November 2011: Upcoming Climate and Energy Webcasts for State and Local Governments

EPA Webcasts
November 17, 2:00-3:30 PM (EST) Climate Action Planning: Part 1
Sponsored by EPA’s Local Climate and Energy Program. Are you eager to help your community reduce its energy use, save money, and become more sustainable? In Part 1 of a two-part series on Climate Action Planning (also called Energy or Sustainability Planning), a diverse group of local governments with firsthand climate action planning experience will discuss gathering support from key stakeholders, collecting data and setting goals, estimating greenhouse gas reduction potential and other benefits, working toward implementation, and tools and resources.
November 10, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST) Aligning Green Power Partners with New Renewable Energy Projects
Hosted by EPA’s Green Power Partnership, this webinar will provide a forum for attendees to learn about new, not-yet-built renewable energy projects that may align with their energy, environmental, and financial objectives. The webinar will feature nine short project presentations from renewable energy developers as well as a Q&A session. Developers will discuss project details, business models, and participation opportunities for attendees such as green power off-take, renewable energy certificate (REC) procurement, financial investment, and equity ownership opportunities. EPA will provide a mechanism for attendees to indicate their interest in specific projects at the conclusion of the webinar, and will forward attendees’ opt-in choices to the project developer(s) identified.
November 15, 2:00-3:30 PM (EST) Strengthening Critical Infrastructure: CHP at Wastewater Treatment Facilities
Sponsored by EPA’s Combined Heat and Power Partnerships, NYSERDA, and others, this webinar highlights the role CHP can play in strengthening critical infrastructure at wastewater treatment facilities. It will feature information on economically viable and technically feasible CHP applications for wastewater treatment plants. Experts from EPA will discuss the updated report “Opportunities for Combined Heat and Power at Wastewater Treatment Facilities: Market Analysis and Lessons from the Field,” as well as system operators of CHP at wastewater plants. NYSERDA and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Northeast Clean Energy Application Center will also offer a presentation on state and national incentives.
Various Dates and Times: U.S. EPA to Host Webinar Series for Water Sector Utilities on Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT)
EPA has developed CREAT, a software tool to assist drinking water and wastewater utility owners and operators in understanding potential climate change threats and in assessing the related risks at their individual utilities. CREAT provides users with access to the most recent national assessment of climate change impacts for use in considering how these changes will impact utility operations and missions. For more information on CREAT, visit:
To assist users in using CREAT, EPA will conduct free training sessions. Interested parties can register for the training at Registration is capped at 50 participants per session and all sessions in November are currently closed; additional webinars will be scheduled as necessary in December 2011. Interested parties can register their interest at the link above; click the blue notification button at the bottom of the registration page to be notified of future webinar dates.
November 9, 2:00-3:30 PM (EST) ENERGY STAR and Green Building Rating Systems
Sponsored by ENERGY STAR, this webinar will teach youhow to use EPA tools and resources to help meet requirements for green building rating systems such as the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the Green Globes system, and others.
November 16, 1:00-2:00 PM (EST) Purchasing and Procuring Efficient Equipment
Sponsored by ENERGY STAR, this webinar includes information about ENERGY STAR resources to help your organization purchase products with superior energy performance; guidelines that define energy performance for numerous products; sample procurement language for stipulating energy performance attributes to vendors; and energy saving software that calculates the life cycle costs of ENERGY STAR products and their less efficient counterparts.
November 29, 2:00-3:15 PM (EST) Benchmarking in Portfolio Manager for State and Local Governments
Sponsored by ENERGY STAR, this session will review EPA’s online energy management tool, Portfolio Manager, which enables you to track the progress of energy efficiency efforts and compare the energy use of your buildings to peer buildings across the country. Attendees will learn how to measure and track energy use and carbon dioxide emission reductions to establish baseline energy use, prioritize investments, set goals, and track improvements over time. In addition, topics discussed will include best practices for bulk data management for new and existing accounts, real-life examples of organizations that have successfully benchmarked large portfolios of buildings, and helpful information on using Portfolio Manager for reporting and tracking for EECBG recipients.
DOE Webcasts
November 21, 1:00-2:00 PM (EST) Leveraging Portfolio Manager for Disclosure and Green Leasing Practices
Whole-building energy performance data is the foundation of any smart energy management program. State and local governments across the country are taking advantage of Portfolio Manager to implement energy benchmarking and disclosure requirements for commercial buildings. With benchmarking policies in place, governments can evaluate individual building data to verify energy improvements made with public funds, or aggregate many facilities’ energy consumption to create an accurate portrayal of their jurisdiction’s building stock. Some governments also require that potential lenders and buyers of commercial buildings receive a building energy profile as part of a real-estate transaction, thus factoring energy use and operating costs into the decision to lease or buy space. Sponsored by DOE, this training session highlights the best practices of state and local benchmarking and disclosure policies. We will briefly discuss benchmarking and its place in the larger context of energy management planning before exploring in detail some of the choices governments face when implementing these policies.
November 22, 3:00-4:00 PM (EST) Collaboration and Consensus Building in States to Support Energy Efficiency as a Resource
Sponsored by DOE, this webcast is part of a series created to support Stimulating Energy Efficiency Action in States award recipients (, but is open to all states. This webcast presents the story of a successful stakeholder process in Arkansas that led to the state’s 2007 “Quick Start” utility-administered energy efficiency programs, the expansion of Quick Start programs to comprehensive programs in 2009, and the adoption in 2010 of increasing annual energy efficiency goals for 2011-2013. General principles of a successful collaborative process by utilities, utility regulators, customers and customer groups, state agencies, energy efficiency and consumer advocates, and others will be discussed. For background on the Arkansas story, webcast participants can read the Arkansas Public Service Commission’s Sustainable Energy Resources Action Guide, available at
November 30, 3:00-4:00 PM (EST) Partnering with Utilities, Part 2: Topics for Local Governments – Creating Successful Partnerships with Utilities to Deliver Energy Efficiency Programs
Sponsored by DOE, this webcast will build on the “Partnering with Utilities, Part 1” webcast, which explored introductory topics such as understanding different types of utilities and other energy efficiency program administrators, key drivers of utility-administered energy efficiency programs, and examples of ways to partner with utilities. Part 2 focuses on advanced topics for local government-utility partnerships, with presentations from local governments and their partnering utilities that have well-developed, multi-year relationships and programs. Part 2 topics include:

  • Designing energy efficiency programs to be responsive to each party’s needs and goals,
  • aligning program planning cycles and funding periods, and
  • Developing an energy savings measurement and verification plan that meets utilities’ requirements for cost-effectiveness justification.
Attendees will gain an enhanced understanding from U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Technical Assistance Program (TAP) experts, local governments, and their partnering utilities of how to best work with utilities to meet mutual goals and successfully build or enhance local government energy efficiency programs. Participation in Part 1 is not a prerequisite for participation in Part 2. The Part 1 presentation is available at the DOE Solution Center at

Author: Laura B.

I'm the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center's Sustainability Information Curator, which is a fancy way of saying embedded librarian. I'm also Executive Director of the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable. When not writing for Environmental News Bits, I'm an avid reader. Visit Laura's Reads to see what I'm currently reading.

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