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 February 18, 2020

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(Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune) A tech installs solar panels on top of a home in Salt Lake City in 2016. In nearby West Valley, the City Council is considering a new sustainable zoning tool that would require, among other things, the installation of Tesla solar roofs on all residential homes built within the zoning area.
PR Newswire - SoCalGas today announced its customers saved $55.6 million in 2019 on their annual gas bills through SoCalGas' energy efficiency programs. The energy savings is equivalent to removing over 265,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions and taking more than 57,000 cars off of California roads for one year.
TRC - Electric utilities and system operators throughout the United States face grid overload and congestion during peak periods. Traditionally, utilities will add additional gas-fired generation, transmission lines, or substations to address these challenges. Energy efficiency (EE) as a grid resource is delivering significant benefits to energy providers and customers alike.
Salt Lake Tribune - Under the proposed “Residential Sustainability Zone,” an applicant would be required to meet a number of highly specific requirements, such as including a Tesla solar roof that generates all the electricity needs of the house, an electric car charger in each garage, Energy Star-rated appliances to decrease energy use, and a maximum lawn amount of 35% to save water.
SEEC - If you have 10 minutes to spare, please take our Annual SEEC Participant Survey so that we can gain a better understanding of local government needs and interests to help shape the 2020 forum. We ask that you complete this survey by Friday, February 21st.


HCD - The California Department of Housing & Community Development (HCD) has announced that the application portal through the Financial Assistance Application Submittal Tool (FAAST) is now open. Applications for Large Jurisdictions are due February 18, 2020 by 5pm. That same day, applications for Small Jurisdictions will be accepted starting at 9am. Find more information about the Infill Infrastructure Grant and other funding opportunities that support the development of affordable housing by visiting our website at:
Up-Coming Deadlines for other Affordable Housing Funding Opportunities: Affordable Housing & Sustainable Communities Program: Applications are due February 22, 2020. A total of $550 million will be awarded in this current Round 5. 9%
Low-Income Housing Tax Credits: Applications are due March 9, 2020.
For more information, contact: Cayla McDonell at

CivicSpark - CivicSpark, LGC's Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps program dedicated to building capacity for local public agencies to address emerging environmental and social equity resilience challenges, is now accepting partner applications. Visit our website, download a flyer or sign up for a 1-hour informational webinar to learn about CivicSpark’s 5-year track record of helping California communities tackle their biggest challenges while fostering the next generation of leaders and also about what it takes to become a partner.
Greenbuild is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. Thousands of building professionals from all over the world come together at Greenbuild for three days of outstanding educational sessions, renowned speakers, green building tours, special seminars and networking events.
Greenbuild is now accepting proposals for presenters and topics for Greenbuild 2020 in San Diego. The 2020 conference will feature educational sessions covering all aspects of sustainable design, construction and operations practices for buildings and communities, including their impact on people, the environment, and the economy both domestically and globally. All proposals must be submitted online. You may begin the process and return to your saved proposal any time up until the deadline.

Top Resources

  1. Getting to Zero Buildings Database (New Buildings Institute)
  2. Twelve Strategies To Step Up Global Energy Efficiency (ACEEE)
  3. World Energy Outlook 2019 (IEA)
  4. Peak Demand Impacts From Electricity Efficiency Programs (LBNL)
  5. Extending the Benefits of Nonresidential Energy Efficiency to Low-Income Communities (ACEEE)
  6. SEEC 2019 Legislative Update (SEEC)
  7. Energy Efficiency Funding Opportunities (SEEC)

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