Past Calls

March 17, 2015

On this call we learned about how new EPA 111(d) rules impact cities and what it means for energy efficiency, building codes, and other energy projects. Many cities and localities have already begun to take advantage of energy efficiency through the implementation of policies, programs and projects – how will that be impacted by 111(d)? We addressed opportunities for cities and localities to implement energy efficiency that can be counted toward state 111(d) compliance plans, and looked at the elements that a policy, program or project would need to be “counted” for compliance. We also closely examined a case study of a city already working on compliance. You can view the presentation here. You can access Sara’s slides here. You can view Clay’s presentation here.

Presenters:

  • Sara Hayes, Senior Manager and Researcher at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
  • Clay Nesler, Vice President of Corporate Sustainability at Johnson Controls

February 3, 2015

For our fifth annual year in review call we asked Kate Gordon, Scott Bernstein, and Joel Rogers to look back at 2014 and make predictions about what might happen and what we should look out for in 2015. You can view the presentation here . The Efficiency Maine resources mentioned on the call can be found here and here. More information from Community Power Works here.

Presenters:

  • Kate Gordon, Senior Vice President & Director, Energy & Climate Program, Next Generation
  • Scott Bernstein, President, Center for Neighborhood Technology
  • Joel Rogers, Director, COWS

October 21, 2014

On this call we looked at the resurgence of residential PACE programs. The Property Assessed Clean Energy financing mechanism has been successfully implemented in many locations, but the development of many programs was halted due to federal government concerns about the additional risk posed by the property assessments.
Now, PACE is coming back, with significant new programs being launched. On this call, we heard from Cisco DeVries, the creator of the PACE mechanism and CEO of Renewable Funding. He walked us through how they’ve overcome regulatory hurdles, and discuss their groundbreaking CaliforniaFIRST residential PACE program, which launched this summer in 17 California counties and 167 cities. You can access a recording of this webinar here .

Presenter:

  • Cisco DeVries, President and CEO, Renewable Funding

September 23, 2014

Green Revolving Funds are an important and emerging financing tool for energy and resource efficiency projects. The cost savings resulting from projects are used to replenish the fund, and finance future investments – allowing for continual improvement and ever-deepening savings. On this call we learned more about this financing mechanism, and featured the leading edge work being done by the state of Vermont. We also learned about management solutions that facilitate revolving fund project management and tracking. A recording of this webinar will be posted soon.

Presenters:

  • Shoshana Blank, Senior Research Fellow, Sustainable Endowments Institute
  • Daniel Edson, Building Engineer, State of Vermont

June 24, 2014

Over the last nearly four years,the US Department of Energy has amassed a truly unprecedented treasure trove of data on all aspects of energy efficiency programs. On this ECN call we were introduced to the massive repository of best practices and data developed by Better Buildings grantees – the 41 state and local government recipients of $508 million DOE investment. Click here to view the slides from the presentation, and click here to access the recorded webinar.

Presenters:

  • Jonathan Cohen, DOE Energy Project Specialist
  • Danielle Sass Byrnett, Supervisor, DOE Better Buildings Residential Programs

May 6, 2014

On May 6, 2014, we explored how to leverage Public Benefit Funds for low-income communities and communities of color. We profiled the great work being done by Boston-based Community Labor United (CLU) in the residential energy sector. We also took a step back to look at how we’re doing five years into a scaled effort to build a new residential energy efficiency sector. CLU’s Green Justice Coalition won an unprecedented set of provisions in the state utility plan, increasing energy efficiency investments and making them more accessible to low-income communities. We learned about the organizing strategies and policy tools that made this work so successful. This call was presented in partnership with Community Labor United and Partnership for Working Families.You can access a recording of the webinar here.

Presenters:

  • Kathleen Mulligan-Hansel, Deputy Director, Partnership for Working Families
  • Darlene Lombos, Executive Director, Community Labor United
  • Kalila Barnett, Executive Director, Alternatives for the Community and Environmenty
  • Mariella Puerto, Senior Program Officer, Barr Foundation

January 21, 2014

January 21, 2014 was our annual Year in Review call, featuring the insights of Scott Bernstein of the Center for Neighborhood Technology. We looked back at trends from the past year and predicted what might occur in 2014. A recording of the call and the slides will be posted soon.

Presenter:

  • Scott Bernstein, President, Center for Neighborhood Technology

December 3, 2013

On December 3, 2013, we explored how new investment in clean technology for energy efficiency, clean energy, water, transportation, agriculture, and manufacturing is changing our economy.

We looked at adoption of clean and green products, services, and related infrastructure worldwide. Cleantech products and services are increasingly becoming mainstream, and some of the largest multinational companies in the world are investing heavily. This call was based around “Cleantech Redefined: Why the Next Wave of Cleantech Infrastructure, Technology and Services Will Thrive in the 21st Century,” a report issued by As You Sow. A recording of this presentation can be accessed here, and you can view the slides here.

Presenters:

  • Amelia Timbers, Energy Program Director, As You Sow
  • Dan Apfel, Executive Director, Responsible Endowments Coalition

October 1, 2013

On October 1 2013, we featured the first City Energy Efficiency Scorecard, developed by ACEEE. It ranks many of the most populous U.S cities on their policies and actions to advance energy efficiency in buildings, transportation and local government operations. We covered which cities are top achievers in efficiency and why. Our presenters provided examples of best practices implemented by leading cities and focused on actions that local governments of all kinds can take to improve efficiency and their scores in future editions of the Scorecard. You can access a recording of the call here, and the slide deck can be viewed here.

Presenters:

  • Melanie Nutter, Director, San Francisco Department of the Environment
  • Eric Mackres, Local Policy Manager, ACEEE, lead author of the City Scorecard report
  • Kate Johnson, Senior Analyst, Local Policy, ACEEE,  author of report chapter on utility policies and programs

June 25, 2013

On June 25, 2013, we looked at emerging trends in the energy efficiency world. The great work that many of you have done has significantly raised the standard of what’s possible and what we should aim for in energy efficiency program design and implementation. We shared some recent research from ACEEE that explores these new horizons for energy efficiency programs – what designs and approaches can gain higher customer participation and achieve deeper savings. We were joined by the report’s lead author who ran us through the findings and explained what we should both expect and aim for as the energy efficiency market evolves. You can access the full report here. A recording of the presentation can be accessed here, and the slides from the presentation can be accessed here.

