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 June 29, 2020

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Paired maps and scatterplots depicting (a.) residential electricity usage intensities per-capita [kWh/Capita], (b.) residential natural gas usage intensities per capita [Therms/Capita], and (c.) the fraction of total combined energy use delivered as electricity [Unitless] among Los Angeles County zipcodes as of 2017. Majority-DAC zipcodes are colored in red in both the maps and the plots. DOI:
CEC/Indicia Consulting - This project investigated households with personal consumer electronics (such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops) in two utility territories in California. The research team sought to demonstrate a psychosocial characteristic termed “cybersensitivity.” The research team recommends that utilities and policymakers who seek larger energy savings begin by targeting cybersensitives and cyberawares for participation in feedback programs using opt-in program design. This recommendation is supported by an extensive literature review of behavior-based energy efficiency programs..
California’s clean energy programs are mainly benefiting the rich, study finds
Los Angeles Times - One lesson from the ongoing uprising against anti-Black racism is that the United States has made far too little progress against rampant inequality. The police killing of George Floyd has brought new attention to the fact that Black Americans breathe dirtier air, are more likely to be homeless and are far more likely to be killed by police, among many consequences of systemic racism. A new study from a team of UCLA researchers illuminates a different — but related — manifestation of inequality.
Yale Environment 360 - Activist Elizabeth Yeampierre has long focused on the connections between racial injustice and the environment and climate change. Both historical and present-day injustices have left people of color exposed to far greater environmental health hazards than whites.
Forbes - Clean energy can be the economic engine for California. We already lead the U.S. in solar energy and electric vehicle deployment, and rank fifth in wind power. These industries, plus energy efficiency, have made our clean energy workforce the nation’s largest and attracted many of the world’s most innovative clean tech companies. Much of this success is because California climate policy is America’s most ambitious, targeting 40% fewer emissions by 2030 and net zero emissions by 2045.

SEEC Announcements

As the SEEC program sunsets, this survey is designed to capture the perspective and experiences of local government practitioners that have participated in SEEC programs and resources, as well as to gain insight into ongoing local energy and climate needs. While there will not be dedicated funding to support ongoing activities of SEEC after 2020, the organizations that have administered SEEC continue to remain committed to pursuing resources to provide the most valuable ongoing or new services in energy efficiency, climate action planning, and sustainable solutions. Take the survey.

June 29: SEEC-ICLEI Office Hours Session 1: SEEC Sunsetting

11th Annual SEEC Virtual Forum:


CARB - STEP’s overarching purpose is to increase transportation equity in disadvantaged and low-income communities throughout California via two types of grants: Planning and Capacity Building Grants and Implementation Grants. Within these two grant types, CARB currently has up to $22 million available. For more information, take a look at the STEP Handout in English or Spanish. Solicitation deadline August 31.

Beacon Program Request for Award Consideration 2020
ILG - The Beacon Program recognizes the measurable achievements of cities and counties working to address climate change. These awards, called Beacon Spotlight Awards, are given in five distinct award categories. Within each award area, a participant can earn silver, gold or platinum – based on the level of achievement. To win the highest honor, a full Beacon Award, participating agencies are required to demonstrate achievements in all five areas. If you would like to apply for award consideration in any of the five categories or for the full Beacon Award, please complete this form by July 31, 2020.

Funding: Urban Greening
California Natural Resources Agency - The California Natural Resources Agency has updated deadline for proposal submission for the Urban Greening Grant Program. Proposals must be submitted by July 15, 2020 at 5:00 pm. The California Natural Resources Agency will be accepting proposals for the Urban Greening Grant Program via the System for Online Application Review (SOAR). $28.5 million in awards will be funded by this program. Applicants submitting the most competitive proposals will be invited to participate in the next level of the competitive process. View the final guidelines. 

CivicSpark - Apply today to receive project support to address emerging environmental and community resilience challenges. In response to the scale and urgency of COVID-19, CivicSpark is prepared to focus Fellow support on recovery activities such as: supporting development of responsive programs or connecting community members with resources. Hosting a Fellow is a cost-effective way to bolster response efforts. Explore potential recovery activities by contacting Kif Scheuer (, or visit our website below to learn more about the application.

Top Resources

  1. Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) Eligibility (BPC)
  2. Issue Brief: Local Natural Gas Emission Reduction Options (BPC)
  3. Best Practices for Virtual Engagement (LGC)
  4. State and Local Planning for Energy (SLOPE) Tool (DOE)
  5. Weatherization and Home Improvements: A Promising Path for Improving Health and Reducing Medical Costs for Older Adults (ACEEE)
  6. SEEC 2019 Legislative Update (SEEC)
  7. Energy Efficiency Funding Opportunities (SEEC)

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