Lessons Learned by Communities for Communities

There is a shout out to the CEC’s very own Carly Lettero, Program Director of Energize Corvallis, in the EPA list of thank you’s below.

Here is the EPA’s Local Climate and Energy Program release of several new resources for local climate and energy program staff:

This latest round of resources are written by communities, for communities. Each resource was driven by community needs, inspired by actual implementation experiences, and informed by staff who have developed successful climate and energy programs. Each resource provides concrete steps for communities to follow when building or growing a climate and energy program: the focus is on practical, how-to implementation information:

Local Climate Action Framework: A Step-by-Step Implementation Guide

This online guide provides step-by-step guidance and resources for local governments to plan, implement, and evaluate climate, energy, and sustainability projects and programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change impacts. It captures lessons learned and effective strategies used by local governments, breaks down program implementation into concrete steps, and curates resources to help local governments find the information they need. The framework was developed with extensive input from local government stakeholders, including EPA’s Climate Showcase Communities.

Effective Practices for Implementing Local Climate and Energy Programs Tip Sheets

This series of 19 tip sheets is based on the experience and expertise of EPA’s Climate Showcase Communities. The tip sheets cover a wide range of topics, such as marketing and communications (effective messaging, traditional media strategies, community-based social marketing, and testimonial videos) and working with specific types of stakeholders (institutional partners, contractors, experts, utilities, early adopters, volunteers).

Local Climate and Energy Program Model Design Guide

This guide was developed for local climate and clean energy (i.e., energy efficiency, renewable energy, and combined heat and power) program implementers to help create or transition to program designs that are viable over the long term. The guide draws on the experience and examples of EPA’s Climate Showcase Communities as they developed innovative models for programs that could be financially viable over the long term and replicated in other communities.

We are thankful for the strong relationships EPA has built with communities and tribes across the United States that have invested in achieving climate and energy results in their own backyards, and we hope you can use these resources to achieve similar results in your own community.

We would like to acknowledge and thank the following Climate Showcase Communities staff and many other local government stakeholders who helped make these resources possible by volunteering their valuable expertise and feedback:

David Allaway, Department of Environmental Quality, Oregon

Bruce Andersen, Wyandotte County, Kansas

Emily Barrett, Red and Blue and Green All Over, Cary, North Carolina

Arturo Blanco, Houston Bureau of Air Quality Control, Texas

Juliette Bohn, Maximizing GHG Reductions through Food Waste Diversion, Humboldt County, California

Katie Borgella, Density that Works: EcoVillage Concepts, Tompkins County, New York

Kathy Boyer, Triangle J Council of Governments, North Carolina

Cori Burbach, Smarter Sustainable Dubuque, Iowa

Timothy Burroughs, City of Berkeley Office of Energy & Sustainable Development, California

Keith Canfield, Home Energy Affordability Loan Program, Little Rock, Arkansas

Chris Carrick, Sam Gordon, and Brian Pincelli, Central New York Climate Change Innovation Program, Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board, New York

Lori Clark, Shane Pace, and Shannon Stevenson, Development of a Freight Efficiency Outreach Center, North Central Texas Council of Governments

Liz Compitello and Rob Graff, Regional Circuit Rider Program for Energy Efficiency in Local Government Operations, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, Pennsylvania

Frank Cunningham, City Green: The District, City of Columbia, Missouri

Alex Dews, City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Laura Erikson, Tri-County Small Business Efficiency Program, Lewis and Clark County, Montana

Garrett Fitzgerald, City of Oakland, California

Tobin Freid, Neighborhood Energy Retrofit Program, Durham County, North Carolina

Linda Giltz, Reading, Riding and Retrofit, Land of Sky Regional Planning Council, North Carolina

Sarah Hannigan, Cold Climate Community Solutions, Duluth, Minnesota

Sabrina Harder and Lisa Orr, Green Homes Challenge, Frederick County, Maryland

Dianne Herrin, BLUER, West Chester, Pennsylvania

Jeff Hughes, UNC Chapel Hill Environmental Finance Center, North Carolina

Alicia Hunt, City of Medford, Massachusetts

Annie Kalson and Dan O’Donnell, Mpower ChaMpions, Madison, Wisconsin

Andrew Kreider, U.S. EPA Region 3

Justin Lehrer, StopWaste.org, Use Reuseables Campaign, Alameda County, California

Carly Lettero, Energize Corvallis, Oregon

Lisa Lin, Houston Climate Showcase, Texas

Kate Lohnes and Bridget Stuchly, Sustainable Transportation for a Sustainable Future, Salt Lake City, Utah

Peter Ludwig, CNT Energy, Illinois

Jen McLoughlin, Woodbury, Minnesota

Matthew Mehalik, Sustainable Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Ari Messinger, Cherry Hill Township, New Jersey

Jeff Perlman, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, New Jersey

Sharon Procopio, Denver Energy Challenge, Denver, Colorado

Alex Ramel, Whatcom Energy Challenge, Bellingham, Washington

John Richardson, Town of Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Maria Sanders, Small Cities Climate Action Partnership, City of El Cerrito, California

Lindsay Selser, Eugene SmartTrips, City of Eugene, Oregon

Randy Solomon, New Jersey Sustainable Energy Efficiency Demonstration Projects, Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Seth Stark, WSDOT, Washington

Abby Young, Bay Area Air Quality Management District


State and local officials interested in additional information about developing and implementing cost-effective climate and energy strategies that help further environmental goals and achieve public health and economic benefits may visit EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program site.

(Article provided by the EPA)


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