the future of clean energy. She has over 13 years of experience working with local governments and communities to promote energy efficiency action through various Programs. Laurel is a current member of the California Energy Efficiency Coordinating Committee (CAEECC), a Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) and a LEED AP O+M. She holds a B.S. in Business Economics from UCSB.

12:00 – 1:00 pm

Lunch 1 – How Local Governments Can Seize the Moment: 2021 State Budget and Policy Updates

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Lunch 1 – How Local Governments Can Seize the Moment: 2021 State Budget and Policy Updates
Tuesday, August 3 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm

At a federal and State level, pandemic recovery efforts are meeting stronger commitments to equity, health, clean energy, and climate change. This intersection may result in an unprecedented wave of opportunity for local governments to tackle multiple needs and goals at once, but it also means that local governments will have to stay on their feet to take advantage of all the changes. This opening day lunch session will feature a state budget and energy policy review from Nuin-Tara Key with the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research and Roger Dickinson, Policy Director with the Local Government Commission.

Speakers:
Moderator: Angie Hacker | Statewide Best Practices Coordinator | Local Government Commission
Angie Hacker has nearly 20 years of public, private and non-profit experience serving communities in the areas of sustainability, energy, and climate change, primarily in California. Prior to becoming CEO and Principal Consultant of Prosper Sustainably, she served as Energy and Sustainability Division Chief for the County of Santa Barbara. Her areas of expertise include designing innovative local/regional solutions, communicating a strategic vision, pursuing policy and regulatory opportunities, obtaining resources, building local capacity, leveraging cross-sector partnerships, and engaging stakeholders.
Sarah White | Senior Advisor: Jobs and the Economy | Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
Sarah L. White is Senior Advisor for Jobs and the Economy at OPR, where she leads state efforts to map an equitable high road transition to carbon neutrality. She works at the intersection of labor, workforce, and climate policy across OPR concerns.
Roger Dickinson | Policy Director | Local Government Commission
Roger Dickinson serves as the Policy Director for the Local Government Commission, providing direction and advocacy at the state and local levels for the policies, programs, and priorities of the Commission. In addition, he works with the Housing Concepts Coalition sponsored by the Resources Legacy Fund. The Coalition brings together a diverse set of stakeholders to advocate for and support legislative and administrative steps to increase housing. Previously, until March, 2019, Roger served as the Executive Director of Transportation California, a non-profit construction industry coalition which provides public education and advocacy to increase state funding for surface transportation infrastructure. Roger was elected to the State Assembly in November 2010, and re-elected in November 2012, and represented the 7th Assembly District including the Cities of Sacramento and West Sacramento. Roger currently serves on the boards of the MS Society of Northern California, the Aerospace Museum of California, and the Sacramento Tree Foundation, and is a co-founder of SMART, Sacramento Metro Advocates for Rail and Transit.
Wednesday, August 4

10:00 – 11:00 am

Webinar 1 – Championing Cross-cutting Programs: Effective Equity and Climate Resilience Partnerships

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Webinar 1 – Championing Cross-cutting Programs: Effective Equity and Climate Resilience Partnerships
Wednesday, August 4 | 10:00 – 11:00 am

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, water resiliency, and the environment altogether. Oftentimes, projects that address the issues of affordable housing, homelessness, water, 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 Southern California Regional Energy Network (SoCalREN), and the Water Policy and Technical Advisory Committees. 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.

Speakers:
Moderator: Samuel Pedersen | Management Analyst | San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments
Sam works on a wide range of programming in his role as a Management Analyst at the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments; from energy efficiency to homelessness and even the Neighborhood Coyote Program. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from New York University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School.
Brielle Acevedo | Regional Housing Trust Administrator | San Gabriel Valley Regional Housing Trust
Brielle is an affordable housing lending professional with experience in the public and private sector. As the Administrator of the San Gabriel Valley Regional Housing Trust, her work seeks to increase the supply of affordable and homeless housing in the San Gabriel Valley. Brielle is a graduate of USC Price School and completed the Ross Minority Program in Real Estate. Brielle serves on the boards of the Glendale Youth Alliance and LA County Community Development Foundation, whose work aims to end generational poverty. She is Vice President of the Sylmar Neighborhood Council.
Lujuana Medina | Environmental Initiatives Manager | County of Los Angeles – ISD Environmental & Energy Services
Lujuana is responsible for managing and operating the SoCalREN energy efficiency portfolio. She also leads policy and grant development regarding energy efficiency, economic development and the electrification of transportation throughout the Southern California Region. Over the past 16 years, she has worked in various capacities in the energy policy field. Before joining the County of Los Angeles, Lujuana served as the Regulatory Manager for SoCalREN under ICF consulting, as the Energy Efficiency Policy Lead for Southern California Gas Company, as a Regulatory Case Manager in the Power Procurement Department for Southern California Edison, as a Generation Resource Planner and Utility Finance Advisor for San Diego Gas & Electric.
Alex Tachiki | Deputy Director of Public Works | City of Monrovia
Alex Tachiki currently serves as the Deputy Director of Public Works for the City of Monrovia. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California with a certificate in Public Policy. Alex currently manages various divisions within Public Works including Environmental Services, Engineering, Transportation, Capital Improvement Program and Administration.

12:00 – 1:00 pm

Lunch 2 – Resilience Hubs: Equitable Climate Solutions

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Lunch 2Resilience Hubs: Equitable Climate Solutions
Wednesday, August 4 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Resilience hubs are some of the most promising and equitable approaches to scaling up local resilience. Existing community-serving facilities can become resilience hubs by increasing their adaptive capacity and augmenting their building systems. Hubs center equity by creating power-building opportunities and relying on community leadership and expertise in decision-making processes. A group of Bay Area agencies collaborated with NorCal Resilience Network to implement a pilot leadership training series in 2021 to introduce the resilience hubs framework. The development of a program curriculum with local speakers allowed for partnership building, collaboration with existing sites, and responsiveness to local needs. Overall, the Resilience Hub training engaged with over 275 community participants from 50 sites. This fishbowl discussion will introduce resilience hubs as an important model for agencies collaborating with community organizations and equitable preparation for climate disruptions, and cover the program overview, impacts at hub sites, and lessons learned from agencies involved.

Speakers:
Moderator: Shayna Hirshfield-Gold | Climate Coordinator | City of Oakland
Shayna Hirshfield-Gold oversees climate action planning and implementation for the City of Oakland. She led the creation of Oakland’s 2030 Equitable Climate Action Plan (ECAP), which was adopted by Oakland City Council in July 2020 and puts the city on a trajectory to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045. She also co-led development of a new City Ordinance, adopted in December 2020, prohibiting the use of natural gas in new buildings. Shayna’s other projects have included developing plug-in electric vehicle policies and infrastructure, regional energy policy coordination, urban forest planning, and working with cross-sector teams to build a more equitable approach to City-community engagement. Shayna leads with a justice-oriented approach to climate and environmental policy development, informed by her upbringing and background in organizational work.
Susan Silber | Executive Director | NorCal Resilience Network
Susan Silber has worked as both a community organizer and environmental educator for the past 30 years. She was introduced to community resilience after learning about the Transition Movement several years ago. Susan went on to help organize Transition Berkeley, co-produce several Permaculture Convergences and then founded the NorCal Resilience Network. Susan is also proud to have introduced thousands of youth to the joys of nature and coordinating environmental education programs, from serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica to writing the Berkeley Unified School District’s Sustainability Plan. She lives in a tight-knit neighborhood in Berkeley with her daughter and husband.
Patrice Strahan | Community Organizer | Disability Justice Culture Club
Patrice Strahan is a core member of Disability Justice Culture Club, a collective led by and centering disabled and neurodivergent QTBIPOC located in unceded Chochenyo Ohlone territory (in deep East Oakland, CA). DJCC has been involved in several projects, including the #PowerToLive campaign and the DJCC COVID Response Network.
Hoi-Fei Mok | Sustainability Manager | City San Leandro
Dr. Hoi-Fei Mok, PhD (they/them) is a neurodivergent, queer, non-binary Asian American artist and organizer born and raised in San Leandro / occupied Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone lands. They currently work as the sustainability manager at the City of San Leandro, leading the City’s implementation of the Climate Action Plan and other sustainability programs. With a strong interdisciplinary background in environmental science, climate policy, and social justice, Fei aims to build out equitable community-driven strategies for local resilience and agency to climate change in their hometown of San Leandro. Fei currently serves on the California Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) Climate Network, the national NAACP Centering Equity in Building Energy Sector Initiative, the National Adaptation Forum equity advisory committee, and the Bay Area Climate Adaptation Network (BayCAN) equity working group.
Thursday, August 5

10:00 – 11:15 am

Webinar 2 – Soup to Nuts: An Interagency Approach to Guiding Constituents from Education to Energy Savings

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Webinar 2Soup to Nuts: An Interagency Approach to Guiding Constituents from Education to Energy Savings
Thursday, August 5 | 10:00 – 11:15 am

This session will present a framework for collaboration between county, regional, and state agencies that provides a continuum of support for constituents to improve their energy efficiency. With many energy-focused programs and resources available statewide, it can be difficult for constituents to navigate the options and overcome barriers to making energy upgrades. Collaboration across multiple agencies is key to raising awareness about available support for efficiency and sustainability improvements at the local level. The webinar will begin with an overview of available rebates and financing that can be used together by constituents undertaking energy upgrades, followed by a panel discussion about how the three presenters work together to streamline the complex energy retrofit landscape for constituents. Participants will learn about available energy efficiency resources for their constituents, how to pair them together to provide continuity of support, and best practices for interagency collaboration to raise awareness in their community.

Speakers:
Kaylee D’Amico | Marketing, Education and Outreach Specialist | California Hub for Energy Efficiency Financing, State Treasurer’s Office
Kaylee D’Amico serves as the Marketing, Education and Outreach Specialist at the California Hub for Energy Efficiency Financing (CHEEF), a program of the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority (CAEATFA) in the State Treasurer’s Office. She manages public awareness efforts for three statewide energy efficiency financing programs in the residential, small business and affordable multifamily sectors, working closely with utilities and other stakeholders to promote the financing options.
Jeffery Liang | Single Family Project Manager | BayREN
Jeffery Liang is the Bay Area Regional Energy Network Single Family Program Manager and manages the residential energy efficiency and electrification rebate program for the nine county Bay Area since 2020. Previously, Jeffery helped launch and manage several energy efficiency rebate and financing programs over the past decade in order to bring cost-effective and practical solutions for homeowners and renters in California.
Tonya Veitch | Senior Sustainability Analyst | County of Santa Clara, Office of Sustainability
Tonya Veitch is a Senior Sustainability Analyst with the County of Santa Clara Office of Sustainability where she manages the County’s Sustainability Master Plan and local community relations activities for the Bay Area Regional Energy Network. Her background crosses public health, urban planning, and sustainability, working towards creating healthier, sustainable, and resilient communities for all. Tonya holds a Master of Urban Planning and Bachelor of Science in Public Health from San Jose State University.

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Webinar 3 – Sustainable Procurement: Opportunities for Local Government

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Webinar 3 – Sustainable Procurement: Opportunities for Local Government
Thursday, August 5 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Empower Procurement, a program lead by Doug Davenport, Founder and Executive Director of ProspectSV will be joined by Richard Schorske, Executive Director of ZNE Alliance and EV Alliance, and Christopher Payne Deputy for Operations, Building Technology & Urban Systems Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Lab to explore the opportunities for carbon reduction through sustainable procurement approaches and what their findings may mean for Local Government.

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Moderator: Doug Davenport | Founder and Executive Director | Prospect Silicon Valley
Doug Davenport is the Founder of Prospect Silicon Valley, a nonprofit organization focused on supporting innovative startups in the transportation, energy and infrastructure sectors. Since its beginnings in 2013, ProspectSV has grown to engage more than 65 high-impact startups and corporate partners and has implemented $30M in grant funding and $80M in public financing to improve the lives and surroundings of people in the Bay Area. Prior to founding ProspectSV, heled business strategy and industry partnerships for Berkeley Lab’s Energy and Environmental Technologies Division, and prior to that led consulting teams in Tetra Tech’s environment and energy practices. Doug is an active member of the Bay Area Council and is a founding member of both the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator Program and the Innovate Energy Network. He holds master’s degrees in civil engineering and business from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Christopher Payne | Research Scientist and Engineer | Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Over his career in energy efficiency and sustainability policy research, Christopher Payne has focused on understanding how decisions related to energy consumption are made, how public policy shapes those decisions, and how energy policy can be made more efficient, effective, and persistent. Dr. Payne is a recognized expert in organizational decision-making related to energy and sustainability, with a research specialty in institutional acquisition processes and their role in clean energy technology adoption. His current projects include Federal acquisition of energy-efficient products, Institutional procurement of clean energy technologies in California, and State & local government procurement of emerging technologies.
Richard Schorske | Founder and Executive Director | Zero Net Energy Alliance
Richard Schorske is founder and Executive Director of the Zero Net Energy Alliance – which partners with leading cities and companies to achieve net zero emissions across the built environment and energy and transportation systems. Mr. Schorske is also founder and Executive Director of the EV Alliance, accelerates adoption of EVs by supporting fleet electrification transitions, deploying charging infrastructure at scale, and via EV planning and program development with utilities, fleet operators, and local government. Accomplishments of the EV Alliance include: 1) Developing the Bay Area EV Corridor Project to provide 400+ public EV charging ports throughout the Bay region; 2) Developing the Bay Area EV Council to drive EV-friendly policies; 3) Developing Transportation Electrification Plans for San Francisco and five Counties in the Monterey Bay and Central Coast regions, and for the Kingdom of Jordan; 4) Developing EV infrastructure programs for Community Choice Energy agencies, including Silicon Valley Clean Energy, Central Coast Community Energy, and Lancaster Choice Energy.
Renee Lafrenz | Senior Manager | Energy Solutions
Ms. Lafrenz is a Senior Manager with Energy Solutions, where she focuses on energy market transformation and code readiness integrations. She has extensive experience within the energy sector developing and delivering energy programs and projects for the Alliance to Save Energy and at the Oakland Unified School District as the inaugural Energy Manager. Ms. Lafrenz received her Master of Environmental Science and Management with a specialization in Corporate Environmental Management from the University of California, Santa Barbara and Bachelor of Science from University of California, San Diego.

Week 2

Tuesday, August 10

10:00 – 11:00 am

Webinar 4 – Increasing EV Adoption: From Paper to Production

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Webinar 4Increasing EV Adoption: From Paper to Production
Tuesday, August 10 | 10:00 – 11:00 am

Electric vehicles have received more attention than ever in California in recent years and are continuing to gain more market share in the U.S. auto industry, with ripple effects on the energy industry. To support greater EV adoption, local governments are transitioning their own public fleets to EV while targeting EV infrastructure investments towards the populations and locations that need them. This session will feature a moderated panel of local EV experts that will share thoughts on the current progress and opportunities for EVs in California, and innovative approaches to planning, procurement, and implementation of local EV initiatives that can effectively curb emissions and drive equity.

Speakers:
Moderator: Michael Chiacos | Director of Energy and Climate Programs | Community Environmental Council
Michael directs CEC’s energy, transportation, and climate programs. He has 14 years of experience leading dozens of clean energy and climate projects, including forming ElectricDrive805, the regional electric vehicle readiness coalition for Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties. This group has worked with dozens of businesses, local governments and others to install hundreds of EV charging stations, as well as conducted EV marketing, education, and outreach activities, including large Green Car Shows with hundreds of ride and drives. Michael has also influenced state energy and electric vehicle policy as an intervenor at the California Public Utilities Commission and has contributed to projects such as the EV Readiness Blueprint for Ventura County, the Central Coast ZEV Equity project, and the Central Coast EV Implementation Project.
Carlos Huizar | Planning Associate | City of Torrance
Carlos Huizar is a Planning Associate and manages the Sustainability Initiative for the City of Torrance. With over six years of professional planning experience, Carlos provides well-rounded technical expertise in land use, environmental planning, healthy communities, urban design, and community engagement. Under the City’s Sustainability Initiative, Carlos is currently working on the Climate Adaptation Plan and advancing the planned expansion of the City’s EV charging program into fleet applications. Carlos holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban & Regional Planning from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and recently obtained a Master’s in Public Administration from the California State University, Long Beach.
Sigalle Michael | Sustainability Coordinator | City of Burlingame
Sigalle Michael is the City of Burlingame’s Sustainability Coordinator. She manages climate action, EV, renewable energy, waste reduction, and resource conservation projects for the City. She has over a decade of experience developing and implementing environmental actions for local governments. Prior to Burlingame she worked for the Bay Area Air District on clean air and climate action policies.
Janelle London | Co-Executive Director | Coltura
Janelle London is the co-executive director of the nonprofit Coltura, the executive director of Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s Beyond Gasoline initiative and the vice-chair of Menlo Park’s Environmental Quality Commission. She published the first op ed in California calling for a phaseout of gasoline-powered vehicles. Janelle is the co-author of several papers on gasoline, including State Vehicle Electrification Mandates and Federal Preemption, Governing the Gasoline Spigot: Gas Stations and the Transition Away from Gasoline, and an upcoming paper on redesigning EV incentives to target those drivers who use the most gasoline. She wrote the first children’s storybook about the harms of gasoline, Sparky’s Electrifying Tale. Janelle holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a law degree from University of California, Berkeley.

2:00 – 3:15 pm

Webinar 5 – Planning for Equitable Existing Building Electrification

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Webinar 5 – Planning for Equitable Existing Building Electrification
Tuesday, August 10 | 2:00 – 3:15 pm

While many cities have begun the transition to decarbonize new construction through electrification ordinances, the conversion of existing buildings from mixed fuel to all-electric must consider the implications for low-income, disadvantaged, and historically under-invested communities. This session presents a facilitated discussion with the parties involved in the recently completed City of Berkeley Existing Building Electrification Strategy, which serves as a guide to an equitable transition of existing buildings from fossil fuel reliance to primarily renewable electricity by identifying the policy, funding, and regulatory processes which must be addressed. The City of Berkeley strategy is a first of its kind document which combines a parcel level cost and energy assessment of electrification options, funding mechanisms for the electric building transition, and a thorough evaluation of the equity impacts on the community. To develop the strategy, the project team conducted extensive and targeted outreach to Berkeley’s marginalized communities and received substantial feedback that guided the goals, timeline, and associated actions. The discussion panel will address topics relevant to their expertise and development of the strategy, including the detailed analysis of existing residential buildings, extensive community engagement, equity considerations, regulatory constraints, and electrification policy development.

