8th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum

Wednesday, June 14th – Thursday, June15th • Fresno, CA

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Registration & Lodging
Call for Proposals



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, and provides multiple networking opportunities. We hope that you can join us!

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 13th
    • 9:30 AM – 12:30 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.
    • 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.
  • A networking reception with poster displays
  • A tour and documentary screening at BitWise (pending)
  • Beer night at Tioga-Sequoia Craft Brewing Co. (pending)
  • Morning runs 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.

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

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


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.

Registration & Lodging

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.


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

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Fresno Convention Center
2233 Ventura Street
Fresno, CA 93721

Details regarding the group block and rate and reservation instructions will be made available within the next week.


Call for Proposals

Call for Session and Poster Proposals

The Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum is an opportunity to showcase best practices, local projects, and innovative strategies for energy efficiency and sustainability. This year, we will continue to offer a robust program by soliciting session proposals from across the state on timely and applicable topics that will inspire and engage local government participants. If you have innovative projects or replicable strategies to share, we encourage you to submit a session proposal!

The deadline to submit proposals is Monday, April 10th.

Submit a Session Proposal Submit a Poster Proposal

Submittal Instructions

All proposals must be submitted using the online Session Proposal Submittal Form. Proposals will not be accepted via fax or email. Please note that Forum Organizers reserve the right to combine session proposals and suggest changes to proposed sessions as a condition of inclusion in the final program.

We are also accepting poster proposals for networking reception poster displays. If you are interested in submitting a poster concept for consideration, please complete the online Poster Proposal Submittal Form.

Questions about the submittal form or instructions should be directed to Alicia Brown at abrown@lgc.org.

Proposal Criteria

All proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by the 2017 SEEC Forum Advisory Committee. We encourage creative and interactive sessions that engage a broad spectrum of energy and sustainability practitioners. We are very interested in proposals that have a strong implementation focus and demonstrate replicability with a clear connection to the forum theme – Bridging the Gap. Proposals will be rated by four main criteria:

Clear Purpose and Tangibility – Preference will be given to sessions that have defined and meaningful goals, objectives, and expected outcomes that will help catalyze local government action on topics that participants will find relevant and valuable to their efforts to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Innovation – Preference will be given to sessions that highlight new, innovative, and cutting-edge best practices, approaches, strategies, tools, and ideas. We encourage presenters to highlight failures and lessons learned in addition to best practices.

Diversity and Equity – Successful proposals will feature a diverse panel (in regards to race, gender, regional representation, type of agency, and sector focus) and aim to incorporate equity and justice considerations, as well as speakers from underserved communities as appropriate.

Active Engagement – Proposals should include interactive components and activities, such as prompted table discussions, design thinking activities, problem-solving or planning exercises, storytelling, and/or debates.

Forum Tracks

Sessions will be organized according to cross-cutting thematic tracks. Please choose the track that is most appropriate and applicable. Note that the examples provided are not exhaustive and that final program tracks may be refined depending on the sessions approved.

Policy and Planning – Sessions that discuss policy development and analysis, regulatory updates, and approaches to and elements of the planning process, highlighting relevant implications for local government and best practices. Recommended topics based on survey results include: climate action planning, integrating climate and energy into existing plans, complying with new laws and regulations, developing metrics, and codes and ordinances.

Implementation – Sessions that showcase approaches, best practices, lessons learned, and replicable strategies, as well as the challenges and barriers encountered, when implementing specific measures, projects, or programs.Recommended topics based on survey results include: emerging tools and trends, municipal zero net energy buildings, zero carbon strategies, microgrids and storage, smart building technologies, and municipal fleet electric vehicle conversion.

Financing – Sessions that discuss financing opportunities available to or created by local governments in California.Recommended topics based on survey results include: state and federal grant programs, innovative revenue models, revolving loan funds, on-bill financing, and attracting private sector investments.

Stakeholder Engagement – Sessions that showcase strategies, case studies, best practices, and/or lessons learned around effective stakeholder engagement and/or collaboration.Recommended topics based on survey results include: creating non-traditional partnerships, engaging low-income communities, engaging small businesses, collaborating with regional agencies and neighboring jurisdictions, and engaging the residential and commercial sectors.

Session Formats

Spotlight Session (45 minutes): Sessions that shine a spotlight on an innovative project, approach, tool, or idea. Spotlight sessions should encourage action-oriented and thoughtful dialogue among participants. Examples of how you can structure this session:

  1. A brief overview of a pressing issue with 2-3 brief presentations on creative approaches that can address the issue, followed by Q&A.
  2. A TED-style talk on an emerging trend, followed by Q&A and opportunities for participants to react and respond.
  3. A start-to-finish presentation on the development and adoption of an innovative local ordinance, followed by Q&A and participant discussions.

Traditional Session (75 minutes): These sessions include at least one presentation and one interactive component. Proposers are encouraged to be creative with the format (e.g. facilitated discussion, a debate between experts, a moderated panel, etc.). Examples of how you can structure this session:

  1. Case study presentations, on a specific energy efficiency measure or outreach program, that highlight different perspectives, approaches, outcomes, and/or best practices, followed by Q&A and participant discussions.
  2. A brief overview of key equity or strategic planning principles, followed by three rounds of table discussions related to various aspects of integrating these principles into energy and sustainability work, with Q&A and a report out of key takeaways after each round.

Working Session (120 minutes): In-depth and highly interactive workshop-style sessions that requires participation from attendees. These sessions should include concrete exercises and activities that will be valuable to attendees both during and after the session. Examples of how you can structure this session:

  1. Presentation on coordination strategies, followed by a guided exercise to help participants design a plan or outline to improve coordination among departments to better integrate energy and sustainability considerations into agency goals and practices. Participants work in small groups to “peer review” work products. Close with Q&A and next steps.
  2. Presentations highlighting emerging technologies and tools, followed by Q&A and a guided feasibility analysis exercise to help participants understand critical factors to successful implementation. Participants discuss strategies to overcome the barriers identified and the session concludes with key takeaways, helpful resources, and next steps.


Local Government Scholarships

Thank you for your interest in attending the 8th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum in Fresno! Due to the generosity of several organizations we have the necessary support to provide scholarships of up to $500 to cover lodging and travel expenses. Since we have limited funding available, scholarships are limited to one recipient per organization. Scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, with need and background taken into consideration.

Scholarships are open to local government staff and elected officials working to advance energy efficiency and climate action efforts. Priority will be given to speakers, first-time forum attendees, individuals working in rural, hard-to-reach, and/or underserved communities, and Beacon program participants.

The application deadline is Friday, April 28, 2017 or until all available funds are awarded.

Applicants must apply for a scholarship using the online scholarship application form.

Application Form


Contact Alicia Brown at:
916-448-1198 x327


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