10th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum

June 26-27, 2019 | Long Beach, CA

About

Transforming Energy Efficiency: Bridging Opportunity and Community Need

The Local Government Commission, in partnership with the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative, will host the 10th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum (SEEC Forum) in June 26-27, 2019 in Long Beach, CA.

The 10th Annual SEEC Forum will focus on empowering local governments and the communities they represent to implement impactful energy efficiency measures locally while helping meet the state’s ambitious climate and energy goals. To make real progress towards a decarbonized future, we must accelerate the pace of investment in, and deployment of, integrated energy efficiency strategies and more deeply engage underserved and disadvantaged communities. Through transformative action on the ground, the gap between opportunity and community need can be bridged.

Sponsorship

The Local Government Commission invites you to become a sponsor of the SEEC Forum! By sponsoring the Forum, your agency, organization, or company can demonstrate your commitment to helping California local governments save energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions in their communities, and catalyze climate action. For more information, please contact Helena Rhim at hrhim@lgc.org or Margaret Bruce at mbruce@lgc.org.

About

The SEEC Forum provides learning, sharing, and networking opportunities to help local governments save energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions in their communities, and catalyze climate action.

The forum features engaging sessions, expert plenaries and keynotes, and new innovative activities to help energy leaders and practitioners connect to learn about innovative projects and strategies, share best practices, and troubleshoot challenges.

History

The Local Government Commission (LGC) has hosted the annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum since 2010 to feature updates from key state agencies, highlight innovative local energy and climate change programs and resources, and provide opportunities for networking and collaboration.

Organizer

LGC is a nationally recognized non-profit organization with a rich history of connecting leaders, advancing policies and implementing solutions for sustainable communities. For the last 35 years, the LGC has been at the forefront – identifying promising approaches and fostering persuasive models that can be replicated and used to inform public policy.

Forum Advisory Committee

In addition to our SEEC partners, we would like to extend special thanks to our advisory committee of local, regional and state government representatives, as well as others who are providing valuable guidance, for helping shape the forum program and format.

  • Elizabeth Bertrand, Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments
  • Bryan Early, California Energy Commission
  • Nils Strindberg, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Christine Viterelli, City of Arvin
  • Larry Rich, City of Long Beach
  • Tiffany Wise-West, City of Santa Cruz
  • Hoi Fei Mok, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA
  • Karalee Browne, Institute for Local Government
  • Margaret Bruce, Local Government Commission
  • Helena Rhim, Local Government Commission
  • Leif Christiansen, Local Government Commission
  • Leah Fisher, Strategic Growth Council
  • Brendan Havenar-Daughton, Pacific Gas & Electric
  • Lou Jacobson, Redwood Coast Energy Authority
  • Eric Drabb, San Diego Gas & Electric Company
  • Katie Ward, San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments
  • Courtney Kalashian, San Joaquin Valley Energy Watch
  • Scot Mann, Southern California Edison
  • Alma Briseno, Southern California Gas Company
  • Jennifer Vaughn, Southern California Gas Company
  • Spencer Silverstein, City of Thousand Oaks
  • Anthony Segura, Western Riverside Council of Governments
  • John Mott Smith, Yolo Energy Watch

Thank you to our generous sponsors and business partners for making the 10th Annual SEEC Forum possible!

Thank you to our Promotional Partners for getting the word out about the forum!

Registration

Registration for the 10th Annual SEEC Forum is NOW OPEN!

The forum will be held June 26 – 27, 2019 in Long Beach, CA, with pre-forum workshops taking place on the morning of June 26th. The forum is offered at no cost to California local government staff and officials and will feature updates from key state agencies and highlight innovative local energy and sustainability approaches and projects.

Please stay tuned for a draft Forum program!

Book your lodging

The 10th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum will be held at the Westin Long Beach, in Long Beach, CA

Westin Long Beach
333 E Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802

The official hotel room rate for our group is $179 (single/double). Room rates are subject to local taxes. Group rates will be honored Tuesday, June 25, 2019 through Friday, June 28, 2019, based on availability. The reservation cut-off date for the group rate is Tuesday, June 4th at 5:00 PM PST, unless the group block sells out before that date. After that date, the group rate is subject to availability and is not guaranteed.

Apply for Travel Assistance

Travel assistance is open to local government staff and elected officials working to advance energy efficiency and climate action efforts. Priority will be given to speakers, first-time forum attendees, individuals working in rural, hard-to-reach, and/or underserved communities, and Beacon program participants.

As we have limited funding available, travel assistance is limited to one recipient per organization. Funds will be awarded on a rolling basis, with need and background taken into consideration.