Presenter:

  • Dan York, Utilities Program Director, ACEEE

May 21, 2013

On May 21, 2013, we focused on new research from the Institute for Market Transformation showing that increasing energy efficiency reduces mortgage default rates. This new study shows that the risk of mortgage default is one-third lower for energy-efficient, ENERGY STAR-rated homes. We were joined by the report’s authors who ran us through their findings. You can access a recording of the call here.

Presenters:

  • Robert Sahadi, Director, Energy Efficiency Finance Policy, Institute for Market Transformation
  • Sarah Stellberg, Program Manager, Research & Policy Analysis, Institute for Market Transformation

April 30, 2013

On April 30, 2013, the ECN call focused on proposed EPA stormwater regulations. This call was presented in partnership with the Mayors Innovation Project, the U.S. Water Alliance and the Clean Water for Healthy Communities Coalition. Stormwater regulations are assuming a higher profile as communities around the country struggle to balance the need to protect local waters and the pressures of limited resources. EPA has announced its intention to significantly update portions of its municipal stormwater regulations, and will be publishing a proposed rule in June 2013. These new regulations may significantly change stormwater management requirements for local developers and governments alike. We focused on the core changes under consideration by the Agency and how they may affect local governments and utilities. You can access a recording of the webinar here, and the slides here.

Presenters:

  • Mayor David Pope, Oak Park, IL
  • Christopher Kloss, US EPA
  • Kevin Shafer, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
  • Charlotte Katzenmoyer, City of Lancaster, PA
  • Michele Adams, Meliora Designs

April 2, 2013

On April 2, we explored innovative approaches to energy efficiency in the massive healthcare sector. The healthcare sector represents 17% of U.S. GDP and is responsible for 8% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Healthcare facilities use 4% of the total energy consumed in the U.S., and hospitals are 2.5 times more energy intensive than the average commercial building. We presented the findings of a recent report commissioned by a group of influential philanthropies, “Opportunities to Advance the Building Energy Efficiency Market in the Health Care Sector,” and featured the work of the Healthcare Career Advancement Program, an innovative partnership that works with hospital management and workers to increase skills in energy efficiency and building management, creating career opportunities in the process. A recording of the call can be accessed here.

Presenters:

February 26, 2013

On February 26 we had a conversation about how trees and urban forests convey numerous cost-effective benefits to cities and homeowners. Strategically placed trees can reduce energy use by as much as 50%, and provide numerous air and water management benefits. We explored the energy (and other) benefits of trees, learned about leading programs investing in urban forestry, and focused on established and emerging best practices in funding and sustaining urban forest programs. A recording of the call will be posted soon.

Presenter:

  • Jared Carlson, Arbor Day Foundation

January 29, 2013

On January 29 we held our fourth annual Year in Review call, with Scott Bernstein and Joel Rogers. We looked at what happened in 2012 and assessed opportunities for 2013. You can view the slides from this call here. A recording will be posted soon.

Presenters:

  • Scott Bernstein, CNT
  • Joel Rogers, COWS

December 4, 2012

On December 4 we examined on our call state policy can increase investment in energy efficiency. We looked at best practices and at what some of the most advanced states around the country are doing. We featured a report from Environment Northeast, “Best Practices for Advancing State Energy Efficiency Programs: Policy Options & Suggestions” and profiled how many of these recommendations have been put into effect in Rhode Island and elsewhere. A recording of the call will be posted soon. Additional information: Municipal Initiative, Warwick Sewer Authority, Providence Central High School.

Presenter:

  • Abigail Anthony, Director – Rhode Island,  Environment Northeast

November 6, 2012

On November 6 we received an update on the progress made by the Better Buildings Neighborhood Program – a roughly $500 million federal initiative to develop sustainable energy efficiency building upgrade programs for home and building owners. After two years has generated significant results and a lot of interesting data. A recording of the call will be posted soon.

Presenter:

  • Danielle Sass Byrnett, Director,  Department of Energy Better Buildings Neighborhood Program

October 9, 2012

On October 9, we looked at how to address the energy usage of wastewater treatment facilities. Wastewater treatment is responsible for around 35% of municipal energy use on average and for 1.4% of overall electricity consumption in the United States. We examined strategies to address this consumption, and highlighted groundbreaking programs that are using innovative strategies to save money and reduce waste. A recording of the call will be posted soon.

Presenters:

  • Dale Doerr, Superintendent, City of Sheboygan Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Joseph Cantwell, Senior Energy Management, SAIC

September 25, 2012

On September 25, we learned about the USDA’s proposed Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan Program, which would allow rural utilities to borrow money from Rural Utility Service for energy efficiency projects and programs, including on-bill programs, dramatically increasing the potential for rural energy efficiency. A recording of the call will be posted soon.

Presenters:

  • Nivin Elgohary, Assistant Administrator, Rural Utilities Service Electric Program
  • Gerard Moore, Chief of the Energy Forecasting Branch, Rural Utilities Service
  • Jim Elliott, Acting Chief of the Program Analysis and Loan Management Staff, Rural Utilities Service
  • Chris Deisinger, Energy Foundation

September 11, 2012

On September 11, we received an update on the proposed residential PACE rule. We were joined by David Gabrielson, Executive Director of PaceNOW, who walked us through the proposed rule, provided analysis, and explained what advocacy efforts were underway to try to shape the outcome. A recording of the call will be posted soon.

Presenter:

  • David Gabrielson, Executive Director – PACENow

August 14, 2012

On August 14, we learned about the innovative approach to energy efficiency that the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority is taking. By performing many of the functions that a lot of energy programs contract for themselves, they function similarly to a public-purpose Energy Services Corporation.
Starting with a Better Buildings grant, they are working on more than $100 million of projects, with the goal of saving $20 million per year. They are doing this through a combination of financing tools and structures, including energy services agreements, tax equity, public private partnerships, revolving loan funds, equipment leases, bond debt, and energy special improvement districts. In addition to energy efficiency, projects include solar, wind, and biomass as well as brownfield remediation, economic development, and distributed, district utility and municipal power generation. A recording of the call can be accessed here.

