8th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum

Wednesday, June 14th – Thursday, June 15th • Fresno, CA

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Overview

The SEEC Forum heads to Fresno in June!

The Local Government Commission, in partnership with the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative, is hosting the 8th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum in Fresno from June 14th to June 15th, with pre-forum activities taking place June 13th. This forum is offered at no-cost to California local governments and features updates from key state agencies, highlights innovative local energy and sustainability projects, offers capacity-building trainings, drand provides multiple networking opportunities. We hope that you can join us!

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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.

Forum Features

In addition to a robust two-day program, this year’s forum will also feature:

  • Two pre-forum workshops on June 13
    • 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM – Energy Efficiency 101, hosted by SEEC
      This workshop aims to provide key background information to help new energy practitioners get the most out of the forum. Participants will learn about State goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and key funding opportunities (e.g. the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund/cap-and-trade program); important regulatory proceedings and how local governments can get involved; State goals and best practices for zero net energy and electric vehicles, additional common best practices for municipal retrofits, business and community outreach, and more; how to get started in ClearPath to complete greenhouse gas inventories, forecasts, and climate action plans; and resources available to local governments as they relate to energy efficiency. Light lunch provided.
    • 1:00 – 5:00 PM – Zero Net Energy for Local Governments, hosted by New Buildings Institute
      This workshop is designed to give local government staff the information, tools, and confidence to create and drive progress toward zero net energy goals. Case studies show how cities can be leaders within their own public building portfolios by creating a clear code and policy roadmap, and by transforming the market through public awareness. We will review how to achieve climate goals through ZNE pilot projects, deep energy retrofits starting with municipal building benchmarking and portfolio analysis, ZNE codes, financial incentives, ZNE recognition, and other tactics. In addition to sharing examples of successful plans and ZNE-ready policies, small working groups will develop their own ideas utilizing training materials. Learn more here.
  • Networking reception with poster displays
  • Tour and documentary screening (Time to Choose and Tomorrow) at BitWise
  • Tour and informal networking at Tioga-Sequoia Craft Brewing Co. Beer Garden
  • Morning run led by Fleet Feet Fresno

More information about these opportunities will be posted online as they are finalized. Please note that registration is required for the pre-forum workshops and will be included in the forum registration form.

Forum Organizer

The Local Government Commission (LGC) is a nationally recognized non-profit organization with a rich history of connecting leaders, advancing policies and implementing solutions for sustainable communities. For the last 35 years, the LGC has been at the forefront – identifying promising approaches and fostering persuasive models that can be replicated and used to inform public policy.

Forum Sponsor

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The Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum is sponsored by the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative (SEEC). SEEC provides support to cities and counties to help them reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and save energy. SEEC is an alliance between three statewide non-profit organizations (The Local Government Commission, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, USA, and the Institute for Local Government) and California’s four Investor-Owned Utilities.

Logistics

Registration is NOW OPEN

Register for the 8th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum at https://2017seecforum.eventbrite.com!

In order to continue making the SEEC Forum available to local governments at no cost, registration costs for nonprofit/academia and private sector have been updated to $245 and $395, respectively. Tickets include full access to the 2-day forum including pre-forum workshops, the networking reception, and additional forum activities such as the documentary screening at BitWise.

Please note that nonprofit local government partnership implementers must register as a nonprofit rather than as a local government. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Khrystyna Platte at kplatte@lgc.org.

We encourage you to register at your earliest convenience or by COB Friday, June 2nd. If you are no longer able to attend, please reach out to Khrystyna Platte at kplatte@lgc.org.

Lodging

The 8th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Downtown Fresno.

DoubleTree by Hilton
2233 Ventura Street
Fresno, CA 93721

The published group rate in the DoubleTree Hotel booking system is $132/night- however, to make this event more affordable to attendees, the forum organizers are buying down the rate to $107/room night (+ taxes and fees).

Participants must select rooms at the rate of $132/night but will only be charged the $107/night room rate upon checkout.

http://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/F/FATCCDT-SSE-20170613/index.jhtml

 

Program

Draft Program

Pre-Forum Workshops | June 13th
9:30 AM -12:30 PM Energy Efficiency 101 Workshop

This workshop aims to provide key background information to help new energy practitioners get the most out of the forum. Participants will learn about State goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and key funding opportunities (e.g. the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund/cap-and-trade program); important regulatory proceedings and how local governments can get involved; State goals and best practices for zero net energy and electric vehicles, additional common best practices for municipal retrofits, business and community outreach, and more; how to get started in ClearPath to complete greenhouse gas inventories, forecasts, and climate action plans; and resources available to local governments as they relate to energy efficiency.

