Upcoming Webinars

Thursday, August 5, 2021 at 9:30 AM to 12 PM PST

The Climate-Safe California Policy Summit brings together scientists and policymakers to examine the opportunities for climate action in front of California lawmakers today. Grounded in the reality of climate impacts like drought and extreme heat, the Summit will cover proposed legislation in the areas of sustainable transportation, community energy resilience, nature-based carbon sequestration, and more. Speakers will include members of the California legislature, policy advocates, and experts on climate science (full list of speakers to be announced). This will be an action-oriented webinar focused on passing legislation this year to combat the climate crisis and safeguard communities — we hope you’ll join us! Register here.

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Past Webinars

Climate-Safe California Webinar: Funding Climate Action – A Bond and Beyond

Presenters: Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia; Jamie Callahan, Office of Governor Gavin Newsom; Danny Cullenward, CarbonPlan; Denny Zane, Move LA; Dan Adler, California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development; and Peter Luchetti, Table Rock Infrastructure Partner.

June 22, 2021 

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

Decarbonizing our economy at the speed required by climate science will mean massive new investments in the needed solutions outlined in this webinar. This could come from thoughtful taxes, fees, bonds, or other financial instruments, and must include policy that leverages large-scale investment by private capital.

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Climate-Safe California Webinar: Nature-based Sequestration – One Key to Solving our Climate Crisis

Presenters: Assemblymember Robert Rivas; Jeanne Merrill, California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN); Albert Straus, Straus Family Creamery; Michelle Passero, The Nature Conservancy; Aaron Schreiber-Stainthorp, Jackson Family Wines; Ellee Igoe, Solidarity Farm; and Amanda Hansen, California Natural Resources Agency.

May 24, 2021 

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

Reducing the carbon that we are putting into the atmosphere is not enough. We must also draw down and sequester hundreds of millions of metric tons of carbon. This webinar covered natural techniques for carbon sequestration through farming, ranching, and habitat restoration, as well as the prospects for a technological approach to sequestration.

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

Presenters: Assemblymember Phil Ting; Dr. Joseph K. Lyou, Coalition for Clean Air; Andrea Vidaurre, Peoples Collective for Environmental Justice; Tin Le, Bay Area Air Quality Management District; Ruben Aronin, Better World Group; Lillian Mirviss, Center for Sustainable Energy; and Ricardo Hidalgo, International Brotherhood of Teamsters Union

April 28, 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.

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Climate Safe California Webinar: Creating Climate Resilient Communities – What will it take?

Presenters: Amee Raval, Asian Pacific Environmental Network; Melicia Charles, Silicon Valley Clean Energy; Lorenzo Kristov, former CAISO Policy Principal; Katrina Leni-Konig, California Energy Commission​; David Burdick, TerraVerde Energy; Rachel McMahon, Sunrun; Jason Simon, Enphase; Ardi Arian, Renewable America. 

March 24, 2021 

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

To equitably reduce emissions and protect communities from worsening climate impacts, we must engage local voices in planning clean energy microgrids with storage to power resilience hubs, as well as health centers, fire stations, grocery stores, and other critical facilities during planned and unplanned outages. These hubs, powered by clean, affordable, reliable, and safe electricity, can provide essential services organized by and for the people who live there. In this webinar, we will explore the opportunities and challenges to this vision from a variety of perspectives.

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Climate Safe California Webinar – Phasing Out Fossil Fuels: A Just Transition in the Oil & Gas Drilling and Refining Sectors

Presenters: California State Senator Scott Wiener, Ingrid Brostrom, Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment, Gustavo Aguirre, Central California Environmental Justice Network, Greg Karras, Community Energy reSource, Steve Garey, former refinery worker

February 23, 2021 

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

How do we transition away from fossil fuels to high-road, climate-friendly jobs? Speakers will discuss the current impacts of fossil fuel production on frontline communities and what needs to be done to address them, a plan for decommissioning California refineries, and the possibility of enacting a fracking ban. What does the clean energy future look like?