Presenter:

  • Kevin Moyer, Executive Director – Energy Programs, Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority

July 31, 2012

On July 31 we jointly presented a call with the Emerald Cities Collaborative on Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds (QECBs). QECBS are a subsidized low-cost financing option for certain types of energy efficiency and clean energy projects. Recently issued IRS guidelines provide opportunities for QECBs to be used in creative ways, including pooling of smaller allocations and projects. A the time of the call $2 billion of QECB allocations remained unused nationwide. A recording of the call can be accessed here.

Presenters:

July 17, 2012

On July 17th we discussed how Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) implement some of the most successful energy efficiency programs in the country, profiling the work of Craft3 from the Pacific Northwest, and the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development, from Kentucky. A recording of the call can be accessed here.

Presenters:

June 19, 2012

On June 19th we featured one of the most successful residential energy efficiency programs in the country – Keystone HELP (Home Energy Loan Program). Since launching in 2006, they’ve issued 9,800 loans worth $67 million. We learned about their financing package, how they’ve very successfully partnered with contractors on marketing and outreach, and how they’re working to sell the loans to the secondary market. A recording of the call can be accessed here.

Presenters:

  • Keith Welks, Deputy State Treasurer for Fiscal Operations / Senior Advisor for Policy, Pennsylvania Treasury Department
  • Patrick Shaughnessy, Policy Analyst, Pennsylvania Treasury Department

June 5, 2012

On June 5, we were joined by two of the principal architects of one of the most innovative recent energy efficiency financing deals – Delaware’s Sustainable Energy Utility. The complication and challenge of finding affordable financing at sufficient scale is a primary reason that many government and institutional buildings haven’t been retrofitted. Delaware has taken the lead in solving this problem by creating a state finance facility to provide low-cost funds for departments and institutions to retrofit their buildings. The initial $67 million dollar fund they created, backed by newly-created energy efficiency revenue bonds, has already been fully spent. You can access a recording of the call here.

Presenters:

  • Trenton Allen, President, Sustainable Capital Advisors
  • John Byrne, Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy and Distinguished Professor of Energy & Climate Policy, University of Delaware

May 22, 2012

On May 22, 2012, we began to broaden our focus from energy efficiency in buildings, to include other strategies that build efficient, high-road cities. On this call, we focused on water efficiency, and how, as with energy efficiency, investing in green infrastructure can reduce environmental impact, save money, and create good jobs. You can access a recording of the call here.

Presenters:

  • Scott Bernstein, President, Center for Neighborhood Technology
  • Chris Crockett, Deputy Commissioner, Philadelphia Water Department

May 8, 2012

On May 8, 2012, we presented the results of the extensive recent analysis of savings potential, environmental impact, and job creation in the Building Retrofit Industry and Market, released by the Rockefeller Foundation and Deutsche Bank Climate Change Investment. Some of the conclusions: more than $279 billion could be invested in retrofitting the US market’s building stock. That investment could reduce energy consumption by as much as 30% economy-wide and yield as much as $1 trillion in savings over 10 years. Investing in retrofits at this scale would create 3.3 million job years of employment. This would reduce US total emissions by nearly 10%. You can access the full report here. Additional supplemental materials:
Executive Summary – Building Retrofit Industry and Market (BRIM) Market Research Scan
Slides - Building Retrofit Industry and Market (BRIM) Market Research Scan
Supplementary Data and Analysis by Segment – Building Retrofit Industry and Market (BRIM) Market Research Scan

You can access a recording of the call here.

Presenters:

  • John Cleveland, President, Innovation Network for Communities
  • Joel Rogers, Director, COWS
  • James Wolf, Energy & Environmental Consultant

April 24, 2012

On April 24, 2012, we explored international approaches to energy efficiency in buildings, with an emphasis on what the C40 cities are doing. We learned about their overall strategy, and then focused specifically on the work that is being done in London, where they’re embarking on a highly ambitious program to address their public and commercial building stock, following a successful pilot program. A recording of the call can be accessed here.

Presenter:

  • Jonathan Laski, Associate, Clinton Climate Initiative

April 10, 2012

On April 10, 2012, we looked at how the nation’s leading academic institutions are increasing the energy efficiency of their building stock. We got an overview of the characteristics that make this such a promising market and learned of national initiatives to try to increase the scale of investment in this segment, including the Billion Dollar Green Challenge.We’ll also heard from Brown University about their $20 million dollar energy efficiency investment program. Brown has a long history of working with the local community to use energy efficiency programs as a driver for job creation, and provides access to those jobs to participants in leading local training programs. You can access a recording of the call here.

Presenters:

  • Mark Orlowski, Executive Director, Sustainable Endowments Institute
  • Chris Powell, Director of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Initiatives, Brown University

March 27, 2012

PACE programs have tremendous potential to unlock investment in energy efficiency retrofits of commercial buildings. We’ll learn from the pioneers of this field how best to go about creating large scale retrofit programs for this market. PACE programs in Melbourne, Australia, San Francisco, and Los Angeles are featured. A recording of this call can be accessed here.

Presenters:

  • Cisco DeVries, President, Renewable Funding
  • Scott Henderson, Finance Director, Clinton Climate Initiative
  • Scott Bocskay, Chief Executive, Sustainable Melbourne Fund
  • Rich Chien, Program Manager, GreenFinanceSF
  • Dave Hodgins, President & CEO, Sustento Group

March 13, 2012

In the current economic climate, motivating middle-income homeowners to participate in energy efficiency programs is challenging. Homeowners are far less willing to use their home equity to finance home upgrades of any sort, and other forms of debt are unappealing. Middle-income households (defined as making between $32,500 and $72,500 annually) account for a full one-third of U.S. residential energy use, so reaching this segment is crucial to meeting energy efficiency goals. On March 13 we were joined by the lead researcher of Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory’s new report on how to deliver energy efficiency to middle-income households. They highlighted best practices from across the country, and will deliver their findings on messaging, marketing strategies, increasing access to capital, and reducing risk to participant households. We were also joined by one of the programs that has had the most success in reaching this market – the Center for Energy and Environment. You can access the Lawrence Berkeley team’s work here. Access a recording of the conversation here.