1:00 PM -5:00 PM Zero Net Energy for Local Governments Workshop

This workshop is designed to give local government staff the information, tools, and confidence to create and drive progress toward zero net energy goals. Case studies show how cities can be leaders within their own public building portfolios by creating a clear code and policy roadmap, and by transforming the market through public awareness. We will review how to achieve climate goals through ZNE pilot projects, deep energy retrofits starting with municipal building benchmarking and portfolio analysis, ZNE codes, financial incentives, ZNE recognition, and other tactics. In addition to sharing examples of successful plans and ZNE-ready policies, small working groups will develop their own ideas utilizing training materials. Learn more here.

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Tour and Documentary Screening at BitWise

Screening: Time to Choose
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmGbUuoc-_A

Academy Award®-Winning documentary filmmaker Charles Ferguson (Inside Job, No End in Sight) turns his lens to address worldwide climate change challenges and solutions in his new film TIME TO CHOOSE. Featuring narration by award-winning actor Oscar Isaac, TIME TO CHOOSE leaves audiences understanding not only what is wrong, but what can to be done to fix this global threat. Ferguson explores the comprehensive scope of the climate change crisis and examines the power of solutions already available. Through interviews with world-renowned entrepreneurs, innovators, thought leaders and brave individuals living on the front lines of climate change, Ferguson takes an In-depth look at the remarkable people working to save our planet.

 

Forum Day 1 | June 14th
8:00 AM – 9:15 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:15 AM – 9:45 AM Welcoming Remarks

Councilmember Oliver L. Baines III | District 3, City of Fresno
Kim Rodriguez | Portfolio Manager, Public Sector DSM Programs, Southern California Edison
Kate Meis | Executive Director, Local Government Commission

9:45 AM – 11:15 AM Opening Plenary Session: Bridging the Gaps to Meet State Goals

Kate Meis | Executive Director, Local Government Commission (moderator)
Councilmember Oliver L. Baines III | District 3, City of Fresno
Randall Winston | Executive Director, Strategic Growth Council
Mindy Romero | Founder & Director, California Civic Engagement Project, UC Davis Center for Regional Change

11:15 AM – 11:45 AM Networking Coffee Break
11:45 AM – 12:30 PM Spotlight Sessions
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Networking Lunch
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM Keynote: Save Money, Save the World – The Next Level of Energy Efficiency
Dian M. Grueneich | Senior Research Scholar, Stanford UniversityDian will review the remarkable achievements of California’s energy efficiency history, which has saved billions of dollars, created thousands of new jobs, and avoided building dozens of powerplants.  She will highlight the critical role of local governments in these accomplishments.  Participants will leaern about the challenges ahead for the next level of energy efficiency and the opportunities that exist, particularly at the local level, beyond the first generation of efficiency.
Dian Grueneich is a nationally and internationally recognized energy expert. Her expertise covers energy efficiency, demand response, smart grid, renewable energy resources, transmission, and climate change. She has extensive experience in energy policy and regulation, utilities, market development and innovation, and key factors driving U.S. and global energy investments. Dian served as a Commissioner on the California Public Utilities Commission from 2005-2010 and led its efforts on energy efficiency, demand response, transmission planning and permitting, and Western energy issues.
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM Breakout Sessions
3:15 PM – 3:30 PM Networking Coffee Break
3:30 PM – 4:45 PM Breakout Sessions
4:45 PM – 5:30 PM Break
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Energy Champions Networking Reception & Poster Displays
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Tour and Documentary Screening at BitWise

Screening: Tomorrow
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/201669535

TODAY, we sometimes feel powerless in front of the various crises of our times. TODAY, we know that answers lie in a wide mobilization of the human race. Over the course of a century, our dream of progress commonly called “the American Dream”, fundamentally changed the way we live and continues to inspire many developing countries. We are now aware of the setbacks and limits of such development policies. We urgently need to focus our efforts on changing our dreams before something irreversible happens to our planet. TODAY, we need a new direction, objective… A new dream! The documentary Tomorrow sets out to showcase alternative and creative ways of viewing agriculture, economics, energy and education. It offers constructive solutions to act on a local level to make a difference on a global level. So far, no other documentary has gone down such an optimistic road… TOMORROW is not just a film, it is the beginning of a movement seeking to encourage local communities around the world to change the way they live for the sake of our planet.