Speakers:
Moderator: Reema Shakra | Senior Planner | Rincon Consultants, Inc.
Ms. Shakra is a Climate Adaptation Program Manager with Rincon’s Environmental Planning and Sustainability Department and has experience in sea-level rise vulnerability and adaptation assessments, climate action and adaptation planning, and community outreach and engagement. Ms. Shakra has a wide-ranging policy background, having prepared or managed general plan updates, climate action plans, local coastal program updates, corridor plans, and climate adaptation plans. She co-authored a step-by-step guidebook for the Southern California Association of Governments region which provides local governments with a compendium of tools, resources, and best practices to efficiently advance their climate adaptation planning process. Ms. Shakra has extensive experience conducting public outreach and engagement, having facilitated several dozen open house and community workshop meetings and advisory committee meetings, and presented at city council and planning commission hearings.
Denaya Shorter | Community Engagement Program Director | Ecology Center
Denaya Shorter is the community engagement program director for the Ecology Center, a Berkeley nonprofit that focuses on improving the health and the environmental impacts of urban residents. The Ecology Center addresses critical issues through a model of education, demonstration, replication, and advocacy through a variety of programs and services such as farmers’ markets, curbside recycling, eco store for sustainable living, classes, workshops, youth development, resource center, seed library, and much more! Denaya oversees programming for the Ecology Center’s store and public resource center, engagement & education programs, and EcoHouse. She leads and supports programming focusing on climate action through the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition, and zero waste education that supports Berkeley’s residential curbside recycling program. Denaya brings with her rich experience in education and engagement, most recently, leading equitable community outreach alongside the City of Berkeley in local efforts to transition towards a fossil fuel-free future through its Existing Buildings Electrification Strategy.
Michael Gartman | Manager, Carbon Free Buildings | Rocky Mountain Institute
Michael supports RMI’s Residential Energy+ and Building Electrification initiatives and is currently focused on providing both project developers and policymakers with the information and resources they need to drive a market shift toward a more efficient, affordable, and equitable housing stock. Michael utilizes a background in cost estimating and project management that comes from a diverse array of experience in the construction
industry. His past work has included serving over 50 cities through ongoing technical assistance on residential policies, cost-estimating over 1,000 commercial energy retrofits and solar installations, and building bridges in South America.
Katie Van Dyke | Climate Action Program Manager/Chief Resilience Officer | City of Berkeley
Katie Van Dyke (she/her) serves as the Climate Action Program Manager and Chief Resilience Officer at the City of Berkeley where she manages projects and programs to advance Berkeley’s ambitious climate goals and resilience strategies. Her work focuses on multi-benefit solutions to prepare the community to withstand and thrive amidst the many intersecting environmental, social and economic challenges it faces. Some of her work has included supporting development of the City’s first Resilience Strategy as part of the 100 Resilient Cities initiative, coordinating implementation of the City’s Climate Action Plan, leading the City’s recent study on how to equitably transition all existing buildings away from fossil fuels, and co-managing a $1.5M grant for a microgrid feasibility study.
Ryan Gardner | Climate Action Program Manager | Rincon Consultants, Inc.
Ryan Gardner serves as Rincon’s Climate Action Program Manager and an Environmental Scientist with Rincon’s Sustainability Services Group. His work focuses on climate action plan development, greenhouse gas reporting and audits, life cycle analysis, green building strategies, carbon accounting, carbon sequestration and sustainable infrastructure. Through this work Ryan has become involved in the electrification field helping to lead the City of Berkeley’s existing building electrification strategy as well as working with cities throughout the State on electrification ordinances, cost effectiveness studies, and community outreach and focus groups. Ryan uses his 8+ years of experience working with local governments, agencies, and special districts to help craft implementable plans and strategies that lead to meaningful change.
Wednesday, August 11

12:00 – 1:00 pm

Lunch 3 – Building Equity Into Policy & Programs with SOMAH

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Lunch 3 – Building Equity into Policy & Programs with SOMAH
Wednesday, August 11 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Join the Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) team for an interactive discussion on this pioneering program and opportunities to bring its impact to your community. The team will walk through the program’s equity-driven approach to a state-level solar incentive program, with a walkthrough of how equity is integrated into the program’s policies and implementation. There will be breakout sessions focused on two of the program’s pillars: 1) community-based organization partnerships and tenant education, and 2) workforce development. Attendees will walk away with an understanding of the program, its goals, and how local governments may be able to access SOMAH’s nearly $1 billion in incentives.

Speakers:
Moderator: Kajsa Hendrickson | Project Manager | SOMAH
Kajsa Hendrickson is a facilitator and project manager with global experience working in sustainability and environmental justice. Kajsa works on a pilot environmental and social justice solar initiative, Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) at the Center for Sustainable Energy. She oversees SOMAH’s evaluations, partnerships, as well as CSE’s Marketing, Education, and Outreach teams for SOMAH. She holds a bachelor’s degree in global politics from Washington State University and a master’s degree in Peace and Justice Studies from the Kroc School at the University of San Diego. Kajsa’s previous work experience includes managing custom educational and leadership programs at Washington State University, University of San Diego, and the Center for Creative Leadership, teaching English in Asia, and serving as a Political/Economic Graduate Assistant and Site Officer with the United States Embassy in Vientiane, Laos.
Sarah Salem | Senior Tenant Services & Community-Based Organization Manager | SOMAH
Sarah received a Bachelor of Architecture from Temple University and later received her master’s from the Bren School of Environmental Management specializing in Economics and Politics of the Environment alongside the communications focus. Upon graduating Sarah joined GRID Alternatives, a non-profit organization that envisions a rapid, equitable transition to a world powered by renewable energy that benefits everyone. There Sarah serves as the HQ Outreach Sr. Community Engagement Manager, focusing on community and tenant care for both community solar and multifamily affordable housing solar projects. She currently leads tenant education and community-based-organization partnerships for the Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) Program, a ten-year clean energy program overseen by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). As an Egyptian-American, Sarah has seen firsthand how developing nations and communities of color are often left out of the conversations that impact them the most. In her role, she strives to amplify the voices and stories of those most impacted by climate change and injustice and contribute to energy justice for all.
Staci Hoell | Workforce Development Manager | SOMAH
Staci works at GRID Alternatives as the Workforce Development Manager for California’s Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) program, a $1 billion investment in solar energy on low-income multifamily properties and solar job training opportunities. As the Workforce Development Manager, Staci connects job trainees with solar contractors participating in SOMAH to get hands-on training; conducts outreach and builds relationships with job training organizations across the state; and develops resources and workshops for job seekers in the solar industry. Prior to joining GRID, Staci managed alternative transportation programs and operations at the University of San Francisco. She is a double alumna of the University of San Francisco with a BS in Molecular Biology and a Master of Public Health focusing on environmental health.

2:00 – 3:15 pm

Webinar 6 – Incorporating Environmental Justice Priorities into Regulatory and Enforcement Policy

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Webinar 6Incorporating Environmental Justice Priorities into Regulatory and Enforcement Policy
Wednesday, August 11 | 2:00 – 3:15 pm

While investments in clean energy opportunities for environmental justice communities is a critical component to a just transition, influencing decision-making and conducting robust environmental enforcement are equally necessary for rectifying environmental injustice. In this session, we will hear from leaders at the CA Public Utilities Commission, the California Department of Justice, and Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability about their approach to incorporating environmental justice into regulatory and enforcement policy, some early successes, and where the State has room to grow. Participants will leave with a deeper knowledge of how an equity approach can be incorporated into enforcement practices and concrete examples of communities accessing decision-making power.

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Moderator: Monica Palmeira | Analyst | California Public Utilities Commission
Monica Palmeira was born and raised in Eastern North Carolina as a first-generation American with parents originally from Portugal. Her professional background includes ethnographic research, affordable housing advocacy, climate policy, and community engagement. In her current role as an Analyst at the California Public Utilities Commission, she focuses on implementing the Commission’s Environmental and Social Justice Action Plan across energy, telecommunications, water, wildfire, rail, and safety and enforcement divisions. Monica has also served as Community Assistance Program Manager for the Strategic Growth Council at the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, where she spearheaded various outreach and technical assistance programs to support communities in accessing climate-related funding programs. Additional roles have included Policy & Programs Specialist at California Coalition for Rural Housing and as managing director at the Marian Cheek Jackson Center, a dynamic public history and community organizing center in Chapel Hill, NC. She received a B.A. in International Studies and Public Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.
Martha Guzman Aceves | Commissioner | California Public Utilities Commission
Martha Guzman Aceves was appointed Commissioner at the CPUC by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on Dec. 28, 2016. Her portfolio includes issues related to distributed energy, fiscal oversight of utilities, broadband access, water affordability and conservation, increasing access to clean energy programs for Disadvantaged Communities, and preventing disconnections of basic utilities. Commissioner Guzman Aceves serves as co-chair of the Emerging Trends Committee, and is one of two Commissioners on the Senate Bill 350 Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group in coordination with the California Energy Commission. She also represents the CPUC on the California Broadband Council and the Lithium Valley Commission. In May 2021, Commissioner Guzman Aceves was appointed to the NRRI Board of Directors. Commissioner Guzman Aceves earned a Master of Science degree in agricultural and resource economics from the University of California, Davis, and a Bachelor of Science in International Economics from Georgetown University.
Ashley Werner | Directing Attorney | Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability
Based in Fresno, Ashley Werner is a Directing Attorney with Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability where she helps to shape and advance the organization’s legal and policy initiatives to eliminate barriers to opportunity impacting disadvantaged communities in the San Joaquin and Coachella Valleys. Through her work together with community residents, co-workers, and coalition partners across the state, Ashley has helped to secure commitments by public and private actors that advance access to safe and affordable housing and fair housing choice, essential infrastructure and services, a healthy environment, and inclusive decision-making processes for disadvantaged communities across the regions and state. Previously, Ashley worked as a Staff Attorney with California Rural Legal Assistance and with non-profits in Peru on matters relating to women’s rights and rural development. Ashley earned her B.A. from Swarthmore College and her law degree with a Certificate in Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College Law School.
Chanell Fletcher | Deputy Executive Director, Environmental Justice | California Air Resources Board
Chanell Fletcher was appointed to the position of Deputy Executive Officer of Environmental Justice in January 2021. Ms. Fletcher oversees CARB’s Environmental Justice and Community Air Protection Program and is responsible for developing CARB-wide environmental justice policies. She plays a key role in CARB’s programs designed to address disproportionate impacts from air pollution and climate change and associated chronic health conditions affecting Black, Latinx and other communities of color across the state.
Thursday, August 12

10:00 – 11:15 am

Webinar 7 – The Future is Local: Just and Equitable Clean Energy Transformation

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Webinar 7The Future is Local: Just and Equitable Clean Energy Transformation
Thursday, August 12 | 10:00 – 11:15 am

Local government leadership is truly the best driver for transformation to a clean and democratized energy economy. Regional Energy Networks (RENs) and Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs) are leading the charge and have deep and expanding roots in climate program deployment. They are crafting unique programmatic solutions to address local risks, including energy resilience, climate change mitigation, and workforce preparedness. Panelists representing RENs and CCAs will provide a peek into pilot efforts, programs, and partnerships offering community-focused initiatives with the potential to scale up and spark innovation in this era of renewed national commitment to climate change work. This session celebrates the change-makers and initiatives harnessing the power of local mobilization and engagement to shepherd in a cleaner, environmentally just energy future—one that succeeds by increasing access while building community equity and resilience.

Speakers:
Moderator: Laurel Rothschild | Vice President | The Energy Coalition
As Vice President, Laurel oversees The Energy Coalition’s diverse portfolio of programs and collaborates with stakeholders across the state to advance the organization’s mission of empowering communities to leap into the future of clean energy. She has over 13 years of experience working with local governments and communities to promote energy efficiency action through various Programs. Laurel is a current member of the California Energy Efficiency Coordinating Committee (CAEECC), a Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) and a LEED AP O+M. She holds a B.S. in Business Economics from UCSB.
Lujuana Medina | Environmental Initiatives Manager | County of Los Angeles, ISD Environmental & Energy Services
Lujuana is responsible for managing and operating the SoCalREN energy efficiency portfolio. She also leads policy and grant development regarding energy efficiency, economic development and the electrification of transportation throughout the Southern California Region. Over the past 16 years, she has worked in variety capacities in the energy policy field. Before joining the County of Los Angeles, Lujuana served as the Regulatory Manager for SoCalREN under ICF consulting, as the Energy Efficiency Policy Lead for Southern California Gas Company, as a Regulatory Case Manager in the Power Procurement Department for Southern California Edison, as a Generation Resource Planner and Utility Finance Advisor for San Diego Gas & Electric.
Alice Havenar-Daughton | Director of Customer Programs | MCE Clean Energy
As Director of Customer Programs for California’s first Community Choice Aggregator, MCE, Alice is focused on the development and implementation of programs that promote building efficiency and decarbonization, increase adoption of electrify vehicles, deliver grid resiliency and further environmental justice goals. Under her leadership, MCE’s energy efficiency programs have grown seven-fold and the electric vehicle-charging program has funded over 1,000 public charging ports. Her team oversaw the developed an open-source software tool to helping CCAs effectively plan for the deployment of distributed energy resources across the state. Alice has a dozen years of experience designing energy programs and holds a dual Masters degree in Sustainable Development and International Affairs from American University.
Stephen Kullmann | Director of Demand Side Management | Redwood Coast Energy Authority
Stephen Kullmann is the Director of Demand Side Management at Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA), a local government Joint Powers Agency and Community Choice Aggregator serving Humboldt County in rural Northern California. RCEA is an elect-to-administer Program Administrator and Implementor of resource programs and manages a Local Government Partnership with PG&E, as well operating several locally funded customer programs. Prior to joining RCEA in the early stages of the pandemic in 2020, Stephen served as the Community Development and Resilience Director for the Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe and the Natural Resources Director for the Wiyot Tribe. Stephen earned an M.S. in Environmental Systems from Humboldt State University and also serves as an elected Harbor Commissioner for the Humboldt Bay Harbor Recreation and Conservation District.
Kathy Wells | Energy Program Manager | California Choice Energy Authority
As the newest member to the CalChoice team, Kathy serves as the Energy Programs Manager, implementing and managing energy programs for the benefit of the member agencies. She brings over 20 years of customer service experience to CalChoice, having worked for the City of Lancaster in multiple sectors including Public Works, City Engineering, and City Administration. An inaugural member of the Lancaster Choice Energy (LCE) team, Kathy helped launch the City’s Community Choice Aggregation program, the first program of its kind in southern California, in May 2015. As LCE’s Energy Projects Coordinator, she developed energy efficiency programs for both residential and business customers, and managed LCE operations, customer outreach and retention, marketing, rate analysis, and customer programs. Most recently Kathy served at the City of Palmdale managing the implementation of the City’s new community choice aggregation program, Energy for Palmdale’s Independent Choice (EPIC), which is scheduled to debut October 2022. Kathy serves on the Legislative, Compliance, and Marketing and Outreach committees for California Community Choice Association (CalCCA) and holds an MBA in Energy and Sustainability Studies from Franklin Pierce University.
Kate Meis Wright | Executive Director | Local Government Commission
Kate Meis Wright is the Executive Director of the LGC, a nationally recognized nonprofit connecting local leaders, implementing innovative solutions and advancing smart-growth policies. Kate is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum and has been recognized for her climate-change work by the Chronicle of Philanthropy as one of the nation’s “40 under 40 Young Leaders Who Are Solving the Problems of Today – and Tomorrow.”

12:00 – 1:15 pm

Lunch 4 – BPC Spotlight Event: How Local Governments Can Be Competitive in Today’s Funding Climate

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Lunch 4BPC Spotlight Event: How Local Governments Can Be Competitive in Today’s Funding Climate
Thursday, August 12 | 12:00 – 1:15 pm

Moderated by the Statewide Best Practices Coordinator, this session features experts that will review changing trends in relevant energy/climate funding sources, eligibility, and selection criteria and provide tips for how to write a competitive proposal to advance your organization’s strategic goals, including a live demo of how review a solicitation for “fit,” “deal-breakers,” and “score-boosters.” The Statewide Best Practices Coordinator will also share CCEC’s new Funding Resources website and database that can help you identify new ways to pay for your initiatives.

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Moderator: Angie Hacker | Statewide Best Practices Coordinator | Local Government Commission
Angie Hacker has nearly 20 years of public, private and non-profit experience serving communities in the areas of sustainability, energy, and climate change, primarily in California. Prior to becoming CEO and Principal Consultant of Prosper Sustainably, she served as Energy and Sustainability Division Chief for the County of Santa Barbara. Her areas of expertise include designing innovative local/regional solutions, communicating a strategic vision, pursuing policy and regulatory opportunities, obtaining resources, building local capacity, leveraging cross-sector partnerships, and engaging stakeholders.
Josh Simmons | President and Founder, Principal Consultant | Prosper Sustainably
Joshua Simmons, President and Founder of Prosper Sustainably LLC, has 15 years of grant writing experience. Since 2007, Josh has received 60+ grant awards totaling approximately $30M from federal, state, and private sources. The majority of Josh’s grant writing experience has involved innovative clean energy, climate change, and sustainability related projects and programs. Josh’s experience also includes strategic planning, feasibility studies, and project management and he is currently leading or supporting several cleantech projects. Josh is a licensed California Attorney and earned his J.D. at the University of San Diego. Josh also earned a Master of Environmental Science & Management degree from the UCSB Bren School.
Ena Lupine | Community Assistance Program Manager | Strategic Growth Council
Ena leads SGC’s California Climate Investments Technical Assistance Program, which helps create a more equitable playing field for under-resourced applicants looking to access the funds to transition to climate-smart communities. In this role, she manages a broad range of capacity building activities for applicants to cap-and-trade grant funded programs, including workshops, trainings, and direct application assistance. Ena holds a Master of Science in Community Development from UC Davis and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, French, and Environmental Studies from Colby College in Maine.
Katrina Leni-Konig | Specialist | California Energy Commission
Katrina Leni Konig is a Supervisor within the Energy Research and Development Division at the California Energy Commission. Katrina leads a team that supports technology scale-up and outreach efforts to accelerate the transition to a clean energy future for all. Her research areas of interest include sustainable communities, building decarbonization, and energy equity.

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Webinar 8 – Preparing Workers to Build Back Cleaner

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Webinar 8Preparing Workers to Build Back Cleaner
Thursday, August 12 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm

As California recovers from the pandemic and prepares for forthcoming effects from the climate crisis, local clean energy workforce development programs will play an essential role in sustainable recovery efforts aimed at “building back better.” Local agencies help people obtain skills and good jobs and, therefore, can be strategic about increasing the number of skilled workers needed to achieve a vision for efficient, decarbonized, and resilient buildings in the future. This session features speakers from local and regional workforce development programs that demonstrate innovative approaches to putting people to work in the energy and building trades. Join us to learn what these programs are doing to boost skills and job opportunities, how they were developed, what lessons they’ve learned, and what opportunities and challenges lie ahead.

Speakers:
Moderator: Jordan Garbayo | Program Manager | Tri-County Regional Energy Network
Jordan Garbayo is an Energy Program Manager at the Tri-County Regional Energy Network (3C-REN) and the County of San Luis Obispo, where he works to administer and deliver energy efficiency programs to the Central Coast. In the past three years with 3C-REN and the County, Jordan has developed and delivered the Energy Code Connect program to public and private building professionals across the tri-county region via an Energy Code Coach service, educational offerings, and Regional Forums. Jordan is also a board member for the California Association of Building Energy Consultants (CABEC), due to his passion and experience surrounding California’s ever changing Energy Code. He has also delivered various municipal energy programming for the County under its Local Government Partnership prior to working with 3C-REN.
Ian Logan | Sustainability Program Specialist | Tri-County Regional Energy Network
Ian has been in the building industry for the past 10 years in varying degrees, working in carpentry and property management. He acquired his bachelor’s in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Energy & Sustainability from UC Santa Barbara in 2018. Ian now works closely with 3C-REN’s Building Performance Training & Energy Code Connect Programs to provide stellar educational opportunities and code support for the Central Coast’s workforce.
Jennifer Green | Manager of Customer Programs | MCE
Jennifer Green joined MCE in 2019 as a Manager of Customer Programs, focusing on MCE’s residential energy efficiency and Workforce, Education and Training program development and management. Jennifer has worked in the energy industry for over 15 years. She began her career in energy as a policy coordinator for the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, then moved onto a policy role at the San Diego Regional Energy Office (SDREO-now the Center for Sustainable Energy). She worked on policy and regulatory issues prior to transitioning to program management for CSE’s EE programs, ranging from contractor training to residential in-home energy efficiency assessments, to the development of municipal ordinances. She holds an MA in Political Science with an emphasis on energy policy from San Diego State University. She is certified as a BPI Analyst and Envelope Professional and is a certified HERS rater for the state of California.
Wendy Angel | Program Director | Emerald City Los Angeles
Wendy leads the Southern California Regional Energy Network (SoCalREN) Workforce Development Program to facilitate access to education and training and implements the E-Contractor Academy Training Program to prepare small, diverse contractors to compete for energy efficiency projects with the County of Los Angeles and SoCalREN participating agencies. Wendy manages the ACES (Architecture Construction Engineering Students) Engineering Pathway Program to expose and engage students of color to pursue Science Technology Engineering Art and Math (STEAM) careers. ACES students are concurrently enrolled in Los Angeles Community College District campuses to earn stackable skills certificates and participate in paid summer internships with design and construction companies that prepare them to be college and career ready. The ACES Engineering Pathway Program promotes and supports female participation in STEAM; 38% of ACES students are female, far exceeding the national average of 3%.

