Past webinars

Climate Safe California Webinar: Clean Mobility – Driving to 2030 with Speed and Equity

April 28th, 2021 

This webinar is the fourth in The Climate Center’s Climate Safe California webinar series.

This webinar focused on multiple aspects of transportation and mobility, with a focus on achieving equity in the transportation sector. It included experts on electric vehicles, heavy equipment and freight, and the policies that will transform the transportation sector. Emissions from the transportation sector account for just over half of all greenhouse gas emissions in California. It is essential that we accelerate policies and programs that wean us off fossil fuel-based transportation systems as soon as possible. Click here to view the recording and presentations.

Climate Friday: Batteries on Wheels

December 18, 2020

We joined Erika Myers, Global Senior Manager of Electric Vehicles at the World Resources Institute, and Kurt Johnson, Community Energy Resilience Director at The Climate Center, to learn how mobile battery storage can help meet the challenges of today, and what policymakers and regulators must do to ensure that mobile storage reaches its potential for a resilient, equitable, and climate-safe future. Learn more. Click here to view the recording and see presentations.

Community Energy Resilience Planning for Local Governments

December 2, 2020 11 AM PST

We joined Tanya Barham from Community Energy Labs and Kate Ringness from SmartBlock Communities for a conversation about Community Energy Resilience Planning for Local Governments. With another record-breaking fire season and associated power outages have brought to the forefront the need to enhance community energy resilience. The Climate Center, in collaboration with Community Energy Labs, SmartBlock Communities solicited feedback from local elected officials and community members on the kinds of technical assistance, policy, support, and financing necessary to advance safe and resilient community energy plans for all California communities. Click here to view the recording and see presentations.

Huge Win! Culver City says no to oil, yes to jobs

Presenters: Culver City Council Member Meghan Sahli-Wells, CA Senator Holly J. Mitchell, David Haake, MD, Sierra Club, Monica Embrey, Sierra Club, Damon Nagami, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Maya Golden-Krasner, Climate Law Institute at the Center for Biological Diversity

October 7, 2020

California Senator Holly Mitchell and Culver City council member Meghan Sahli-Wells, along with The Climate Center and The Sierra Club, talked about Culver City’s recent success securing a plan to phase out oil operations within 2500 feet of homes, parks, and schools– while calling for a just transition for oil workers through oil well remediation jobs. Watch the recording to learn about the years of organizing by frontline Culver City community members and the role of labor unions in securing this win.

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Climate Friday Virtual Town Hall: Clean, accessible transportation– we all depend on it!

Presenters: Terea Macomber, Electric Vehicle Director, Grid Alternatives, and Woody Hastings, Energy Program Manager, The Climate Center 

September 25, 2020

Terea and Woody shared their expertise about the fundamental need for clean reliable transportation- from public transport to personal vehicles and bikes—to ensure a functional society, how transportation policies have often been used to marginalize lower-income communities and communities of color, and how, working together, we can secure accessible, clean transportation for everyone.

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Equitable Access to Clean Energy Resilience in California: Community Energy Resilience Policy Summit online

Presenters: Janea Scott, California Energy Commission; Genevieve Shiroma, California Public Utilities Commission; Carmen Ramirez, Mayor Pro Tem of Oxnard; and others.

August 5, 2020

We spoke with policymakers, Environmental Justice advocates, and Community Choice Agencies about policies to support climate justice and community energy resilience in lower-income communities who suffer disproportionately from pollution and power outages. This summit gave an overview of what the state is doing now for clean energy resilience and what new policies are needed to provide access to clean and reliable power for all.

Climate Friday Town Hall: Climate Justice– the California reality and what you can do

Presenters: Katie Valenzuela, Policy and Political Director for the California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA) and Destiny Rodriguez, Community Relations Manager for The Climate Center

July 17, 2020

Our special guests presented on the health, economic and other consequences of our fossil fuel economy on lower-income communities and people of color, current legislative efforts, including AB 345, to reduce the disproportionate impacts on these frontline communities, and what actions we can take to secure an equitable, healthy and vibrant Climate-Safe California.

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Community Energy Resilience Series – Microgrids: Backup Power for Business

Presenters Shea Hughes of Scale Microgrid Solutions, Catherine Von Burg of SimpliPhi Power, Chris Ball of Bloom Energy, Carolyn Glanton of Sonoma Clean Power, and Kurt Johnson of The Climate Center.

June 24, 2020

Power shutoffs in 2019 cost California businesses millions of dollars. Battery storage installed for backup purposes can provide value to a business even when the grid is fully functioning.  This webinar will convene industry experts to address the following questions: What are some real-world examples of microgrids? What is possible now from a technical perspective? What is the cost benefit analysis? What kind of financing is available? What is possible now from a legal/regulatory perspective? What are the barriers that are preventing rapid expansion of microgrids? How can those barriers be overcome? Speakers will include representatives from The Climate Center, microgrid vendors, Community Choice Energy agencies and the Clean Coalition.

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Climate Friday with Ellie Cohen and Ann Hancock on Climate-Safe California

Presenters Ellie Cohen, CEO and Ann Hancock, Co-founder and Chief Strategist, The Climate Center

April 13, 2020

The Climate Center’s Climate-Safe California is a powerful solution to the climate crisis. Climate experts have called this a unique, bold, urgently needed, and comprehensive campaign that will catalyze similar efforts in other states, the nation, and the world. The Climate Center is working with dozens of partners to seize this moment and enact by 2025 the bold policies required by science that will put California on track for a climate-safe future by 2030. We define Climate-Safe California as having reached net-negative emissions (sequestration greater than emissions or becoming a net carbon sink), achieving initial stages of drawdown. The overarching goal is for California to commit to 80% below 1990 levels of GHG emissions and net-negative emissions by 2030, accelerating timelines for existing state policies.

Yes, We Will! Climate-Safe California Rapid Decarbonization Campaign

Presenter Ellie Cohen, CEO, The Climate Center

March 19, 2020

The consequences of abrupt, human-caused climate change are hitting harder and faster than expected, posing grave and immediate threats to human health and well-being. Children, the elderly, and people living in low-income communities are disproportionately affected.

California must accelerate timelines and enact bold climate policy now to ensure a vibrant, healthy, and equitable future. Ellie will present some of the latest climate science, then describe The Climate Center’s five-year rapid decarbonization campaign, ending with an inspirational view of our collective future based on our actions today.

CCAs and Community Resilience: Responding to Electricity Grid Outages, Planned and Unplanned

Presenters: Geof Syphers of Sonoma Clean Power and Jan Pepper of Peninsula Clean Energy

January 16, 2020

As climate-related electricity system disruptions grow more frequent and severe, we urgently need effective local strategies to achieve decarbonization, resilience, social equity, and security. Community Choice Agencies (CCAs) are uniquely well-positioned to play an important role in helping their communities prepare for and respond to disruptions. They can also play a key role in navigating to a 21st century decentralized electricity system that is very low in carbon emissions, safe, resilient, and accessible to all.