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Tour and Informal Networking at Tioga-Sequoia Beer Garden

Join forum participants and your local government peers at Tioga-Sequia Brewing Company’s Beer Garden for a tour of their facilities and a night of informal networking. Discounts on beer will be provided to forum participants.

Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company was founded in 2007 with a mission of producing world class beers that could bring awareness and resources to the preservation of the Southern Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. In 2010, they planted their flag in Downtown Fresno, CA and decided to take their journey of becoming the San Joaquin Valley’s local brewery a step further. Tioga-Sequoia’s beer and brands reflect the greatness of the region they brew in, highlighting the beauty of the Southern Sierras that run along the Eastern side of the San Joaquin Valley that include landmarks such as Yosemite National Park, Sierra National Forest, Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, and Sequoia National Forest. They also integrate and feature local flavor, creativity, and culture in our products to give our valley residents a sense of pride in what they drink and support.

 

Forum Day 2 | June 15th
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM Plenary Session: Grid 2.0

Cary Garcia | Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator (moderator)
Gerry Bruan | Director, The IRES Network
Gil Friend | Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Palo Alto
Joseph Oldham | Director, San Joaquin Valley Clean Transportation Center, CALSTART
Garrett Wong | Senior Sustainability Analyst, City of Santa Monica

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Networking Coffee Break
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Working Sessions
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Networking Lunch
1:00 PM – 2:15 PM Breakout Sessions
2:15 PM – 2:30 PM Break
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM Closing Keynote: Bridging the Mitigation-Adaptation Gap
Christopher Benjamin | Director, Corporate Sustainability, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Participants will hear about strategies that simultaneously reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build community resilience. At Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), Chris Benjamin is the Director of Corporate Sustainability and leads a team that works collaboratively to measure, communicate, and elevate PG&E’s sustainability commitment across the environmental, economic, and social dimensions of the business. This includes leading a variety of sustainability reporting, benchmarking, and strategic policy initiatives, including working to build climate resilience. It also includes active engagement with a broad range of stakeholders, including PG&E’s external Sustainability Advisory Council, to guide and strengthen PG&E’s sustainability strategy.
3:00 PM – 3:15 PM Closing Remarks

Sessions

Draft Sessions

Wednesday Spotlight Sessions | 11:45 AM – 12:30 PM
The Cannabis Industry and Energy

The cannabis industry in California is growing and many local governments are facing a steep learning curve. This session aims to provide a crash course on the industry, the regulatory landscape, and production methods. Participants will also learn about the energy aspects of cannabis cultivation, energy efficiency strategies, and how energy program administrators can participate in this industry transition.

  • Liz Yager | Sustainability Manager, County of Sonoma
  • Hezekiah Allen | Executive Director, California Growers Association
  • Nicholas Maderas | Chief Executive Officer, MCM-F4
The Seven Habits of Highly-Effective Municipal Sustainability Professionals 

Competing priorities, tight budgets, a lack of formal organizational status, and inertia can make it a challenge to translate climate action goals into concrete and meaningful action. The purpose of this session is to acknowledge these barriers and present strategies for how to overcome them. This session will focus on examples from the City of Fremont, where, with minimal staffing and a small budget, the city has successfully implemented significant sustainability programs over the past few years including efficiency upgrades; solar installations; a battery storage pilot program; community car share; a community group solar purchase program; and installation of EV charging infrastructure.

  • Brendan Havenar-Daughton | Local Government Energy Efficiency Strategy Lead, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (moderator)
  • Dan Schoenholz | Deputy Community Development Director, City of Fremont
  • Rachel DiFranco | Sustainability Manager, City of Fremont
Live Demo – Public Tools to Improve Building Energy Efficiency

This session will demonstrate two public tools to support city or utility building energy efficiency programs. The first tool is LBNL’s City Building Energy Saver, a data and computing platform built on open data and modeling standards to visualize building performance and conduct retrofit analyses at the district or city scale. The second tool is Lucid’s BenchmarkMyBuilding.com, which was created in collaboration with U.S. Department of Energy and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, BenchmarkMyBuilding leverages ENERGY STAR and the DOE to benchmark annual energy cost and consumption against a dataset representative of 4.8 million buildings across 68 billion square feet.