We encourage you to apply right away since our funding is limited. We will try to respond promptly to your request so you can make your travel arrangements in a timely manner.

The priority deadline to apply for travel assistance is June 4th.

Mentorship Program

SEEC Forum Mentorship Program 

We are excited to announce the launch of the first-ever SEEC Forum Mentorship Program at the 10th Annual SEEC Forum in Long Beach, CA! The Mentorship Program is intended to provide an environment that fosters learning and promotes personal and professional growth for young professionals in the climate and energy sector.

  • As a Mentee, this is an opportunity to build lasting connections with energy and climate leaders from across the state and to receive one-on-one guidance and support from a seasoned professional in your field of interest.
  • As a Mentor, you would act as a valuable resource to facilitate learning and growth for young professionals by sharing your experiences, knowledge, and wisdom, and help your mentee navigate the SEEC Forum in a way that supports and aligns with their professional goals and aspirations.

What are the expectations of Mentors and Mentees?

Both mentors and mentees are expected to attend the Meet & Greet on Wednesday, June 26th from 10:15 AM – 11:45 AM and actively engage with your mentor/mentee throughout the Forum. 

Mentees
  • Be open to feedback and coaching from your mentor
  • Take initiative in making your professional goals and SEEC Forum learning objectives clear
  • Take advantage of the advice and opportunities shared by your mentor
  • Be honest with communicating misunderstandings and discussing difficult-to-understand topics
  • Take initiative in participating in the activities laid out for the Mentorship Program with your mentor
Mentors
  • Have the desire to be a resource and share your experience and knowledge in the field
  • Challenge your mentee to think critically and analyze topics of discussion
  • Take initiative in understanding your mentee’s current position in the field and their range of experience
  • Recognize your mentee is still learning and communicate appropriately when discussing difficult-to-understand topics
  • Take initiative in participating in the activities laid out for the Mentorship Program with your mentee

Draft Meet & Greet Agenda

Date Time Activity
Wednesday, June 26th 10:15 AM – 11:45 AM
  • Overview and introductions
  • Ice breaker activity
  • Mentor/mentee speed dating
  • One-on-one mentoring
  • Team Energy Trivia
  • Wrap-up and overview of bingo card

During the Meet & Greet, mentees will be given bingo cards with a set of optional activities to complete through the duration of the SEEC Forum. Mentors are encouraged to support and guide their mentees in completing the activities, and mentors and mentees that complete the bingo card will receive small prizes at the end of the Forum.

How do I become a Mentor or Mentee?

To participate in the SEEC Forum Mentorship Program, we ask you to complete the application provided below, to help us match individuals based on the alignment of interests and expertise. Applications must be submitted by Tuesday, June 4th to be considered for the Mentorship program. We will notify applicants of their match on a rolling basis until Tuesday, June 18th.

Venue

The Westin Long Beach

Ideally situated in the heart of downtown, The Westin Long Beach welcomes visitors with superb service, inspired amenities and spacious accommodations. Relax and recharge in our luxurious hotel rooms and suites, which feature Heavenly® Beds, flat-screen TVs, ample desks, Wi-Fi access and large windows, many with ocean views. Guests are encouraged to take advantage of our heated outdoor pool, the WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio and delicious dining options at The Grill Restaurant or The Lobby Bar. The Westin Long Beach is the perfect location for the 2019 SEEC Forum, since distinctive events are their specialty. Expect elegant and expertly supported catering and technology during your stay. When you are ready to explore Southern California, you’ll love being only two blocks from local beaches. The hotel is also near the Aquarium of the Pacific, the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary and plenty of local restaurants!

Book your lodging

The 10th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum will be held at the Westin Long Beach, in Long Beach, CA

Westin Long Beach
333 E Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802

The official hotel room rate for our group is $179 (single/double). Room rates are subject to local taxes. Group rates will be honored Tuesday, June 25, 2019 through Friday, June 28, 2019, based on availability. The reservation cut-off date for the group rate is Tuesday, June 4th at 5:00 PM PST, unless the group block sells out before that date. After that date, the group rate is subject to availability and is not guaranteed.

