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Local Climate and Energy Webcasts

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.

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Adaptation

Climate Change Adaptation for State and Local Governments

Adaptation to climate change is increasingly important as the effects of climate change become apparent across different regions of the United States. Effective climate adaptation requires risk analysis and communication to stakeholders, adaptation planning and implementation, and the integration of these efforts with existing operations. The federal government offers numerous resources to, and opportunities for collaboration with, local governments. The Local Climate and Energy Program and the State Technical Forum jointly held webcasts on this topic in November and December 2010 and January 2011, and again in March, April, and May 2013.

May 1, 2013 – Attracting Funding for Adaptation

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April 17, 2013 – Overcoming the Uncertainty Barrier to Adaptation

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

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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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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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Communications

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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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 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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Community Planning and Design

Heat Island Reduction

The term "heat island" describes built up areas that are hotter than nearby rural areas. The heat island effect can increase summertime energy use, air conditioning costs, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, heat-related illness and mortality, and reduce water quality. The Local Climate and Energy Program held a webcast on this topic in August 2012.

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

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Smart Growth

Smart growth development benefits the economy, the community, the environment, and public health. Smart growth also can save energy, reduce costs for transportation infrastructure and services, and assist areas in attaining and maintaining air quality standards. The Local Climate and Energy Program held a webcast on this topic in March 2010.

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

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Green Roofs

A green roof, or rooftop garden, is a vegetative layer grown on a rooftop. Increasingly popular in densely-built urban areas, green roofs offer many workplace and environmental benefits. They provide shade and remove heat from the air, mitigating the urban heat island effect and reducing energy use for air conditioning. Green roofs also reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions; enhance stormwater management and water quality in urban areas; and provide aesthetic value and habitat for wildlife. The Local Climate and Energy Program and the Heat Island Reduction Program jointly held a webcast on this topic in June 2010.

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

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Transportation Control Measures

Transportation accounts for 33 percent of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions from the combustion of fossil fuel, and can account for a significant portion of a local government’s or household’s budget. Transportation control measures (TCMs) are strategies that reduce transportation-related air pollution, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and fuel use by reducing vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and improving roadway operations. The Local Climate and Energy Program held a webcast on this topic in June 2010.

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

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Developing Climate Action Programs

November 18, 2014 - 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.

On this archived webcast from November 2014, 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.

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Climate Action Plans

Creating a climate action plan can help a community reduce its energy use, save money, and become more sustainable. Critical elements of a climate action plan include gathering support from key stakeholders; collecting data and setting goals; estimating greenhouse gas reduction potential and other benefits; working towards implementation; and utilizing available tools and resources. A diverse group of local governments with firsthand climate action planning experience discussed these issues in a two-part Local Climate and Energy Program webcast series held in November and December 2011.

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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Emissions

Using EPA’s GHG Reporting Rule Data for State and Local Governments

Comprehensive greenhouse gas (GHG) data reported directly from large facilities and suppliers across the country are now easily accessible to the public through EPA’s GHG Reporting Program. This information can be used by state and local governments to identify nearby sources of GHGs, identify opportunities to improve efficiency and reduce emissions, or to inform policies and programs. The EPA State Technical Forum and Local Climate and Energy Program jointly held a Technical Forum on this topic in March 2012.

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

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The Emissions & Resource Generation Integrated Database: Potential Uses for State and Local Governments

Developed by EPA, the Emissions & Generation Resource Integrated Database (eGRID) is the preeminent source of air emissions data for the electric power sector. Using plant-specific data for U.S. electricity generating plants, the tool documents the environmental attributes of electric power generation. State governments can use it to help develop greenhouse gas inventories and calculate the benefits of clean energy programs. EPA’s Local Climate and Energy Program and State Technical Forum jointly held a webcast on this topic in March 2011.

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

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Energy Efficiency

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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Energy Efficiency Competitions

Local governments can encourage energy reductions in their communities by planning and running energy efficiency competitions. ENERGY STAR and other federal programs have several resources available to assist local governments in designing and implementing energy efficiency competitions. In addition, existing local governments provide guidance on best practices and lessons learned. The Local Climate and Energy Program held a webcast on this topic in December 2012.

December 6, 2012 - Energy Efficiency Competitions

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Energy Efficient Buildings

Local government initiatives can help encourage improved energy efficiency in new and existing buildings. ENERGY STAR and other federal programs have many resources available to assist local governments in designing and implementing energy efficiency programs and policies. In addition, existing local government and municipal utility programs provide guidance on best practices and lessons learned. The Local Climate and Energy Program held webcasts on this topic in July 2011 and April and May 2009.