  • Josh Wentz | Technical Product Manager, Lucid (moderator)
  • Tianzhen Hong | Staff Scientist, Lawerence Berkeley National Lab

 

Wednesday Traditional Sessions | 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM
CA Climate Investments: Putting Cap-and-Trade Dollars to Work

In this session, State agency representatives from a variety of Climate Investments programs will present case studies of how local governments have accessed these funds to support local sustainability and equity efforts. These cases will walk through concrete examples of unique on-the-ground partnerships, effective community engagement, and creative leveraging strategies. For the second half of the session, Agency staff will lead a strategic discussion to think through how outreach, engagement, and technical assistance can improve the spread of Climate Investments across the California. The discussion will result in key take-aways and follow-up items for future collaboration.

  • Monica Palmeira | Sustainable Communities Outreach Coordinator, Strategic Growth Council (moderator)
  • Ambreen Afshan | Disadvantaged Communities Liason, Air Resources Board
  • Glen Baird | LIWP Project Manager, Department of Community Services and Development
  • Carol Carter | Program Manager, California Natural Resources Agency
Unlocking the Potential of Smart Cities for Smart Energy Efficiency

The new buzz word seems to be “smart cities“ – but what does it mean and how do cities effectively achieve the vision of a smart, efficient city? This session will examine real-world case studies, highlighting smart city projects with a focus on vendor engagement strategies for energy efficiency projects to help cities sift through the myriad of energy efficiency offerings in the market related to smart LED street lights, predictive analytics, and community engagement. This panel will examine what has worked to date and help cities to understand how new smart city technologies can support climate action and energy efficiency.

  • Betty Seto | Head of Department, DNV GL (moderator)
  • Parita Ammerlahn | City of San Diego
  • Sally Barros | Sustainability Manager, City of San Leandro
  • Coleen Wisniewski | Senior Conservation Specialist, City of Chula Vista
Energy Efficiency and Adaptation: Coordination for Mutually Beneficial Outcomes

Energy efficiency is one of the state’s pillars for GHG mitigation but is less well-recognized as a climate adaptation strategy. However, demand management is an important strategy to reduce climate vulnerabilities, particularly as increased temperatures and outages from wildfires, storms, and other disasters put strain on our energy systems. This session will bring together practitioners and policy-makers to discuss how energy efficiency and adaptation can be coordinated to reduce demand and also increase resiliency and reliability. Panelists will highlight specific projects, tangible strategies, and lessons learned.

  • Michael McCormick | Senior Planner, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (moderator)
  • Kathleen Bryan | Senior Energy Efficiency Specialist, SF Environment
  • Jose Gonzalez | Sustainability Division Manager, City of Fresno
  • Kristine Lloyd | Senior Environmental Policy Advisor, Southern California Gas Company

 

Wednesday Traditional Sessions | 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM
Tales from the Other California – the Rural EE-xperience

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of market transformation, it was the age of political divide; it was the epoch of regional collaboration, it was the epoch of statewide oppression; it was the season of happy EE warriors, it was the season of strict cost-effective guidelines; it was the spring of innovation, it was the winter of outsourced programs. The Rural Hard to Reach LGP Working Group members will share how joining together made it possible to serve the most remote and hard to reach parts of the state; what’s so different about rural California that they needed their own support group; what exactly is “hyper-rural”; why ‘disadvantaged communities’ gets it all wrong; and how they’re not changing, but just being rural and succeeding.

  • Cary Garcia | Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator, Local Government Commission (moderator)
  • Pam Bold | Efficiency Programs & Special Projects, High Sierra Energy Foundation
  • Steve Campbell | Special Projects Associate, Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments
  • Jon Griesser | Supervisor, Energy and Climate Programs, County of San Luis Obispo
  • Lou Jacobson | Energy Specialist, Redwood Coast Energy Authority
  • Courtney Kalashian | Executive Director, San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization
  • Thomas Pickering | Energy and Environment Professional, Sierra Business Council
  • Jeremy Terhune | Program Manager, Valley Vision
Reaching Towards Zero: Local Energy Ordinances Forge a Path

As local jurisdictions implement their Climate Action Plans and continue ramping up activities to reduce GHG emissions, many are looking to building energy codes as one of the primary methods to cost-effectively achieve their goals. Local jurisdictions are in a unique position to lead, “reaching” to ZNE by requiring projects in their jurisdiction to go beyond minimum state requirements. This session features an overview of the adoption and approval process, several options for ordinance format and structure, and an overview of resources available. In addition, the session highlights ordinances adopted in two jurisdictions that represent different approaches to “Bridging the Gap” from current construction practices to standardizing Zero Net Energy building construction.