Transportation Options

Bike Share

Bike Share $7/hour (Pay as you go)

  1. Download iPhone app
  2. Download Android app
  3. Long Beach Bike Map

Air Travel

The Westin Long Beach is located 11 miles from Long Beach Airport (LGB), 25 miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), and 23 miles from John Wayne Airport (SNA)

Rail Transportation

Metro Blue Line rail and bus system $1.75/one way ticket

Public Transit

  1. Passport shuttle free! Free circulator bus serving Downtown Long Beach, The Pike Outlets, City Place Mall, The Pike at Rainbow Harbor, East Village Arts District, Convention Center, Shoreline Village, Aquarium of the Pacific, Queen Mary, Metro Blue Line and many Downtown Hotels.
  2. Long Beach Transit bus system $1.25/regular fare

Parking

The Westin Long Beach provides a discounted overnight self-parking rate of $20/night for participants who book a room at the venue. Parking for participants not staying at The Westin Long Beach during the SEEC Forum, will be charged a rate of $10/day or $30/overnight.

Activities

 

Aquarium of the Pacific – Visit the fourth most visited Aquarium in the country containing 11,000+ marine animals!

Location: 100 Aquarium Way ; Contact: (562) 590-3100

Bluff ParkVisit one of the most beautiful parks in Long Beach!

Location: 2500 E Ocean Blvd.

BreweriesStart and finish right here at the Westin. Complete circle is a mile of walking, take a stroll and network with a beer in your hand!

El Dorado Nature CenterTake a breath of fresh air in this 105 acre nature sanctuary!

Location: 7550 E Spring St. ; Contact: (562) 570-1745

Harbor Breeze CruisesChoose between a 2-2.5 hour Whale Watching tour and a 45-minute Harbor Tour. Hop along an eco-friendly, low-emissions boat to view breathtaking marine animals with commentary from the Aquarium of the Pacific educators. Only a 7 minute walk from the Westin!

Location: 100 Aquarium Way, Dock #2 ; First dock to the left of the Aquarium of the Pacific; Contact: (562) 432-4900

Long Beach Convention CenterCheck out the events calendar to see what’s going on tonight!

Location: 300 E Ocean Blvd ; Contact: (562) 436-3636

Long Beach Museum of ArtCheck out a collection of approximately 3,000 Californian and European paintings, drawings, sculptures, and more.

Location: 2300 E Ocean Blvd ; Contact: (562) 439-2119

Museum of Latin American ArtStroll through one of the only museums in the nation focusing exclusively on Latin American contemporary fine art. Free admission between 5-9pm on the fourth Thursday every month!

Location: 628 Alamitos Ave. ; Contact: (562) 437-1689

Port of Long Beach TourTake a 90-minute tour of the second busiest container seaport in the country! Catch the Thursday Sunset Tour at 7-8:30pm!

Location: 4801 Airport Plaza Drive ; Contact: (562) 283-7000

WestinWORKOUT® Fitness StudioMaintain your focus on fitness with 24/7 access to functional training equipment, featuring Gear Lending with New Balance, during your stay at the Westin Long Beach!

Restaurants walking distance from the Westin

 

Cafes / Coffee

Creme De La Crepe hours 8 AM – 10 PM

Location: 400 E First St.

Cuppa Cuppa hours 6:30 AM – 4 PM

Location: 455 E Ocean Blvd

Doly’s Delectables hours 6 AM – 3 PM

Location: 245 E Broadway

George’s Greek Cafe hours 10 AM – 10 PM (V; GF)

Location: 135 Pine Ave.

Modica’s Deli hours 10:30 AM – 9 PM

Location: 455 E Ocean Blvd.

Recreational Coffee hours 7 AM – 7 PM

Location: 237 Long Beach Blvd. Suite A

Starbucks hours 5:30 AM – 7:30 PM

Location: 707 E Ocean Blvd.

The Village Grind hours 6 AM – 5 PM

Location: 443 E First St.

Dining

555 East Steakhouse hours 5:30 PM – 10 PM

Location: 555 E Ocean Blvd.

Alegria Cocina Latina hours 11 AM – 10 PM (V)

Location: 115 Pine Ave.

The Grill Restaurant reservation required

Location: The Westin Long Beach

Contact: (562) 436-3000

Naree Thai hours 11 AM – 10 PM (V, GF)

Location: 555 E Ocean Blvd.

Utopia (V)

Location: 445 E 1st St.

Lounges / Bars

Blind Donkey hours 5 PM – 2 AM

Location: 149 Linden Ave.

District Wine hours 4 PM – 10 PM

Location: 144 Linden Ave.

The Federal Long Beach hours 5 PM – 12 AM (V)

Location: 102 Pine Ave.

The Lobby Bar – light bites, happy hour discounts

Location: The Westin Long Beach

The Stave Bar hours 12 PM – 2 AM

Location: 170 The Promenade N

Restaurants marked “V” if Vegan-Friendly, and “GF” if Gluten-Free-Friendly.

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