The Local Government Commission offers a variety of services to assist local elected officials, their staff, and other dedicated community leaders in creating healthy, walkable, and resource-efficient communities. We provide workshops, trainings, forums, presentations, design charrettes, community image surveys, and policy development assistance.

As a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, we strive to offer cost effective services covering a variety of subject areas such as climate change, water, energy, and healthy community design. The LGC also works to link the public and local government officials. The LGC can work with you to customize the types of services that best meet your community’s needs.

Current Project Highlights

Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation (ARRCA)

ARCCA is a network of leading regional collaboratives from across California working together to advance adaptation statewide and increase local capacity to build community resilience.

Program Area: Climate Change

California Adaptation Forum

This forum features cutting-edge policies, programs, tools, and strategies that address the challenges community leaders face in developing and implementing adaptation solutions.

Program Area: Climate Change

Capital Region Climate Readiness Collaborative

The Capital Region Climate Readiness Collaborative is comprised of local leaders seeking to build climate resilience for California’s Capital Region.

Program Area: Climate Change

CivicSpark Water Fellowship

The CivicSpark Water Fellowship is a new Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps program building on the success of CivicSpark. Water fellows will focus specifically on local government challenges related to water.

Program Area: Water


CivicSpark™ is a Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps program dedicated to building capacity for local governments to address climate change and water management issues in California.

Program Area: Climate Change

Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition (LGSEC)

LGSEC catalyzes local government leadership and innovation through ongoing dialogue and action to enhance current and develop new roles for local governments in California’s sustainable energy future.

Program Area: Energy

Mayors’ Commission on Climate Change

With an urgent need to take action, Sacramento Mayor Steinberg and West Sacramento Mayor Cabaldon are leading the Mayors’ Commission on Climate Change to develop a common vision and set of strategies for both cities to achieve Carbon Zero by 2045.

Program Area: Climate Change

New Partners for Smart Growth Conference

This annual conference brings together a diversity of participants crossing disciplinary lines to share experiences, insights, valuable implementation tools, and strategies for addressing smart growth.

Program Area: Healthy Community Design

Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative (SEEC)

SEEC is a collaboration between three statewide non-profit organizations and California’s four Investor Owned Utilities to help cities and counties reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save energy.

Program Area: Energy

Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator

The Coordinator develops and shares resources and case studies to promote energy efficiency best practice adoption across California’s local governments.

Program Area: Energy

Thriving Locally

In partnership with LGC, San Joaquin Valley local leaders are sharing successes with one another and spreading what works to new communities.

Program Area: Healthy Community Design

Water Strong Communities

The Local Government Commission, with financial support from the Employment Training Panel, is offering public and private agencies low-cost training programs to help your employees respond to California’s historic drought.

Program Area: Water

Water-Energy Community Action Network, San Joaquin Valley (WE CAN – SJV)

WE CAN – SJV aims to build Water-Strong Communities by increasing access to and highlighting water-efficient best practices.

Program Area: Water

Westside Brownfields Coalition Assessment Project

The Westside Sacramento Integrated Regional Water Management Plan is kicking off a new “brownfields” project that will engage communities in the Cache and Putah Creek watersheds about abandoned mining sites.

Program Area: Water

Yosemite Policymakers Conference

This annual conference brings together local elected officials throughout California to discuss the latest issues and strategies for building more livable communities.

Program Area: Healthy Community Design