  • Misti Bruceri | Principal, Misti Bruceri & Associates, LLC (moderator)
  • Joel Cesare | Sustainable Building Advisor, City of Santa Monica
  • Rachel DiFranco | Sustainability Manager, City of Fremont
  • Chris Kuch | Engineer, Southern California Edison
  • Kim Springer | Interim Deputy Director, Office of Sustainability, County of San Mateo
Demystifying Energy Benchmarking in the Age of AB 802 for Public Agencies

Public agencies are faced with meeting new facility energy benchmarking and disclosure requirements brought about by the passage of AB 802. However, many public agencies are unfamiliar with the process of facility energy benchmarking, the specifics of AB 802, and available facility benchmarking resources. In an effort to lay a foundational understanding of facility energy benchmarking and what has worked for other public agencies, The Energy Network’s session will give attendees the opportunity to hear about and share best practices, learn how to meet AB 802 requirements, and understand how Local Government Partnership cities can secure funding for these efforts.

  • Marc Costa | Program Manager, The Energy Network Public Agency Program (moderator)
  • Dominique Hargraves | Executive Director, USGBC-LA
  • Jake Anderson | Project Manager, North Orange County Cities Partnership
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) 2.0

Over the past three years, PACE has grown dramatically in California. This session will explore how PACE is helping California meet its environmental goals, and how the local government sponsors of PACE programs are evolving with the growing marketplace. Participants will also learn about current legislation, and the challenges and solutions local governments are now facing with PACE

  • James Hamill | Managing Director, California Statewide Communities Development Authority (moderator)
  • Crystal Adams | Program Manager, Western Riverside Council of Governments
  • Josh Brock | Director of Market Development, Renovate America
  • Jeff Deason | Electricity Markets & Policy Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
  • Cliff Staton | Executive Vice President, Government Affairs, Renew Financial

 

Thursday Working Sessions | 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Getting to Net-Zero Energy in Affordable Multifamily

Existing multifamily buildings represent a significant opportunity for implementing comprehensive upgrade solutions that result in energy savings and lead to properties becoming Zero Net Energy (ZNE). This session will demonstrate why ZNE is a compelling goal to existing affordable multifamily property owners and managers, as well as local governments. Presenters will highlight case studies and pathways to leverage incentive programs and financial resources to complete ZNE projects. Participants will be guided through a hands-on exercise to develop hypothetical ZNE plans. Participants will take away a deeper understanding of the feasibility of ZNE retrofits in the existing affordable multifamily sector.

  • Lowell Chu | Senior Energy Efficiency Specialist, City and County of San Francisco (moderator)
  • Martha Campbell | Project Manager, Rocky Mountain Institute
  • Nick Young | Project Manager, Association for Affordability
Best Practices for Climate Action Planning, Implementation, and Tracking

This session provides an overview of ICLEI’s climate action planning framework and demonstration of ClearPath’s inventory, forecasting, and planning modules for intermediate users of the tool. ClearPath is a holistic tool for climate action planning with sophisticated analysis and decision-support. Following the demo, the City of Emeryville and LA Gateway Cities Region will present case studies from their climate action planning. Emeryville developed its Climate Action Plan (CAP) 2.0 last year and is currently implementing various CAP measures. The Gateway Cities work includes energy action plan development and energy efficiency measures implementation as well as the development of a preliminary regional climate action planning framework.

  • Hoi-Fei Mok | Program Officer, ICLEI (moderator)
  • Noe Adalberto Martinez-Diaz | CivicSpark Fellow, Gateway Cities Council of Governments
  • Matthew Anderson | Environmental Services Intern, City of Emeryville
  • Michael Steinhoff | Program Director, ICLEI
Driving Energy Savings in Businesses Through Behavioral Changes and Business Licenses

Focusing on two different programs, the Free Resource & Energy Business Evaluation (FREBE) and Step Up and Power Down, this session will showcase how these programs delivered energy efficiency savings to small and large businesses. The FREBE program leverages the business licenses process to require energy evaluations and drive program participation. Step Up and Power Down is a behavior-based marketing campaign that aimed to transform how communities thought about and used energy in their businesses. Session participants will be walked through a remote FREBE business evaluation and a Step Up and Power Down behavior-based energy reduction campaign.

