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 June 22, 2020

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Going off grid! How to assess land for a sustainable homestead
Unity Home Group
SCE - Southern California Edison joined a number of West Coast utilities to announce the results of a study that could significantly reduce harmful emissions from freight transportation and create jobs in an economy hit hard by the novel coronavirus. The West Coast Clean Transit Corridor Initiative - a study commissioned by an unprecedented collaboration among nine electric utilities and two agencies representing more than two dozen municipal utilities, recommends adding electric vehicle charging for freight haulers and delivery trucks at 50-mile intervals along Interstate 5 and adjoining highways.
The impact of COVID-19 on small business owners: evidence of early-stage losses from the April 2020 current population survey
Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research - African-American businesses were hit especially hard experiencing a 41 percent drop. Latinx business owners fell by 32 percent, and Asian business owners dropped by 26 percent. Simulations indicate that industry compositions partly placed these groups at a higher risk of losses. Immigrant business owners experienced substantial losses of 36 percent. Female-owned businesses were also disproportionately hit by 25 percent.
Unity Home Group - Sustainability is more than just a trend that people use to describe their attention to environmental matters. Centuries ago, many families had to keep their lives sustainable as a way to survive. Today, a self-sustaining (and often off-grid) homestead remains a fair ambition for people from all parts of the world.
Western City - A new clean mobility solution has arrived in the City of Arvin (pop. 22,178), opening up new opportunities for residents to meet their transportation needs with innovative technology. Míocar, which launched in Arvin in summer 2019, offers a 100 percent electric car-sharing service to bridge transportation gaps.

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:


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.

Funding: Urban Greening
California Natural Resources Agency - The California Natural Resources Agency has updated deadline for proposal submission for the Urban Greening Grant Program. Proposals must be submitted by July 15, 2020 at 5:00 pm. The California Natural Resources Agency will be accepting proposals for the Urban Greening Grant Program via the System for Online Application Review (SOAR). $28.5 million in awards will be funded by this program. Applicants submitting the most competitive proposals will be invited to participate in the next level of the competitive process. View the final guidelines. 
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.

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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