11th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Virtual Forum

Promising Solutions for a Clean Energy Future

June – November 2020 | 18 webinars | Peer-to-Peer Network

Registration

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. 

10/21: BPC Spotlight Event
BPC Spotlight Event: How Disadvantaged Communities Can Take Advantage of Dedicated Energy and Climate Opportunities
Tuesday, October 21st | 1 -2 PM

 

The State of California has dedicated significant investment in energy and climate opportunities for “disadvantaged communities” (DACs), which suffer from economic, health, and environmental burdens. However, local governments representing DACs may lack the internal capacity to track and pursue these opportunities. This session will provide an overview of guiding DAC policies, definitions, and funding and technical assistance opportunities. If you’re a local government practitioner working in a community with DAC census tracts, please join a conversation with State and local speakers, facilitated by the Statewide Best Practices Coordinator, aimed at helping you better navigate the big dollar world of DACs to meet your energy and climate goals.

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10/27: Webinar 16
Webinar 16: 2020 Virtual Beacon Award Ceremony
Tuesday, October 27th | 1 -2 PM

The Institute for Local Government is celebrating Beacon Award winners virtually this year, in conjunction with the virtual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum. For more than 11 years, the Beacon Program has encouraged, supported and recognized voluntary action by local governments throughout California to address climate change, promote energy innovation and foster more vibrant communities. Beacon participants are leaders in creating communities that have cleaner air and water, more efficient transportation options, and a healthier use of natural resources. Join us in a virtual award celebration, featuring recorded remarks from Former State Senator Fran Pavley, honoring 36 award-winning cities from across the state that have taken significant steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save energy, implement sustainability best practices, and so much more. 

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11/4: Webinar 17
Webinar 17: Mapping Energy Efficiency, Climate Planning, and Regional Partnerships
Tuesday, November 4th | 11 AM – 12 PM

This webinar maps the energy efficiency measures, climate planning, and local partnerships that form the basis of energy efficiency implementation efforts in the San Diego region.

Local jurisdictions in the San Diego region have been supported in their climate planning and implementation efforts by a range of organizations including planning agencies, utilities, and nonprofits. Mapping regional planning and energy efficiency efforts provides a unique opportunity to identify gaps, opportunities for further programming, and to highlight areas of success for replication.

Panelists from the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) will outline the planning that happens at a regional level and the partnerships in place to inform and support local climate change and implementation plans. The San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative will introduce its new ESRI Story Map which provides a unique, interactive overview of climate planning and maps how individual jurisdictions are taking action on energy efficiency. The City of Carlsbad will then share their own experience developing their climate action plan and implementing energy efficiency
ordinances.

It is through collaboration and sharing knowledge and best practices that organizations can work to bridge the gap between climate planning and energy efficiency implementation. Understanding key trends and the needs of individual communities can also help frame the discussion as we look to the next stage of supporting local communities in meeting their energy needs and adapting to climate change challenges.

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Confirmed Speakers:

Moderator: Chris Nanson | Senior Account Executive | SDG&E

Chris is a Senior Account Executive at SDG&E for Industrial segment of the Business Services division. Throughout his 11 years at SDG&E Chris has assisted in the development of regional policies aimed at curbing climate change with the Public Sector, researched and led demonstrations on cutting edge renewable energy technology, been the utility lead for customer incentive programs related to solar and innovative clean energy technologies, and assisted in the distribution of utility-owned solar at over 40 locations around SDG&E’s service territory.

 

Anna Lowe | Senior Regional Planner | San Diego Association of Governments

Anna Lowe is a San Diego native and committed to ensuring future generations can experience the region as she has. Anna has almost two decades of experience working in local and regional government, with over ten years focused on climate and energy. She currently manages the Climate Resilience program at the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), which comprises of clean energy and climate mitigation, adaptation, and resilience policy, planning, and implementation. The Climate Resilience team plays an integral role in the development and implementation of the SANDAG Regional Plan. She and her team provide technical assistance to local governments on energy efficiency and climate change planning through the SANDAG Roadmap program and help preserve our local beaches and coastline through monitoring, collaboration, and adaptation efforts. Anna also managed the regional plug-in electric vehicle and alternative fuel readiness planning efforts through Plug-in San Diego and Refuel, respectively. She also serves as staff liaison for the SANDAG Regional Energy Working Group and represents SANDAG on the San Diego Regional Energy Partnership and the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative Advisory Board. Anna received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara and obtained her Master of City Planning from San Diego State University.

 

Christiana DeBenedict | Director | San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative

Christiana DeBenedict brings over fourteen years of experience managing multi-stakeholder projects, coordinating project teams, and developing and implementing program and organizational strategy. Christiana brings this skill set to her role as Director of Environment Leadership Initiatives at The Nonprofit Institute where she manages The Equinox Project and the Outdoor Leaders Initiative. Christiana also serves as Director for the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative, a network of cities and public agencies working to advance local climate solutions. These projects provide an opportunity for Christiana to bring her passion for advancing sustainability efforts through a collaborative approach that engages stakeholders and leverages technology and data to inform program and organizational planning efforts. Previously, as the US-Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership’s (BPP) Director of Member Services and Operations, Christiana worked to establish the partnership’s programs to strengthen BPP members in advancing philanthropy, leadership and collaboration in the border region. Christiana graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Languages and Bilingual Issues and holds an International MBA from IE Business School in Madrid, Spain.

 

Yichao Gu | Technical Policy Analyst | Energy Policy Initiatives Center, University of San Diego

As the technical policy analyst at USD’s Energy Policy Initiatives Center (EPIC), Yichao Gu’s work focuses on developing greenhouse gas emissions inventories, assessing mitigation measures for local jurisdictions and the San Diego region and further developing, maintaining and updating the tools and models to the best available data and methods.