  • Cory Downs | Conservation Specialist, City of Chula Vista (moderator)
  • Ariel Carpenter | Associate Environmental Specialist, City of San José
  • Barbara Locci | Conservation Specialist, City of Chula Vista
  • Jillian Rich | Manager, Workforce Education and Training Customer Energy Solutions, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

 

Thursday Traditional Sessions | 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM
Environmental Justice and Energy: Strategies For Collaborating With Vulnerable Communities

There are many low-income communities of color who have faced historical and current disadvantages in securing sustainable, affordable, and reliable energy access. Serving vulnerable communities is a critical aspect of bridging the gap on energy policy planning and implementation. How do we ensure sustainable and affordable energy access? How do we overcome systemic environmental racism? What are best practices for community engagement in places with multiple languages or families with young children? What infrastructure is needed for green job development? The panel will discuss these questions and present some case studies on supporting vulnerable communities on energy costs, solar installations, clean energy organizing, and green job training.

  • Hoi-Fei Mok | Program Officer, ICLEI (moderator)
  • Tom Esqueda | Executive Director, Grid Alternatives
  • Jessica Guadalupe Tovar | Organizer, Local Clean Energy Alliance
  • Julia Hatton | Director of Programs, Rising Sun Energy Center
  • Jeanne Ramirez | Senior Program Manager, Pacific Gas & Electric Company
Replicable Water-Energy Solutions

Water and energy systems are highly interdependent – water is used in all phases of energy production and electricity generation, and energy is required to extract, convey, and deliver water. This session will highlight three programs and initiatives: the Water Infrastructure and System Efficiency program, the WaterLink program, and the City of Chula Vista’s recently adopted Water Stewardship Plan. Speakers will highlight replicable strategies and lessons learned.

  • Danielle Dolan | Water Program Manager, Local Government Commission (moderator)
  • Cody Coeckelenbergh | Director of Program Services, Lincus
  • Cory Downs | Conservation Specialist, City of Chula Vista
  • Susan Wright | Water/Efficiency Program Manager, Ecology Action
Varied Approaches, Unifying Goals: Behavior Change & Local Government Partnerships

Local Government Partnerships are unique in that there is a large space for program autonomy under an overarching structure. This model allows for the impact of subtle and overt behavior charge over the course of one’s energy journey. Behavior change takes place not just in the customer, but in the community, local government, program implementer, or utility. Changes are often the result of behavior modification rather than regulatory direction. During this discussion, we bring together representatives who have all modified programs and customer end use through direct and indirect behavior modification through the structure of the Local Government Partnership program.

  • Courtney Kalashian | Executive Director, San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization (moderator)
  • Rachel DiFranco | Sustainability Manager, City of Fremont
  • Ivana Dorin | Program Manager, The Energy Coalition
  • Trevor Keith | Energy Program Coordinator, County of San Luis Obispo
  • Tyler Masters | Program Manager, Western Riverside Council of Governments

 

Past Forums

About the 2016 Forum

The 7th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum was held June 15-16, 2016 in Riverside, CA. For the first time, the forum was expanded to two full days and featured 20 sessions along the theme of Taking a Holistic Approach Toward a Sustainable Future. 96% of forum survey respondents stated that the 2016 forum met or exceeded their expectations!

“Really well organized conference and interesting topics. Thanks for the opportunity to attend!”
“As always, LGC did an amazing job pulling together the SEEC Forum. I always want to go to sessions but typically wind up in the hall networking due to the great connection points the Forum affords.”
“Being new to the industry, the conference provided lots of learning and networking opportunities.”
2016 Forum Participants

2010-2015 Forums

Contact

For questions regarding conference logistics, please contact:

Khrystyna Platte
Phone: 916-448-1198 x306
Email: kplatte@lgc.org

For questions regarding the conference program, please contact:

Julia Kim
Phone: 916-448-1198 x304
Email: jkim@lgc.org