The Local Government Commission (LGC), in partnership with the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative, hosted the 10th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum (SEEC Forum) in June 26-27, 2019 in Long Beach, CA. LGC has hosted the annual SEEC Forum since 2010 to feature updates from key state agencies, highlight innovative local energy and climate change programs and resources, and provide opportunities for networking and collaboration.
To assist local governments in planning for these events, SoCalGas® is initiating the Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Planning Grant Program. The shareholder-funded initiative will invest $100,000 per year to support local planning efforts to help prepare for and recover from climate change risks, such as extreme heat, wildfires, drought, subsidence, sea level rise, flooding and mudslides.
California’s economy, politics, society and infrastructure are shaped by where there is water, where there isn’t water, and getting water from where it is to where it isn’t.
The shifting landscape of energy policy and practice is a difficult one to track in the state of California. Local governments are hard pressed to absorb the flow of regulatory information coming out of Sacramento coupled with best practices coming in from all over the world, all while maintaining communication to their constituents.
Our goal with this program is that any community, anywhere in the U.S. can start building climate resilience right now. With the free, step-by-step Practical Guide to Building Climate Resilience and available through this new program, that goal is very nearly a reality.
In June, ecoAmerica presented its research findings on American views on the Green New Deal in a webinar produced for the Local Government Commission. With elections coming up in 2020, the political environment has made the conversation on the Green New Deal swerve into the great partisan divide.