Presenters:

  • Mark Zimring, Senior Research Associate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Neely Crane-Smith, Communications Coordinator, Center for Energy and Environment

February 28, 2012

On February 28, 2012, we explored how energy efficiency retrofits to public and institutional buildings (the Municipal/State, School, University, Hospital or MUSH sector) can drive job creation. We presented strategies to maximize the number of high road jobs created, and what it takes to make these projects happen. You can access a report we prepared on the topic as part of the Big Ideas For Jobs series (coordinated by Berkeley’s Institute for Research on Labor and Employment and the Annie E. Casey foundation) here. You can access a recording of the call here.

Presenters:

  • Jason Geddes City of Reno
  • James Irwin, COWS
  • Satya Rhodes-Conway, COWS
  • Sarah White, COWS

February 14, 2012

On February 14, 2012, we re-examined the foundational premise of the Efficiency Cities Network – the High Road. We discussed how energy efficiency (and other) programs can help us achieve equity, environmental, and social goals. We looked at the foundations of high road programs, their political and economic underpinnings, and the practical strategies to pursue to make sure that programs implement these ideals. The federal court decision overturning a Responsible Employer Ordinance in Fall River, MA, mentioned on the call, can be accessed here. Research from The Construction Institute concerning prevailing wage laws is here. The Cornell report on the impact of unionization in the construction industry is here. The report on the  high road energy efficiency work of the Massachusetts Green Justice Coalition can be found here. A recording of the call can be accessed here.

Presenters:

  • Joel Rogers Director, Center on Wisconsin Strategy
  • Jeremy Hays, Chief Strategist for State and Local Initiatives, Green For All

January 31, 2012

On January 31, 2012, we learned about energy efficiency in hospitals, from top practitioners across the country and with the Department of Energy. The hospital and health care sector is responsible for 9% of US commercial energy use, and a full 8% of greenhouse gas emissions. We examined the unique challenges and opportunities that come with working in this sector. A recording of this call will be posted soon. You can find information on the behavior-change programs mentioned on the call here. Access a recording of the call here.

Presenters:

  • John D’Angelo, Senior Director for Facilities, Cleveland Clinic
  • Jeff Rich, Executive Director – Major Projects & Efficiency Improvement, Gundersen Lutheran Health System
  • Kristen Taddonio, Program Manager, US DOE Commercial Real Estate Energy Alliance

January 17, 2012

On January 17, 2012, we focused on the challenges and opportunities that come with doing energy efficiency retrofits in historic buildings. We examined some of the unique circumstances and regulations that these properties face, the special techniques required to retrofit them, and looked at how to incorporate these retrofits into other projects.We featured the Lowell, MA, Better Buildings program (built around the retrofit of their historical district), as part of our ongoing series featuring Better Buildings grantees. You can access a recording of this call here.

Presenters:

  • Richard Paradis, Program Director, National Institute of Building Sciences
  • Tom Heslin, Project Manager, Lowell MA Better Buildings Program
  • Todd Woekel, Construction Manager, City of Lowell, Massachusetts

January 3, 2012

On January 3, 2012, we held our annual Year in Review call. We examined the trends, developments, and challenges we encountered – and then looked forward to 2012. The report “Interactions between Energy Efficiency Programs funded under the Recovery Act and Utility Customer-Funded Energy Efficiency Programs” cited on the call can be located here. The presentation on the future of Public Benefit Fund funded energy efficiency programs can be found here. Thanks to Merrian for making them available. A recording of this call can be accessed here.

Presenters:

  • Scott Bernstein, President, Center for Neighborhood Technology
  • Merrian Goggio Borgeson, Principle Research Associate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Joel Rogers, Director, COWS

December 6, 2011

On December 6, 2012, we learned about an innovative approach to extending the impact of WAP being taken by Pittsburgh, and how they’ve planned for a post- ARRA future. We explored the work of the Coordinated Weatherization Campaign, and their success in generating strong demand for services, providing career opportunities to Pittsburgh residents, and supporting the contractor community in expanding their energy efficiency services beyond the WAP program. You can access a case study about the featured program here. A recording of this call can be accessed here.

Presenters:

  • Khari Mosely, Director of Green Economy Initiatives, GTECH Strategies
  • Lindsay Ruprecht, Sustainable Community Development Coordinator, Action Housing
  • Jeaneen Zappa, Sustainability Manager, Allegheny County

November 8, 2011

On November 8, 2011, we learned about Connecticut’s new Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (Green Bank). This innovative public-private partnership will leverage public funds to finance energy efficiency and clean energy projects. Created by a bipartisan vote, it will use its $50 million capitalization to address market segments that aren’t being served by private or government investment. A recording of this call can be accessed here.

Presenter:

  • Bryan Garcia, President, Connecticut Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority

October 25, 2011

On October 25, 2011, we learned about Miami and Sacramento’s commercial PACE programs. We explored how the implementation team connected the dots to strike one of the biggest deals to date in the energy efficiency world. With partners such as Barclays, Lockheed Martin, insurance companies, and contractors, our speakers from Carbon War Room and Ygrene removed barriers to large-scale investment. A recording of this call can be accessed here.

Presenters:

  • Murat Armbruster, Senior Advisor, Carbon War Room
  • Mike Lemyre, Director of Business Development, Ygrene Energy Fund

October 11, 2011

On October 11, 2011, we explored re-entry strategies for previously incarcerated individuals. Presenters on the call discussed the potential for the Green Economy to provide employment for re-entry workers and delved into best practices in re-employing workers transitioning back into the workforce. A recording of the presentation can be accessed here.

Presenters:

  • Katherine Daniel, Communities of Practice Program Manager, Green for All
  • John Mello, Green Projects Director, Baltimore Center for Green Careers, Civic Works Inc.