Week 3

Tuesday, August 17

10:00 – 11:00 am

Webinar 9 – Planning for Energy Reliability Solutions That Do More Than Keep the Lights On

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Webinar 9 Planning for Energy Reliability Solutions That Do More Than Keep the Lights On
Tuesday, August 17 | 10:00 – 11:00 am

Power disruptions and changing energy usage patterns in the past several years have underscored the urgent need for reliable energy. More than ever, local, State and federal governments are looking for the best ways to actualize commitments to economic recovery in ways that also advance climate action, energy assurance, and environmental justice. Through thoughtful load, feasibility, and financial analysis, local governments can strategically implement solutions like solar microgrids, battery backup, and coordination with utility providers to maintain critical public facilities and services. Plans can also identify programs and policies to encourage private property owners to implement these solutions and target attention where vulnerable populations may be being left behind. This session will highlight the latest energy reliability news, planning case studies, and financing best practices from communities across California to help local governments as they consider their own energy reliability or microgrid initiatives.

Speakers:
Moderator: Peter Asmus | Research Director | Navigant
Peter Asmus is Research Director at Guidehouse Insights focusing on emerging energy distribution, integration and optimization platforms such as microgrids and virtual power plants (VPPs) and distributed energy resource management systems (DERMS). Asmus has 30 years of experience in energy and environmental markets, as an analyst, writer, book author and consultant.
Alelia Parenteau | Energy and Climate Manager | City of Santa Barbara
Alelia Parenteau, LEED Green Associate & Certified Energy Manager; runs the Energy and Climate Program at the City of Santa Barbara. As Energy & Climate Manager, Ms. Parenteau identifies energy efficiency and conservation strategies, implements new technologies to reduce the City’s energy consumption and transition to 100% renewable energy and coordinates the development and implementation of the City’s Climate Action Plan. With expertise in utility operations, creative financing strategies, energy development, policy development and energy and climate best practices, Ms. Parenteau has helped position the City of Santa Barbara as a City to watch in the State when it comes to energy management and climate action.
Martin Carver | Managing Partner | ZeroCity LLC
Martin Carver, AICP, is Founder and Managing Partner of ZeroCity LLC, a firm that specializes in strategic energy planning for municipalities. Mr. Carver has 38 years of professional experience working with municipalities and since 2017 has led the team developing the Gonzales Municipal Microgrid Project. His responsibilities under contract with the City of Gonzales included strategic planning, project feasibility, and procurement of the public-private partnership that resulted in the city’s ground-breaking success.
Craig Lewis | Founder and Executive Director | Clean Coalition
Craig Lewis has over 30 years of experience in the renewables, wireless, semiconductor, and banking industries. Previously VP of Government Relations at GreenVolts, he was the first to successfully navigate a solar project through California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard solicitation process. Craig was energy policy lead on Steve Westly’s 2006 California gubernatorial campaign. His resume includes senior government relations, corporate development, and marketing positions at leading wireless, semiconductor, and banking companies such as Qualcomm, Ericsson, and Barclays Bank. Craig received an MBA and MSEE from the University of Southern California and a BSEE from the University of California, Berkeley.

11:30 – 1:00 pm

Lunch 5 – Local Government Electrification: Opportunities and Challenges

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Lunch 5 Local Government Electrification: Opportunities and Challenges
Tuesday, August 17 | 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Join the Empower Procurement Program for an exciting and collaborative workshop which will tackle the challenge of electrification strategic planning through the lens of DERs procurement. Along with fellow local government representatives, participants at various stages in their journey will have an opportunity to share best practices and gain access to valuable planning resources designed by subject matter experts. This session is intended to kick start a coordinated and networked support system to enable local governments to work together to meet this challenge in California. Empower Procurement is a CEC EPIC-funded program including partners from Energy Solutions, Prospect Silicon Valley, the Local Government Commission and others.

Speakers:
Moderator: Benjamin Zank | Engineer | Energy Solutions
Mr. Zank is an Engineer with Energy Solutions, where he works on building and appliance efficiency standards, midstream and upstream incentive programs, and local government procurement practices. Mr. Zank also has experience within the energy sector managing energy modeling, MEP engineering, and HERS testing on behalf of building industry clients. He has performed extensive academic research in renewable energy subject matter. His areas of interest and experience include: just transition for workers and communities, whole building energy efficiency, electric grid resilience, next generation solar and storage, and the science/policy nexus. Mr. Zank received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from McGill University.
Renee Lafrenz | Senior Manager | Energy Solutions
Ms. Lafrenz is a Senior Manager with Energy Solutions, where she focuses on energy market transformation and code readiness integrations. She has extensive experience within the energy sector developing and delivering energy programs and projects for the Alliance to Save Energy and at the Oakland Unified School District as the inaugural Energy Manager. Ms. Lafrenz received her Master of Environmental Science and Management with a specialization in Corporate Environmental Management from the University of California, Santa Barbara and Bachelor of Science from University of California, San Diego.
Marna Schwartz | Sustainability Coordinator | Office of Energy and Sustainable Development, City of Berkeley
Marna is the Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Berkeley and works on a wide variety of projects ranging from building electrification and microgrids to community engagement and amplifying equity in climate efforts. Marna has worked in sustainability for the City of Berkeley for 13 years and co-project managed the EPIC funded Berkeley Energy Assurance Transformation (BEAT) project and led the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition to implement on-the-ground, community-driven projects. Prior to her work on energy and climate, Marna worked in the field of community economic development with a focus in affordable housing. She has an undergraduate degree from University of California Santa Cruz in Community Studies and a Master’s degree in Urban Planning & Environmental Sustainability from Kings College in London, England.
Jessie Denver | Senior Distributed Energy Resources Manager | East Bay Community Energy
Jessie leads development of demand side solutions that deliver benefits to residents and businesses throughout EBCE’s service area. Priority initiatives include development of EBCE’s Transportation Electrification strategy and investments, and local solar and energy storage projects to increase community resilience. Prior to joining EBCE, Jessie served as the City and County of San Francisco’s Distributed Energy Resources Program Manager. In this role her team developed and implemented citywide building and transportation electrification, energy efficiency, distributed solar and energy storage policies and programs. With 20 years of experience, Jessie also served as a Program Director with Vote Solar and was the City of San Jose’s Energy Officer. She holds a Master’s degree in Environment and Community Planning and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies.

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Webinar 10 – Speeding Decarbonization Efforts with Reach Code Development Tools

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Webinar 10 Speeding Decarbonization Efforts with Reach Code Development Tools
Tuesday, August 17 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Reach codes, local measures that “reach” beyond the minimum state Building Energy Standards to require more resource-efficient buildings, are powerful tools for driving climate action and decarbonization efforts. Today, at least one in three Californians live in a community with effective reach codes. However, the development and adoption process can be challenging for jurisdictions that are disadvantaged, under-resourced or struggling to identify the best options. One new and highly effective tool that helps ‘level the playing field’ is the free online Cost Effectiveness Explorer, developed by the statewide reach codes program. This session presents a hands-on look at this tool to demonstrate how a local jurisdiction can effectively use the tool to identify reach code measures, as well as lessons learned from two different jurisdictions.

Speakers:
Moderator: Misti Bruceri | Technical Lead| Statewide Reach Codes Program/Misti Bruceri & Associates
Misti has worked in the energy efficiency field for more than 20 years. As principal of Misti Bruceri and Associates, LLC, established in 2007, she provides technical consulting services to private firms, non-profit organizations, and utilities. She is technical lead for the Statewide Reach Codes Program.
David Freedman | Member | Palm Springs Sustainability Commission
Following a 30-year career as an international lawyer in New York and Paris focused on corporate finance and energy and water projects, David Freedman retired in Palm Springs and began a new career as a volunteer environmental activist. Mr. Freedman has served since 2015 on the Palm Springs Sustainability Commission, where he has written many of the City’s renewable energy and energy and water conservation policies. He has also served since 2019 as Chair of the Community Advisory Committee of Desert Community Energy, the Community Choice Aggregator that provides electricity in Palm Springs.
Eric Engelman | Principal | Energy Policy Consulting
Eric Engelman has a master’s degree in public policy from University of California-San Diego. After working as a development economist internationally, he returned to San Diego to specialize in local government energy policy. Over the last decade, Eric served as Senior Energy Policy Adviser to the City of San Diego and consulted with local governments to help them accelerate energy policy adoption. Building software to simplify data-driven energy policy making is a dream come true.
Cory Downs | Conservation Specialist | City of Chula Vista
Cory Downs is a Conservation Specialist with the City of Chula Vista and manages their residential energy & water efficiency outreach. He also assists with Climate Acton Planning efforts including compiling the GHG inventories and CAP updates. Before working with the City full time he was an Environmental Scientist with AECOM and Climate Fellow with ICLEI.
Wednesday, August 18

12:00 – 1:15 pm

Lunch 6 – The State of Local Climate Planning – a Needed Evolution

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Lunch 6 The State of Local Climate Planning: a Needed Evolution
Wednesday, August 18 | 12:00 – 1:15 pm

A group of climate change practitioners convened in 2019 and again in 2021 to develop a collective statement regarding the State of Local Climate Planning. Released in May 2021, this Statement found that local climate action planning had reached an inflection point, and progress has become stagnant. In order to achieve the rapid transformational GHG reductions needed, the field must identify lessons learned from the last decade and move beyond traditional climate action planning processes to prioritizing implementation. The work ahead does not live with a single organization or small group of people: we hope these observations support reflection, spark dialogue, and fuel an appetite to work in a new direction with new partners. This session will be a facilitated discussion to support this reflection towards the goal of shifting practitioners and practices to implementation and action. See link here.

Speakers:
Moderator: Michael McCormick | Founder and President| Farallon Strategies LLC
Michael McCormick, AICP is the Founder and President of Farallon Strategies, LLC, an advisory, policy, and management consulting firm based in Davis, California. He founded Farallon Strategies to support the creation of transformative solutions to reduce society’s contributions to climate change and the needed resilience in communities to address the impacts of climate change. He has worked at the local, regional, state, federal levels, and in non-profit, business, and government. These perspectives allow him to see the interconnectedness of work across governance and organizations, and to help create the vision and strategy to affect change.
Mike Steinhoff | Director of Technical Services | Kim Lundgren Associates
Mike Steinhoff has worked to support local climate planning and analysis for over a decade, helping to create many of the tools, protocols, and practices that have been relied on to date throughout the US and internationally. Some of those resources included methods like GHG contribution analysis that illustrate the limits of inventory data for high quality performance tracking. Mike brings a wealth of experience in lessons learned from having tried to support many different end goals in community wide analyses and a drive to place the emphasis back on building local knowledge for local decisions.
Miya Kitahara | Program Manager | StopWaste
Miya Kitahara is Program Manager in the Built Environment at StopWaste, a public agency in Alameda County working on energy and material efficiency. She has managed the Bay Area Regional Energy Network’s multifamily program, and has worked on the program since its inception in 2013. She also supports local government climate action planning, and connects building energy and emissions impacts to climate action plans. She has worked in sustainability with cities across the Bay Area since 2006 and holds an MBA in Sustainable Enterprise.
Hoi-Fei Mok | Sustainability Manager | City of San Leandro
Dr. Hoi-Fei Mok, PhD (they/them) is a neurodivergent, queer, non-binary Asian American artist and organizer born and raised in San Leandro / occupied Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone lands. They currently work as the sustainability manager at the City of San Leandro, leading the City’s implementation of the Climate Action Plan and other sustainability programs. With a strong interdisciplinary background in environmental science, climate policy, and social justice, Fei aims to build out equitable community-driven strategies for local resilience and agency to climate change in their hometown of San Leandro. Fei currently serves on the California Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) Climate Network, the national NAACP Centering Equity in Building Energy Sector Initiative, the National Adaptation Forum equity advisory committee, and the Bay Area Climate Adaptation Network (BayCAN) equity working group.

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Webinar 11 – Next Generation Building Decarbonization: Policy Evolution in California & Washington

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Webinar 11 Next Generation Building Decarbonization: Policy Evolution in California & Washington
Wednesday, August 18 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm

This Pacific Coast panel will discuss the latest in decarbonization policy in Brisbane, San Francisco and the State of Washington. From small cities like Brisbane, to dense urbanized cities like San Francisco, to the Evergreen State of Washington, we will discuss how to address any scale of policy creation to meet big bold climate goals. With less than 5,000 residents, the City of Brisbane is an unlikely hero in California’s journey to decarbonization, but in 2019 it passed the most comprehensive benchmarking and auditing ordinance in the country. San Francisco has recently launched an innovative approach, helping commercial asset managers plan for decarbonization, to better connect their local ordinance to the city’s Climate Action Plan. Lastly, the State of Washington will discuss their Clean Building Act, which aims to lower costs and pollution from fossil fuel consumption in existing buildings through a performance standard and incentive program.

Speakers
Moderator: Marc Costa | Director of Policy & Planning| The Energy Coalition
Marc has more than twelve years of experience in the building industry focusing on areas ranging from advanced energy community planning, federal energy data standards and software development, as well as state and local government energy policy. Marc previously led the Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition (LGSEC) “To Code” committee, is an active member of the California Technical Forum, advisor to the CEC on AB 802 data regulations and machine learning GIS data efforts, a member of the Department of Energy’s Task Force to create and implement data exchange standards, and was on the triennial DOE Solar Energy Technology Office investment proposal review team to award National Research Laboratories 2018-2020 funding. He holds a B.S. in Management Science from UCSD, a B.S. in Construction Engineering from CSULB, and is a LEED AP, CGBP, and BOC Level II.
Adrienne Etherton | Sustainability Manager | City of Brisbane, Brisbane Building Efficiency Program
Adrienne Etherton is the City of Brisbane’s Sustainability Manager. Prior to joining the city, she served as Executive Director of Sustainable San Mateo County from 2011-2017. She has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has studied architecture and worked in design, construction and logistics, and holds LEED AP and NABCEP Solar certifications. Adrienne also serves on the Board of the San Mateo Resource Conservation District.
Barry Hooper | Senior Green Building Coordinator | San Francisco Department of the Environment
Barry Hooper manages the Existing Buildings Energy Performance ordinance, which motivates improved energy efficiency through benchmarking and energy use disclosure for commercial and multifamily buildings, and requires commercial buildings to prepare an actionable plan for improvement. Barry leads development and supports implementation of San Francisco’s codes and regulations requiring new buildings to be all-electric, install solar photovoltaics or living roofs, provide electrical infrastructure for vehicle charging, and meet credible 3rd party green building standards including GreenPoint Rated or LEED. Barry is an active contributor to Bay Area Regional Energy Network Codes & Standards program, and is active in the C40 Cities Private Buildings Efficiency Network.
Emily Salzberg | Managing Director | Building Unit, State of Washington
Emily Salzberg is the Managing Director for the Building Standards and Performance Unit at the Washington State Department of Commerce where she currently oversees administration of Washington State’s Clean Buildings Law. Emily has over 15 years of experience administering, evaluating, and providing technical assistance for energy efficiency programs in the Northwest. Her experience includes low-income weatherization, community-based efficiency programs, technology research, market development and energy code implementation.
Thursday, August 19

10:00 – 11:00 am

Webinar 12 – Leveraging Solar & Battery Systems to Lower Costs & Increase Resiliency

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Webinar 12 Leveraging Solar & Battery Systems to Lower Costs & Increase Resiliency
Thursday, August 19 | 10:00 – 11:00 am

Our communities need cheaper, cleaner, more reliable electricity. With the increased frequency of power shutoff events and other power outages, communities need backup power resources. And with energy rates continuing to climb and shift, communities need resources that can help them control their energy costs and save money. When paired with solar, batteries can provide both backup power and cost savings benefits. In this virtual event, David Burdick & Ali Chehrehsaz of TerraVerde Energy will be sharing their team’s experience supporting California public agencies with solar and battery energy storage projects. We will discuss how changes in energy reliability and rates are impacting communities, the latest on funding & programs for these projects (including the fast moving SGIP incentive program, and a new solar refi program), methods for assessing the Economic Value of Resilience, and how local governments can take action in lowering energy costs and increasing energy resiliency.

Speakers
Moderator: David Burdick | Executive Vice President| TerraVerde Energy
David serves as Executive Vice President of Business Development for TerraVerde Energy, supporting CCAs and public agencies (including transit agencies, school districts, municipalities, and water agencies) in evaluating, deploying, and managing intelligent energy programs (solar PV projects, battery energy storage projects, resiliency programs, facility microgrids, and DER Programs). Prior to joining TerraVerde, David served as a General Manager for a solar & battery EPC firm.
Ali Chehrehsaz | CEO | TerraVerde Energy
Ali Chehrehsaz is a founding partner at TerraVerde Energy and serves as the Chief Executive Officer. Over his years at TerraVerde, Ali has spent much of his time leading the development of TerraVerde’s approach to project analysis, engineering, development, and implementation. Prior to joining TerraVerde, Ali managed development and implementation of utility scale solar projects, as well as served as a project emerging in the energy industry.

1:00 – 2:30 pm

Closing Plenary – Highlights and Horizons: An Interactive Forum Closing (Recommended)

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Closing Plenary Highlights and Horizons: An Interactive Forum Closing
Thursday, August 19 | 1:00 – 2:30 pm

This interactive session will give CCEC Forum participants a chance to reflect on what they have learned during the 12th Annual Forum and key takeaways that will advance local and state clean energy and climate actions. Together we will highlight what is on the horizon for local governments as they lead the way in a promising new era for climate, equity, health, and prosperity. This event will feature roundtable remarks by LGC and REN representatives, breakout discussions, and a facilitated listening session where you can share insights and help drive what we do next.

Speakers

 

Moderator: Angie Hacker | Statewide Best Practices Coordinator| Local Government Commission
Angie Hacker has nearly 20 years of public, private and non-profit experience serving communities in the areas of sustainability, energy, and climate change, primarily in California. Prior to becoming CEO and Principal Consultant of Prosper Sustainably, she served as Energy and Sustainability Division Chief for the County of Santa Barbara. Her areas of expertise include designing innovative local/regional solutions, communicating a strategic vision, pursuing policy and regulatory opportunities, obtaining resources, building local capacity, leveraging cross-sector partnerships, and engaging stakeholders.
Gabriela Yamhure | Climate and Energy Project Coordinator | Local Government Commission
Gabriela Yamhure is a Project Coordinator for LGC’s Climate & Energy team. She graduated from Griffith University with a BS in Marine Ecology, and completed her MS at the University of San Diego in Environmental and Ocean Sciences. She is the project coordinator for the California Climate & Energy Collaborative (CCEC) and the Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition (LGSEC).
Jenny Berg | Manager | San Francisco Bay Area Regional Energy Network
Jenny Berg graduated with honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She received her JD from the Catholic University in Washington, DC. and an Executive MBA Certificate in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School. After a successful legal career focusing on toxic tort litigation, she followed her passion and concern for the environment. Jenny has been the Manager of the San Francisco Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) since its inception in January 2013, and is an Assistant Director with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Energy Programs Manager.
Alejandra Téllez | Program Management Analyst | Tri-County Regional Energy Network
Alejandra Téllez is the program analyst for Sustainability Programs for the County of Ventura. Alejandra, manages the Local Government Partnership; Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance which is the County’s local energy efficiency clearinghouse office for training seminars, project identification, technical project support and energy planning for municipal governments, school and community college districts, special districts and small commercial businesses. In partnership with the counties of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Alejandra oversees the residential programs which provide utility customers and contractors with a direct link to dozens of energy rebates, training workshops and customer programs. Also manages sustainability activities via building operations and program implementation in County of Ventura services.
Lujuana Medina | Environmental Initiatives Manager | County of Los Angeles – ISD Environmental & Energy Services
Lujuana is responsible for managing and operating the SoCalREN energy efficiency portfolio. She also leads policy and grant development regarding energy efficiency, economic development and the electrification of transportation throughout the Southern California Region. Over the past 16 years, she has worked in various capacities in the energy policy field. Before joining the County of Los Angeles, Lujuana served as the Regulatory Manager for SoCalREN under ICF consulting, as the Energy Efficiency Policy Lead for Southern California Gas Company, as a Regulatory Case Manager in the Power Procurement Department for Southern California Edison, as a Generation Resource Planner and Utility Finance Advisor for San Diego Gas & Electric.
Kate Meis Wright | Executive Director | Local Government Commission
Kate Meis Wright is the Executive Director of the LGC, a nationally recognized nonprofit connecting local leaders, implementing innovative solutions and advancing smart-growth policies. Kate is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum and has been recognized for her climate-change work by the Chronicle of Philanthropy as one of the nation’s “40 under 40 Young Leaders Who Are Solving the Problems of Today – and Tomorrow.”

