Webinar: Investing in Building Electrification for a Climate-Safe Future

June 8, 2022 at 10 AM to 11:30 AM PT

This webinar is the sixth in The Climate Center’s Investing in Climate Action for Jobs, Health, and Equity webinar series.

Today, roughly 25 percent of California’s greenhouse gas emissions come from commercial and residential buildings. Even as cities begin to transition to all-electric buildings — and some cities are going further by banning natural gas in new construction — addressing the climate crisis will require accelerating the shift away from fossil fuels. This webinar will focus on the investments necessary to quickly and equitably decarbonize residential and commercial buildings in California. Additional speakers to be announced.


Senator Josh Becker is a public policy innovator working at the nexus of community activism, technology and social justice. Elected to the State Senate in November 2020, Senator Becker represents the residents of California’s 13th Senate District, which comprises most of San Mateo County and the northern part of Santa Clara County.

He is the author of several bills focused on accelerating California’s transition to 100% clean energy and net zero emissions, voter access and justice reforms, and leveraging technology to provide greater economic mobility for all Californians.

Zoe Elizabeth is Deputy Director of Decarbonization Programs and Policy at SVCE where she leads the organization’s policy and government initiatives. Prior to joining SVCE she held leadership positions at UCLA’s Center for Sustainable Communities, UC Berkeley’s Center for Resource Efficient Communities, and the County of Santa Clara’s Office of Sustainability.

Laura Gromis is the Executive Director of USGBC Central California, She has diverse experience building programs and partnerships for green building development, active transportation  infrastructure outreach, workforce development, and facilitation of clean energy projects. She has worked with diverse stakeholders in the Central Valley on the for-profit, non-profit, education and governmental side to increase knowledge, awareness and accessibility of green solutions. Laura hails from Germany and has an M.A. in Political Science, Public Law and Anthropology from Heidelberg University, Germany and a Certificate of Political Studies from Science Po Lille, France.

Alison Nemirow, Associate Director, Sustainable Economics, AECOM, is a member of AECOM’s Sustainable Economics practice. She has over a dozen years of experience as an urban economist specializing in sustainable and equitable development. Her academic training focused on the intersections between the built environment, economic and community development, and climate change. Through her extensive experience working with transit agencies, state and local governments, and federal agencies, she understands the funding and financing mechanisms available to execute transformative sustainability programs. Alison’s expertise also includes the development of tools and policies to build community and economic resilience by preventing household displacement, financing affordable housing, and supporting entrepreneurship and small business growth.