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Local Climate and Energy Webcasts (by date)

EPA hosts the Local Climate and Energy Webcast Series to assist local governments as they explore and plan climate change and clean energy efforts. These regular webcasts highlight EPA resources available to local governments and present examples of successful climate and energy programs and policies implemented locally.

To receive announcements about future webcasts, sign up for EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter.

Upcoming Webcasts

November 18, 2:00-3:30 PM (EST): Measuring Up: How to Track and Evaluate Local Sustainability Projects

Measuring, evaluating, and reporting on progress is an important part of local sustainability projects and programs. Tracking and analyzing results can help local entities assess program performance and success, identify specific areas for improvement or expansion, and make informed decisions about future actions. Public reporting can help generate interest in a project, promote accountability, demonstrate success, and attract political and financial support.

You will learn about two new federal resources to help you measure, track, and report progress, based directly on the experiences of local governments across the country, and hear from one case study taking place in northwest Washington working to evaluate economic impacts of the program:

  • Emma Zinsmeister, EPA Local Climate and Energy Program: Learn about a new methodology outlining the key steps for developing, tracking, analyzing, and reporting on performance indicators for climate and clean energy programs.
  • Ted Cochin, EPA Office of Sustainable Communities: This presentation will focus on the Sustainable Community Indicator Catalog, providing information on specific indicators that local entities can use to measure progress toward their sustainability objectives.
  • Alex Ramel, Energy and Policy Director, Sustainable Connections: Learn about an on-the-ground effort to measure and evaluate the economic impacts of a community energy efficiency program implemented in Bellingham and other areas of northwest Washington.

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Past Webcasts

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2013

December 18, 2013, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST) - Using Effective Communication to Showcase Program Successes

In Part 3 of a three-part webcast series on communications strategies and methods, we focus on how communities can effectively showcase the benefits and successes of a clean energy initiative to ensure additional funding opportunities, continued engagement, and sustained behavior change. Speakers will also cover how to encourage replication of success.

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December 11, 2013, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST) - The Role of Communication in Ensuring Sustained Behavior Change

In Part 2 of a three-part webcast series on communications strategies and methods, we address how communications tools can be used throughout the implementation of climate and clean energy programs to achieve behavior change and ensure sustained, lasting impacts. Speakers will discuss the role of behavior change in the success of a program; the value of communicating program results and successes in sustaining change; and how to assess behavior change.

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December 4, 2013, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST) - Gaining Support and Attracting Participation through Communication

In Part 1 of a three-part webcast series on communications strategies and methods, we explore how to gain support from partners and attract participation in climate and clean energy programs. The webcast will address the importance of developing a communications plan and using it as a framework throughout the course of the initiative and cover tactics that engage, empower, and transform community-level participation into actionable results. The importance of understanding intended audiences and tailoring strategies to their needs will be emphasized.

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October 30, 2013, 2:00-3:30 PM (EDT) - Energy Efficiency in Water and Wastewater Facilities

Water and wastewater facilities are among the largest consumers of energy in a community, accounting for 35 percent of typical U.S. municipal energy budgets. Local governments have a tremendous opportunity to reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by working with these facilities to improve the energy efficiency (EE) of their new and existing buildings and day-to-day operations.

Learn how local governments have achieved sustained energy improvements at their water and wastewater facilities through equipment upgrades, operational modifications, and modifications to facility buildings. This webcast will outline a step-by-step approach for developing and implementing energy management plans at these facilities, featuring presentations and case studies from U.S. EPA and local governments. We will also discuss relevant tools, resources, and funding opportunities to support EE improvements, including U.S. EPA's recently released guide for local governments, Energy Efficiency in Water and Wastewater Facilities: A Guide to Developing and Implementing Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs.

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May 1, 2013 – Attracting Funding for Adaptation

The third in a three-part webcast series about climate change adaptation for state and local governments, this webcast focused on securing funding for adaptation work. Presentations provide examples of how communities of various sizes have attracted funding and discuss available funding resources. The expert panel also discusses how to maximize funding by mainstreaming adaptation planning and how to address adaptation and mitigation simultaneously.

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April 17, 2013 – Overcoming the Uncertainty Barrier to Adaptation

The second in a three-part webcast series about climate change adaptation for state and local governments, this webcast addressed the challenge of planning for climate change in the face of uncertainty. Using presentations and an interactive panel, experts discussed how to look at historical information to understand future vulnerability and how to use downscaling tools that are appropriate for local governments of various sizes and capacities.