11th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum

June – November 2020 | Virtual
2020 Theme: Promising Solutions for a Clean Energy Future

From achieving a series of ambitious climate action milestones over the next decade to responding to more urgent challenges in the short-term, local government agencies are uniquely positioned to determine the trajectory of California’s energy sector. This year’s theme, Promising Solutions for a Clean Energy Future, aims to highlight concrete strategies, case studies, tools, and resources to support local government agencies in responding to rapidly evolving trends while continuing to meet their communities’ energy needs. Session tracks have been organized to help share these stories and highlight promising solutions for equity and community engagement, energy resilience, integrated planning to action, and decarbonization pathways.

Click any of the webinars below to view the description, speakers, presentation slides, webinar recordings, and additional materials. Search and filter through best practices shared throughout the forum by using the Best Practices Database
Webinar 1: State Panel on Promising Solutions for a Clean Energy Future
Tuesday, June 2nd | 1 – 2:15 PM
Local governments throughout California have been making tremendous progress towards State goals to increase energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and build a more resilient future for all. While the adoption of new technologies is on the rise – from electric vehicles to microgrids, local agencies are increasingly under pressure to respond to new threats to their communities such as Public Safety Power Shutoffs and COVID-19. However, ambitions to achieve local and State goals still remain high as these challenges underscore the importance and highlight the urgency of creating a clean energy future.
The SEEC Virtual Forum launches with a panel discussion featuring state leaders who will speak to the forum theme of Promising Solutions for a Clean Energy Future. Participants will hear from leading key State agencies, such as the California Air Resources Board, California Energy Commission, California Public Utilities Commission, and more. This webinar will include a brief moderated discussion and quickly pivot to take questions from the audience to provide opportunities to engage with California’s energy leaders in this time of urgency to create a clean energy future.
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Serena McIlwain | Undersecretary for Environmental Protection | CalEPA

Chair David Hochschild |California Energy Commission

Commissioner Andrew McAllister | California Energy Commission

Commissioner Clifford Rechtschaffen | California Public Utilities Commission

Webinar 2: Community Energy Resilience for Local Governments
Wednesday, June 10th | 11 AM – 12:30 PM

In preparation for the 2020 wildfire season and Public Safety Power Shutoffs, many local governments throughout California are exploring opportunities to advance energy resilience solutions. However, COVID-19 is creating enormous challenges for local governments in what was already a resource-constrained environment.

This webinar provided practical information about technical and financial resources available to local governments to implement clean energy resilience initiatives.

Presentations highlighted case studies and model strategies to build community energy resilience covering both the immediate-term need to keep critical facilities online, as well as long-term opportunities to simultaneously advance local climate goals and deliver tangible benefits to communities. Speakers will include representatives from The Climate Center, The Community Energy Lab, California Energy Commission, and local governments.

This webinar was jointly organized by The Climate Center and the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative (SEEC). For more information about The Climate Center’s Community Energy Resilience Summit, please visit https://theclimatecenter.org/cer-summit-2020/.

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Webinar 3: Maintaining Local Momentum towards Climate Goals: Reach Code Collaboration
Thursday, June 18th | 10 – 11 AM

2019 was a watershed year for California’s local jurisdictions taking action on achieving strategic climate action and greenhouse gas emissions reductions goals. More than 25 jurisdictions developed and adopted local energy ordinances. In January 2020, the Energy Commission approved its 100th reach ordinance, noting the milestone by observing “… generally we are heading, as a state per the Executive Order, towards carbon neutrality by 2045. And we need local partners to get there.” Since January, 16 more reach code packages have been approved.

Statewide, regional and local organizations offer tremendous potential for maintaining this momentum through collaborative partnerships in sharing resources, best practices for outreach, stakeholder engagement and consensus building, model language and cost analyses assets, and more.

This webinar gathers experts from local jurisdictions, statewide programs and Energy Commission staff to explore some of the most effective ways to collaborate as well as understand the needs attendees present from their own jurisdictions. The two panelists from the cities of Palo Alto and Chula Vista will be able to share actual and valuable lessons learned from their own experiences. Each of these cities is at a different point on the reach code development timeline and have quite different local variables; the insights they offer will be extremely valuable to participants from all regions of the state.

The session will begin with a short series of introductory comments from each panelist (approximately 5 minutes/panelist), followed by an open discussion using the Zoom chat capability to propose questions and managed by the session moderator. Panelists will use slides for presenting resources, posting prompt questions or sharing dense information sets. For instance, city representatives may share specific reach code resources their teams have used successfully, while the Energy Commission representative and the Statewide Reach Codes team may provide insight into specific statewide resources available at no cost.

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Moderator: Chris Kuch, PE | Codes and Standards Engineer – Title 24 & Reach Codes | Customer Products & Services – Energy Codes & Standards | Southern California Edison

Mr. Kuch has worked in various aspects of building engineering science for 10+ years. He currently works with Southern California Edison and the Energy Codes and Standards Team on development and advocacy of Title 24 Part 6 building energy efficiency code and supporting local jurisdictions in Local Energy Ordinance adoption.

Evon Ballash| Assistant Building Official – Development Services | City of Palo Alto

Evon’s background is in Structural Engineering and she has been with the City of Palo Alto since 2008. In addition to managing the Building Division staff, she is a member of the City’s Sustainability Implementation Plan (SIP) leadership group that creates the road map and work plan for Palo Alto’s Sustainability Climate Plan (S/CAP) that was adopted in 2016. The S/CAP goals are to reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions by 80% from the 1990 levels by the years 2030. 20 years ahead of the state goals of 80% by 2050. The key concerns of the SIP are Cox Emissions and Water and focus on Seven Key Areas of activity: Mobility, Water, Electric Vehicles, Energy, Sea Level Rise, Natural Environment and Zero Waste. Evon was been actively involved in the development of Palo Alto’s Energy Reach Code and Green Building Reach Code that adopted Tier 1 and Tier 2 voluntary measures as mandatory. Palo Alto has had a history of adopting an Energy Reach Code and a Green Building Code since 2008, before the first CALGreen code in 2010.

Danuta Drozdowicz | Energy Specialist – Efficiency Division | California Energy Commission

Danuta’s background is in energy efficient construction and building science. Before joining the CEC, she worked as a LEED and green building consultant, first with a Portland, Maine based company, Fore Solutions, and then with her own firm, Context Green. Previous to that she worked for the state of Maine, focusing on energy efficient construction, indoor and outdoor air quality, and clean fuel vehicle testing and demonstration projects. Drozdowicz is a LEED and a WELL Accredited Professional. She has a bachelor’s degree in history and art from the University of Southern Maine.

Cory Downs | Conservation Specialist – Economic Development Department, Office of Sustainability | City of Chula Vista

Cory Downs is a Conservation Specialist with the City of Chula Vista and manages their residential energy & water efficiency outreach. He also assists with Climate Acton Planning efforts including compiling the GHG inventories and CAP updates. Before working with the City full time he was an Environmental Scientist with AECOM and Climate Fellow with ICLEI.

Misti Bruceri | Principal | Misti Bruceri and Associates, LLC

Misti has worked in the energy efficiency field for more than 20 years. As principal of Misti Bruceri and Associates, LLC, established in 2007, she provides technical consulting services to private firms, non-profit organizations, and utilities. She is technical lead for the Statewide Reach Codes Program.

Webinar 4: Community & Climate Engagement During COVID-19: What to do when in person isn’t possible
Tuesday, June 30th | 1 – 2:30 PM
The COVID-19 outbreak has created a “new reality” in many sectors, including public participation. Ensuring inclusive public participation is more challenging than ever because of the digital divide, language needs and learning curves. Join the Institute for Local Government to learn innovative strategies for using high-tech and low-tech virtual platforms to engage residents around energy, climate, land use planning and pollution reduction without meeting face-to face. Many of these tools and techniques, while essential in this time of physical distancing, also have the potential to engage new, hard-to reach segments of the community, and will be useful beyond this current crisis.
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Confirmed Speakers:

Moderator: Nicole Enright | Associate Program Manager | Institute for Local Government

Nicole is an associate program manager at ILG, dedicated to identifying and scaling-up local solutions to meet the challenges of climate and sustainability through targeted-on-the-ground technical assistance, expanding partnerships and peer learning. Previously, Nicole served as a Program Officer at the Institute for Sustainable Communities and a Sustainability Aide for the City of Flagstaff’s Sustainability Program where she developed and implemented clean energy, community resilience and sustainability programming.

Nicole holds a Masters in Environmental Policy and Management and a Graduate Certificate in Energy and Sustainability from the University of Denver and a Bachelors in Environmental Studies from Northern Arizona University.

 

Dr. Larry Schooler | Director of Consensus Building and Community Engagement | CD&P

Dr. Larry Schooler is Director of Consensus Building and Community Engagement at the consulting firm CD&P; a senior fellow at the National Civic League and the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas; and the father of two, and husband of one. He specializes in the mediation and facilitation of complex conversations involving public issues, particularly in cities. He spent ten years establishing a public engagement and consensus building division at the City of Austin and has worked with a wide array of other cities across the country. He has authored a manual for facilitating public meetings and has a book on public engagement coming out next year. He is also a past NLCU speaker, a jazz pianist, and a marathoner.

Hanna Stelmakhovych | Program Coordinator | Institute for Local Government

Hanna Stelmakhovych is a public engagement professional with a passion for facilitating partnerships, designing systems and processes, and assisting vulnerable communities. In her time with the Institute for Local Government, Hanna has cultivated a network of more than 200 public engagement professionals which helped facilitate peer-to-peer learning in support of local governments.

Prior to joining the Institute in 2016, Hanna served two AmeriCorps terms at the American Red Cross where she engaged local communities in disaster preparedness and emergency planning.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration from California State University Sacramento where she also graduated Summa Cum Laude with an undergraduate degree in Government. Hanna serves on various boards and committees and volunteers with the Red Cross as a member of the Disaster Action Team.

Hanna moved to the United States eleven years ago from Ukraine and became a citizen in 2012. Hanna is fluent in Ukrainian, Russian and English.

Grace Person | Community Design Project Manager | Local Government Commission

Grace Person is a Project Manager with LGC’s Community Design Team. Grace has worked with federal, state, and local government agencies and nonprofits to bring stakeholders to the table for discussions and input on a variety of public policy and planning issues. Grace’s experience includes public engagement process design, small and large group facilitation, and stakeholder outreach. At LGC she currently works on active transportation planning projects and provides technical assistance to help groups bring shared clean mobility projects to their community. Grace has a Masters in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School in Vermont and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology from Colorado College in Colorado.

Angel Hernandez | Associate Planner | City of El Centro

Angel Hernandez, AICP, is an Associate Planner for the City of El Centro where he works on current and forward planning projects. Angel has seven years of planning experience working in majority-minority communities in Imperial Valley, California. Currently, he is the project manager for El Centro 2040 General Plan Update. El Centro 2040 includes the preparation of the city’s first Environmental Justice Element and updates to existing Land Use and Mobility Elements.

Webinar 5: Extreme Heat Resilience Among Disadvantaged Communities in Stockton
Wednesday, July 8th | 11AM – 12:30 PM

Extreme heat events are becoming more common with global climate change. The general population is often unaware of the dangers posed by extreme heat events. This danger is most acute for vulnerable members of the population. This danger is heightened for disadvantaged communities, who are made vulnerable to extreme heat risks due to aging building stocks, with poor maintenance, and a lower incidence of installed air conditioning. At the same time, there are many low-cost/no-cost measures which people can adopt to protect themselves from the dangers of extreme heat. Indicia Consulting, led by principal investigator Dr. Susan Mazur-Stommen and project director Haley Gilbert, concluded a project with Rising Sun Opportunity Center to investigate extreme heat resiliency among vulnerable and disadvantaged populations.

In 2019, Rising Sun conducted 823 Green House Calls in the Stockton area of Northern California. Indicia Consulting developed questions to learn more about extreme heat risks in homes. Residents were also offered a choice to take a pledge to make a beneficial change to a behavior associated with energy, water, or heat resilience. From the data gathered during the Green House Calls, Indicia Consulting developed two composite scores to characterize and analyze households and homes: a Household Vulnerability Score, and a Home Heat Risk Score. Using these, we identified those most in need of assistance via programs to reduce home heat risk. Taxpayer dollars are thus used more effectively to reduce mortality and morbidity associated with extreme heat.

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Susan Mazur-Stommen, Ph.D. | Cultural Anthropologist, Founder and Principal | INDICIA Consulting

Susan Mazur-Stommen is an anthropologist who has researched culture, behavior, and sustainability for over twenty years. Dr. Mazur-Stommen founded Indicia Consulting LLC in 2006 to bring ethnography to a wider audience. Indicia Consulting defines its primary purpose as an increase in sustainability by using proven social science insights and methods. Dr. Mazur-Stommen earned her Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from San Jose State University. She received both a Master of Arts and a Doctorate in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Riverside. She is a Fulbright recipient and a former Smithsonian Institution fellow. She was the co-chair for the Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change conference from 2011-2014, and serves as a co-chair on the AAA’s MPAAC.

Haley Gilbert | Program Director | INDICIA Consulting

Haley Gilbert is an independent consultant working with Indicia Consulting and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Heat Island Group. For the past 11 years, she has worked with researchers; local, state, and federal governments; non-profits; utilities, industry, and community organizations to develop and carry out projects on the characterization and mitigation of urban heat islands. She co-leads the new Cool Building Solutions for a Warming World Collaborative and is currently participating in several projects to apply passive building cooling strategies to reduce health risks from extreme heat in disadvantaged communities. Prior to joining LBNL, she worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency coordinating green building and sustainability projects.

Darren Kumar | Senior Regional Manager | Rising Sun Center For Opportunity

Darren Kumar is the Senior Regional Manager at Rising Sun Center For Opportunity, where he oversees the operations of the San Joaquin County HQ office, as well as the implementation of all Central Valley based programs. Darren has almost 15 years of experience working in the philanthropic sector, and an educational background in administration. Darren first joined Rising Sun in 2011, to support Rising Sun’s portfolio of Bay Area initiatives. In 2014, Darren transitioned into supporting the expansion of Rising Sun’s offerings to San Joaquin County. Since then, Darren has been administering the Climate Careers program primarily in the City of Stockton. His areas of experience entail: program design, community relations , youth development , recruitment, the indirect management of 45+ full-time/seasonal staff members, and overseeing special projects being implemented in partnership with various organizations e.g. PG&E, BayREN, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories, REDF, Indicia Consulting, the City of Stockton, and more.

Webinar 6: Identifying, Prioritizing, Financing Projects
Thursday, July 16th | 10 – 11 AM

In a time where competing interests and limited resources abound, it can be difficult to know where to start in order to identify, prioritize, fund, and implement energy projects. This panel will explore how several diverse jurisdictions and organizations have approached this dilemma and address critical factors that informed their pathway to success.

Whether you are a small, medium or large sized city and regardless of the amount of resources you have to direct at energy projects, this panel will have some valuable suggestions for you. You will learn about:


• innovative methods for project identification
• key internal and external stakeholders and their role in decision making
• organizations whose expertise you can leverage
• how to communicate the project benefits and opportunities to decision makers in order to build system-wide support for your work.

Innovative interactive tools will also be used to make the session intimately relevant to this audience.

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Moderator: John Rossi | Program Manager, C&I Programs | TRC Companies

Mr. Rossi is a professional engineer with over twelve years of experience in industrial and commercial energy audits, with a special focus on government and institutional customers. He has experience developing a wide range of energy efficiency projects and performing utility grade 3rd party technical reviews for customized projects.

 

Rochelle Thomas | Energy Manager | San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization (SJVCEO)

Rochelle Thomas is the Energy Manager with the San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization (SJVCEO). Rochelle’s primary work has been on the Municipal Energy Tune Up (METU) Program which provides technical assistance to local governments, special districts, and school districts in the eight-county region of the San Joaquin Valley. Technical assistance encompasses energy benchmarking, project pipelining, and advanced project assistance. Rochelle has nearly 10 years of experience working in the energy efficiency sector overseeing both residential and public sector programs. As a native to California’s San Joaquin Valley, Rochelle has a passion for working in rural, hard-to-reach, and disadvantaged communities.

Alelia Parenteau | Energy and Climate Program Supervisor | City of Santa Barbara

Alelia Parenteau, LEED Green Associate & Certified Energy Manager; runs the Energy and Climate Program at the City of Santa Barbara.

As Energy & Climate Manager, Ms. Parenteau identifies energy efficiency and conservation strategies, implements new technologies to reduce the City’s energy consumption and transition to 100% renewable energy and coordinates the development and implementation of the City’s Climate Action Plan.

With expertise in utility operations, creative financing strategies, energy development, policy development and energy and climate best practices, Ms. Parenteau has helped position the City of Santa Barbara as a City to watch in the State when it comes to energy management and climate action.

Lindsey Hawes | Municipal Energy Program Manager | City of San Diego, Sustainability Department

Lindsey Hawes is the Municipal Energy Program Manager at the City of San Diego’s Sustainability Department. Lindsey and her team work closely with City staff, elected officials and public stakeholders to develop and implement strategic energy projects, policies and programs designed to push the City’s building portfolio toward the goal of zero emissions by 2035. Lindsey’s background in DER program consulting, classroom instruction, and project management lends a unique skill set that allows her to lead and affect change across a wide variety of initiatives. Lindsey has a master’s in environmental science and management from the Bren School at UC Santa Barbara. In her spare time, Lindsey enjoys exploring San Diego’s and the world’s natural and culinary treasures with her family and friends.

Webinar 7: Resources for Continuing Climate Action
Tuesday, August 4th | 1 – 2:30 PM

Acting on Climate Change continues to be a pressing issue for many California communities. As local governments shift resources to manage ever changing conditions, they are facing unprecedented resource and capacity restraints. It is imperative that public agencies continue to work together with their community to sustain a livable and equitable environment. Community-driven Climate Action Plans continue to be staples in addressing the climate crisis through reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, limiting vulnerabilities and working to reverse racial and social inequalities.

ICLEI USA works with local governments across the US, providing technical assistance and connecting peers on greenhouse gas inventorying, climate action planning, adaptation and equity. The ClearPath climate action planning software is one of ICLEI USA’s flagship resources with four main modules to aid communities through the climate action planning process. These modules include the Inventory, Forecast, Planning and Monitoring modules. The Inventory module allows communities to conduct greenhouse gas inventories for multiple years, while the Forecast, Planning and Monitoring modules aid climate action planning and implementation. In this session, ICLEI USA will discuss the ClearPath tool and how to use each module to continue the Climate Action Planning process. We will be joined by Google’s Environmental Insights Explorer team to discuss a new data source for greenhouse gas inventorying for California communities. EIE provides proprietary Google data for public benefit in an effort to lighten the burden of data collection associated with developing GHG inventories and local sustainability policy.

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GOOGLE ENVIRONMENTAL INSIGHTS EXPLORER

Confirmed Speakers:

Calyn Hart | SEEC Program Officer | ICLEI USA

Calyn Hart joined ICLEI USA in 2018 as a Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative (SEEC) Program Associate and currently serves as a Program Officer. Calyn provides technical assistance to local governments on GHG inventorying and climate action planning using the ClearPath tool. In addition to running training cohorts, Calyn also works to develop energy efficiency resources and incorporate climate equity throughout California. Calyn received her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Business and Biology in 2017 from the University of Redlands in Southern California. After graduating, Calyn went to work in the environmental field through the CivicSpark Fellowship program aiding the City of Santa Clara. During her CivicSpark Fellowship, Calyn updated the City’s Local Government Operations and Community greenhouse gas inventories, produced the City’s Climate Action Plan Annual Report, provided the framework for a Transportation Demand Management Plan and as well as the Climate Action Plan Update. After completing the CivicSpark Fellowship, Calyn continued on with the City of Santa Clara working on many climate and sustainability initiatives including the City’s Pilot Residential Food Scraps Recycling Program, the County Green Business Certification Program, and community outreach regarding the proper disposal of waste.

Nicole Lombardo | Business Strategy & Partnerships | Google

Nicole Lombardo leads business strategy and partnerships across Google’s Geo’s organization for the Environmental Insights team. In this role, Nicole is responsible for partnering with product management and engineering teams to pioneer new products, set strategic go-to-market plans, and manage partnerships for providing access to high quality data. These tools enable public sector and commercial businesses to drive smarter climate policies and profitable solutions to advance sustainability and a resilient, low-carbon future.