July 12, 2011 - Energy Efficiency in Municipal Operations

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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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Energy Efficient Products

Many local governments are saving energy by requiring that the energy-using products they purchase meet energy efficiency criteria. Purchasing energy-efficient products can reduce energy costs, lower maintenance costs, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and enhance pollution prevention and resource conservation activities. The Local Climate and Energy Program held a webcast on this topic in April 2008.

April 17, 2008 – Energy Efficient Product Procurement

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Combined Heat and Power

Combined Heat and Power (CHP) is an on-site technology added to a generator, boiler or other engine to create both heat and electricity. By utilizing the thermal energy otherwise wasted, as well as avoiding typical line losses during transmission and distribution, a CHP system can achieve system efficiencies up to 80 percent. CHP can be an effective, shovel-ready option in energy efficient and sustainable strategic planning. The Local Climate and Energy Program and CHP Partnership co-hosted a webcast on this topic in November 2009.

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

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Smart Grid

A “smart grid” uses digital technology to improve the reliability, security, and efficiency (both economic and energy) of the electric grid. Smart grid technologies have the potential to help local governments improve energy efficiency, integrate renewable energy, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in their communities. EPA and DOE provide smart grid resources for local governments, and communities across the country are deploying smart grid technologies. The Local Climate and Energy Program held a webcast on this topic in April 2010.

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

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Funding Initiatives

Federal Resources and Funding including ARRA 2009

Federal grants and funding, including the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, can help local governments implement climate and clean energy projects and programs. In addition, federal resources are available to help local governments maximize the available funding. Information includes where to look for federal grants, grant application requirements, typical timeframes for the grant process, evaluation procedures, challenges and ways to overcome them, tips for writing strong proposals, and project ideas. The Local Climate and Energy Program held webcasts on this topic in February 2008, March 2009, and June 2009.

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

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

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

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Financing Clean Energy Programs

One of the biggest challenges for the success of clean energy programs is securing adequate and sustained financing. EPA held a three-part webcast series on this topic to help local governments finance their clean energy initiatives. Part I of the series discussed how to design and implement funding programs, line up partners, and gain support for clean energy programs through both conventional and non-conventional methods. Part II discussed how to locate available sources of funding, and Part III discussed how to leverage existing funds and make clean energy investments more affordable for clean energy program audiences. The Local Climate and Energy Program held webcasts on this topic in May and June 2012.

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 1: Getting Started: Answering Big Picture Funding Questions

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Lead by Example in Government Operations

Climate Showcase Communities

In 2010 and 2011, 50 communities across the U.S. were selected as Climate Showcase Communities and received EPA funding to implement climate change mitigation programs. The goal of the Climate Showcase Communities program is to create replicable models of cost-effective and persistent greenhouse gas reductions that will catalyze broader local and tribal government actions to stabilize the climate and improve environmental, economic, health, and social conditions. Representatives of various local and tribal governments presented on their implementation challenges, lessons learned, and progress made toward goals during a Local Climate and Energy Program webcast held in April 2011.

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

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Renewable Energy

Local governments can reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and support the development of new renewable generation by purchasing green power or generating renewable energy on-site. EPA's Green Power Partnership, Green Power Communities program, and Landfill Methane Outreach Program provide resources and assistance to local governments interested in pursuing renewable energy purchases or projects. The Local Climate and Energy Program held webcasts on this topic in May 2008, February 2009, February and July 2010, and January 2012.

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

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February 23, 2010 – Green Power Communities

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February 5, 2009 – Landfill Gas to Energy

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May 28, 2008 – Green Power Procurement

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Solid Waste & Materials Management

Resource Conservation and Recovery

The extraction, production, use, and disposal of goods and materials are responsible for an estimated 42 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Local governments can work with residents, private companies, and other groups to cost-effectively reduce these emissions through resource conservation and recovery strategies that reduce waste generation and divert waste from landfills. Learn how Alameda County, California, and Kansas City, Missouri, are implementing innovative resource conservation and recovery strategies to reduce GHG emissions, waste disposal costs, and energy use. Also learn about EPA tools and resources you can use to design and implement resource conservation and recovery programs that are right for your community. The Local Climate and Energy Program held a webcast on this topic in November 2012.

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
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  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Strategies for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions: Connecting Climate and Waste to Sustainable Materials Management
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  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Strategies for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions: Use Reusables: Fundamentals of Reusable Transport Packaging
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  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Strategies for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions: Integrating Solid Waste Management into Kansas City's Climate Protection Plan
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  • 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)

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Workforce Development

Clean Energy Workforce Development

Clean energy workforce development programs are becoming increasingly important at both the state and local levels. Appropriately trained workers will be needed to transition to a cleaner economy that addresses climate change and energy challenges while also creating new jobs. Some of these new jobs will require little additional training while others will require training or possibly advanced degrees. EPA held a webcast on this topic in January 2010.

January 26, 2010 – Clean Energy Workforce Development

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