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Climate Safe California Webinar: What the Science Requires

Presenters: Ben Santer, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Ellie Cohen, The Climate Center, Jason Barbose, Union of Concerned Scientists

January 26, 2021 

Ben Santer, an award winning climate scientist, who has stood up to the Trump administration’s attempts to muzzle him and his colleagues by speaking truth to power and just doing good science, discussed the most recent science, some of the implications of what we face, and the urgent need for accelerated action. Jason Barbose, Senior Policy Manager of Western States for the Union of Concerned Scientists, also discussed needed policies. Ellie Cohen offered a brief overview of the Climate-Safe California suite of policies that address the climate crisis at the speed and scale required.

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Climate Friday: Batteries on Wheels

Presenters: Erika Myers, Global Senior Manager of Electric Vehicles at the World Resources Institute, and Kurt Johnson, Community Energy Resilience Director at The Climate Center

December 18, 2020 

Erika Myers, Global Senior Manager of Electric Vehicles at the World Resources Institute, and Kurt Johnson, Community Energy Resilience Director at The Climate Center, discussed 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.

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How to Get More out of Existing Solar and Storage Systems

Presenters: David Burdick, TerraVerde Energy, Russell Hancock, Joint Venture Silicon Valley, Janelle London, Coltura, Barry Vesser, The Climate Center

December 9, 2020 

There are new and commonly untapped revenue opportunities in California for solar photovoltaic and battery energy storage systems. This webinar explores the increased value of solar renewable energy certificates (RECs) and program participation opportunities for batteries in grid services and CCA programs. David Burdick of TerraVerde Energy will review these opportunities and discuss the steps to pursuing these value streams. We briefly introduced two new climate initiatives of Joint Venture Silicon Valley: Beyond Gasoline and Climate-Safe California.

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Community Energy Resilience Planning for Local Governments

Presenters: Tanya Barham, Community Energy Labs, Kate Ringness, Oakland EcoBlock, Kurt Johnson, The Climate Center

December 2, 2020 

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.

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A Just Transition for Labor: What Will it Take?

Presenters: Carol Zabin, Director, UC Berkeley Labor Center, Shrayas Jatkar, Policy Specialist, California Workforce Development Board, Mark Kyle, Labor Attorney

November 19, 2020

The science is clear on climate change: we must rapidly phase out fossils fuels. But tens of thousands of workers have jobs in fossil fuel and related industries. How do we secure a just transition that guarantees good jobs with benefits for these workers in the new clean energy economy? Carol Zabin (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley) is a labor economist who recently completed a comprehensive report for the California legislature called Putting California on the High Road to answer that question. We also heard from Shrayas Jatkar, a Policy Specialist at the California Workforce Development Board, the state agency charged with implementing the report’s findings, and labor attorney Mark Kyle.

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Carbon 101

Presenters: Jeff Creque, Director of Rangeland and Agroecosystem Management, Carbon Cycle Institute, and Torri Estrada
Executive Director and Director of Policy, Carbon Cycle Institute

November 18, 2020

Executive Director Torri Estrada and Dr. Jeff Creque from the Carbon Cycle Institute (CCI) presented the underlying science of carbon sequestration. This includes how the carbon cycle is connected and drives climate change, the role of the terrestrial ecosystem, generally, and soils, specifically, in the dynamics of climate change. They provided an overview of carbon farming and how CCI and its partners are engaging managers of working lands (farms, ranches, dairies, and even urban gardens) to engage the carbon cycle and drive carbon sequestration in their landscapes. They also provided a broad overview of the institutions and policies and programs that currently support carbon farming and terrestrial carbon sequestration, focused on CA.

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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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Climate Friday Virtual Town Hall: Soil as a climate solution?

Presenters: Torri Estrada,  Executive Director of Carbon Cycle Institute and Wendy Millet, Ranch Director of TomKat Ranch 

August 21, 2020

Join Torri Estrada, Executive Director of Carbon Cycle Institute and Wendy Millet, Ranch Director of TomKat Ranch for a conversation about the myriad benefits of carbon sequestration in farming and ranching for a climate-safe future with moderator, CEO Ellie Cohen. Torri and Wendy will provide an overview of how soil carbon sequestration works, examples from farms and ranches across California, and current and future policies for assessing and incentivizing this approach.