Her work has led to receiving the UNFCCC Climate Change award for the launch of Project Sunroof which utilize Google’s extraordinary mapping capabilities enabling the world’s renewable energy transition. More recently, the work she did to develop and launch Environmental Insights Explorer, led to receiving Google’s Green Award, which recognizes teams for their significant contributions that drive sustainability across the company.

She has over a decade of experience in renewable energy and software technologies. Prior to Google, Nicole held senior roles at Intel, Solarcity, and Oracle where she led high performing teams with a focus on business strategy and operations, product management and advertising, partnerships and sales across customers in public/ private sectors. Nicole holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design from the University of California at Davis.

Webinar 8: Building Decarbonization Policy Tools for California Local Governments
Wednesday, August 12 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

The Building Decarbonization Coalition (BDC), in partnership with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) and the Bay Area Regional Collaborative (BARC), is launching a new comprehensive building decarbonization policy clearinghouse for local governments. This web- based tool, the Clean Building Compass, is designed for local government staff and elected officials seeking guidance on a spectrum of different building decarbonization policy pathways. The Compass intends to support local governments with the development, adoption and implementation of different building-focused strategies.

In this session, attendees will learn about how the Clean Building Compass can help their community with reducing GHG emissions from the building sector, see a demonstration of the Compassʼs functions, and explore different applications for the tool.

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Confirmed Speakers:

Moderator: Abby Young | Climate Protection Manager | Bay Area Air Quality Management District

Abby Young is the Manager of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s Climate Protection Program. During her twelve years at the Air District, Abby has developed and overseen $7+ million in local climate protection grant programs, developed CEQA GHG thresholds of significance and guidance, and produced technical guidance and assistance programs for local governments in developing and implementing climate action plans. Prior to working at the District, Abby spent eleven years as Director of the US Cities for Climate Protection Campaign at ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, overseeing the development of training programs, software and research to assist local governments in achieving their climate protection goals.

Amy Rider | Consultant | Building Decarbonization Coalition

Amy Rider is the Principal Consultant for Archamy Consulting who is acting as the Local Government Lead for the Building Decarbonization Coalition. She has held positions with local government agencies and consulting firms for more than 15 years, working to optimize local climate change response through education, behavior change and technology implementation.

Neal DeSnoo | Principal | Clean Energy Policy Advisors

Neal De Snoo has over 35 years of local energy policy experience, much of which serving the cities of Berkeley and Chicago. As a consultant, he provides guidance and support for the development of clean energy policies and projects, currently including the development of model reach codes and supporting materials and curating a website on clean building policies. Previously Neal managed Berkeley’s Office of Energy and Sustainable Development where he was responsible for providing strategic direction to the City’s sustainability efforts and directly managing programs related to climate change, clean energy and green building.

Neal has worked with a U.S. joint venture in China and with the City of Chicago in the Department of Aviation, Mayor’s Office and Department Planning/Energy Division. Neal graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles.

Webinar 9: Maximizing Value of Resiliency Programs: Case Study & Resources
Thursday, August 20th | 10 – 11 AM

A diverse group of presenters will share a case study and best practices on leading-edge approaches to region-wide energy resiliency programs that maximize economic, climate, and reliability benefits.

Resiliency programs leveraging distributed energy resources (DERs) are increasingly recognized as a solution to address multiple goals, including: increased reliability for residents and businesses during Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events and/or natural disasters; increased reliability for the grid; reduction of GHG emissions; and the creation of economic value for both program participants and implementers.

COVID19 underscores the urgency and necessity of creating resilient systems. California could be in a position to experience PSPS events that push those who’ve been sheltering-in-place into crowded critical facilities, where COVID19 can more easily spread. This makes resiliency efforts even more necessary, especially for vulnerable populations

The presenting panel includes a Community Choice Aggregator (MCE), a policy-focused climate non-profit (The Climate Center), and a clean energy advisory firm dedicated to public agencies (TerraVerde Energy). The panel discussion will be moderated by the Manager of Commercial Solar Project Development for GRID Alternatives. GRID Alternatives is the largest nonprofit solar installer in the nation, and a leading voice driving results in low-income solar policy. Through its mission to make renewable energy technology and job training accessible to at-risk communities, GRID brings equitable solar solutions to families and non-profits throughout California, Colorado, the Mid-Atlantic region, and tribal communities nationwide.

MCE will share a case study demonstrating their best practices for most effectively targeting critical facilities, prioritizing high-needs residents, encouraging/incentivizing program participation, and leveraging funding from different sources to support program implementation.

TerraVerde will provide an overview of the opportunities, challenges, tools and best practices for intelligently designing and effectively deploying resiliency programs that result in the best environmental and economic outcomes. One of the tools that will be shared is the NavigaDER software, made publicly available with funding from the California Energy Commission. NavigaDER runs analyses on DER resiliency program scenarios, identifying optimal program participants for maximized economic value, environmental impact, and regional job creation.

The Climate Center will discuss the policy drivers accelerating the needs and opportunities for energy resilience and GHG reduction programs, including current relevant pending legislation and regulatory proceedings.

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Confirmed Speakers

Moderator: Marie Gunter | Commercial Solar Project Developer & Manager | GRID Alternatives, Bay Area

Marie is the Bay Area commercial solar developer and manager at GRID Alternatives — the largest non-profit solar and workforce development provider for marginalized communities in the nation. Currently, she develops, and oversees the design and project management of GRID’s multifamily affordable & non-profit solar and stands as an active regional representative for Equity, Inclusion & Diversity, both speaking and writing on these topics. Marie is a committed environmental and social equity advocate, with a strong background in community service and over a decade of experience working in the renewable energy sector as a consultant, high-performance sales, and management professional. She was awarded the honor of Special Recognition for Outstanding Community Service by the United States Congress, and named one of Oakland’s top diverse leaders in the renewables industry by the Port of Oakland. Marie combines her work passion with some of her favorite past times, outdoor trekking adventures, travel, and learning about new cultures, while inspiring others to manifest their own visions of a healthy human-to- earth connection.

Marie studied Economics, and attended the California Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, with a focus on Resiliency and Wholistic Living Systems.

David Burdick | EVP Business Development | TerraVerde

David Burdick serves as Executive Vice President of Business Development for TerraVerde Energy, an independent energy advisory firm that supports CCAs in evaluating, deploying, and managing Distributed Energy Resource (DER) programs. Over the past 10 years, TerraVerde developed over $400Million of energy programs on behalf of its clients, including over 100 MWs of distributed solar PV and battery energy storage systems for which TerraVerde provided feasibility analysis, project development & implementation oversight, as well as ongoing asset management services. In addition to their continued efforts (funded by the CEC and NREL) in developing DER Program Software for CCAs, TerraVerde is currently supporting several CCAs in deploying programs that incentivize battery energy storage deployments that will both increase community resiliency and reduce CCA procurement costs. Prior to joining TerraVerde, David served as a General Manager for a solar & battery EPC firm.

Jamie Tuckey | Director of Strategic Initiative | MCE

Jamie joined local efforts to form and launch MCE as part of the original three-staff team in 2008. With over a decade of industry experience, she brings extensive knowledge of the history, growth, and operations of community choice programs throughout the Bay Area and California. As Director of Strategic Initiatives, Jamie works closely with the CEO as a strategist and implementer on mission critical initiatives like resiliency, microgrids, and equity.

Before becoming Director of Strategic Initiatives, Jamie served as MCE’s Director of Public Affairs where she supervised the growth and expansion of service to more than 470,000 customers across 33 member communities in 4 counties. Before working for MCE, Jamie was part of the County of Marin’s Community Development Department, specializing in Green Business and related sustainability programs. She also worked for the City of San Luis Obispo on conservation, open space, and cultural heritage programs.

Jamie grew up in rural west Petaluma spending much of her childhood connecting to nature and becoming passionate about honoring and protecting the earth. She also loves to travel and soak in the world’s beauty, leaving her inspired, rejuvenated, and humbled.

Woody Hastings | Energy Program Manager | The Climate Center

Woody Hastings is the Energy Program Manager for The Climate Center. Celebrating his tenth year at the Center, Woody is an energy and environmental policy analyst, strategic planner, and community organizer with over 30 years of experience in the non-profit, governmental, and private sectors. Woody specializes in Community Choice energy, a state policy that fosters energy democracy by empowering communities to establish their own not-for-profit electricity service, thereby taking control over decision-making about energy sources for electricity generation.

Webinar 10: Building Decarbonization Full Throttle: CPUC Updates and Regional Implementation
Tuesday, September 1st | 1 – 2:15 PM

There are many barriers that exist on both the policy and implementation level that must be overcome if we are to meet the state goal of total carbon neutrality by 2045. This panel will provide information on the regulatory context for some recent activities at the CPUC, the role of regional programs in the Bay Area, and using different funding sources to enhance decarbonization efforts. Topics will include the 2019 changes to the energy efficiency “three prong test” that precluded fuel- substitution measures, the BUILD and TECH programs, and the Self Generation Incentive Program, and the Bay Area Regional Energy Networkʼs residential programs and Codes and Standards efforts, along with non-ratepayer funding sources which have been leveraged to provide more value to consumers. Finally, the panel will highlight the Bay Area Air Quality Management Districtʼs regional programs that focus on the air quality and health benefits of building decarbonization.

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Jennifer Berg | Energy Programs Manager | Association of Bay Area Governments

Jenny Berg graduated with honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She received her JD from the Catholic University in Washington, DC. and an Executive MBA Certificate in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School. After a successful legal career focusing on toxic tort litigation, she followed her passion and concern for the environment. Jenny has been the Manager of the San Francisco Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) since its inception in January 2013, and is an Assistant Director with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Energy Programs Manager.

Jenny is Co-Chair of the California Energy Efficiency Coordinating Committee (CAEECC). Jenny strongly believes that regional strategy and implementation is key to addressing critical issues such as climate change, transportation, and air quality. Second only to her two teenage children, Jenny’s greatest source of pride is the success of the BayREN programs and the great group of local government BayREN members.

Rory Cox | Senior Analyst | Energy Division/CPUC

Rory Cox is a senior analyst in Energy Division at the California Public Utilities Commission, where he has worked since 2012. He is a staff expert for building decarbonization policies, and is managing the TECH Initiative, a program that aims to transform the California market for low-emissions heating technologies. In the past, he has provided oversight of marketing, industrial energy efficiency, and water-energy nexus programs. Rory works with the investor-owned utilities and other stakeholders on program implementation, regulatory matters, and program evaluation. Prior to his time at the CPUC, Rory was the California Energy Program Director at Pacific Environment, a San Francisco-based non-profit.

Abby Young | Climate Protection Manager | Bay Area Air Quality Management District

Abby Young is the Manager of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s Climate Protection Program. During her twelve years at the Air District, Abby has developed and overseen $7+ million in local climate protection grant programs, developed CEQA GHG thresholds of significance and guidance, and produced technical guidance and assistance programs for local governments in developing and implementing climate action plans. Prior to working at the District, Abby spent eleven years as Director of the US Cities for Climate Protection Campaign at ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, overseeing the development of training programs, software and research to assist local governments in achieving their climate protection goals.

Moderator: Jennifer West | Program Manager | StopWaste

Jennifer West works at StopWaste, a public agency reducing pollution and waste in Alameda County in the Bay Area. StopWaste is one part of the Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN), which serves local governments working on energy efficiency through programs and codes support. She served on the Emeryville City Council and as Mayor, which opened her eyes to local and regional efforts to increase housing, transform transportation and reduce energy use in buildings. Increasing the sales of Heat Pump Water Heaters in the Bay Area Region is the focus of her work these days for more efficient, healthier homes. She graduated from Wesleyan University and the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.

Webinar 11: Not Your Grandma’s Regulatory Update
Wednesday, September 9th | 11 AM – 12:15 PM

Many public agencies have climate action plans (CAP) with ambitious climate and energy goals, targets and actions. These laudable strategies will only be realized if local government action is adequately funding, supporting local capacity to implement energy projects and programs. Some CAP actions are best pursued as part of Californiaʼs energy policy goals, and as a result necessitate effective collaboration with investor owned utilities (IOUs); Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Diego Gas and Electric Company, and Southern California Edison. A CAPʼs feasibility and effectiveness can be significantly impacted by the Stateʼs regulatory agencies, which can have an outsized influence in implementing legislative policies.

In 2020, the CPUC will engage on issues that are core to local governmentsʼ ability to deliver on their climate action and adaptation plans, including:

  • Wildfire mitigation
  • Public Safety Power Shutoffs
  • Microgrids
  • Distributed Energy Resource Planning
  • Transportation Electrification
  • Energy Efficiency and Electrification
  • Utility Customer Rates

The Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition (LGSEC) provides a robust expert voice for its 40 member organizations on crucial energy policy matters. No other group that represents local governments has a regular presence at the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Energy Commission and the California Air Resources Board.

This webinar will provide an overview of the regulatory process and current issues that directly impact local governments. The speakers will highlight the challenges associated and opportunities local governments have to influence important policies that could have wide ranging impacts on their ability to make good on their climate action plans.

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Moderator: Garrett Wong | Climate Program Manager / Board Chair | County of Santa Barbara / LGSEC

Garrett Wong is the Climate Program Manager at the County of Santa Barbara. He previously worked as a Senior Sustainability Analyst for the City of Santa Monica. He leads policy, programs and projects in climate action & adaptation planning, energy efficiency and renewable energy and electric vehicle charging.

Alejandra Téllez | Program Management Analyst / Board Member | County of Ventura / 3C-REN / LGSEC

Alejandra Téllez is the program analyst for Sustainability Programs for the County of Ventura. Alejandra, manages the Local Government Partnership; Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance which is the County’s local energy efficiency clearinghouse office for training seminars, project identification, technical project support and energy planning for municipal governments, school and community college districts, special districts and small commercial businesses. In partnership with the counties of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Alejandra oversees the residential programs which provide utility customers and contractors with a direct link to dozens of energy rebates, training workshops and customer programs. Also manages sustainability activities via building operations and program implementation in County of Ventura services.

Lou Jacobson | Director of Fiscal Services / Board Member | Eureka City Schools / LGSEC

In 2005, Lou Jacobson moved to Northern California from West Virginia to advance his career in the energy efficiency industry. Lou’s experiences with strip mining, mountain top removal and fracking in West Virginia and Ohio led to his desire to learn about, and work on, behind the meter programs. In 2019, he left the Redwood Coast Energy Authority team after over 10 years of implementing and leading a variety of integrated Demand Side Management programs. Lou is now working with Eureka City Schools (ECS) as the Director of Fiscal Services. In addition to supporting a variety of fiscal and business services, Lou continues to engage in the distributed energy resource space by supporting ECS’s energy efficiency and management, Proposition 39, fleet efficiency, and renewable generation efforts. Lou serves as a board member to the Local Government Sustainability Energy Coalition and is a California Energy Efficiency Coordinating Committee Member.

Steven Moss | Partner / Regulatory Consultant | M.Cubed / LGSEC

Steven Moss specializes in resource economics and public policy analysis. He has led numerous assignments focusing on energy, environmental, and land use issues. He is co-author of A Guide for Reviewing Environmental Policy Studies and teaches in the Public Policy Program at Mills College.

Mr. Moss holds an M.S. in Public Policy from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a B.S. in Conservation of Natural Resources from the University of California, Berkeley.

Since receiving a graduate degree in public policy from the University of Michigan, Moss has spent more than twenty years engaged in various aspects of the policy process, such as policy analysis, public finance, strategic planning, and political campaigning. He’s worked on a variety of issues, including deep dives into civic engagement, health care, land use issues, energy, water, and air quality, including climate change. And while he’s focused most of his energies in California, Moss has led projects in India, Niger, Rwanda, and Senegal.

Webinar 12: State-Administered, Utility-Supported Financing for Energy Efficiency Retrofits
Thursday, September 17th | 10 – 11:15 AM

Learn about the State of Californiaʼs programs making attractive financing for energy upgrades available to homeowners, renters, small businesses and affordable multifamily properties. You can help your constituents save energy and lower their utility bills by connecting them to these programs. This webinar will feature a presentation on available financing and a panel discussion with several program partners of the California Hub for Energy Efficiency Financing (the Hub) to discuss customer benefits from different perspectives and answer audience questions about how this financing fits their constituentsʼ needs.

Lowering the barriers to energy efficiency (EE) retrofits through financing, particularly in underserved market sectors, is critical to reaching the stateʼs goal of reduced energy consumption with shared benefits for all Californians. In this webinar, participants will hear from representatives of the Hub, a program of the State Treasurerʼs Office that leverages private capital to provide affordable financing for EE upgrades. The Hub operates financing programs that offer a credit enhancement to participating lenders, which allows them to expand their underwriting criteria. This creates financing opportunities for underserved borrowers – including renters, new business owners and those with lower credit scores — while introducing new products to the market with lower interest rates, longer payback terms, and broader credit approval. By removing the upfront costs for EE upgrades, these programs allow Californians to prioritize efficiency and make lasting impacts on their energy use, including through decarbonization measures. The Hub is supported by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the stateʼs Investor-Owned Utilities (IOUs).

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Julie Lessard | Vice President of Consumer Loans | First U.S. Community Credit Union

Julie Lessard is the VP of Consumer Loans at First U.S. Community Credit Union in Sacramento, CA. She has worked in the credit union industry for the last 19 years, beginning at the branch level as a Member Service Representative and moving into consumer lending as a loan processor, loan officer and department manager prior to her current position.

As VP of Consumer Loans, Julie is responsible for overseeing the credit union’s non-real estate consumer loan program, specializing in a variety of loan types which include auto loans, credit cards, signature loans and home improvement loans, as well as the credit union’s newest addition: the Residential Energy Efficiency Loan.

Julie is a graduate of the University of Wyoming with a B.S in Biology, and resides in Folsom, CA with her husband Drew and sons Evan and Brennen.

Lynette Kyle | Credit Union Direct Lending Administrator | Valley Oak Credit Union

Lynette Kyle has been in the credit union industry for over 35 years starting as a teller and working her way up through various positions in lending, serving as a branch manager and administration positions. She is currently working at Valley Oak Credit Union as the Credit Union Direct Lending (CUDL) administrator for the last eight years and recently took on the REEL Energy Loan Program. In between credit unions, she spent six years at the City of Tulare in the Redevelopment Department working with various non-profit agencies that do home improvements with State funding and grants such as Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Housing and Community Development (HCD). Lynette enjoys spending time with her husband at Morro Bay and riding their new motorcycles.

Genevieve Dionne | Project Funding Specialist | California Energy Consultant Service

Genevieve Dionne started working for California Energy Consultant Service in 2016 as a Project Funding Specialist. In this role, she carries multiple responsibilities for supporting a growing small-business enterprise. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Keeping up to date with different financing options available to CECS customers
  • Identifying best options for customers according to their needs and financial parameters
  • Maintaining open and constructive communication with different lenders
  • Supporting the CECS sales team

Gen’s passion is helping people improve their lifestyles and relationships. A resident of Honduras for more than 5 years, Gen works remotely and is very resourceful.

“Application denied is not an option,” says Gen. “There is always a solution out there for a customer looking to finance a home improvement project!” In the past 4 years, she has helped more than 150 homeowners find the best financing option available.

Moderator: Kaylee D’Amico | Marketing, Education and Outreach Specialist | CA Hub for Energy Efficiency Financing, CAEATFA – State Treasurer’s Office

Webinar 13: Local Governments Leading the Way through Resilient Microgrids
Tuesday, September 29th | 1 -2 PM

Wildfires, power shut-offs, and other climate effects are driving the critical need for energy resiliency across California communities. Local government and institutions are taking the lead on microgrids in many areas to ensure their residents continue to receive critical services and back-up power. Given the technical complexity and range of possible microgrid models, local governments can best benefit by learning from one another and working together to implement a sustainable future for us all.

