LGSEC Vision and Mission
Local governments are a leading and innovative force in achieving energy and climate goals to create resilient and environmentally responsible communities across California.
The Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition catalyzes local government leadership and innovation through ongoing dialogue and action to enhance current roles and develop new roles for local government in California’s sustainable energy future. LGSEC provides a collective voice for its city, county and local agency members on statewide policy and program issues for sustainable energy, energy efficiency, local renewable power and related issues. LGSEC elevates the role of local governments in shaping California’s energy future implementation of innovation, regulatory intervention and action, coordination of local governments’ technical expertise, forums for networking, local and regional programs implementation, and development of local leadership.
STRUCTURE AND GOVERNANCE
Formed in 2007, the LGSEC is structured as an unincorporated association of local public entities whose membership, benefits and responsibilities are governed by the terms of a Memorandum of Understanding and a set of Bylaws.
LGSEC acknowledges the collective action taken against systemic racism due to white supremacy that has been occurring for centuries. LGC’s mission is to build livable communities including implementing equitable solutions for Black, Indigenous, and Brown lives. LGSEC, being housed under LGC, stands in support with the Black Lives Matters movement and those fighting for justice.
While not explicit in our mission, LGSEC advocates for low-income and environmental justice communities by advocating for all local governments and their respective communities. We enhance equity outcomes by increasing local government access, influence and control in State and investor-owned utilities (IOU) funding and policies. This has been exemplified in the Regional Energy Network (REN) programs for low-income and hard-to-reach customers.
We aim to run LGSEC from an equity lens, and furthermore, we recognize that regular evaluations are necessary to continually identify hidden biases. LGSEC staff and board members are always working to create an equitable space, and have determined the following solutions to address identified equity barriers:
- Revising our Mission and Vision to incorporate explicit language to advocate for low-income and environmental justice communities
- Allocating sponsorship funds to cover member dues for local governments that cannot afford membership fees, including low-income and hard-to-reach communities, and Tribal Governments
- Creating a Tribal Governments membership category to include Indigenous voices in our regulatory filings. This category would be priced at a significantly lower level to build trust and encourage participation.
We welcome your thoughts and discussion throughout this process, and will keep you informed as we make these updates to our program. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or comments.