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March 21, 2013 – Achieving Buy-In for Adaptation Projects

The first in a three-part webcast series on climate change adaptation for state and local governments, this webcast addressed the challenge of achieving community buy-in for adaptation projects. Through presentations on best practices, case studies, and an interactive panel, experts discussed how to integrate resilience considerations into mainstream decision making and how to simultaneously address mitigation and adaptation.

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January 28, 2013 – Climate Change Indicators Report

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2012

December 6, 2012 - Energy Efficiency Competitions

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November 15, 2012 - Resource Conservation and Recovery Strategies for Greenhouse Gas Reductions

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  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Strategies for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions: Welcome and Introduction
    Podcast (MP3) (10:40, 5.0M) | Transcript (PDF) (5pp., 204K)
  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Strategies for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions: Connecting Climate and Waste to Sustainable Materials Management
    Podcast (MP3) (19:00, 8.9M) | Transcript (PDF) (7pp., 212K)
  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Strategies for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions: Use Reusables: Fundamentals of Reusable Transport Packaging
    Podcast (MP3) (25:50, 12.1M) | Transcript (PDF) (10pp., 317K)
  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Strategies for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions: Integrating Solid Waste Management into Kansas City's Climate Protection Plan
    Podcast (MP3) (22:05, 10.4M) | Transcript (PDF) (8pp., 217K)
  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Strategies for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions: Q&A
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  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Strategies for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions (Full transcript)

August 8, 2012 - Beating the Heat: Effective Approaches to Heat Island Reduction

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June 13, 2012 – Part III: Keeping it Going: Financing Options for your Clean Energy Programs

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May 30, 2012 – Part II: Getting it Funded: Finding Funding for your Clean Energy Programs

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May 16, 2012 – Part I: Getting Started: Answering Big Picture Funding Questions

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March 1, 2012 – Using EPA’s GHG Reporting Rule Data for State and Local Governments

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January 18, 2012 – Making an Impact on Energy Use in Your Community: EPA's Green Power Communities and Local Climate and Energy Program

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2011

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December 7, 2011 - Climate Action Plan Evaluation: Part 2

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November 17, 2011 – Climate Action Planning: Part 1

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July 12, 2011 - Energy Efficiency in Municipal Operations

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April 27, 2011 - Climate Showcase Communities: Lessons Learned and New Approaches

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March 31, 2011 - The Emissions & Generation Resource Integrated Database (eGRID): Potential Uses for State and Local Governments

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January 13, 2011 – Climate Change Adaptation for State and Local Governments – Part Three: Federal Resources and Support for Climate Change Adaptation

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2010

December 15, 2010 – Climate Change Adaptation for State and Local Governments – Part Two: Adaptation Planning and Implementation

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November 18, 2010 – Climate Change Adaptation for State and Local Governments – Part One: Climate Impacts and Risk Communication

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July 29, 2010 - Corporate, Institutional & Government Opportunities in Community Wind Development

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June 22, 2010 — Transportation Control Measures: Strategies for Reducing Vehicle Miles Traveled and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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June 8, 2010 — Implementing Green Roof Programs at the Local Level

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April 29, 2010 — Smart Grid and Clean Energy for Local Governments

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March 31, 2010 – Using Smart Growth Strategies to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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February 23, 2010 – Green Power Communities

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January 26, 2010 – Clean Energy Workforce Development

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2009

November 19, 2009 – CHP: A Strategy to Meet Sustainable Community Planning Goals

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October 13, 2009 – Developing Energy Efficiency Programs for K-12 Schools

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June 11, 2009 – Local Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Project Examples for ARRA Funds

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May 21, 2009 – Integrating Energy Efficiency into New and Existing Homes

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April 21, 2009 – Integrating Energy Efficiency into Affordable Housing

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March 5, 2009 – Using EPA Resources to Maximize Clean Energy in Economic Recovery Spending

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February 5, 2009 – Landfill Gas to Energy

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2008

May 28, 2008 – Green Power Procurement

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April 17, 2008 – Energy Efficient Product Procurement

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February 28, 2008 – Navigating the Grant Process for Local Governments

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