This panel session will feature diverse local experts, each with a unique perspective on developing innovative, resilient microgrid solutions across the state:

  • Mike Grim, City of Carlsbad – Feature project: Carlsbad microgrid
  • Craig Lewis, Clean Coalition (non-profit) – Feature projects: City of Camarillo solar microgrid and City of Santa Barbara community microgrid
  • Jim Zoellick, Humboldt State University – Feature project: Redwood Coast Energy Authority and Pacific Gas & Electric community microgrid

Presenters will discuss the goals and multiple benefits their microgrid projects address – from resiliency to carbon reduction, reliability, and government operations. They will explore the process and funding sources they have leveraged to develop studies and designs. And they will highlight the stakeholders and partnerships behind many of their microgrid projects which have been critical to their success. Finally, presenters will share important lessons learned and recommendations from their experiences for other communities eager to explore similar opportunities.

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Mike Grim | Sr. Programs Manager | City of Carlsbad

Mike Grim has over 25 years of local government experience including land use planning, housing policy, airport compatibility planning, CEQA processing, habitat conservation, and climate planning. He currently administers the city’s Climate Action Plan, coordinating both climate change mitigation and adaptation programs and projects. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative, a network of cities and public agencies that work together to advance climate planning and solutions for the San Diego region.

Craig Lewis | Founder and Executive Director | Clean Coalition

Craig Lewis has over 30 years of experience in the renewables, wireless, semiconductor, and banking industries. Previously VP of Government Relations at GreenVolts, he was the first to successfully navigate a solar project through California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard solicitation process. Craig was energy policy lead on Steve Westly’s 2006 California gubernatorial campaign. His resume includes senior government relations, corporate development, and marketing positions at leading wireless, semiconductor, and banking companies such as Qualcomm, Ericsson, and Barclays Bank. Craig received an MBA and MSEE from the University of Southern California and a BSEE from the University of California, Berkeley.

Jim Zoellick | Principal Engineer | Humboldt State University, Schatz Energy Research Center

Jim is a Principal Engineer at the Schatz Energy Research Center at Humboldt State University with 25 years of dedication. His work involves planning, analysis, project development and implementation, with a special focus on tribal and public sector projects in rural northern California. Most recently he has worked to develop, deploy and evaluate cutting edge microgrid technology. He has managed or co-managed two microgrid projects at the Blue Lake Rancheria, including the 2018 DistribuTECH Project of the Year for DER Integration. Currently he is co-managing the Redwood Coast Airport Microgrid Project; this will be the first front-of-the-meter, multi-customer microgrid on Pacific Gas and Electric’s distribution system.

Moderator: Katie Wilson | Assoc. Vice President | TRC

Webinar 14: Strategic Planning for a Clean Energy Future: How to Phase, Scale & Finance Smart Cities Solutions
Wednesday, October 7th | 11 AM – 12:15 PM

The Willdan Smart Cities Working Group will share 5-7 case studies illustrating how to phase, scale and finance smart cities solutions. The panel will include interactive discussion with representatives from the City of Irvine, City of Long Beach, and City of West Hollywood who will share tips, tactics and tools for implementation of smart cities strategic planning efforts. The panel will also include valuable examples of how to fund smart cities infrastructure with input provided by experts in New Markets Tax Credits, Opportunity Zones, and traditional forms of Capital Improvement Program (CIP) funding.

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  • Molly McMay, Principal, Willdan Financial and Economic Consulting
  • Kate Kigongo, Innovation Analyst, City of West Hollywood
    Steven Clarke, Senior Director, Willdan Performance Engineering
  • Andrea Marr, Senior Director, Willdan Performance Engineering
Webinar 15: Keeping the Focus Local: A Conversation with SoCalREN Regional Partnerships
Tuesday, October 15th | 10 -11 AM

Join us for an exciting panel featuring SoCalREN’s regional partners, South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCCOG), High Sierra Energy Foundation (HSEF), San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (SGVCOG) and San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization (SJVCEO). Our panel speakers will share how they are matching SoCalREN resources with the unique needs of their region, including disadvantaged and rural communities. Specifically, they will discuss the recent shift towards virtual services and how it may actually benefit these hard-to-reach communities.

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Moderator: Nicol Manzanares | Program Manager | The Energy Coalition

Nicol manages messaging, outreach and engagement for the SoCalREN Public Agency Programs. She leads the enrollment process for new agencies looking to join the SoCalREN and designs and facilitates workshops and webinars for the program. Nicol has a B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from Cal State Long Beach.

Samantha Dodero | Associate Executive Director | San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization (SJVCEO)

Samantha Dodero is the Associate Executive Director at the San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization. Before taking her current position, Samantha graduated from the California State University, Fresno with a degree in Business Administration. In her current role as Associate ED, she oversees all program implementation within the organization’s large 12 county territory in California. At SJVCEO, for short, she tirelessly pursues pragmatic solutions for rural problems.

Pam Bold | Executive Director | High Sierra Energy Foundation

Pam Bold is the Executive Director of the High Sierra Energy Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes the culture of energy efficiency and sustainability in the Eastern Sierra. She is the co-chair of the Rural and Hard to Reach working group and a board member of the California Green Business Network. Pam graduated from San Diego State University and spent her early career in the technology field and couldn’t be happier that she found her way to a role that allows her to have a positive impact on people and the environment.

Katie Ward | Senior Management Analyst | San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments

Katie Ward began her career in energy efficiency and local government as a CivicSpark Fellow at the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (SGVCOG) in 2014. In her current role as a Senior Management Analyst, Katie is in charge of the day-to-day management of the SGVEWP and SoCalREN Regional Partnership. She also manages ongoing active transportation programs, including open streets and bike share. Katie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Cal Poly Pomona and a Master’s degree in Public Administration at Cal State University, San Bernardino.

Kim Fuentes | Deputy Executive Director | South Bay Cities Council of Governments

Kim Fuentes is the Deputy Executive Director for the South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCCOG) where she is responsible for implementing sustainability programs and managing the South Bay Environmental Services Center – a clearing house for environmental information. Under her oversight, the SBCCOG approved the South Bay Subregion Climate Action Plan, Vulnerability Assessment, and Adaptation Plan. Her passion to support local governments and bring resources to the South Bay is seen in the various programs she manages including green business certification, vehicle emission reduction, and environmental conservation.

BPC Spotlight Event 1: How Disadvantaged Communities Can Take Advantage of Dedicated Energy and Climate Opportunities
Tuesday, October 21st | 1 -2 PM

The State of California has dedicated significant investment in energy and climate opportunities for “disadvantaged communities” (DACs), which suffer from economic, health, and environmental burdens. However, local governments representing DACs may lack the internal capacity to track and pursue these opportunities. This session will provide an overview of guiding DAC policies, definitions, and funding and technical assistance opportunities. If you’re a local government practitioner working in a community with DAC census tracts, please join a conversation with State and local speakers, facilitated by the Statewide Best Practices Coordinator, aimed at helping you better navigate the big dollar world of DACs to meet your energy and climate goals.

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Moderator: Angie Hacker | Statewide Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator | Local Government Commission

Angie Hacker has nearly 20 years of public, private and non-profit experience serving communities in the areas of sustainability, energy, and climate change, primarily in California. Prior to becoming CEO and Principal Consultant of Prosper Sustainably, she served as Energy and Sustainability Division Chief for the County of Santa Barbara. In that role, she oversaw local, state, federal, and IOU-funded energy and climate initiatives and participated in state regulatory efforts. Her areas of expertise include designing innovative local/regional solutions, communicating a strategic vision, pursuing policy and regulatory opportunities, obtaining resources, building local capacity, leveraging cross-sector partnerships, and engaging stakeholders. She enjoys managing complex projects and datasets to achieve results within multi-agency, political and bureaucratic environments. She earned a Master of Public Administration from New York University.

 

Noemí O. Gallardo | Public Advisor | California Energy Commission

Noemí O. Gallardo joined the California Energy Commission (CEC) as the Public Advisor in September 2019 after being appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom. She oversees the Public Advisor’s Office, which advises the public and the CEC to ensure the full and effective participation by all interested groups and the public at large in the CEC’s proceedings.

Before joining the CEC, she was senior manager of public policy at Sunrun Inc. Her professional experiences include serving as a program fellow at the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund, a consultant at Gallardo Law and Policy Consulting, an energy and telecommunications legal fellow at the Greenlining Institute, and a principal investigator at the Public Law Research Institute at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Gallardo is also a state-certified interpreter in Spanish who established and ran a translation and interpretation services business in her native Ventura County.

She is the proud daughter of Mexican immigrants and is a first-generation college graduate who earned a juris doctor degree from UC Hastings, a master of public policy degree from the University of Southern California, and a bachelor of arts degree from Pepperdine University.

Ena Lupine | Community Assistance Program Manager | California Strategic Growth Council

Ena leads SGC’s California Climate Investments Technical Assistance Program, which helps create a more equitable playing field for under-resourced applicants looking to access the funds to transition to climate-smart communities. In this role, she manages a broad range of capacity building activities for applicants to cap-and-trade grant funded programs, including workshops, trainings, and direct application assistance. Prior to her appointment at the Strategic Growth Council, Ena completed her Master’s degree at UC Davis, where she focused her research on equitable and inclusive policies for investment in under-resourced communities. Ena also has varied experiences working in education and communications for organizations in France, India and the US.

Ena holds a Master of Science in Community Development from UC Davis and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, French, and Environmental Studies from Colby College in Maine

Peter Pallesen | Senior Project Coordinator| City of Ontario Housing Department

Peter Pallesen is a Senior Project Coordinator at the City of Ontario Housing Department. Peter leads the implementation and manages the City’s $35 million Transformative Climate Communities Grant Program, Ontario Together. Additionally, Peter is responsible for conducting analytical reports on topics such as affordable housing and homelessness. Peter also assists in overseeing the implementation of the City’s CARES Act Short-Term Rental and Homeowner Utility Assistance Programs.

Prior to working for the City of Ontario’s Housing Department, Peter spent two years overseeing the City’s Business License Department where he was responsible for managing the City’s 10,000+ annual business license renewals as well as implementing the City’s first online business license system and listing. Along with this role, Peter also managed the City’s cashiers and processed all City deposits and wire transfers. Peter has a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Speech Communications from the University La Verne and has since completed additional professional services certificates such as Fundamentals of Project Management and Business Fundamentals from UCLA. Peter is currently enrolled in Cal Poly Pomona’s Southern California Local Government Leadership Academy and is seeking to obtain his Master in Public Administration.

Walker Weiland | Research Scientist | Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA)

Walker Wieland is a Research Scientist with the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA). He is also OEHHA’s Environmental Justice Liaison. His work is focused on CalEnviroScreen, which he has been working on for nine years. Walker researches pollution and population-based information to characterize burdens to communities across California. He conducts virtual and in-person trainings on CalEnviroScreen, and also creates and maintains web mapping tools for several projects at OEHHA. He is also a representative of Cal EPA’s Open Data Steering Committee.

Webinar 16: 2020 Virtual Beacon Award Ceremony
Tuesday, October 27th | 1 -2 PM

The Institute for Local Government is celebrating Beacon Award winners virtually this year, in conjunction with the virtual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum. For more than 11 years, the Beacon Program has encouraged, supported and recognized voluntary action by local governments throughout California to address climate change, promote energy innovation and foster more vibrant communities. Beacon participants are leaders in creating communities that have cleaner air and water, more efficient transportation options, and a healthier use of natural resources. Join us in a virtual award celebration, featuring recorded remarks from Former State Senator Fran Pavley, honoring 36 award-winning cities from across the state that have taken significant steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save energy, implement sustainability best practices, and so much more.

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Webinar 17: Mapping Energy Efficiency, Climate Planning, and Regional Partnerships
Wednesday, November 4th | 11 AM – 12 PM

This webinar maps the energy efficiency measures, climate planning, and local partnerships that form the basis of energy efficiency implementation efforts in the San Diego region.

Local jurisdictions in the San Diego region have been supported in their climate planning and implementation efforts by a range of organizations including planning agencies, utilities, and nonprofits. Mapping regional planning and energy efficiency efforts provides a unique opportunity to identify gaps, opportunities for further programming, and to highlight areas of success for replication.

Panelists from the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) will outline the planning that happens at a regional level and the partnerships in place to inform and support local climate change and implementation plans. The San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative will introduce its new ESRI Story Map which provides a unique, interactive overview of climate planning and maps how individual jurisdictions are taking action on energy efficiency. The City of Carlsbad will then share their own experience developing their climate action plan and implementing energy efficiency
ordinances.

It is through collaboration and sharing knowledge and best practices that organizations can work to bridge the gap between climate planning and energy efficiency implementation. Understanding key trends and the needs of individual communities can also help frame the discussion as we look to the next stage of supporting local communities in meeting their energy needs and adapting to climate change challenges.

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Moderator: Chris Nanson | Senior Account Executive | SDG&E

Chris is a Senior Account Executive at SDG&E for Industrial segment of the Business Services division. Throughout his 11 years at SDG&E Chris has assisted in the development of regional policies aimed at curbing climate change with the Public Sector, researched and led demonstrations on cutting edge renewable energy technology, been the utility lead for customer incentive programs related to solar and innovative clean energy technologies, and assisted in the distribution of utility-owned solar at over 40 locations around SDG&E’s service territory.

Anna Lowe | Senior Regional Planner | San Diego Association of Governments

Anna Lowe is a San Diego native and committed to ensuring future generations can experience the region as she has. Anna has almost two decades of experience working in local and regional government, with over ten years focused on climate and energy. She currently manages the Climate Resilience program at the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), which comprises of clean energy and climate mitigation, adaptation, and resilience policy, planning, and implementation. The Climate Resilience team plays an integral role in the development and implementation of the SANDAG Regional Plan. She and her team provide technical assistance to local governments on energy efficiency and climate change planning through the SANDAG Roadmap program and help preserve our local beaches and coastline through monitoring, collaboration, and adaptation efforts. Anna also managed the regional plug-in electric vehicle and alternative fuel readiness planning efforts through Plug-in San Diego and Refuel, respectively. She also serves as staff liaison for the SANDAG Regional Energy Working Group and represents SANDAG on the San Diego Regional Energy Partnership and the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative Advisory Board. Anna received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara and obtained her Master of City Planning from San Diego State University.

Christiana DeBenedict | Director | San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative

Christiana DeBenedict brings over fourteen years of experience managing multi-stakeholder projects, coordinating project teams, and developing and implementing program and organizational strategy. Christiana brings this skill set to her role as Director of Environment Leadership Initiatives at The Nonprofit Institute where she manages The Equinox Project and the Outdoor Leaders Initiative. Christiana also serves as Director for the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative, a network of cities and public agencies working to advance local climate solutions. These projects provide an opportunity for Christiana to bring her passion for advancing sustainability efforts through a collaborative approach that engages stakeholders and leverages technology and data to inform program and organizational planning efforts. Previously, as the US-Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership’s (BPP) Director of Member Services and Operations, Christiana worked to establish the partnership’s programs to strengthen BPP members in advancing philanthropy, leadership and collaboration in the border region. Christiana graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Languages and Bilingual Issues and holds an International MBA from IE Business School in Madrid, Spain.

Yichao Gu | Technical Policy Analyst | Energy Policy Initiatives Center, University of San Diego

As the technical policy analyst at USD’s Energy Policy Initiatives Center (EPIC), Yichao Gu’s work focuses on developing greenhouse gas emissions inventories, assessing mitigation measures for local jurisdictions and the San Diego region and further developing, maintaining and updating the tools and models to the best available data and methods.

Prior to joining EPIC in July of 2015, Gu worked as a research assistant at the California Department of Public Health, Indoor Air Quality Program. Her work focused on airborne exposures and indoor volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions. She received a Master in Science in Civil Engineering from University of California, Berkeley, with a focus on life cycle assessment and the intersection of energy, civil infrastructure and climate science. Gu has a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering, with an energy-environment nexus focus, from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Lisa Walker | Research Assistant | San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative

Lisa Walker is a Research Assistant at San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative. Lisa coordinates the organization’s energy efficiency program, as part of the San Diego Regional Energy Partnership. She has extensive experience with non-profit program monitoring/evaluation and enjoys technical data analysis and data visualization challenges. Prior to moving to San Diego, she spent over 6 years working with Australia’s First Nations communities to combat extreme disadvantage. She is passionate about fighting for a more equitable future and helping nonprofits and communities prove the impact of their work. She received a Bachelor of Economics/Arts from the Australian National University and a Master of Sustainability from Monash University.

Mike Grim | Senior Programs Manager | City of Carlsbad

Mike Grim is the Climate Action Plan Administrator at the City of Carlsbad. He has over 25 years of local government experience including land use planning, habitat conservation, and climate planning. Mike recognizes the crucial role that regional partnerships play in climate adaptation efforts. These partnerships have resulted in the successful completion of the Carlsbad Emergency Services Advanced Microgrid feasibility study and climate scenario planning for the Batiquitos Lagoon Resiliency Plan. He is currently managing the South Carlsbad Boulevard Climate Adaptation Project, funded through a Climate Ready Grant from the State Coastal Conservancy. Working with the Conservancy, Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation, California Coastal Commission, and California State Parks, the project will analyze roadway realignment through the lens of climate adaptation, incorporating nature-based solutions and identifying areas for enhanced coastal access and recreation.

Webinar 18: One Vision, Many Policy Paths to Local Decarbonization
Thursday, November 12th | 10 AM – 11:30 AM

Local governments and regional organizations are seeking to encourage building decarbonization through a range of innovative policies. Electrification-focused action plans, reach codes, rebates, incentives, and other strategies are critical to supporting cities progress. This webinar will feature diverse local experts—each with a unique perspective on developing, adopting, and implementing effective local policies in California communities.

Panelists will share details on the creative policy strategies each has considered and/or implemented through a lively exchange. They will explore the benefits, challenges, similarities, and differences between the policies. They will also explore partnerships and community engagement has been central to successful adoption. This session will hold important lessons learned and practical applications for other jurisdictions considering similar decarbonization policies.

WEBINAR RECORDING
PRESENTATION SLIDES
Confirmed Speakers:

Moderator: Farhad Farahmand | Senior Project Manager | TRC

Farhad Farahmand partners with cities and counties, utilities, community choice aggregators, and local stakeholders across California on cost-effectiveness analysis and municipal reach code adoption. Farhad enthusiastically supports communities as they move toward decarbonization goals, bridging the technical feasibility and real-world application of local energy solutions. Farhad earned a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from University of California, Berkeley, and a Master’s in Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, and is a registered Professional Engineer.

Sarah Moore | Sustainability Program Manager | City of Berkeley

Sarah Moore is the Sustainability Program Manager in the City of Berkeley’s Office of Energy & Sustainable Development. She works on implementing Berkeley’s climate action goals with a specific focus on incorporating green, sustainable features into buildings and advancing active and electric mobility as a means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving health, equity, and resilience in Berkeley. She has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Carleton College and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Chris Read | Sustainability Manager | City of San Luis Obispo

Chris Read is the Sustainability Manager at the City of San Luis Obispo and is committed to working with the community to create a carbon neutral, equitable, accessible, and prosperous city. Mr. Read has worked with local governments for a decade and is deeply driven to address the causes and impacts of climate change.

Srinidhi Sampath Kumar | Sustainable Housing Policy and Program Manager | California Housing Partnership

Srinidhi Sampath Kumar joined is a Sustainable Housing Policy and Program Manager at California Housing Partnership. She leads policy initiatives and helps design programs that impact low-income Californians by engaging with affordable housing property owners and community based organizations. She advocates for equitable energy efficiency and building decarbonization policies that will decrease split incentives and improve resident’s health and comfort. Srinidhi received her Master of City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley and her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Stella Maris College.

John Supp | Account Services Manager | Silicon Valley Clean Energy

John Supp supports commercial and multi-unit dwelling customers and manages programs at Silicon Valley Clean Energy. Prior to joining SVCE, John developed a broad-based knowledge of various renewable energy and energy efficiency measures. Most recently, he worked for local fuel cell manufacturer, Bloom Energy, as the Incentives Operation Program Manager. Before that, he was running the Account Management team and developing programs for the DC Sustainable Energy Utility to support energy efficiency, solar, and workforce development. He is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and received his undergraduate degree from UCLA.

BPC Spotlight Event 2: What Do We “SEEC” Next? An Interactive Forum Closing
Tuesday, November 17th | 10:30 – 11:30 AM

Another SEEC forum is in the books and the SEEC program as we’ve known it is sunsetting after a decade of success. Join us to celebrate all we’ve learned together and help us think into a promising new chapter for CA local government energy efficiency collaboration. This event will feature updates from each SEEC NGO, IOU representatives, new tools to help you access useful information, and a listening session where you can help drive what we do next.

