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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

Statewide LG EE Best Practices: Weekly Update

For those of you who know who Joseph Oldham is you likely are on his email distribution list and receive this update each week.  We are grateful that Joseph has agreed to allow our little blog to re-post his weekly update.  If you have an interest in the happenings of energy efficiency and local government throughout California this is the update for you! 
1.   New Interactive Map Tracks Climate Investments in California
A great resource for presentations and discussions with our state partners about the successes and challenges of these various funding programs.  To use the map, go here: www.ClimateInvestmentMap.CA.Gov
2.  Public Meeting August 26, 2015 - California Energy Commission Drought Response: Water Energy Technology Program - Pomona
California Energy Commission staff will conduct a public meeting to receive input on the Water Energy Technology (WET) Program Phase 2 (commercial, industrial, and residential sectors) and Phase 3 (desalination) on:
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Beginning at 10:00 a.m.
Kellogg West Conference Center
Cal Poly Pomona
3801 West Temple Avenue Bldg #76
Pomona, CA 91768
Please go to Front Desk upon arrival for free parking pass or print pass from
Pass must be displayed in vehicle. (Wheelchair Accessible)
Remote Access Available by Computer or Phone via WebEx
Presentations and audio from the meeting will be broadcast via our WebEx web meeting service. For additional details on how to participate via WebEx, please see the notice at:
Computer Log on with a Direct Phone Number:
- Please go to and enter the unique meeting number 920 388 034.
- When prompted, enter your information and the following meeting password meeting@10 . (Please note that password is case sensitive.)
For more information:
(If link above doesn't work, please copy entire link into your web browser's URL)
3.  Cities Focus on Transportation, Buildings for Energy Goals
Good article about how various cities across the nation are focusing on reducing their energy use.  To read the report, go here:
4.  City of Berkeley is Seeking Energy Accounting Software Information
Neal DeSnoo with the City of Berkeley is looking for information about what accounting software cities use to do internal interdepartmental billing of energy costs.  If you have a software system that works well, please contact Neal directly at:

And that is all for this week! 

Water And Energy = Sustainability

Water has been a source of conflict, and likely will again. Like energy, so-called "blue gold" should be conserved and used efficiently.

This study by the Natural Resources Defense Council showcases 14 communities - some with a legacy of pollution - that use green roofs, permeable pavement, green space and other methods to preserve water supplies, while also cutting energy consumption, cleaning the air and reducing asthma.

Sadly, none is in California. Still, what the NRDC labels as "Emerald Cities" are doing some pretty innovative stuff, such as developing long-term plans to green the infrastructure.

Consider Portland: Its Grey to Green Initiative supports investment in green infrastructure, which the city complemented with $50 million in stormwater runoff fees to add ecoroofs, plant thousands of trees and to buy natural areas.

Local laws require green roofs on at least 70 percent of new or reroofed city-owned buildings, and Energy star -qualified material on the remainder. Meanwhile, some private developers, responding to incentives, have added 200,000 square feet of ecoroofs to the inventory. Read more here.

In Wisconsin, Milwaukee leaders implemented a plan to promote rain barrels, green roofs and rain gardens, while also creating a green corridor in the city's south side. The corridor features LED lights and solar-powered bus stops that slash energy consumption and cut greenhouse gas emissions. Here's more on Milwaukee's project.

At the other end of the country, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2007 started a sustainability plan known as “PlaNYC 2030,” which encompassed housing, open space, transportion, energy, climate change and water quality. Here's more.

Water and energy are closely aligned, and, as we see from these examples, they can share the same stage in a sustainability campaign.

Video of Milwaukee from Rooftops to Rivers