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Winter 2014

Welcome to the New Currents

By Joseph Oldham and Kif Scheuer

Welcome to the January 2014 issue of Currents. This issue brings a number of changes to LGC, and in particular the energy and climate sector of our organization. read more...

Pat Stoner Retires, Joseph Oldham is the New Statewide Coordinator

By Joseph Oldham

Good-bye to Pat Patrick Stoner, California’s first Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator (Coordinator), retired at the end of 2013. Pat was the ‘energy guy’ at the Local Government Commission since 1993 when he joined the organization. read more...

Meet LGC’s new Climate Change Program Director

By Kif Scheuer

Meet LGC’s new Climate Change Program Director Kif Scheuer who joined LGC in November as the new Climate Change Program Director. Kif Joins LGC from Strategic Energy Innovations where he led development of a number of new climate change programs. read more...

Local Government Strategic Plan Chapter Update

By Joseph Oldham

After more than six months of meetings, and three earlier draft versions, the fourth draft of the local government chapter of the California Long-term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan (Plan) has been delivered to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). read more...

Wet’s the Difference or How Evaporative Cooling Helped Save Big Bucks, the Planet, and My Marriage

By Joseph Oldham

Back in 2001, I was re-introduced to evaporative cooling as an effective alternative to compressor-driven air conditioning here in the San Joaquin Valley.  The introduction came through my long-time friend and fellow energy efficiency advocate, Bob Riding. read more...

Save the Date: 5th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Best Practices Forum

By Joseph Oldham

This forum is offered free of charge to California local governments and will feature updates from key state agencies and highlight innovative local energy and climate change programs. Past topics have included energy savings programs, financing, climate action tools, and best practices for reducing energy use and greenhouse gases in your community. read more...

Update to the 2009 California Climate Adaptation Strategy

By Kif Scheuer

The California Natural Resources Agency, in coordination with other state agencies, is updating the 2009 California Climate Adaptation Strategy. read more...

Save the Date: California Adaptation Forum

By Kif Scheuer

The California Adaptation Forum is designed to create a comprehensive network of adaptation leaders who have a strong commitment to addressing California’s climate risks. We plan to craft a program reflective of the diverse needs and challenges California is facing and bring together leading voices to share insights on how we can most effectively respond. read more...