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 June 01, 2020

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Climate-Smart Ways to Save and Thrive in Tough Times - Interview with Howard Choy
BPC - Statewide Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator, Angie Hacker, recently invited local energy experts, Howard Choy for a remote interview on "Climate-Smart Ways to Save and Thrive in Tough Times." We had a chance to discuss parallels between challenges local governments are facing due to the economic fallout from COVID-19 and our experiences building lasting local energy programs during the last economic downturn in 2009 with help from stimulus dollars. As we look ahead to future budget uncertainties and potential silver linings, Howard shares advice and cost-neutral strategies for local energy sustainability professionals to provide value both through operating savings and through external funding opportunities. .
ACEEE - Local governments in the United States are increasingly making commitments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, often through initiatives designed to reduce building energy use. This report analyzes the relationship between per capita building electricity and natural gas consumption and multiple local factors, several of which are within the control of local governments. We conclude that per capita electricity and natural gas consumption declined in US municipalities between 2013 and 2016, and factors influenced by local government policies and programs were related to these shifts.
USC News - New USC research highlights the outsized risk for low-income communities as global warming raises temperatures and our cities become even more crowded.
CEC - The CEC awarded nearly $10 million in grants for three geothermal-related projects that will help California meet its 100 percent clean electricity goal and expand the state’s emerging lithium recovery industry.

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.

11th Annual SEEC Virtual Forum:
There are two priority deadlines to submit proposals: submit by June 5th 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!


Funding: The State Environmental Justice Cooperative Agreement Program
EPA - EPA is working to improve the environment and public health conditions of low-income and minority communities through our daily efforts to ensure all Americans have clean air, safe water, and access to information to make decisions to protect personal and public health. EPA anticipates making five awards in amounts of up to $200,000 per award for a two-year project period. The opportunity closes on June 30, 2020, at 11:59 PM (ET).

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 1, 2020.

Survey: New Residential Construction Low Carbon Homes - Beyond 2019 Code: Informing New Construction Programs and Future Code Cycles
CPUC - The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is continuing to work with the Investor Owned Utilities on future New Residential Construction Programs that will pilot and explore deeper energy efficiency opportunities to help meet California's aggressive greenhouse gas reduction goals. Over the coming year, the CPUC will be engaging stakeholders to discuss and define potential opportunities. This survey will help to inform and guide that effort.
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.
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:

Top Resources

  1. Issue Brief: Local Natural Gas Emission Reduction Options (BPC)
  2. Best Practices for Virtual Engagement (LGC)
  3. State and Local Planning for Energy (SLOPE) Tool (DOE)
  4. 2019 Energy Transition Survey (ICMA)
  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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