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wEEkly update
 July 20, 2020






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NRDC - Energy efficiency is California’s priority to meet the energy needs of its residents while reducing utility bills and carbon emissions. But the most recent energy-saving goals set by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for energy efficiency programs are the lowest in a decade and only half of what they were in 2015—despite the state’s increasing carbon-reduction goals and commitment to serving people in under-resourced communities.
Forbes - The case for rapid decarbonization is compelling because it creates first-order (direct) benefits of reduced local air pollution, less flooding, and fewer extreme weather events. Further, decarbonization creates new jobs and access to renewable energy (second-order benefits) which should help everybody as well.
Mercury News - Despite having the most clean energy jobs in the nation and the largest recent gains, the state is in deep trouble.
SSIR - Consumers will never solve the climate crisis. To build sustainability, business leaders must partner with government and society to re-focus their companies on new forms of market exchange.

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 July 31, 2020.

 

Opportunities

 
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.
 
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 (kscheuer@lgc.org), or visit our website below to learn more about the application. https://civicspark.lgc.org/join-civicspark/project/

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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