WEBINAR RECORDING
PRESENTATION SLIDES
Best Practices Database
CA Local Energy Technical Assistance Directory
Confirmed Speakers:

Moderator: Angie Hacker | Statewide Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator | Local Government Commission

Angie Hacker has nearly 20 years of public, private and non-profit experience serving communities in the areas of sustainability, energy, and climate change, primarily in California. Prior to becoming CEO and Principal Consultant of Prosper Sustainably, she served as Energy and Sustainability Division Chief for the County of Santa Barbara. In that role, she oversaw local, state, federal, and IOU-funded energy and climate initiatives and participated in state regulatory efforts. Her areas of expertise include designing innovative local/regional solutions, communicating a strategic vision, pursuing policy and regulatory opportunities, obtaining resources, building local capacity, leveraging cross-sector partnerships, and engaging stakeholders. She enjoys managing complex projects and datasets to achieve results within multi-agency, political and bureaucratic environments. She earned a Master of Public Administration from New York University.

Julia Kim | Climate & Energy Program Director | Local Government Commission

Julia joined the Local Government Commission (LGC) in March of 2015 and serves as the Director of Climate and Energy Programs. She helps to create livable, resilient communities by partnering with public agencies, community leaders, and key stakeholders throughout California on place-based climate resilience initiatives while supporting the advancement of the climate change field at-large. She focuses on the opportunities that climate change presents to redesign existing systems and processes while collaborating with diverse partners to implement equitable, innovative, and comprehensive climate solutions.

Julia is also a board member of the American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP) and the Sierra Nevada Alliance (SNA). She serves as a community advisory committee member for UCLA’s Climate Change Heat Impacts & Protective Policies Project and as a steering committee member for the 2019 California Climate Action Planning Conference. Julia earned a B.A. in political science and philosophy, and an M.P.P. in environmental policy and international security/economic policy, both from the University of Maryland

Nicole Enright | Associate Program Manager | Institute for Local Government

Nicole is an associate program manager at ILG, dedicated to identifying and scaling-up local solutions to meet the challenges of climate and sustainability through targeted-on-the-ground technical assistance, expanding partnerships and peer learning. Previously, Nicole served as a Program Officer at the Institute for Sustainable Communities and a Sustainability Aide for the City of Flagstaff’s Sustainability Program where she developed and implemented clean energy, community resilience and sustainability programming.

Nicole holds a Masters in Environmental Policy and Management and a Graduate Certificate in Energy and Sustainability from the University of Denver and a Bachelors in Environmental Studies from Northern Arizona University.

Calyn Hart | SEEC Program Officer | ICLEI USA

Calyn Hart joined ICLEI USA in 2018 as a Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative (SEEC) Program Associate and currently serves as a Program Officer. Calyn provides technical assistance to local governments on GHG inventorying and climate action planning using the ClearPath tool. In addition to running training cohorts, Calyn also works to develop energy efficiency resources and incorporate climate equity throughout California. Calyn received her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Business and Biology in 2017 from the University of Redlands in Southern California. After graduating, Calyn went to work in the environmental field through the CivicSpark Fellowship program aiding the City of Santa Clara. During her CivicSpark Fellowship, Calyn updated the City’s Local Government Operations and Community greenhouse gas inventories, produced the City’s Climate Action Plan Annual Report, provided the framework for a Transportation Demand Management Plan and as well as the Climate Action Plan Update. After completing the CivicSpark Fellowship, Calyn continued on with the City of Santa Clara working on many climate and sustainability initiatives including the City’s Pilot Residential Food Scraps Recycling Program, the County Green Business Certification Program, and community outreach regarding the proper disposal of waste.

Jennifer Berg | Energy Programs Manager | Association of Bay Area Governments

Jenny Berg graduated with honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She received her JD from the Catholic University in Washington, DC. and an Executive MBA Certificate in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School. After a successful legal career focusing on toxic tort litigation, she followed her passion and concern for the environment. Jenny has been the Manager of the San Francisco Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) since its inception in January 2013, and is an Assistant Director with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Energy Programs Manager.

Jenny is Co-Chair of the California Energy Efficiency Coordinating Committee (CAEECC). Jenny strongly believes that regional strategy and implementation is key to addressing critical issues such as climate change, transportation, and air quality. Second only to her two teenage children, Jenny’s greatest source of pride is the success of the BayREN programs and the great group of local government BayREN members.

Michelle van Tijen | Pacific Gas & Electric

Alma Briseno | Southern California Gas Company

10th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum

June 26-27, 2019 | Long Beach, CA
2019 Theme: Transforming Energy Efficiency – Bridging Opportunity and Community Need

The 10th Annual SEEC Forum focused on empowering local governments and the communities they represent to implement impactful energy efficiency measures locally while helping meet the state’s ambitious climate and energy goals. To make real progress towards a decarbonized future, we must accelerate the pace of investment in, and deployment of, integrated energy efficiency strategies and more deeply engage underserved and disadvantaged communities. Through transformative action on the ground, the gap between opportunity and community need can be bridged.

Plenaries
State Leaders Opening Plenary

To meet our ambitious state and local goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, we must accelerate the pace of investment in, and deployment of, energy efficiency and other integrated energy strategies, as well as more deeply engage underserved and disadvantaged communities across California. This session will provide the opportunity for leaders from key statewide organizations to discuss their vision for California’s low carbon future and the role of local governments in this evolving policy and program landscape.

Speakers:

  • Leif Christiansen, EE Coordinator, Local Government Commission
  • Edie Chang, California Air Resources Board
  • Pete Skala, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Lara Ettenson, Natural Resources Defense Council

Resources:

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.

Speakers:

  • 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

Resources:

Morning Plenary I Volunteer Notes

Morning Plenary II: The Future Decarbonization of California’s Energy

Reducing emissions from non-renewable fossil fuels from buildings is a key strategy for ensuring California meets its aggressive climate goals. This session will explore IOUs’ visions for the path forward for decarbonizing energy in support of these statewide goals.

Speakers:

  • Leif Christiansen, EE Coordinator
  • Joshua Torres, Southern California Edison
  • Ken Chawkins, Southern California Gas Company

Resources:

Morning Plenary II Volunteer Notes

Closing Plenary: The Lasting Legacy of Local Government Partnerships

Gather around the campfire and listen closely, as masterful Local Government Partnership storytellers from around the state share perspectives about how the LGP program model has made a lasting impact in their region. Walk back in time to the origins of Local Government Partnerships, initiated as a single city-utility collaboration, and through the evolution into the statewide program offered by every Investor Owned Utility. By celebrating the countless accomplishments of LGPs, this presentation will serve as a celebration of this public sector program as we know it today while addressing the continued need to deliver support into the future.

Speakers:

  • Laurel Rothschild, The Energy Coalition
  • Lou Jacobson, Redwood Coast Energy Authority
  • Courtney Kalashian, San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization
  • Alejandra Tellez, Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance
  • Renée Yarmy, Port of San Diego

Resources:

Closing Plenary Volunteer Notes

Breakouts
Regional Leadership to Support Local Action in Disadvantaged Communities

Faced with limited budgets and a lack of capacity, the small cities in the Gateway Cities region found themselves unable to develop the plans, inventories and projects needed to compete for valuable state Cap & Trade Funding. To remedy this, the Council of Governments led a multi-partner effort to create a Regional Climate Action Framework that now is helping cities advance their goals for economic development, public health, air quality, climate resiliency, equity, public engagement and job creation while planning for the impacts of climate change. In this session, you will get a preview of the innovative framework, learn about the resources and partners that led to this project and hear how it is helping local governments compete for state funding.

Speakers:

  • Karalee Browne, Institute for Local Government
  • Nancy Pfeffer, Gateway Cities Council of Governments
  • Brian Schuster, Environmental Science Associates

Resources:

Chasing the Twin Goals of Carbon Reduction and Racial Equity

San Francisco’s “Zero Cities” project is a comprehensive, data-driven effort that articulates specific mechanisms to catalyze net zero emissions in the building sector by 2050. Learn about:

  • Analysis using publicly available information to gain understanding of building emissions by sector, size and other attributes, key intervention points and policy options to drive emissions reductions.
  • Partnerships to deploy data analytics to identify residential building retrofit opportunities that have a strong financial case and reduce the most emissions.
  • Effective community engagement with to empower stakeholders to partner with the City on building sector policy and program development and implementation.

Speakers:

  • Rich Chien, Department of Environment, City and County of San Francisco
  • Ammon Reagan, Department of Environment, City and County of San Francisco
  • Chris Selig, PODER
  • Leah Obias, Race Forward

Resources:

Chasing the Twin Goals of Carbon Reduction and Racial Equity Volunteer Notes

Catalyzing Decarbonization and Market Transportation through Procurement

Many local government agencies are following California’s ambitious energy and climate goals. However, bandwidth, expertise, information availability, system and process deficiencies, and incumbent policies, behaviors and contracts make it difficult to overcome structural inertia that limits innovation. Recognizing these challenges, the California Energy Commission is launching a procurement assistance program that addresses widespread barriers and that is available for everyone. This panel will: (1) review technical potential for different end uses, (2) engage the audience in a facilitated discussion to highlight opportunities to innovate procurement systems, processes and policies, and (3) share how SEEC members can participate in the program.

Speakers:

  • Brian Barnacle, Energy Solutions
  • Kathleen Egan, Ecomedes

Resources:

Catalyzing Decarbonization and Market Transformation through Procurement Volunteer Notes

Public/Private Partnerships Promoting Energy Efficiency: Green Business Programs and Incentives

California provides the California Green Business Network with funding for Cities and Counties to start Green Business Programs. A Green Business Program can be a powerful incentive for businesses to go beyond compliance. The best part is the process is fully fleshed out in an easy to use framework complete with training. Come to this session to learn what a successful Green Business Program looks like. Hear from one of our newest programs in Long Beach. In addition, learn how EnergyUpgrade California, CCAs and the IOUs partner with Green Business Programs to promote energy efficiency at small businesses.

Speakers:

  • Josephine Fleming, California Green Business Network
  • Courtney Chatterson, City of Long Beach
  • Laura Rosenthal, Energy Upgrade California
  • Shawn Orgel-Olson, California Green Business Network

Resources:

Public/Private Partnerships Promoting Energy Efficiency: Green Business Programs and Incentives Volunteer Notes

TRC for the Rest of Us: Breaking Down Cost-Effectiveness

Everyone has been told that cost-effectiveness, and specifically Total Resource Cost (TRC), guides portfolio decisions, but do you understand the TRC calculation and why the programs that benefit your community may not make the cut? This session will continue the discussion started at the SEEC Forum in 2018. The panel will review the history and components of TRC, the impact that relying on the TRC has on energy efficiency programs, and what national best practices could improve California’s approach. The panel will also raise alternatives for how to accurately value efficiency, protect customer funds, and align with state policies.

Speakers:

  • Nicol Manzanares, The Energy Coalition
  • Lara Ettenson, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Chris Ford, The Energy Coalition
  • Lou Jacobson, Redwood Coast Energy Authority

Resources:

Putting “Action” into your Climate Action Plan: Energy Master Planning

It can be a significant challenge to translate into action the ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals of local government agencies’ Climate Action Plans. This session will demonstrate how Energy Master Planning (a cost-effective, strategic approach) addresses this implementation gap. Energy Master Planning is a process where emissions reduction goals are mapped onto clear and actionable implementation plans. It provides a roadmap for identifying, planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating the impacts of high value projects. This interactive session will explore how Energy Master Planning optimizes existing assets, identifies cost-effective energy generation opportunities, generates predictable savings over time, and increases resiliency.

Speakers:

  • Rick Brown, TerraVerde Energy
  • Ken Loman, City of Woodland
  • Karly Zimmerman Fogg, TerraVerde Energy
  • Brian Barnacle, Energy Solutions

Resources:

Putting “Action” into your CAP: Energy Master Planning Volunteer Notes

Fueling Energy Conservation and Efficiency through Gamification

This panel will showcase proven ways to engage employees in energy conservation and efficiency through gamification. The Port of San Diego, along with The Energy Coalition and Center for Sustainable Energy, will break down two recent engagement campaigns. Panelists will highlight lessons learned from each of the campaigns, while providing panel attendees with best practices to implement an educational campaign at their organization. You will even have a chance to participate in a game and slay energy vampires. Get inspired to test out similar behavior change campaigns with your employees to help reach your sustainability goals!

Speakers:

  • Rachel Stern, Port of San Diego
  • Amy Whitehouse, The Energy Coalition
  • Michael Arvizu, Center for Sustainable Energy
  • Rita de la Fuente, San Diego Convention Center Corporation

Resources:

Fueling Energy Conservation and Efficiency through Gamification Volunteer Notes

Energize! A Municipal Residential Energy Efficiency Competition

Energize! is a municipal behavioral energy efficiency competition for high school districts (or other geographies) to compete against each other to deploy home energy retrofits. The Energize! program provides an innovative and effective tool for local governments to improve existing residential building energy efficiency, a sector in which cities typically have little programmatic authority. This session provides participants with cutting-edge big data tools, behavioral social science strategies, and program resources to implement new municipal EE programs.

Speakers:

  • Hal Nelson, Portland State University
  • Alex Polamero, Culture Cube Marketing
  • Harrison Kingery, Res-Intel

Resources:

Energize! A Municipal Residential Energy Efficiency Competition Volunteer Notes

RENs: Lessons Learned and the Future of Energy Efficiency

Join to hear updates on the REN vision, programs, lessons learned, and case studies on how the RENs have been leveraged to meet community needs and addressing climate change. We will share how we address gaps in the energy efficiency marketplace and serve residential, business, and public customers that have been traditionally underserved. We will discuss new RENs, and enhancements RENs offer Local Government Programs and Community Choice Aggregators. Also learn how local governments can best diversify and partner with other EE implementers and climate change stakeholders to provide tangible impacts and to thrive in the midst of funding uncertainty.

Speakers:

  • Laurel Rothschild, The Energy Coalition
  • Jenny Berg, Association of Bay Area Governments/Metropolitan Transportation Commission
  • Lujuana Medina, County of Los Angeles
  • Alejandra Tellez, County of Ventura

Resources:

RENs: Lessons Learned & the Future of EE Volunteer Notes

Revolving Loan Funds in a Post-Incentive World

For many public agencies, utility incentives and On-Bill Financing (OBF) with fund disbursement months after project completion can be a significant hindrance to program utilization and project implementation. A Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Program overcomes this barrier by providing access to upfront funds that cover 100% of the project construction costs. The session highlights RLF models and provides practical and proven strategies to successfully design and sustain a RLF. Participants will learn why Revolving Loan Funds must be considered as an important tool to finance energy projects.

Speakers:

  • Genaro Bugarin, The Energy Coalition
  • Annie Secrest, County of San Luis Obispo
  • Matthew Skolnik, County of Los Angeles
  • Alelia Parenteau, City of Santa Barbara

Resources:

Revolving Loan Funds in a Post-Incentive World Volunteer Notes

Addressing Barriers to EVI Deployment in Disadvantaged Communities

While some of the approaches to deploying EVI in rural and DAC communities compare to other regions (e.g., increase awareness, increase affordability, reduce range anxiety, provide funding opportunities, streamline permitting), there are also unique approaches that are beneficial to communities where: air quality improvement is a priority; Residents are multi-cultural and speak numerous languages; Significant residents do not have access to home charging (e.g., MUDs); Daily commutes to work are above average; Corridor travel is significant; and existing rebate programs have not been fully utilized.

In this session, we will explore the barriers that are common to all and unique to these communities. We will ask for audience participation to prioritize deployment strategies, share results of work conducted, and provide toolkits for decision-makers to utilize in their own community.

Speakers:

  • Kevin Wood, Center for Sustainable Energy
  • Linda Urata, County of Kern
  • Christine Viterelli, City of Arvin
  • Jack Axelrod, Envoy

Resources:

Local Energy Codes: Tools for Reaching Your Climate Action Goals

Reach codes (local energy ordinances) are one of the tools local governments can use to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as well as save energy and money. This session will discuss the local goals that can be addressed with reach codes, including decarbonization, and will provide an overview of various reach code strategies and options local governments can consider. Attendees will also hear about experiences and lessons learned from local governments who have adopted reach codes in the past, and will leave with information about resources available to assist with reach code efforts.

Speakers:

  • Chris Kuch, Southern California Edison
  • Karen Kristiansson, BayREN
  • Amy Rider, Building Decarbonization Coalition
  • Misti Bruceri, Misti Bruceri & Associates, LLC
  • Gabriel Taylor, California Energy Commission

Resources:

The Spirit of Free Ridership Policy and the Public Sector

This session will debate the merit of free ridership policy in the public sector. The goal is to promote a balanced perspective on the topic while increasing participants’ understanding of the policy and how it influences program design, implementation and cost-effectiveness calculations. Panelists will be prompted by moderator questions and participant feedback. Example questions include: What is free ridership and why are we so worried about it? How do we document program influence? Is the concept of free ridership in government valid? And, should we be concerned about how free ridership assumptions may impact hard to reach communities?

Speakers:

  • Lou Jacobson, Redwood Coast Energy Authority
  • Courtney Kalashian, San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization
  • Rebecca Hausheer, The Energy Coalition
  • Brendan Havenar-Daughton, Pacific Gas & Electric
  • Jordan Garbayo, 3CREN – County of San Luis Obispo

Resources:

Microgrids: Low Carbon Reliability & Resilience

Wild fire, extreme weather linked to climate change, ever-present earthquake threats, and other possible disruptions, along with decarbonization policy goals, are leading local governments to examine microgrids. What kinds of critical facility microgrids are moving forward today? How are they being financed? How are they designed? Communities can tap into new energy innovations to support critical functions while supporting business continuity and other local economic development goals.

Speakers:

  • Margaret Bruce, Local Government Commission
  • Peter Asmus, Navigant Research
  • David Liebman, Sonoma County Junior College District
  • Christine Houston, Port of Long Beach

Resources:

 

Aligning Municipal Policies and Actions with Energy and Carbon Goals

A growing number of cities are setting ambitious energy and carbon goals. Buildings are often the largest source of municipal emissions. However, there is often a disconnect between day-to-day building operations, capital planning, and long-term goals. This team has been working with several cities around the country to “lead by example” in municipal building. Cities can leverage basic energy benchmarking data to cost-effectively develop a strategic plan for municipal facility improvement. Join us to hear about successes and lessons learned and to receive free, comprehensive resources and tools to strategically advance the energy performance of your own portfolio of buildings.

Speakers:

  • Cathy Higgins, New Buildings Institute
  • Sharon Patterson Grant, Eco Edge
  • Susan Freed, County of San Diego
  • Mike Grim, City of Carlsbad

Resources:

Aligning Municipal Policies and Actions with Energy and Carbon Goals Volunteer Notes

A Tale of Two Cities

This session will explore the individual motivations of different public agencies throughout Southern California as they strive to achieve energy efficiency-equity across their regions through Local Government Partnerships (LGPs). LGP implementers The Energy Coalition (TEC), along with program administrators Southern California Edison (SCE) will share their first-hand experience with providing municipal energy efficiency project support to cities through the West Side Energy Partnership and North Orange County Cities (NOCC) Energy Partnership. Insider perspectives into the distinctive motives of each region that inspire local leadership actions will be explored.

Speakers:

  • Samantha Meza, The Energy Coalition
  • Jake Anderson, The Energy Coalition
  • Robyn Eason, City of West Hollywood
  • Joshua Soliz, City of Orange
  • Scot Mann, Southern California Edison

Resources:

A Tale of Two Cities Volunteer Notes

Posters

9th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum

June 20-21, 2018 | Sacramento, CA
2018 Theme: Scaling Up and Out

With increasingly aggressive energy and climate goals, there is a clear need for proven solutions that can be adapted and implemented at the regional scale. Scaling Up and Out emphasizes the need to identify, replicate, and scale programs and practices from communities across the state.

Keeping with the theme of Scaling Up and Out, the 9th Annual SEEC Forum focused on policies and practices that have been successfully implemented and can be adapted to fit the needs of communities elsewhere. Presenters provided energy tools, financing models, and policies that can encourage increased adoption of energy efficiency and climate adaptation actions in communities across the state.

