Tuesday, October 19, 2021
It was an exciting month in Building Decarbonization policy--hear all about it! This month, we cover agencies, proceedings, legislation and budget all related to building decarbonization. This is an opportunity to reflect on what we're seeing sorepare to be amazed, stunned, excited and everything in between! As always, a big thank you to our top tier Members for your support. And don't forget to tell us about your BD Halloween costumes ;)
October 14, 2021: Beating the Heat
Our Extreme Heat webinar series kicked off with "Beating the Heat: How local governments are addressing the extreme heat.
Kirsten Pawling with the County of Los Angeles and Jan Keleher with the City and County of Denver joined us to discuss how local governments are developing innovative policy solutions to address the effects of Extreme Heat and Climate Change.
September 23, 2021: CSU's Master Plan for Decarbonization
In the midst of simultaneous mitigation and adaptation to climate change impacts, the California State University, the largest public university system in the country, has developed a Building Decarbonization Framework. These series of documents is one of many tools that will be leveraged to guide its 23 campuses to meet their carbon neutrality goals through an offset-free electrification strategy. This technical roadmap covers policy, design and Title 24 modeling guidelines, available technology, opportunities for heat recovery chiller integration, as well as a tool to gauge economic viability of a project. Listen to Rachel Wong (CSU), Andrew Meiman (Arc Alternatives), and Brian Stern (Glumac) as they chat through the components of the framework and plans for implementation.
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
In addition to the usual updates on California proceedings, budget and legislation, surprise guest speaker Nate Kinsey with Evergreen Action gave a federal update on Build Back Better. You can access the tracker HERE and reach him directly at email@example.com. Thank you for joining us every month and for your faithful support. We look forward to seeing you next month and keep decarbonizing!
September 9, 2021: The Switch Is On!
Now is the time to electrify everything, and we have a plan to make it happen! Thank you for joining us to hear about the Switch Is On, an outreach campaign that will educate, inspire and support consumers to swap out their gas appliances.
Jessica Leader, BDC's Director of Strategic Outreach, and Rebecca Rothman, Senior Project Manager for the Switch Is On, walk us through the plan to get Californians on board with electrification, and explain how we can expand this effort across the country and beyond.
August 11, 2021: The Flipside Report!
The BDC, in partnership with Common Spark Consulting, is pleased to announce and release a new resource as part of California’s gas transition work - The Flipside Report: A White Paper on Targeted Geographic Electrification in California’s Gas Transition.
The Report provides a proposed framework for geographically-targeted electrification that prioritizes that state’s more vulnerable populations. The Flipside Report outlines considerations around alternative gas utility business models and cost recovery, rate structures to ensure affordability for both electrified and remaining gas customers, rent and displacement protections, and a just transition for the gas workforce. It also highlights the opportunities presented by targeted geographic trimming and electrification, including providing a unique opportunity to reverse the state’s historic disinvestment in low-income communities, Communities of Color, Indigenous communities, Environmental Justice communities, and other vulnerable populations across the state.
July 8, 2021: Rewiring America
The electric prophet, the clean energy visionary, the one and only data-driven Saul Griffith from Rewiring America stepped onto the BDC Presents stage to describe Rewiring America's vision for an all-electric future! Join us as Saul discussed why we need to electrify 1 billion machines, how we are going to do it and where it's already happening. Rewiring America’s mission, initiatives and strategy for the clean-energy electrification of the American economy is a truly revolutionary manifesto for our present time and immediate future.
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Things are heating up! Summer is upon us in California with record-breaking temperatures and heat advisories across the state. Beat the heat and enjoy the BDC's June Policy call! Thank you to each of you for joining us on our monthly policy calls; you are truly the people who are decarbonizing California. You won't want to miss this month's update on decarbonization proceedings, legislation and local government activities!
Panama Bartholomy is the Director of the Building Decarbonization Coalition.