September 27, 2011

On September 27, 2011, we discussed the “Jevons Paradox,” alternatively known as the rebound effect. Frequently used as an argument against increasing energy efficiency, it is the proposition that an increase in efficiency translates into increased consumption (through both decreased cost and market growth), thereby negating the benefits of achieving efficiency in the first place. We discussed a recent NRDC paper on the topic and were joined by one of its authors. A recording of the presentation can be accessed here.

Presenters:

  • Sierra Martinez, Energy Attorney & Analyst, NRDC
  • Jonathan Koomey, Consulting Professor, Stanford University

August 30, 2011

On August 30, 2011, we learned about an innovative new financing program for Affordable Multifamily Housing properties – Green Refinance Plus. Created by Fannie Mae in partnership with the Federal Housing Authority (HUD), it allows owners of affordable rental housing properties to refinance into new mortgages that fund improvements in energy efficiency in addition to other needed property renovations. Fannie Mae and FHA will assume some of the risk on the new loans and permit owners to borrow more to make energy efficiency upgrades. A recording of the presentation can be accessed here.

Presenters:

  • Chrissa Pagitsas, Green Initiative Program Manager, Fannie Mae
  • Dana Bourland, Vice President of Green Initiatives, Enterprise Community Partners

August 16, 2011

On August 16, 2011 the ECN call was on the topic of Building Energy Transparency. The value of energy efficiency is rarely reflected in real estate transactions, primarily because a building’s energy use is rarely known. A number of U.S. cities have enacted building energy rating and disclosure policies to help the market to assess building energy performance and unlock significant new investment in energy efficiency. We reviewed energy disclosure policies, and explored a road-map for policymakers and advocates to guide the implementation of such policies. We also heard the industry perspective on disclosure policies and why they see them as important. You can access a recording of the presentation here.

Presenters:

  • Andrew Burr, Director, Building Energy Rating Program, Institute for Market Transformation
  • Dave Pogue, National Director of Sustainability, Institutional & Corporate Services, CB Richard Ellis
  • Elton Sherwin, Senior Managing Director, Ridgewood Capital

August 2, 2011

On August 2, 2011, the ECN call was on New York’s Green Jobs Green New York on-utility bill repayment law. On-utility bill repayment is one of the most promising strategies for financing energy efficiency retrofits, driving the market to scale, and creating good green jobs. New York’s law mandates utility participation, opening up the possibility of home retrofits to millions of middle- and lower-income homeowners. You can access a recording of the call here.

Presenters:

  • Dave Palmer, Center for Working Families
  • Emmaia Gelman, Laborers International Union
  • Eric Walker, PUSH Buffalo
  • Clarke Gocker, PUSH Buffalo

July 19, 2011

On July 19, 2011, our call was on Funding Training Programs in the Post-Stimulus Era. The Recovery Act invested an unprecedented amount in training displaced and unemployed workers for jobs in energy efficiency and other green sectors. As the funding period for Pathways Out of Poverty and other ARRA grant programs comes to a close, organizations that developed new curricula and training for jobs in a new economic sector must develop alternative funding strategies. You can access a recording of the call here.

Presenters:

  • Elizabeth Reynoso – Goodwill Industries International
  • Marylee Putnam – Goodwill of North Georgia, Inc.
  • Jodi Pincus – Rising Sun Energy Center

June 21, 2011

On June 21, 2011, our call featured the results of Community Labor United’s pilot programs. As convener of the Green Justice Coalition, Community Labor United (CLU) is running a campaign to change how utilities conduct residential energy efficiency. You can access a recording of the call here.

Presenters:

  • Karen Courtney, Director, Foundation for Fair Contracting
  • David Minasian, CLU Researcher
  • Jeremy Shenk, CLU Deputy Director
  • Mark Liu, Green Justice Organizer, Chinese Progressive Association

June 7, 2011

On June 7, 2011, our call focused on Commercial PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy). We learned about the status of the financing mechanism, where it’s being employed, and heard about San Francisco’s program. A recording of the call can be accessed here.

Presenters:

  • Mark Zimring, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Rich Chien, City of San Francisco

May 24, 2011

On May 24, 2011, we examined the role that the Building Trades Unions play in high-road construction markets. We’ve frequently discussed increased unionization and working with the labor community as a crucial high-road strategy, and have explored various aspects of this partnership in the past. However, we realize that the world of organized labor and the Building Trades remains opaque to many, and hope that this presentation on increased understanding of their structure and motivations will facilitate broader and deeper collaboration. A recording of the call can be found here.

Presenter:

  • Jeff Grabelsky, Director, Construction Industry Program at Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations

May 10, 2011

On May 10, 2011, we profiled the results of the California Workforce, Education, and Training Needs Assessment for Energy Efficiency, Distributed Generation and Demand Response, from the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at Berkeley. This comprehensive report provides recommendations on the strategies necessary to ensure that California has the requisite workforce to meet its energy efficiency goals moving forward. You can access the full report here. A recording of the call can be accessed here.

Presenters:

  • Carol Zabin, Donald Vial Center on Employment and the Green Economy
  • Jessica Halpern-Finnerty, Donald Vial Center on Employment and the Green Economy
  • Ellen Avis, Donald Vial Center on Employment and the Green Economy

April 26, 2011

On April 26, 2011, the ECN presentation was on the topic of Increasing Union Density in the Residential Energy Efficiency Market. We learned about LIUNAs OptiHome Alliance, and the efforts of other programs around the country, and heard from a contractor who has significantly increased business in the context of becoming signatory. You can access a recording of the call here, and view the OptiHome program brochure here.

Presenters:

  • Kevin Reilly, LiUNA! Campaign Director
  • Steve Schwartz, LiUNA! Field Coordinator
  • Emmaia Gelman, Center for Working Families
  • John Kelly, Advantage Weatherization

April 12, 2011

On April 12, 2011, we continued our ongoing series featuring DOE’s Better Buildings grantees, this time with the City of Indianapolis, and Neighborworks of Western Vermont. We learned about their overall program strategies, and then focused specifically on the work that they’re doing to reach low-income communities. You can access a recording of the call here.

