11th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Virtual Forum

Promising Solutions for a Clean Energy Future

June – November 2020 | 18 webinars | 6 virtual networking activities
Block 2 Proposals Deadline EXTENDED to June 5!


All SEEC Virtual Forum webinars and activities are provided at no cost. Registration is required for all webinars and activities. Click the buttons below for full details and registration links for each webinar and activity.  The Zoom Guide provides guidance for the Zoom features that will be used throughout the forum, along with frequently asked questions. 

6/10: Webinar 2

Webinar 2: Community Energy Resilience for Local Governments
Wednesday, June 10th | 11 AM – 12:30 PM

In preparation for the 2020 wildfire season and Public Safety Power Shutoffs, many local governments throughout California are exploring opportunities to advance energy resilience solutions. However, COVID-19 is creating enormous challenges for local governments in what was already a resource-constrained environment.

This webinar will provide practical information about technical and financial resources available to local governments to implement clean energy resilience initiatives.

Presentations will highlight case studies and model strategies to build community energy resilience covering both the immediate-term need to keep critical facilities online, as well as long-term opportunities to simultaneously advance local climate goals and deliver tangible benefits to communities. Speakers will include representatives from The Climate Center, The Community Energy Lab, California Energy Commission, and local governments.

This webinar is being jointly organized by The Climate Center and the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative (SEEC). For more information about The Climate Center’s Community Energy Resilience Summit, please visit https://theclimatecenter.org/cer-summit-2020/.


6/18: Webinar 3
Webinar 3: Maintaining Local Momentum towards Climate Goals: Reach Code Collaboration
Thursday, June 18th | 10 – 11 AM

2019 was a watershed year for California’s local jurisdictions taking action on achieving strategic climate action and greenhouse gas emissions reductions goals. More than 25 jurisdictions developed and adopted local energy ordinances. In January 2020, the Energy Commission approved its 100th reach ordinance, noting the milestone by observing “… generally we are heading, as a state per the Executive Order, towards carbon neutrality by 2045. And we need local partners to get there.” Since January, 16 more reach code packages have been approved.

Statewide, regional and local organizations offer tremendous potential for maintaining this momentum through collaborative partnerships in sharing resources, best practices for outreach, stakeholder engagement and consensus building, model language and cost analyses assets, and more.

This webinar gathers experts from local jurisdictions, statewide programs and Energy Commission staff to explore some of the most effective ways to collaborate as well as understand the needs attendees present from their own jurisdictions. The two panelists from the cities of Palo Alto and Chula Vista will be able to share actual and valuable lessons learned from their own experiences. Each of these cities is at a different point on the reach code development timeline and have quite different local variables; the insights they offer will be extremely valuable to participants from all regions of the state.

The session will begin with a short series of introductory comments from each panelist (approximately 5 minutes/panelist), followed by an open discussion using the Zoom chat capability to propose questions and managed by the session moderator. Panelists will use slides for presenting resources, posting prompt questions or sharing dense information sets. For instance, city representatives may share specific reach code resources their teams have used successfully, while the Energy Commission representative and the Statewide Reach Codes team may provide insight into specific statewide resources available at no cost.


Confirmed Speakers:

Moderator: Chris Kuch, PE | Codes and Standards Engineer – Title 24 & Reach Codes | Customer Products & Services – Energy Codes & Standards | Southern California Edison

Mr. Kuch has worked in various aspects of building engineering science for 10+ years. He currently works with Southern California Edison and the Energy Codes and Standards Team on development and advocacy of Title 24 Part 6 building energy efficiency code and supporting local jurisdictions in Local Energy Ordinance adoption.



Evon Ballash| Assistant Building Official – Development Services | City of Palo Alto

Evon’s background is in Structural Engineering and she has been with the City of Palo Alto since 2008.  In addition to managing the Building Division staff, she is a member of the City’s Sustainability Implementation Plan (SIP) leadership group that creates the road map and work plan for Palo Alto’s Sustainability Climate Plan (S/CAP) that was adopted in 2016.  The S/CAP goals are to reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions by 80% from the 1990 levels by the years 2030.  20 years ahead of the state goals of 80% by 2050.  The key concerns of the SIP are Cox Emissions and Water and focus on Seven Key Areas of activity: Mobility, Water, Electric Vehicles, Energy, Sea Level Rise, Natural Environment and Zero Waste. Evon was been actively involved in the development of Palo Alto’s Energy Reach Code and Green Building Reach Code that adopted Tier 1 and Tier 2 voluntary measures as mandatory.  Palo Alto has had a history of adopting an Energy Reach Code and a Green Building Code since 2008, before the first CALGreen code in 2010.

