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 July 27, 2020

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States that have lost the most jobs since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Source: Environmental Entrepreneurs; Author: Sammy Roth/Los Angeles

Utility Dive - In our experience working with commercial building owners and operators, the frustratingly slow growth of energy efficiency is due to four important market failures that drive up transaction costs: split incentives, frequent building sales, counterparty risk and savings quantification. If properly unshackled from the market failures holding it back, energy efficiency could become a roaring, powerful force in the energy landscape.
LA Times - In California, there were early signs a clean energy stimulus program could be in the works. Newsom’s task force has urged Congress to provide $1 trillion in relief for state and local governments, released a letter decrying anti-Black racism and launched a campaign encouraging Californians to shop at small businesses. But so far, mum’s the word on steps to grow the green workforce.
DOE - The San Francisco Unified School District passed the Carbon Neutral Schools Resolution in 2017, which committed to reducing the greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 and increasing the energy efficiency of all existing district schools. Funded through a Proposition A Modernization Bond, Charles Drew Elementary School is the first school to be renovated, including upgrades to the lighting, boilers, and building envelope.
SMAQMD - The Capital Region Urban Heat Island Mitigation (UHI) Project, led by SMAQMD and LGC, modeled the UHI effect in the Capital Region, evaluated the effectiveness of heat mitigation measures, such as cool pavements, and developed a blueprint for mitigating the UHI effect while addressing community priorities. The project’s findings and recommendations can aid local governments in planning for extreme heat and heat resilience for public health, transportation planning, land use design, urban forestry, and more.

SEEC Announcements

11th Annual SEEC Virtual Forum:
Sunsetting Updates:
SEEC Sunsetting Participant Survey 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.
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 August 15th, 2020.



CRC - Join the Capital Region Climate Readiness Collaborative (CRC) on July 29th for a workshop on COVID-19 response efforts and lessons that can be drawn to inform and accelerate climate action. The workshop will explore COVID-driven rapid innovations, extending new behaviors including teleworking, the impacts of perceived risk on transportation and mobility, and more. We hope you can join us!
CEC - The purpose of this solicitation is to fund applied research and development projects that will support the development of next-generation climate projections for California's Fifth Climate Change Assessment. Applications Due: August 31st

CivicSpark Project Partner Applications for 2020-21 Still Being Accepted and Able to Support COVID Recovery Projects
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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