Prior to joining EPIC in July of 2015, Gu worked as a research assistant at the California Department of Public Health, Indoor Air Quality Program. Her work focused on airborne exposures and indoor volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions. She received a Master in Science in Civil Engineering from University of California, Berkeley, with a focus on life cycle assessment and the intersection of energy, civil infrastructure and climate science. Gu has a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering, with an energy-environment nexus focus, from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

 

Lisa Walker | Research Assistant | San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative

Lisa Walker is a Research Assistant at San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative. Lisa coordinates the organization’s energy efficiency program, as part of the San Diego Regional Energy Partnership. She has extensive experience with non-profit program monitoring/evaluation and enjoys technical data analysis and data visualization challenges. Prior to moving to San Diego, she spent over 6 years working with Australia’s First Nations communities to combat extreme disadvantage. She is passionate about fighting for a more equitable future and helping nonprofits and communities prove the impact of their work. She received a Bachelor of Economics/Arts from the Australian National University and a Master of Sustainability from Monash University.

 

Mike Grim | Senior Programs Manager | City of Carlsbad

Mike Grim is the Climate Action Plan Administrator at the City of Carlsbad. He has over 25 years of local government experience including land use planning, habitat conservation, and climate planning.  Mike recognizes the crucial role that regional partnerships play in climate adaptation efforts. These partnerships have resulted in the successful completion of the Carlsbad Emergency Services Advanced Microgrid feasibility study and climate scenario planning for the Batiquitos Lagoon Resiliency Plan. He is currently managing the South Carlsbad Boulevard Climate Adaptation Project, funded through a Climate Ready Grant from the State Coastal Conservancy. Working with the Conservancy, Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation, California Coastal Commission, and California State Parks, the project will analyze roadway realignment through the lens of climate adaptation, incorporating nature-based solutions and identifying areas for enhanced coastal access and recreation.

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11/12: Webinar 18
Webinar 18: One Vision, Many Policy Paths to Local Decarbonization
Tuesday, November 12th | 10 AM – 11:30 AM

This webinar maps the energy efficiency measures, climate planning, and local partnerships that form the basis of energy efficiency implementation efforts in the San Diego region.

Local jurisdictions in the San Diego region have been supported in their climate planning and implementation efforts by a range of organizations including planning agencies, utilities, and nonprofits. Mapping regional planning and energy efficiency efforts provides a unique opportunity to identify gaps, opportunities for further programming, and to highlight areas of success for replication.

Panelists from the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) will outline the planning that happens at a regional level and the partnerships in place to inform and support local climate change and implementation plans. The San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative will introduce its new ESRI Story Map (https://arcg.is/1LvWj0) which provides a unique, interactive overview of climate planning and maps how individual jurisdictions are taking action on energy efficiency. The City of Carlsbad will then share their own experience developing their climate action plan and implementing energy efficiency
ordinances.

It is through collaboration and sharing knowledge and best practices that organizations can work to bridge the gap between climate planning and energy efficiency implementation. Understanding key trends and the needs of individual communities can also help frame the discussion as we look to the next stage of supporting local communities in meeting their energy needs and adapting to climate change challenges.

REGISTER HERE
Confirmed Speakers:

Moderator: Farhad Farahmand | Senior Project Manager | TRC

Farhad Farahmand partners with cities and counties, utilities, community choice aggregators, and local stakeholders across California on cost-effectiveness analysis and municipal reach code adoption. Farhad enthusiastically supports communities as they move toward decarbonization goals, bridging the technical feasibility and real-world application of local energy solutions. Farhad earned a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from University of California, Berkeley, and a Master’s in Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, and is a registered Professional Engineer.

 

Sarah Moore | Sustainability Program Manager | City of Berkeley

Sarah Moore is the Sustainability Program Manager in the City of Berkeley’s Office of Energy & Sustainable Development. She works on implementing Berkeley’s climate action goals with a specific focus on incorporating green, sustainable features into buildings and advancing active and electric mobility as a means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving health, equity, and resilience in Berkeley. She has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Carleton College and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

 

Chris Read | Sustainability Manager | City of San Luis Obispo

Chris Read is the Sustainability Manager at the City of San Luis Obispo and is committed to working with the community to create a carbon neutral, equitable, accessible, and prosperous city. Mr. Read has worked with local governments for a decade and is deeply driven to address the causes and impacts of climate change.

 

 

Srinidhi Sampath Kumar | Sustainable Housing Policy and Program Manager | California Housing Partnership

Srinidhi Sampath Kumar joined is a Sustainable Housing Policy and Program Manager at California Housing Partnership. She leads policy initiatives and helps design programs that impact low-income Californians by engaging with affordable housing property owners and community based organizations. She advocates for equitable energy efficiency and building decarbonization policies that will decrease split incentives and improve resident’s health and comfort. Srinidhi received her Master of City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley and her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Stella Maris College.

 

John Supp | Account Services Manager | Silicon Valley Clean Energy

John Supp supports commercial and multi-unit dwelling customers and manages programs at Silicon Valley Clean Energy. Prior to joining SVCE, John developed a broad-based knowledge of various renewable energy and energy efficiency measures. Most recently, he worked for local fuel cell manufacturer, Bloom Energy, as the Incentives Operation Program Manager. Before that, he was running the Account Management team and developing programs for the DC Sustainable Energy Utility to support energy efficiency, solar, and workforce development. He is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and received his undergraduate degree from UCLA.

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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.

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Virtual Forum Calendar

This 6-month virtual series takes place from June-November 2020 with the same date/time each month. Please see the calendar below for exact dates and times. Click ‘copy to my calendar’ on any event to hold the times in your calendar.

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