Danuta Drozdowicz | Energy Specialist – Efficiency Division | California Energy Commission

Danuta’s background is in energy efficient construction and building science. Before joining the CEC, she worked as a LEED and green building consultant, first with a Portland, Maine based company, Fore Solutions, and then with her own firm, Context Green. Previous to that she worked for the state of Maine, focusing on energy efficient construction, indoor and outdoor air quality, and clean fuel vehicle testing and demonstration projects. Drozdowicz is a LEED and a WELL Accredited Professional. She has a bachelor’s degree in history and art from the University of Southern Maine.


Cory Downs | Conservation Specialist – Economic Development Department, Office of Sustainability | City of Chula Vista

Cory Downs is a Conservation Specialist with the City of Chula Vista and manages their residential energy & water efficiency outreach.  He also assists with Climate Acton Planning efforts including compiling the GHG inventories and CAP updates.  Before working with the City full time he was an Environmental Scientist with AECOM and Climate Fellow with ICLEI.



Misti Bruceri  | Principal  | Misti Bruceri and Associates, LLC

Misti has worked in the energy efficiency field for more than 20 years. As principal of Misti Bruceri and Associates, LLC, established in 2007, she provides technical consulting services to private firms, non-profit organizations, and utilities. She is technical lead for the Statewide Reach Codes Program.


6/23: Networking Activity 1
Networking Activity 1: Speed Networking
Tuesday, June 23rd | 4:30 – 5:30 PM

Join us for the first Networking Activity of the 11th Annual SEEC Virtual Forum – Speed Networking, on June 23rd from 4:30-5:30PM! Grab a beverage or snack and meet other energy enthusiasts. Register for this event and we will break you out into groups of 3-4. Questions will be provided but no need to stick to them! Like the rest of the webinars in this forum, the networking event will take place over Zoom. We hope you can tune in and connect with your peers!


6/30: SEEC Webinar 4
SEEC Webinar 4: Community & Climate Engagement During COVID-19: What to do when in person isn’t possible
Tuesday, June 30th | 1 – 2 PM
The COVID-19 outbreak has created a “new reality” in many sectors, including public participation. Ensuring inclusive public participation is more challenging than ever because of the digital divide, language needs and learning curves. Join the Institute for Local Government to learn innovative strategies for using high-tech and low-tech virtual platforms to engage residents around energy, climate, land use planning and pollution reduction without meeting face-to face. Many of these tools and techniques, while essential in this time of physical distancing, also have the potential to engage new, hard-to reach segments of the community, and will be useful beyond this current crisis.


Past Webinar Resources

6/2: SEEC Webinar 1
SEEC Webinar 1: State Panel on Promising Solutions for a Clean Energy Future
Tuesday, June 2nd | 1 – 2:15 PM
Local governments throughout California have been making tremendous progress towards State goals to increase energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and build a more resilient future for all. While the adoption of new technologies is on the rise – from electric vehicles to microgrids, local agencies are increasingly under pressure to respond to new threats to their communities such as Public Safety Power Shutoffs and COVID-19. However, ambitions to achieve local and State goals still remain high as these challenges underscore the importance and highlight the urgency of creating a clean energy future.
The SEEC Virtual Forum launches with a panel discussion featuring state leaders who will speak to the forum theme of Promising Solutions for a Clean Energy Future. Participants will hear from leading key State agencies, such as the California Air Resources Board, California Energy Commission, California Public Utilities Commission, and more. This webinar will include a brief moderated discussion and quickly pivot to take questions from the audience to provide opportunities to engage with California’s energy leaders in this time of urgency to create a clean energy future.
Confirmed Speakers:

Serena McIlwain, Undersecretary for Environmental Protection | CalEPA

Chair David Hochschild |California Energy Commission

Commissioner Andrew McAllister | California Energy Commission

Commissioner Clifford Rechtschaffen | California Public Utilities Commission

Livestream Option

If you cannot access Zoom for any reason, all webinars will be available via Livestream on Youtube. Visit LGC’s Youtube Channel to tune into the webinar.

During webinars, you can submit questions through the livestream chat only if you are logged in (you can log into Youtube using your Google account). SEEC staff members will be monitoring the questions submitted through Youtube Livestream. Note that there is a 20 second delay with live streamed content.

Visit the Calendar tab above to locate the particular webinar you’re interested in. Click the event and click “copy to my calendar>>” at the bottom of the pop-up box. The webinar with the livestream details will be copied to your calendar.

Virtual Forum Schedule

This 6-month virtual series will take place from June-November 2020 with the same date/time each month (below). Please see the schedule to the right for exact dates and times.

Thank you to our generous sponsors for supporting the 11th Annual SEEC Forum!

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