Presenters:

  • Ludy Biddle, Neighborworks of Western Vermont
  • John Hazlett, City of Indianapolis

March 29, 2011

On March 29, 2011, the topic of the ECN call was Supporting Minority Contractors. We looked at what programs can do to support minority and women-owned contracting firms who are interested in entering this field – creating jobs for those who in many instances need them most. You can access a recording of the call here.

Presenters:

  • Tony Jones, Metropolitan Contractor Improvement Partnership
  • Andy Rachlin,Philadelphia Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development
  • Carletta Waddler, Sustainable Training Services

March 15, 2011

On March 15, 2011, we explored ways to combine the implementation of energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy generation. There are many potential benefits to co-installing efficiency improvements and renewables, yet frequently programs concentrate on either energy efficiency alone, or renewable energy alone. On this call we discussed the barriers (and how to overcome them) to adding renewable generation to energy efficiency projects, or enhancing renewable programs with energy efficiency. You can access a recording of the presentation here.

Presenters:

  • Sammy Chu, Long Island Green Homes
  • Ben Tarbell, Solar City
  • Cisco DeVries, Renewable Funding

March 1, 2011

On March 1st we examined the role that Energy Disclosure and Labeling ordinances can play in driving demand for energy efficiency retrofits, specifically focusing on the commercial sector. We learned about the programs of Washington DC and San Francisco. You can access a recording of the call here.

Presenters:

Andrew Burr, Institute for Market Transformation
Stella Tarnay, Washington DC
Barry Hooper, San Francisco
Chris Pendley, Boland

February 15, 2011

On February 15 we reviewed technical assistance resources available to energy efficiency retrofit programs around the country, looking at DOE’s TAP resources and others. You can access a recording of the call here.

Presenters:

Molly Lunn, Department of Energy
Joel Rogers, COWS

February 1, 2011

On February 1, 2011, we spoke with leading practitioners in the MUSH (Municipal, University, School, Hospital) sector. We learned about DOEs Energy Star Portfolio Manager Program, heard from DOE about financing options, and got specific examples of how this work can be done from Forth Worth, Texas. You can access a recording of this call here.

Presenters:

Leslie Cook, EPA
Mark Johnson, DOE
Sam Steele, Forth Worth, TX

January 18, 2011

On January 18, 2011, we examined the new FHA PowerSaver Loan program. You can access a recording of the presentation here.

Presenters:

Patricia McBarron, HUD
Chuck Laven, Forsyth Street Investors

January 4, 2011

On January 4, 2011, we focused the call on reviewing the events of 2010 in the Energy Efficiency world, and taking a look forward at what we might expect in 2011. You can access a recording of the presentation here.

Presenters:

Scott Bernstein, CNT
Joel Rogers, COWS

November 30, 2010

On November 30, 2010, the topic of the call was Data Systems and Software: Getting to the Investment Grade Audit. We convened a panel of industry-leading experts and discussed Customer Acquisition Systems, Building Labeling, Contractor Tools, Quality Assurance, Data Aggregation, and finally putting it all together with scalable and interoperable data systems built on Home Performance XML. You can access a recording of the presentation here. Background information on HP XML can be viewed here.

Presenters:

Matt Golden, Recurve
Scott Case, EnergySavvy.com
Robin LeBaron, National Home Performance Council
Greg Thomas, Performance Systems Consulting

November 9, 2010

On November 9, 2010, we focused on how DOE Better Buildings grantees Phoenix AZ, Kansas City MO, and Omaha, NE are implementing geographically targeted energy efficiency programs in Green Zones. You can access a full recording of the presentations here.

You can view the “Energize Phoenix” video introducing that project here.

Presenters:

Gerald Shechter, Kansas City, MO
Kristi Wamstad-Evans, City of Omaha, NE
Susan Hyatt and Dimitrios Laloudakis, City of Phoenix, AZ

October 26 2010

On October 26, 2010, Green For All hosted a call on High Road Agreements. You can access a recording of that call here.

Presenters:

Julian Gross, Community Benefits Law Center
Pam Fendt, LIUNA Great Lakes Region Organizing Committee
Christie Baumel, Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment
Jeremy Hays, Green For All

October 12, 2010

On October 12, 2010, we learned about how Public Benefit Funds (sometimes called System Benefits Charges) can support energy efficiency retrofits. Many states around the country have these funds (a dedicated percentage of utility revenue) used to encourage energy efficiency. We’ll look at how the money is used, and examine the broader policy context of these programs. Click here for a recording of the presentation.

Presenters:

Dan York, ACEEE
Karen Villeneuve,
NYSERDA
Monica Curtis,
Focus on Energy, Wisconsin
Jim Grevatt,
Vermont Energy Investment Corporation

September 28, 2010

On September 28, 2010, we learned about Home Performance Social Enterprises. We learned how these enterprises work to integrate social, economic, and environmental benefits into their efficiency retrofit business plans. Click here for a recording of the call.

Presenters:

John Mello, EnergyReady / Civic Works, Baltimore, MD
Alan Hipólito
, VerdeEnergy, Portland, OR
Khaia McGill
, Rising Sun Energy Services, Berkeley, CA

September 14, 2010

On September 14, 2010, we featured better buildings grantees San Antonio and Boulder in a discussion of their outreach strategies, focusing specifically on the innovative outreach strategies they’re implementing, including grassroots community-based efforts and the “Two Techs and a Truck” strategy. Click here for a recording of the presentation.

Presenters:

Ann Livingston, Boulder
Liza Meyer, San Antonio
Robert Young, San Antonio

August 31, 2010

On August 31, 2010, we invited a panel of experts to discuss ways in which innovative companies and programs are integrating social media and new technologies into energy efficiency programs, to drive demand and support marketing strategies. Click here for a recording of the presentation.

Presenters:

David Burd, EarthAid
Andy Frank, Efficiency 2.0
Mike Schmidt, GolinHarris

August 3, 2010

On August 3, 2010, we discussed legislation that authorizes different types of PACE programs in Maine and New Hampshire and what these bills might mean for PACE nationwide. In addition, both states received Retrofit Ramp-up awards, so we heard about those programs and how they are shaping up.

