Statewide LG EE Best Practices: Weekly Update

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LG Input Requested: Staff Engagement Information and Strategies
Request for information from local government agencies regarding staff engagement practices as they pertain to energy efficiency, sustainability, climate change, climate adaptation etc. efforts and initiatives. We’d like to hear about how you garner support for your projects/initiatives from decision makers, city council/board of supervisors, your staff, and your community. We also want to hear about what are some of the obstacles you face in moving projects forward from conception to implementation. If your organization has rolled out an engagement strategy that was successful in changing the culture in your organization to be supportive of your initiatives we’d love to hear about it.  This information will help guide the development of a staff engagement plan for a fellow local government

Please contact Rosie Kang, Willdan Energy Solutions at or (626) 633-6218 to provide your input.

News and Opportunities

Save the Date - Sept. 19-20 GCC Fall Workshop
The Green Cities Council invites you to join its Fall 2017 workshop in Oakland, California on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 19 and 20.

Stop, collaborate and listen: California stakeholders want to open electric system communications
As Distributed Energy Resources (DER) proliferate, efficient dispatch of those resources in wholesale power markets will require communication between DER providers, distribution operators, and the transmission operators.

Building Codes Don’t Save Electricity … or Do They?
New evidence suggests that California’s original Title 24 building codes delivered more savings than prior research had found (although not as much as the program architects had originally envisioned).

San Juan Capistrano sues state regulators to block $350-million power line project
In a 35-page lawsuit filed late Friday in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the Orange County municipality asked the court to stop the project, citing reports of excess power on the state’s electric grid.

California Lawmakers Model an Electric Car Program After the State’s Successful Solar Initiative
AB 1185 seeks to use up to $3 billion in funds to offer larger rebates to California electric car buyers.

Why Don’t Green Buildings Live Up to Hype on Energy Efficiency?
“The performance gap is real, and we must be aware of models not properly capturing things. We have cases where modelers will come up with a savings measure that is more than the energy use of the house, because they are just working with the model."

Open Call for Ideas - Resilient by Design
Resilient by Design | Bay Area Challenge is an exciting new research and design initiative hosting an open call for ideas to identify sites vulnerable to the impacts climate change.

Career Opportunities

Multiple Positions - Redwood Coast Energy Authority

Senior Energy Programs Coordinator Position - County of SLO

StopWaste Energy Council Program Manager

Sustainability Project Manager - BART

Click here to find previous job announcements

SEEC Calendar 
Click the SEEC Calendar link to view all upcoming events.

7/7 - Demonstration of San Francisco's Solar + Storage Sizing Tool
Through a Department of Energy "SunShot" grant, the City and County of San Francisco has developed a publicly available tool for sizing and rating PV solar and battery storage to provide extended back-up power.

7/28-7/29 - Zero Carbon Zero Net Energy Redwood Retreat
Join Industry Leaders As they present case studies and technical deep dives on ZNE and Zero Carbon strategies.

10/15-10/18 Behavior, Energy & Climate Change Conference
A conference focused on understanding the behavior and decision-making of individuals and organizations and using that knowledge to accelerate our transition to an energy-efficient and low-carbon future.

That's all for this week. Have a great weekend!

Cary Garcia Jr.
Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator