Latest LGSEC Forum – Empowering Each Other: How Climate and Energy Experts Can Coordinate Change

Thursday, October 28, 2021 | 10:00am – 12:30pm PT

With new funding coming from the state and federal government, now is the time to lift up those who need to be heard, and coordinate to share resources in moving climate solutions forward. Join the Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition (LGSEC) on Thursday, October 28 from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm to hear from state and local leaders on various community engagement, funding, and collaboration tactics as related to energy resiliency, grid modernization, and public health and safety. The event includes keynote speakers, panel discussions as well as a networking lunch session from 12-12:30 pm to connect with local governments, CBOs, nonprofit and industry leaders attending the forum. 

LGSEC is offering scholarships, or free registration, to Non-Members who want to attend the forum but cannot cover the ticket price. There is a limited number of tickets available, please reach out to if you are interested!

Scholarships will be prioritized for local governments and nonprofits that serve an area designated as low-income through AB 1550, Disadvantaged through CalEnviroScreen, or Hard to Reach through CPUC’s definition.

Keynote Speakers

Heidi Harmon

Senior Public Affairs Director, Romero Institute’s Let’s Green CA

Heidi graduated with a degree in early childhood education from Cuesta College, followed by a BA in liberal studies from Cal Poly. She is a social, environmental, and gender justice leader committed to creating an equitable and regenerative world. She has been a climate champion for two decades. As its mayor, she recently led the City of San Luis Obispo CA to the most ambitious carbon neutrality goal in the United States. She recently stepped down as mayor to step up as the Senior Public Affairs Director for Let’s Green CA! to continue to make a difference on climate action at the state level. 

Commissioner Genevieve Shiroma

California Public Utilities Commission

Genevieve Shiroma was appointed to the CPUC by Governor Newsom on Jan. 22, 2019. Commissioner Shiroma is presently the lead Commissioner for approximately 65 formal proceedings spanning the regulated electricity, gas, telecommunications, transportation, and water industries. She leads the Microgrids and Resiliency proceeding established pursuant to Senate Bill 1339, the rulemakings over Transportation Network Companies, the Lifeline discount phone and broadband Program, the California Alternate Rates For Energy and Energy Savings Assistance Program, the customer energy investment financing rulemaking, and major general rate cases including for Southern California Edison Company and California American Water Company. Commissioner Shiroma resides in Sacramento and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Science and Engineering from University of California, Davis. She was born and raised as a farm worker’s daughter in the Acampo-Lodi area of San Joaquin County. 

Jessica Granderson

Director for Building Technology, White House Council on Environmental Quality

Jessica Granderson is the Director for Building Technology at the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), which coordinates the federal government’s efforts to improve, preserve, and protect America’s public health and environment. Before joining the CEQ in 2021, Granderson was a Staff Scientist and Deputy Division Director for Building Technology and Urban Systems at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She led a team conducting cutting-edge research on building controls, automation, and analytics, and provided technical expertise and knowledge transfer to advance the energy management initiatives of the nation’s largest enterprises, national accounts, and public-sector entities. She also developed methodologies that are now being used by the utility program industry to improve and verify the rigor of meter-based savings estimates.

Stay tuned for more information on LGSEC’s next quarterly meeting!

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