Click here for a recording of the presentation with slides. Click here to view the slides in pdf format.

Presenters:

Ben Frost, New Hampshire Housing
Eric Steltzer, NH Office of Energy and Planning
Dana Fischer, Efficiency Maine
Cliff Ginn and Rob Brown, Opportunity Maine

Materials:
New Hampshire PACE Summary

July 20, 2010

On July 20, 2010, we discussed how an integrated approach can deliver all the benefits of energy retrofitting (e.g., energy savings, good jobs, pollution reduction, and increased comfort) while creating healthier communities, reaching more consumers, and creating a new network of program partners that can carry the green and healthy homes message.

Click here for a recording of the presentation with slides. Click here to view the slides in pdf format.

Presenters:

Ruth Ann Norton, Green and Healthy Homes Initiative, Baltimore
Alice Kennedy, Baltimore Neighborhood Energy Challenge
Dan Curry, Manager of Community Sustainability, City of Greensboro

July 06, 2010

On July 6, 2010, we discussed the FHFA and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s recent guidance regarding PACE financing programs. Click here for an audio recording of the call. Click here for the most recent guidance from FHFA.

We have assembled a list of correspondence and coverage relating to this ongoing issue. You can access it here.

Presenters:

Cisco DeVries, Renewable Funding
Kathy Larocque, Sonoma County
Ken Alex, Office of California Attorney General
Tricia Russell, Office of Congressman Israel

June 22, 2010

On June 22, 2010, we reconvened most of our panel from June 8th to continue our discussion of marketing energy efficiency retrofits. Click here to listen to a recording of the conversation.

Presenters:

Bryan Garcia, Program Director of the Center for Business and the Environment, Yale University
Kerry O’Neill, President and CEO, Earth Markets LLC.
Dorian Dale, Energy Director and Sustainability Officer, Town of Babylon

June 8, 2010

On June 8th, 2010, we convened a roundtable discussion to examine the challenges of marketing energy efficiency retrofits in the residential market, co-hosted by Dorian Dale of Long Island Green Homes. We examined cutting-edge practices to move beyond the early adopter market and ensure maximum market penetration. Click here for a recording of the presentation with slides, and see here for just the slides.

Presenters:

Mike Rogers, Senior Vice President, Green Homes America
Matt Golden, President, Founder, and Chief Building Scientist, Recurve
Bryan Garcia, Program Director of the Center for Business and the Environment, Yale University
Kerry O’Neill, President and CEO, Earth Markets LLC.
Dorian Dale, Energy Director and Sustainability Officer, Town of Babylon

May 25, 2010

On May 25, we discussed the future of the residential retrofit sector. We looked at where we are now, how the sector may possibly evolve, and what we can do to make sure it doesn’t become a fragmented market with prevalent low-road jobs. We looked at increasing union density in the sector as a specific strategy to shape the future of the market. Click here for a recording of the presentation and slideshow.

Presenters:
David Weil, Harvard University and Boston University
Mike Monahan, IBEW Local 103, Boston

Materials:
Thoughts on a Green Industrial Relations System for Construction by David Weil.

May 11, 2010

On May 11, we held our second call focused on the results of the retrofit ramp-up grants. We featured the successful Portland, OR and Michigan applications. Click here to view the presentation.

Presenters:
Derek Smith, Portland
Sally Talberg, Michigan Saves
Jeff Williams, Michigan Saves

April 27, 2010

On April 27, 2010, we discussed the results of the Retrofit Ramp-Up grants. We featured Seattle’s successful application, and checked in with Babylon regarding their plans for moving forward without additional DOE funding.  Click here to view the slideshow with an audio recording of the call.

Presenters:
Dorian Dale, Town of Babylon
Amanda Eichel, City of Seattle
Mike Mann, Cyan Strategies

April 13, 2010

On April 13, 2010, we discussed what scale energy efficiency program is necessary to achieve equity. We featured the work of the Chicago Jobs Council to analyze their labor market and training programs. Click here to view the slideshow with an audio recording of the call.

Presenter:
Meghann Moses, Chicago Jobs Council

March 30, 2010

On March 30, 2010 we discussed Getting Creative with Financing. We specifically examined alternatives to EECBG competitive round financing. Click here to view the slideshow with an audio recording of the call.

Presenters:
Bret Kadison, US Department of Energy
Michael Brown, Harcourt Brown Energy & Finance
Bruce B. Lindsey, Johnson Controls Inc.

March 2, 2010

On March 2, 2010 we discussed Pre-Retrofit Repairs. Click here to view the slideshow with an audio recording of the call.

Presenters:
Raynette Trent, City of Oakland
John Fitzhugh, City of Oakland
Jan Stenlund, Social Development Commission, Milwaukee
Vincent Montgomery, Social Development Commission, Milwaukee
Marshall Johnson, Conservation Services Group, Portland
Matthew Iacovone, Conservation Services Group, Portland

Materials:
Efficiency Cities Network Presentation

February 16, 2010

On February 16, 2010 we discussed Working with CAP agencies. Click here to view the slideshow with an audio recording of the call.

Presenters:
John Edwards, National Community Action Partnership
Don Mathis, National Community Action Partnership
Antonio Pizano, MAAC Project
Karim Bouris, MAAC Project
Pam Fendt, Citizen Action Wisconsin

Materials:
Efficiency Cities Presentation

February 2, 2010

On February 2, 2010 we discussed HomeStar, BuildingStar and other upcoming federal energy efficiency programs. Click here for an audio recording of the presentation.

Presenters:
Bracken Hendricks, Center for American Progress
Jeff Rickert, AFL-CIO Center for Green Jobs

Materials:
Efficiency Cities Presentation
Davis Bacon Weatherization Rates
Davis-Bacon for Individual Homeowners: DOE State Energy Program Notice, EECBG and Appliance Rebate Program Notice

January 19, 2010

On January 19, 2010 we reviewed what happened in 2009 in the energy efficiency world, and previewed what we could expect in 2010. Click here to view the slideshow with an audio recording of the presentation.

