Week of December 23, 2016
In this issue of Currents, we feature a broad range of articles that highlight local projects, celebrate success, and discuss emergent trends.
- Introducing the ZNE HUB for Local Governments
- Collective Impact in the Gateway Cities
- Emergent Trends for Local Governments in 2017
- An EPIC Approach to Deploying Advanced Energy Communities
- Spotlight on Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance
- On-the-Ground Local Capacity Building Projects
News and Opportunities
Bill Gates and Investors Worth $170B Launching a Fund for Energy Innovation
Bill Gates leading a more than $1 billion fund focused on fighting climate change by investing in clean energy innovation. He was among 28 wealthy individuals and families signed on to the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, a group broadly committed to investing in this area.
CA Agency Recommends Low-Income Energy and Water Legislation and Task Force
On December 14, the CEC approved the SB 350 Barriers Study mandated by SB 350 to address barriers for low-income households and disadvantaged communities to participate in energy efficiency and renewables opportunities. The California Housing Partnership will work with partners on legislative and regulatory efforts to use this study’s findings to advance transformative equity goals and metrics, energy and water program alignment, the availability of one-stop technical services, and effective financing pilots designed for low-income rental housing in California.
Job Opportunities: Redwood Coast Energy Authority
Redwood Coast Energy Authority is recruiting for multiple positions including Director of Finance & HR, Director of Power Resources, and Demand Side Management Programs Project Manager.
Jop Opportunity: Chief Executive Officer, The Valley Clean Energy Alliance
Yolo County is conducting a recruitment on behalf of The Valley Clean Energy Alliance for the Chief Executive Officer position. Applications due January 20, 2017.
January 25-26 (Sacramento) California Climate Change Symposium 2017
This forum aims to share cutting-edge research addressing the impacts of climate change on the state to inform the state’s strategies and policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to develop programs to safeguard California from a changing climate.
February 2 (St. Louis, MO) New Partners for Smart Growth Conference
Early-bird registration has been extended to December 16 for the 2017 New Partners for Smart Growth Conference. This conference is the nation’s largest smart growth and sustainability event and has been named one of 12 conferences not to miss by Planetizen.
March 16-19 (Yosemite National Park) Yosemite Policymakers Conference
Join mayors, city council members, county supervisors, city managers, and high-level department heads for the 26th Annual Yosemite Policymakers Conference. This popular conference always features a timely and inspirational program designed to provide the tools and support policymakers need to implement innovative solutions to address society’s most pressing challenges. This year’s conference will be no different with its focus on sustaining our progress and protecting the American dream.
Resources and Reports
DOE Better Buildings Financing Navigator
The Navigator is an online tool that helps public and private sector organizations find financing solutions for energy efficiency projects.
A Greater LA: A Framework for Climate Action
This project led by the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability was recently released and provides a set of curated, synthesized, and regionally specific recommendations across five climate impact areas: Energy, Transportation & Land Use, Water, Public Health, and Ocean & Coastal Resources.
The Case for Health Places: Improving Health Outcomes Through Placemaking
This report uses the idea of placemaking as a framework for describing how transforming public spaces can improve health outcomes Even beyond the tangible benefits that placemaking projects can yield, the very process of bringing community members and stakeholders together to shape a place can have powerful social benefits that in turn connect to positive health outcomes.
Local Government Commission