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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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Resilient Schools – Safe Communities

In collaboration with the California Solar and Storage Association

Presenters: Craig Lewis of the Clean Coalition, David Burdick of TerraVerde Energy, Scott Murtishaw of the California Solar and Storage Association and Ann Hancock of The Climate Center.

July 8, 2020

Power shutoffs in 2019 disrupted the schedules of local schools across California. Increasing wildfires have threatened life and property and frequently left evacuees with nowhere to go. The COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn will only compound this crisis, hampering people’s ability to find shelter in an emergency. In this webinar presenters discussed solar plus battery storage applications and microgrids for school and community needs. These technologies have the ability provide schools with significant financial benefits (savings & revenue) while simultaneously providing a resource for backup power during grid outages. During the webinar, industry experts addressed subjects including the following: the financial & resiliency benefits that solar plus battery facility microgrids can provide; available incentives; key considerations for increasing speed and scale; steps to evaluating and deploying projects.

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 Town Hall on Community Energy Resilience and Empowering Local Communities

Presenters Amee Raval, Senior Policy Researcher at the Asian Pacific Environmental Network, and Kurt Johnson, Advanced Community Energy Program Director of The Climate Center.

May 29, 2020

Our guests will provide insights into community clean energy resilience, including clean energy microgrids, empowering local governments and communities, utility justice, and supporting California’s most vulnerable communities in the face of the dual COVID-19 and climate crises. Amee Raval has a background in research and advocacy addressing the environmental and occupational health impacts of extreme heat due to climate change. The Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) is leading a transition away from an extractive economy based on profit and pollution and toward local, healthy, and life-sustaining economies. Kurt Johnson previously worked for Recurrent Energy in solar, for the California Public Utilities Commission, and at the U.S. EPA where he founded the Green Power Partnership.

CCAs and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Impacts and Responses

Presenters Girish Balachandran, CEO of Silicon Valley Clean Energy, and Nick Chaset, CEO of East Bay Community Energy

May 19, 2020

Community Choice agencies (CCAs) face many challenges due to the coronavirus disruption. They are also responding quickly in a variety of ways to help support their customers and their communities during this difficult time. Join this webinar to learn more about how CCAs are uniquely positioned to respond rapidly to the needs of their communities. Panelists Girish Balachandran of Silicon Valley Clean Energy, and Nick Chaset of East Bat Community Energy explain how their CCAs have responded with significant COVID response programs to serve their communities.

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.

Regionally-focused webinars

Community Choice Energy in Stockton

Presenters: Dan Wright, Stockton Vice Mayor, Jasmine Leek, Executive Director of the Third City Coalition, Don Bray, Director of Account Services & Community Relations for Silicon Valley Clean Energy, Woody Hastings, Energy Program Manager and Davis Harper, Stockton Community Outreach Specialist for The Climate Center

July 14, 2020

This webinar, co-hosted by Rise Stockton and The Climate Center, explains the opportunities and challenges of Community Choice Energy, also known as “CCA” for Stockton. The City of Stockton is in the process of evaluating Community Choice Energy, which is a local, not-for-profit local electricity service provider run by your own local leaders. There are now 21 CCAs in California serving over 10 million customers.

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Energy Efficiency and Community Choice Energy: Opportunities for Fresno

Presenters: Elizabeth Jonassen and David Wear of the Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission, Luis Chavez of Fresno City Council, Destiny Rodriguez of The Climate Center
JR Killigrew, Director of Communications and Energy Programs at Monterey Bay Community Power.

July 9, 2020

Presenters discussed local weatherization and energy efficiency efforts and Community Choice Energy, the not-for-profit local electricity service option for over 11 million Californians. Fresno is in the process of evaluating this program for its residents and businesses.

Also on hand will be an operational Community Choice agency, to share what they have done recently in their community to respond to the COVID crisis.

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