Presenters:
Joel Rogers, Center on Wisconsin Strategy
Scott Bernstein, Center for Neighborhood Technology

Materials:
Livable Communities Act: Description and Text of the Bill

December 8, 2009

On December 8, 2009 we discussed state enabling legislation for energy efficiency programs. Click here to view the slideshow with an audio recording of the presentation.

Presenters:
Rep. Jules Bailey, Oregon State Legislature
Bryan McDaniel, Illinois Citizens Utility Board
Emmaia Gelman, Center for Working Families, NY

Materials:
Efficiency Cities Presentation
Oregon Bill
New York Bill
Illinois Bill

November 10, 2009

On November 10, 2009 we discussed qualifying measures for inclusion in energy efficiency retrofit programs. An audio recording of the slideshow will be posted soon.

Presenters:
Sammy Chu, Long Island Green Homes
Jerritt Gluck, Long Island Green Homes

Will Bradshaw, Green Coast Enterprises
Karley Francik, Green Coast Enterprises

Materials:
Efficiency Cities Presentation

October 27, 2009

On October 27, 2009 we discussed using municipal bonds to support energy efficiency projects. Click here to view the slideshow with an audio recording of the presentation.

Presenters:
Ann Livingston, Boulder County
Trenton Allen, Citigroup

Materials:
Efficiency Cities Presentation
Policy Framework for PACE financing programs
Recovery Through Retrofit report
Boulder’s Climatesmart program

October 13, 2009

On October 13, we discussed grassroots involvement and community organizing. Click here to view the slideshow with an audio recording of the presentation.

Presenters:
John Lauer, The DC Project
Elsa Barboza, SCOPE LA
Lisa Clauson, Community Labor United

Materials:
Efficiency Cities Presentation

September 29, 2009

On September 29, we held an open roundtable discussion on progress to date and lessons learned, featuring key cities. Click here to view the slideshow with an audio recording of the presentation.

Materials:
Efficiency Cities Presentation

September 15, 2009

On September 15, we discussed aggregating properties to achieve scale. Click here to view the slideshow with an audio recording of the presentation.

Presenters:
Brewster McCracken, Pecan Street Project
Steve Gelb, SustainableWorks

Materials:
Efficiency Cities Presentation

September 1, 2009

On September 1, we discussed overcoming the split incentive and reaching renters. Click here to view the slideshow with an audio recording of the presentation.

Presenters:
David Pogue, CB Richard Ellis
Michael Volker, Midwest Energy
John Kuberra, HSBC

Materials:
Efficiency Cities Presentation

August 4, 2009

On August 4, we discussed how to determine metrics for success. Click here to view the slideshow with an audio recording of the presentation.

Presenters:
Anne Evens, Center for Neighborhood Technology
Jeff Perlman, Bright Power
John Picard, Zero Plus

Materials:
Efficiency Cities Presentation

July 21, 2009

On July 21, we discussed the function and role of the coordinating entity. Click here to view the slideshow with an audio recording of the presentation.

Presenters:
Cal Broomhead, City of San Francisco
Steve Burrington, Serrafix
Blair Hamilton, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
Steve Morgan, Clean Energy Solutions

Materials:
Efficiency Cities Presentation
Laborers Letters to the Governors
Laborers Weatherization Proposal
Laborers Weatherization Training Program

July 7, 2009

On July 7, we discussed ways to market and promote city-scale energy efficiency retrofit programs. Click here to view the slideshow with an audio recording of the presentation.

Presenters:
Alex Laskey, President and Founder of Positive Energy
Rob Quarles, Energy Efficiency Administrator for the City of Houston, Residential Energy Efficiency Program

Materials:
Efficiency Cities Presentation

June 23, 2009

On June 23, we discussed pathways to apprenticeship. Click here to view the slideshow with an audio recording of the presentation.

Presenters:
Bob Pleasure, Education Director at AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department
Dorothy Stoneman, Founder and President of YouthBuild USA
Andrew Cortés, Director of Building Futures

Materials:
Efficiency Cities Presentation

Additional Reading:
About Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership/Big Step and our Center of Excellence
Building Trades: Multi-Craft Core Curriculum

June 9, 2009

On June 9, we discussed private funding. Click here to view the slideshow with an audio recording of the presentation.

Presenters:
Aaron Berg, Principal and Founder of Blue Tree Strategies
David Brown, Partner and General Counsel at CChange Investments
Jonathan Naimon, Co-Founder and President of Light Green Advisors

Materials:
The presentations are combined in the document below. Click on the “Efficiency Cities Presentation” link to download.
Efficiency Cities Presentation

May 26, 2009

On May 26, we discussed cost recovery and billing options. Click here to view the slideshow with an audio recording of the presentation.

Presenters:
Cisco DeVries, President of Renewable Funding
Rob Ozar, Manager of Electric Operations at Michigan Public Service Commission

Materials:
Efficiency Cities Presentation
“City FIRST” Presentation – Cisco DeVries
Renewable Funding Brochure – Cisco DeVries
“Michigan Saves, Inc.” Chart – Rob Ozar

May 12, 2009

On May 12, we discussed project labor agreements, community benefit agreements, and building career pathways. Click here to view the slideshow with an audio recording of the presentation.

Presenters:
Dave Sickler, State Director of UCLA California Construction Academy
Kathleen Mulligan-Hansel, Director of Research and Communications at Partnership for Working Families
Howard Greenwich, Research Director at Puget Sound Sage

Materials:
Efficiency Cities Presentation
Presentation from CRA/LA

April 28, 2009

On April 28, we discussed ARRA programs to support retrofit projects, focusing on the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program. Click here to view the slideshow with an audio recording of the presentation.

Presenters:
Dorian Dale, Energy Director for the Town of Babylon
Dana Kenney, Assistant Commissioner of the Energy Division for the City of Chicago
Kevin McCarty, Assistant Executive Director for the U.S. Conference of Mayors

Materials:
Efficiency Cities Presentation
Presentation from Dana Kenney of the City of Chicago

April 14, 2009

On April 14, we launched the ECN webinar series. Click here to view the slideshow with an audio recording of the presentation.

Materials:
Proposed ECN Topics
Presentation from Radhika Fox of Policy Link
Bringing Home the Green Recovery