GCAS Affiliate Event: Local Governments Go Fossil-Free for Clean & Sustainable Energy Future

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Date(s) - 09/11/2018
1:30 pm PDT - 6:00 pm PDT

Oakland, CA


Local Governments Go Fossil-Free for Clean & Sustainable Energy Future: Tools Showcase, Panel, Peer Sharing, and Happy Hour Networking

Communities everywhere are committing to ambitious goals to move away from outdated fossil fuels. How are local governments mobilizing support to achieve 100% clean energy for buildings and transportation? This workshop provides a space for local government officials and staff to share experiences and to learn strategies from our peers and climate action experts through a varied, interactive agenda of short talks, a panel conversation, facilitated discussion, and happy hour.

How are communities breaking down their big picture goals into short-term, actionable goals? How can you identify the individual strategies that will most quickly add up to a fossil-free community? This workshop will offer you some new tools and perspectives to decide your next steps at this crucial moment. You’ll have the chance to share your own innovative ideas and best practices for transitioning to a clean energy future.

Agenda Overview

1:30-2:00 pm: Sharing Your Accomplishments, Resources, and Needs

You’ll have the chance to share your organization’s accomplishments and resources with your peers by posting them on the wall under a relevant topic area. (You may want to start thinking of any major accomplishments, resources, or challenges you’d like to post on the wall when you arrive.)

You’ll also have time to meet colleagues from around the world who are attending the Global Climate Action Summit.

2:00-2:15 pm: Where We Are

We’ll join together, learn who is in the room, and review our goals for our time together.

2:15-2:45 pm: Tools Showcase

We’ll learn from ICLEI and ICF experts about major advances in greenhouse gas inventories and clean energy and climate action planning.

First, ICLEI’s newest tool offers you insight into your greenhouse gas inventory. Greenhouse gas inventories don’t easily reveal the trends that drive increases and decreases in annual emissions. Was it the weather or the economy?. With this tool, you can find out:

  • The “drivers of change” from one inventory year to the next so that you can focus on actions with the most leverage;
  • Which factors influenced the change between different years of your greenhouse gas inventory;
  • The impact of your local action plan.

Then, ICF will explain when to use different types of greenhouse gas inventories and share the status for local climate action plans nationally. We’ll learn:

  • Types of greenhouse gas inventories so that you can match the inventory approach to your goal;
  • When to use standard activity-based inventories and when to use broader life cycle inventories;
  • Which climate action plan strategies are most likely to be implemented.

2:45-3:15 pm: Panel Conversation

Local government leaders from Denver, Santa Monica, and East Bay Community Energy will share some of their clean energy strategies and lessons learned for how to make big shifts happen.

3:15-4:00 pm: Group Discussion & Close

We’ll engage in facilitated small group discussions on topics generated from your input at the beginning of the workshop. We’ll hear from each group about their conclusions and then close the workshop.

After 4 pm: Happy Hour

We’ll head over to a no-host happy hour at Mad Oak (135 12th St, Oakland), a favorite neighborhood bar with outdoor seating, to enjoy the fall weather. Mingle with ICF staff, ICLEI staff, and fellow local government practitioners.

There are many tasty options for dinner nearby afterwards to continue the conversation, or you can easily hop on BART for a 15-minute ride to downtown San Francisco.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/local-governments-go-fossil-free-for-clean-sustainable-energy-future-registration-47240340129


  • Deborah Harris, Senior Manager, ICF (Moderator)
  • Mike Steinhoff, Technical Programs Director, ICLEI USA
  • Rich Walter, Senior Fellow, ICF
  • Thomas Herrod, Climate & GHG Program Lead, City and County of Denver, Colorado
  • Garrett Wong, Senior Sustainability Analyst, City of Santa Monica, California
  • Deidre Sanders, Director of Government and Community Affairs, East Bay Community Energy, California
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