Reducing energy use today means securing a safer, more affordable, and sustainable tomorrow. Hear from leaders across Southern California who are working to make a difference. Whether showing property managers and local governments better choices for energy use or highlighting opportunities for individuals in disadvantaged communities to pursue careers in energy and water efficiency, this podcast connects you to conversations that can help you influence change at home, at work, and in your community.
Cool Irvine: Irvine's Campaign to Reach Carbon Neutrality by 2030
For episode number 11 of SoCalREN’s ReEnergizing Communities podcast, Cool Irvine’s Environmental Programs Administrator, Sona Coffee, joins host Julie Castro to discuss their campaign to reach carbon neutrality by 2030. Cool Irvine’s, Cool Block Program is developed to create planet friendly, disaster resilient, and community rich neighborhoods. The cities efforts to incorporate sustainability measures into their homes will help conserve natural resources, improve energy and water efficiency, and reduce your carbon footprint. In addition, with the synergy created by the community, all the actions taken will work together to make Irvine carbon neutral by 2030 as part of the community’s ambitious Climate Action and Adaptation Plan.
USGBC-LA's Ben Stapleton on Sustainability in LA Schools and Businesses
For episode number 10 of SoCalREN’s ReEnergizing Communities podcast, US Green Building Council Los Angeles (USGBC-LA) Executive Director, Ben Stapleton, joins host Julie Castro to discuss sustainability in LA schools and businesses.USGBC-LA’s focus is people and creating a more sustainable future for Southern California. Their initiatives embody action, education, and engagement while collaboratively and inclusively improving local communities. Their members and volunteers believe in creating a more sustainable built environment through education, innovation, and impactful action. They take steps in impacting communities and building a legacy.
The City of West Hollywood: A SoCalREN Public Agency Veteran
For episode number 9 of SoCalREN’s ReEnergizing Communities podcast, City of West Hollywood Long Range Planning and Sustainability Manager, Robyn Eason, and Senior Administrative Analyst, Erin Hamant joined host Julie Castro to discuss local energy initiatives.The City of West Hollywood has been enrolled in the Southern California Regional Energy Network (SoCalREN) Public Agency Programs for 8 years. Through this partnership, the city and SoCalREN have collaborated on retrofitting city streetlights with energy-efficient LEDs and conducted energy assessments at multiple city sites to identify opportunities for more energy savings and GHG emission reductions. The City and SoCalREN implemented an Energy Goals employee engagement campaign to educate and encourage city staff to save energy at work and at home. In addition, the city is a member agency of the local community choice aggregator, Clean Power Alliance (CPA). Together, the city and CPA are exploring bringing energy resilience to West Hollywood with a new microgrid.
Utility Debt Relief and Energy Justice with SCOPE
For episode number 8 of ReEnergizing Communities, Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE) Executive Director, Gloria Medina and SCOPE Member, Peggy Scott join host Julie Castro to discuss Utility Debt Relief and Energy Justice. For over 10 years, SCOPE has worked with community-based organizations, labor unions, and environmental groups to ensure low-income communities of color are at the forefront of the green job sector. SCOPE’s strong presence in the community and drive to create equal opportunities within them has generated energy justice across Los Angeles. Gloria and Peggy give a detailed overview of the work SCOPE is doing to help bring debt relief and energy justice to the communities they serve. They also discuss the various programs offered, their goals for 2022, ways to get involved, and more.
San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments and their Partnership with SoCalREN
For episode number 7 of ReEnergizing Communities, San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (SGVCOG) Executive Director, Marisa Creter joins host Julie Castro to discuss Local and State Objectives and their Partnership with SoCalREN. SGVCOG is a regional government planning agency that aims to maximize the quality of life in the San Gabriel Valley. The SGVCOG is the largest and most diverse sub-regional council of governments in Los Angeles County. It encompasses more than 374 square miles and has more than 2 million residents. SGVCOG discusses how they are leveraging local knowledge and strong relationships with SoCalREN’s various Programs, to bring energy efficiency offerings to San Gabriel Valley communities.
Clean Power: Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH)
For episode number 6 of ReEnergizing Communities, Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) Program Manager, Kajsa Hendrickson joins host Chris Ford to discuss SOMAH, currently the largest solar-owned investment in the country. The program will deliver clean power and credits on energy bills to hundreds of thousands of California’s affordable housing residents. Kasja gives a detailed overview of the unique program as it is the first of its kind. She also discusses the sustainability goals, program design, benefits for tenants, and more.
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Important, timely and relevant energy information from knowledgeable guests.
While it focuses on California, the topics and insights are applicable pretty much everywhere.