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wEEkly update
 May 04, 2020






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City of Mountain View - City Council passed a resolution for Mountain View to become a carbon neutral city by 2045. This means that in addition to achieving the adopted 2045 greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction target of 75% below 2005 levels, Mountain View has committed to balancing any remaining GHG emissions with carbon sequestration projects (such as planting trees or restoring wetlands) and/or carbon offsets.
CPUC - The proposal, officially termed a Proposed Decision, orders utilities to prioritize, streamline, and expedite microgrids and resiliency projects that could be put in place by September 1, 2020, and requires collaboration with local and tribal governments.
New Poll: Voters prioritize directing stimulus funds to clean energy rather than to fossil fuels
Center for Climate Change Communication - The poll, conducted with Climate Nexus and the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication found a majority of voters support financial relief for hospitals, small businesses, and renewable energy companies, while fewer than half support bailouts for oil and gas companies, cruise lines, and casinos.
UCLA - The indoor air quality analysis found that concentrations of carbon monoxide (CO) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) during cooking events can exceed the levels set by national and California-based ambient air quality standards, occurring much more often for NO2 than CO.

Opportunities

 
SEEC - There are two priority deadlines to submit proposals: submit by May 29th for the second block (Aug-Sep) or by July 31st for the third block (Oct-Nov). Session tracks this year include: Leading with Equity & Community Engagement; Energy Resilience; Integrated Planning to Action; and Decarbonization Pathways. Check the forum website for the proposal guidance and the submission form!

Outcome-Based Energy Code Survey
CA Energy Alliance - The California Energy Alliance (CEA) is the leading advocacy organization for California’s energy stakeholders. CEA continues to seek out opportunities to drive meaningful, innovative policy improvements that support California’s strategic energy and environmental goals including grid integration and decarbonization. The CEA believes that development and implementation of an outcome-based energy code (OBC) represents one such opportunity for the "nonresidential market". This survey is being sent out to garner feedback from building industry stakeholders on the potential benefits, barriers, liability, and educational needs of implementing an OBC statewide. 
 
CivicSpark Project Partner Applications for 2020-21 Still Being Accepted on a Rolling Basis
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 on Fellow support on recovery activities such as: supporting the development of responsive programs or connecting community members with resources. Hosting a Fellow is a cost-effective way to bolster response efforts. Visit our website to find out more about the application process, or to explore potential recovery activities contact Kif Scheuer (kscheuer@lgc.org).
 
Funding Resource - The California Department of Housing & Community Development (HCD) released the first of two Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) announcements for the Permanent Local Housing Allocation Program. The first NOFA is for formula funding - formula amounts by jurisdiction can be found in Appendix A in the NOFA, here. Don't wait to apply - the deadline for formula funding is July 27, 2020! *Keep a lookout for the NOFA for the Permanent Local Housing Allocation Competitive Program, which is anticipated to be released August 2020.* Learn more about the Permanent Local Housing Allocation Program by visiting our website at: https://www.fundingresource.org/affordable-housing/
 
FEMA - FEMA noticed a proposed policy earlier this month regarding pre-disaster mitigation funding. The new policy, Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities Policy, describes the mechanics of a new program authorized by recent legislation that requires FEMA to set aside 6 percent of estimated disaster expenses for each major disaster to fund a mitigation grant program to assist State, territories, Tribes and local governments. The new program supersedes the existing Pre-Disaster Mitigation grant program. The eligibility of this program and its predecessor has historically been limited because of the requirement that the locality had a major disaster declaration in the past 7 years. With COVID-19, most of the U.S. will now be eligible to apply, which significantly elevates the profile of this program and could make it a critical funding instrument in recovery and beyond.

Top Resources

  1. 2019 Energy Transition Survey (ICMA)
  2. Community Resilience Planning and Clean Energy Initiatives: A Review of City-Led Efforts for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (ACEEE)
  3. The Landlord-Tenant Energy Partnership Efficiency Toolkit (IMT)
  4. Low-income energy affordability data (LEAD) tool (DOE)
  5. Getting to Zero Buildings Database (New Buildings Institute)
  6. SEEC 2019 Legislative Update (SEEC)
  7. Energy Efficiency Funding Opportunities (SEEC)

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