The Local Government Commission, in partnership with the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative, is hosting the 9th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum (SEEC Forum) in June 20-21, 2018 in Sacramento, CA. The SEEC Forum aims to provide learning, sharing, and networking opportunities to help local governments save energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions in their communities, and catalyze climate action. The forum will feature 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.
The SEEC Forum is offered at no-cost to California local government staff and officials.
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Call for Proposals
Call for Session and Poster Proposals
The Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum is an opportunity to showcase best practices, local projects, and innovative strategies for energy efficiency and sustainability. This year, we will continue to offer a robust program by soliciting session and poster proposals from across the state on timely and applicable topics that will inspire and engage local government participants. If you have innovative projects or replicable strategies to share, we encourage you to submit a session proposal!
Please note: The Call for Proposals deadline is April 9.
All proposals must be submitted using the online Session Proposal Submittal Form. Proposals will not be accepted via fax or email. Please note that Forum Organizers reserve the right to combine session proposals and suggest changes to proposed sessions as a condition of inclusion in the final program.
We are also accepting poster proposals for networking reception poster displays. If you are interested in submitting a poster concept for consideration, please complete the online Poster Proposal Submittal Form.
Questions about the submittal form or instructions should be directed to Dunstanette Macauley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by the 2018 SEEC Forum Advisory Committee. We encourage creative and interactive sessions that engage a broad spectrum of energy and sustainability practitioners. We are very interested in proposals that have a strong implementation focus and demonstrate replicability with a clear connection to the forum theme – Scaling Up and Out. Proposals will be rated by four main criteria:
Clear Purpose and Tangibility – Preference will be given to sessions that have defined and meaningful goals, objectives, and expected outcomes that will help catalyze local government action on topics that participants will find relevant and valuable to their efforts to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. All organizers are recommended to thoroughly review the guidance document prior to submitting a session or poster proposal.
Innovation – Preference will be given to sessions that highlight new, innovative, and cutting-edge best practices, approaches, strategies, tools, and ideas. We encourage presenters to highlight failures and lessons learned in addition to best practices.
Diversity and Equity – Successful proposals will feature a diverse panel (in regards to race, ethnicity, gender, regional representation, type of agency, and sector focus) and aim to incorporate equity and justice considerations, as well as speakers from underserved communities.
Active Engagement – Proposals should include interactive components and activities, such as prompted table discussions, design thinking activities, problem-solving or planning exercises, storytelling, and/or debates.
Sessions will be organized according to cross-cutting thematic tracks. Please choose the track that is most appropriate and applicable. Note that the examples provided are not exhaustive and that final program tracks may be refined depending on the sessions approved.
Policy and Planning – Sessions that discuss policy development and analysis, regulatory updates, and approaches to and elements of the planning process, highlighting relevant implications for local government and best practices. Recommended topics based on survey results include: climate action planning, integrating climate and energy into existing plans, complying with new laws and regulations, developing metrics, and codes and ordinances.
Implementation – Sessions that showcase approaches, best practices, lessons learned, and replicable strategies, as well as the challenges and barriers encountered, when implementing specific measures, projects, or programs.Recommended topics based on survey results include: emerging tools and trends, municipal zero net energy buildings, zero carbon strategies, microgrids and storage, smart building technologies, and municipal fleet electric vehicle conversion.
Financing – Sessions that discuss financing opportunities available to or created by local governments in California.Recommended topics based on survey results include: state and federal grant programs, innovative revenue models, revolving loan funds, on-bill financing, and attracting private sector investments.
Stakeholder Engagement – Sessions that showcase strategies, case studies, best practices, and/or lessons learned around effective stakeholder engagement and/or collaboration.Recommended topics based on survey results include: creating non-traditional partnerships, engaging low-income communities, engaging small businesses, collaborating with regional agencies and neighboring jurisdictions, and engaging the residential and commercial sectors.
Plan Your Trip
The 9th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum will be held at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Downtown Sacramento, CA.
Sheraton Grand Sacramento
1230 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
The official hotel room rate for our group is $168 (single/double). Room rates are subject to local taxes. Group rates will be honored one (1) days prior and one (1) day after the event start date (6/20/18), based on room availability. The reservation cut-off date for the group rate is Tuesday, May 29, 2018 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.
Group block reservations can be made here: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1803018314&key=30F5BDA8
Travel & Transportation
The Sheraton Grand is located approximately 12 miles from the Sacramento International Airport (SMF)
Rail Transportation (Amtrak)
The Sacramento Valley Station (SAC) is located just 3/4 mile from the forum site (8 blocks). Forum attendees arriving by Amtrak can transfer to Regional Transit Bus Route 30, located north of the Depot Building next to the light rail platforms.
To book your reservation, visit www.amtrak.com, download the Amtrak app, or call Amtrak at 1-800-872-7245
The Sheraton is close to both light rail and public bus stops on a pedestrian-friendly transit line. The nearest bus stop is east of the hotel and is in front of the Sacramento Convention Center on J Street between 13th and 14th streets. The nearest light rail station is at 9th and K Streets.
The Regional Transit (RT) system operates 65 bus routes (5:00 am to 9:00 pm) and three light rail routes (4:30 am to 11 pm). Normal fares are $2.75 one-way (no transfers) or $6.00 for a day pass. Exact fare is required. RT day passes are accepted on municipal carriers, such as Yolobus, which provides Airport service. For route information or trip planning, go to http://www.sacrt.com/ For bus schedules, brochures and questions on fares, call 916-321-2877.
|City Hall Garage (10th & I, 11th & I)||$1.50/half hour, $20 max|
|Capitol Garage (10th & L)||$1.50/half hour, $20 max|
|Memorial Auditorium Garage (14th & H)||$1.50/half hour, $15 max|
|14th & I||$10|
|16th & I||$8|
|12th & I||$10|
|16th & L||$12|