Plenaries

Day 2 Morning Plenary Session (60 mins.)

The SB 350 Barriers Study identified structural policy, and programmatic barriers to equitable access to energy services and clean energy technologies. In addition, the recent decision from the CPUC addressing the Energy Efficiency Business Plans calls on utilities to measure the economic impacts and co-benefits of energy efficiency programs on low-income, hard-to-reach, and disadvantaged communities. This session will explore the need to address inequities in our local energy policies and programs and how local leaders can ensure they are providing opportunities for clean energy access to all members of their community.

Speakers:

  • Moderator: Cary Garcia, Statewide Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator, Local Government Commission
  • Luis Sanchez, Chief Executive Officer, Community Resource Project, Inc.
  • Alana Matthews, Public Advisor, California Energy Commission
  • Leslie Martinez, Leslie Martinez, Policy Advocate, Leadership Council for Justice and Accountability

Presentations:

Plenary: The Changing Electric Utility Industry – Roles & Opportunities for Local Governments

The electric utility industry is in the midst of dramatic change.  Future opportunities for local governments within the design, operation and maintenance of the electric “grid of the future” have been presented at many venues.  However, many of these opportunities exist now under current grid operator programs and are being developed at energy regulatory venues. This presentation will describe how and why local governments should be participating in ongoing grid operations programs, how that participation is funded, and where past challenges local governments faced in this participation may be mitigated.

These opportunities arise from regulatory and industry trends including the retirement of nuclear and fossil fuel generating stations, policies in advancing clean power utilization, and the advancement and utilization of clean energy market technologies by retail customers.  San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station has been decommissioned, Diablo Canyon Nuclear Generating Station is scheduled for retirement, coast-based thermal generating stations and fossil-fuel peaking stations are being phased out, and independent market participants and retail customers are adopting new, clean technologies for integration into the grid at astounding rates.  This presentation will describe the opportunities for local governments to participate in programs today, and in the near future, that impact the well being of the electric grid and their communities.

Speakers:

  • Moderator: Howard Choy, Owner, Howard Choy Consulting, LLC, Vanir Energy
  • Craig Perkins, President and Executive Director, The Energy Coalition
  • Gene Rodrigues, Vice President, ICF International
  • Randy Britt, President, Vanir Energy
  • Gary Saleba, President/CEO, EES Consulting

Presentations:

Breakouts

Regulations and Legislation Impacting Local Energy Programs

Local climate and energy program staff, organizational leaders and community members have a need to know about policy and regulatory proposals affecting their programs and how to engage meaningfully in policy development.  This session will provide attendees with the most current information on priority legislative proposals, Public Utilities Commission proceedings, and Energy Commission building benchmarking regulations.

Speakers:

  • Moderator: Margaret Bruce, Program Manager, Local Government Commission
  • Irene Moosen, Regulatory Consultant, Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition
  • Eugene Lee, Residential Supervisor, Efficiency Division, Existing Buildings Office, California Energy Commission
  • Nidia Bautista, Chief Consultant, California Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications

Presentations:

Decarbonization, Democratization, Decentralization: Tools for Implementing Climate Change Plans

As local governments pursue increasingly aggressive climate change and public health goals, interest in electrification is growing. Communities are looking to decarbonize full buildings and public facilities including: electrifying heating, hot water and cooking. The good news is that highly efficient heat pumps for heating air and water and induction and convection appliances for cooking are coming into the market with increasingly competitive installation and operating costs and prices. In addition, heating technologies are being outfitted with communications and control devices that will enable them to be used as thermal storage solutions in support grid needs, and for generating revenues for home and building owners. This workshop will provide up to date research that can be used to help policymakers reach informed decisions about their energy source. It will also describe a practical road map, including: policies, tools and programs, that public agencies can adapt to their local conditions to cost-effectively electrify. Finally, the workshop will include several case studies demonstrating how public agencies are already launching decarbonization initiatives.

Speakers:

  • Moderator: Rick Brown, President, TerraVerde Energy, LLC
  • Panama Bartholomy, Founder, Building Decarbonization Coalition
  • Jessie Denver, Energy Program Manager, San Francisco Department of the Environment
  • Jonathan Parfrey, Executive Director, Climate Resolve

Presentations:

Connecting with the State’s Financing Pilots and Reaching Underserved Communities

CAEATFA, in partnership with the Investor Owned Utilities, is launching innovative financing pilot programs, designed to make more private capital available for energy efficiency retrofits. The workshop will cover what financing is, and will be available for homeowners, renters and small businesses so that local government participants can connect constituents with these resources. Making capital available for underserved communities is a priority for the programs. We will explore how the programs can best serve disadvantaged communities, balancing access with consumer protection, the challenges of supplying credit to the small business market and opportunities for collaboration with local governments.

Speakers:

  • Moderator: Andrew Nih, Financing Supervisor, Southern California Gas Company
  • Miriam Joffe-Block, Program Manager, California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority
  • Carmelita Miller, Legal Counsel, The Greenlining Institute
  • Ben Brown, Senior Program Manager, On Bill Financing, Pacific Gas & Electric Company
  • Siew Yee Lee, Business Development Officer, Minority Business Development Agency

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California Energy Commission Updates: Building Energy Use Benchmarking Program (AB 802)

California has launched its Statewide Benchmarking Program under AB 802 which was approved by the Governor in 2015. With the regulations enacted in April of 2018, and enforcement commencing June 1st, 2018 building owners must submit benchmarking data to the California Energy Commission. Learn the long awaited details on compliance procedures, available resources, intersection with existing local government ordinances, and participate in Q&A directly with the California Energy Commission staff. The conversation will wrap up with how benchmarking is uniquely applied in the local government sector.

Speakers:

  • Moderator: Marc Costa, Policy & Regulatory Manager, The Energy Coalition
  • Erik Jensen, Energy Specialist, California Energy Commission
  • Daniele Horton, Founder and President, Verdani Partners
  • Barry Hooper, Green Built Environment Senior Coordinator, City of San Francisco
  • Sarah Farell, Energy Policy Advisor, San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization

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Role of Renewable Gas in Climate Action and Resiliency Planning

What are PG&E and SoCalGas doing to help cities and counties achieve their climate action and resiliency goals? How can communities combine organic waste diversion with renewable energy development while reducing emissions from transportation? How can utilities assist local governments embarking on resiliency plans and incorporating climate adaptation strategies into their General Plans? Please join to learn about existing utility programs as well as R+D efforts related to: renewable gas (organic waste, landfills, wastewater, dairies, agriculture), Power-to-Gas and renewable hydrogen technologies, renewable gas vehicles and fueling infrastructure, and distributed energy resources (fuel cells, combined heat and power systems)

Speakers:

  • Moderator: Geoffrey Danker, Franchise, Fees & Planning Manager, SoCalGas
  • David Lewis, Director, Wholesale Marketing & Business Development, Pacific Gas & Electric

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Partnering with Chambers of Commerce to Reach the Business Community

This session will have a brief presentation and a panel discussion. The speakers will represent local government and the business community bringing chamber of commerce representatives and a business representative, the discussion will be facilitated by a representative from the local utility SDG&E. The panel will speak about the journey of the cities of Chula Vista and National City in becoming energy efficiency outreach partners in the local business community.

Speaker Roster:

  • Moderator: Eric Drabb, Local Government Partnership Advisor, San Diego Gas & Electric
  • Barbara Locci, Conservation Specialist, City of Chula Vista
  • Jacqueline Reinoso, President and CEO, National City Chamber of Commerce
  • Lisa Cohen, Chief Executive Officer, Chula Vista Chamber of Commerce
  • Dee Baker, Director of Sales, Pery Plumbing Heating & Air

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Drivers of Change Analysis for Cities GHG Emissions Inventories

Since the mid-1990s, local governments have engaged in periodic inventories of municipal and community greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions with the ultimate goal of achieving emission reductions. The field has matured with documented protocols for performing and reporting inventories, and many communities are now conducting inventory updates to establish trends. ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and the City of Bellevue Washington, with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Cities Leading through Energy Analysis and Planning (Cities-LEAP) Program, are creating methods and tools to attribute changes between two inventories to the impacts of policies and programs along with other external drivers, such as economic activity and weather. Specifically, ICLEI has developed a “contribution analysis” that is now in testing by a set of participating communities. By eliminating as much uncertainty as possible through normalizing for factors like weather and economic activity that isolate out the “noise” of external factors, the impact of actions or programs can be reasonably inferred.

Speakers:

  • Moderator: Hoi-Fei Mok, Program Officer, ICLEI USA
  • Garrett Wong, Senior Sustainability Analyst, City of Santa Monica
  • Mike Steinhoff, Program Manager, Tools & Technical Innovation, ICLEI USA

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Microgrids for Community Resilience: Integrating Generation, Storage and Interoperability

Recent disasters have driven home the importance of maintaining energy service to critical systems: water, communications, refuges, life safety systems, etc.  Microgrids, including energy generation, storage and grid inter-operability, can provide resilience and reliability for vital public safety, communications and economic functions.  This session will explore the experiences of three microgrid implementers from diverse situations: their motivations, decision-making, cost/benefit and risk/benefit criteria, and their key take-aways and advice.

Speakers:

  • Moderator: Margaret Bruce, Program Manager, Local Government Commission
  • Rachel DiFranco, Sustainability Manager & Smart City Co-Facilitator, City of Fremont
  • Dr. Shelly Morr, Superintendent, Santa Rita Unified School District
  • Matthew Marshall, Executive Director, Redwood Coast Energy Authority

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Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs: Evolving Policy, Requirements, and Challenges

So, you think you’re ready to implement efficiency? You’ve gathered buy-in and perhaps earmarked a potential project, and you are counting on incentives to bridge funding gaps and maximize performance. But, have you considered how the evolution of energy policy and technologies will impact your project? Amidst growing scrutiny of efficiency projects moving through utility incentive programs, public agencies that have previously leveraged ratepayer resources to overcome barriers to adoption are meeting new obstacles along the path to implementation. This session will open with a presentation on the origins and evolution of efficiency programs and will include a highlight of the end-user experiences gathered from agencies who have leveraged ratepayer resources to achieve efficiency. Its goal is to serve as an educational forum and workshop for sharing dialogue among local government customers, energy efficiency program implementers and service providers, IOU program stakeholders and California Public Utilities Commission staff.

Speaker Roster:

  • Moderator: Laurel Rothschild, Director, The Energy Coalition
  • Nils Strindberg, Energy Division, California Public Utilities Commission
  • John Rossi, Program Manager, TRC Solutions
  • Brendan Havenar-Daughton, Local Government Energy Efficiency Strategy Lead, Pacific Gas & Electric Company
  • Athena Besa, Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric

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Reaching Up and Out: Advancing Reach Codes Together

Local governments frequently adopt amendments to the California Building Code (sometimes called reach codes) to leverage jurisdictions’ ability to act quickly to advance energy efficiency and emissions reduction goals. Especially in growing areas, reach codes ensure inclusion of desirable measures and capture otherwise untapped cost-effective savings. This session provides an overview of the adoption process, documentation requirements, and shared experiences from other jurisdictions.  The session also introduces resources to streamline adoption to help individual jurisdictions “scale up” the reach code mountain, and “scale out”, enabling many jurisdictions to leverage one set of materials rather than duplicating the process each time.

Speaker Roster:

  • Moderator: Misti Bruceri, Principal, Misti Bruceri & Associates, LLC
  • Christopher Kuch, Codes and Standards Engineer, Southern California Edison
  • Ingrid Neumann, Associate Energy Specialist, California Energy Commission
  • Mike Grim, Senior Programs Manager, City of Carlsbad
  • Lindsey Tillisch, Program Manager, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
  • Garrett Wong, Senior Sustainability Analyst, City of Santa Monica

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Top Measures to Accelerate Local Clean Energy Programs: How to Push the Envelope on a Budget

Local governments across California play a vital role in shaping the state’s energy future and advancing sustainability. Leading municipalities have developed innovative and cost effective ordinances and programs to drive adoption of energy efficient technologies, renewable energy systems, and electric vehicles. We researched the most innovative local government efforts that serve as ideal models for other communities to adopt towards their climate action plan and clean energy goals. This panel will highlight our top findings on the best practices, costs, and benefits for encouraging development of a clean energy future across five areas: energy efficiency, renewable energy, zero net energy, energy storage, and electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure. The panel will also discuss how model policies can be adapted for local use in the most cost-effective way. Our project team engaged cities and stakeholders throughout San Mateo County to determine which clean energy policies were most appealing. The team then did an extensive cost – benefit and carbon analysis of eight clean energy programs that could become model ordinances to support EVs, solar carports, electric heat pumps, time of sale energy audits and efficiency measures for new commercial buildings. The project also includes case studies of the most advanced energy facilities that already exist, such as Stanford University’s district scale heat recovery system. We will explore different models and case studies that could be combined and adapted to create model advanced energy communities within a reasonable budget. This work was done in collaboration with the Clean Coalition and several dozen other partners of the Peninsula Advanced Energy Community (PAEC) initiative funded by the California Energy Commission.

Speaker Roster:

  • Moderator: Cary Garcia, Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator, Local Government Commission
  • Diane Bailey, Executive Director, Menlo Spark
  • Betty Seto, Sustainable Buildings and Communities Department Head, DNV GL
  • Justine Burt, Founder and CEO, Appraccel

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Controlled Environment Agriculture: Facility Types, Carbon Footprint and Electricity Benchmarking

Fresh, year-round fruits, vegetables and herb cultivation is driving controlled environment agriculture (CEA) facility development.  The two new “decentralized agriculture” facility types are high-tech greenhouses and indoor warehouse grows. Energy efficiency for greenhouse and indoor horticulture is challenging to predict on an annual PSF basis, but it’s relatively simple to monitor.  Dimmable lights and complex HVAC systems are crop and site dependent. Can we benchmark a “carbon footprint” for crop by benchmarking the facility? How do we handle reporting? What’s the reward for farms who achieve annual net positive energy and net negative carbon? One in three shoppers will pay 25% more for “local”.  How shall we approach carbon labeling and reward CEA farmers for achieving energy efficiency? Come see the latest examples and CEA case studies from across California!

Speaker Roster:

  • Moderator: Liz Yager, Program Manager, County of Sonoma Energy and Sustainability Division
  • Nicholas Maderas, Owner, F4DESIGN
  • Stefan McCulloch, Owner, iPonix

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A Recipe for Making a ZNE Building: Lessons Learned from New Construction and Existing Building Renovations

Faced with the reality of changing codes and energy reduction requirements, the County of San Diego and the City of San Diego have been proactively practicing Zero Net Energy. The County chose to start practicing early, with two new ZNE facilities already occupied and 4 more in the making. The City was awarded a grant to retrofit several existing buildings to demonstrate cost-effective pathways in the small commercial and municipal building sector. These local governments have learned some hard lessons about why the process of getting a ZNE building is very different from any other industry-standard building. A recipe of best practices will be presented for getting from the idea of ZNE to occupancy and on into performance monitoring and certification.

Speakers:

  • Moderator: Susan Freed, Project Manager, County of San Diego
  • Bryan Olson, Senior Civil Engineer- Energy & Sustainability, City of San Diego

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Youth Engagement for Climate Action Implementation

Many California communities have robust climate action goals, but lack the resources necessary to achieve them. By leveraging the unbridled enthusiasm of the youth population, the City of Fremont, Strategic Energy Innovations, Rising Sun Energy Center, and The Energy Coalition have proven successful in implementing environmental sustainability efforts while also providing climate literacy and green training opportunities. The speakers will discuss an array of effective engagement projects, programs, and strategies that empower youth, foster community connections, provide workforce development opportunities, and deliver on climate action targets, all while providing a fun and meaningful experience for kids!

Speakers:

  • Moderator: Rachel DiFranco, Sustainability Manager, City of Fremont
  • Chelsea Marcell, CivicSpark Climate Fellow, City of Fremont
  • Emily Courtney, Program Director, Education, Strategic Energy Innovations
  • Rachael Van Schoik, Project Coordinator, The Energy Coalition
  • Julia Hatton, Director of Programs, Rising Sun Energy Center

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Leading by Example: Municipal Zero Net Energy

Local governments throughout the state are beginning to practice Zero Net Energy (ZNE) in their facilities to help meet GHG reduction goals, and the goals set by SB350.  This panel describes different approaches to ZNE municipal buildings and portfolios, ranging from large-scale ZNE plans to municipal ordinances to building or retrofitting individual municipal buildings. From design through implementation, this panel will provide practical tools and stories to assist other local jurisdictions to explore a range of approaches to ZNE.

Speakers:

  • Moderator: Chris Nanson, LGP Program Adviser, San Diego Gas & Electric
  • Susan Freed, Project Manager, County of San Diego
  • Betty Seto, Sustainable Buildings and Communities Department Head, DNV GL
  • Rachael Londer, Energy Efficiency Specialist, County of San Mateo
  • Barry Hooper, Green Built Environment Senior Coordinator, San Francisco Department of the Environment

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How Community Choice Agencies Can Advance Energy Efficiency Goals

This session will explore the challenges and opportunities for local governments advancing energy efficiency goals via Community Choice agencies (CCAs). There are now over a dozen operational CCAs in California with more on the way. CCAs can initiate self-funded programs, and also have the statutory authority to receive public benefit funds in order to fund and administer efficiency programs. The session will highlight CCAs that have acted on this and explore the potential that all such agencies, prospective and operational, have in this regard. Many of the newly operational and emerging agencies are considering to self-fund as well as the option to elect to receive state EE funds.

Speakers:

  • Moderator: Woody Hastings, Energy Program Manager, Center for Climate Protection
  • Kathy Wells, Energy Projects Coordinator, Lancaster Choice Energy
  • Alice Stover, Director of Customer Programs, MCE Clean Energy
  • Rick Brown, President, TerraVerde Energy, LLC

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Driving Forward: Accelerating Opportunity and Equity for Communities through EVs

Low-income communities often lack access to zero-emissions vehicles (ZEVs), yet clean transportation solutions are most needed in these mobility deserts. When designed with equity as a goal – and not an afterthought – ZEV programs can simultaneously address the challenges of air quality, equity, and opportunity access. In Sacramento, public, private, and non-profit partnerships are developing California’s first low-income ZEV car-share, micro-transit, community charging, and other innovative programs. Panelists will share how Sacramento’s collaborative model has positioned the region for ZEV deployment, working from a regional policy framework to on-the-ground pilots and projects, and discuss lessons learned, successful partnerships, financing, and scalability.

Speaker Roster:

  • Moderator: Raef Porter, Climate and Energy Team Manager, Sacramento Area Council of Governments
  • Jennifer Venema, Sustainability Manager, City of Sacramento
  • Steffani Charkiewicz, Air Quality Engineer, Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District
  • Judy Robinson, Sustainability Manager, County of Sacramento
  • Simeon Gant, Executive Director, Greentech Education & Employment

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Posters

8th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum

June 14-15, 2017 | Fresno, CA
2017 Theme: Bridging the Gap

This year’s forum will focus on Bridging the Gap. Organizers will aim to feature topics that highlight approaches and strategies that catalyze local energy and sustainability action to close gaps in planning to implementation, data and technology, policy to practice, urban and rural, and more! For the first time, we are opening a call for session proposals to encourage participants to share innovative strategies and lessons learned that demonstrate how their agency is working to close gaps to save energy and achieve local sustainability goals.

Plenaries

Opening Plenary Session: The Path to 2030 (video | powerpoint)

Save Money, Save the World – The Next Level of Energy Efficiency (video | powerpoint)

Grid 2.0 (video | powerpoint)

Bridging the Mitigation-Adaptation Gap (video | powerpoint)
Breakout Sessions: Policy and Planning

CA Climate Investments: Putting Cap-and-Trade Dollars to Work (session notes | powerpoint)

Demystifying Energy Benchmarking in the Age of AB 802 for Public Agencies (powerpoint)

Reaching Towards Zero: Local Energy Ordinances Forge a Path (session notes | powerpoint)

The Cannabis Industry and Energy (session notes | powerpoint)

Breakout Sessions: Best Practices

Driving Energy Savings in Businesses Through Behavioral Changes and Business Licenses (session notes |