10:00 am10:00

LARC Quarterly Member Meeting

  • Los Angeles Clean Tech Incubator

The member meeting will review the recent release of the LARC’s Climate Adaptation and Planning of the Framework Document, provide updates about sustainability plans in the region, updates on the States’s climate programs and more.

10:00 am10:00

November Membership Meeting- A Primer on the Grid

  • LA County Metro

LARC Monthly Membership Meeting

This is a meeting you don't want to miss! Eric Fournier, PhD, postdoctoral fellow at the UCLA California Center for Sustainable Communities will be providing an informational primer on the electric grid. The information will be tailored for distributed energy advocates and others working in this field. Come learn from one of the region's experts and ask all the questions you have about how the grid works. More information on the talk and Dr. Fournier is below.

The Grid: An Informational Primer for Distributed Renewable Energy (DRE) Advocates

Introduction and Overview: Discuss major grid infrastructure components and network topology. Discuss basic scientific and engineering concepts relating to the large scale generation an distribution of alternating current electric power.

Power Quality Issues: Discuss the relationship between real, reactive, and apparent power. Discuss the role of reactive power in the distribution of electricity on the existing grid. Discuss the effects of reactive power supply deficits on grid frequency, voltage, and apparent power levels. Discuss different potential solutions available to resolve power quality issues introduced by increased levels of DRE penetration.

Power Quantity Issues: Discuss the intermittency characteristics of different DRE generation technologies. Discuss the different potential solutions available for storing intermittently generated power. Discuss the different physical and performance characteristics of these various storage solutions. Discuss the mapping of different storage solutions to the need for different energy system services.

Eric Fournier, PhD

Dr. Fournier's specialty is in the application of quantitative geographic methods to the study of regional energy and water system dynamics. His current research focus is on the identification of potential vulnerabilities to the electric power grid in Southern California stemming from the interacting effects of global climate change, electrification of the automotive transportation fleet, and increased adoption of distributed renewable energy generation technologies. Eric has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Bucknell University, a Master’s degree in Environmental Science from Yale FES, a Master’s degree in Geography UCSB, and a PhD in Environmental Informatics UCSB’s Bren School


Parking/Transportation: Parking is available on-site in the Metro garage, $2/hr or $6 unlimited. Alternatively, public transport is convenient, and Union Station is steps away.

9:30 am09:30

Small Businesses: Make Your Property Energy Efficient While Protecting Your Cash Flow!

Free Webinar


A panel of investment and energy experts will explore emerging financing products and program models for commercial energy efficiency projects, with a focus on the small and medium-sized commercial building sector.

Speakers will give their perspectives on specific tools or approaches available to business owners to address and overcome barriers to implementing energy efficiency projects. Market research shows that businesses that improve energy use have higher employee productivity, attendance rates and credibility with their customers. Ample time will be set for questions and group discussion.

Specific Topics

  • Leveraging the Investor Confidence Project as a standardized approach to developing Investor Ready Energy Efficiency™ (IREE) projects
  • New changes to PG&E’s On-bill Financing Program
  • The current state of commercial PACE, and new micro-finance offerings

Panel of Experts

  • Matt Golden, Investor Confidence Project (ICP)
  • Noah Proser, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)
  • Richard Chien, San Francisco Department of the Environment

Clean Energy Financing Advisory Council (CEFAC) events are for energy improvement contractors, local government staff, lending institution reps, financial experts, real estate professionals and others interested in cross-sector collaboration.

You can register here.

CEFAC is focused on enhancing awareness of innovative energy project financing to help stimulate the California clean energy marketplace.

CEFAC is facilitated by the Center for Sustainable Energy through a partnership with Energy Upgrade California® and the Department of Energy SunShot Initiative.

10:00 am10:00

LARC October Membership Meeting

  • LA County Metro Headquarters

Please join George Ban-Weiss, PhD (USC), Craig Tranby (LADWP), David Fink (Climate Resolve) and fellow LARC members to discuss urban heat island in Los Angeles.

George Ban-Weiss will begin the discussion by providing a summary of his research group’s policy-relevant heat island research for Los Angeles. He will discuss the climate impacts of heat mitigation strategies from neighborhood to global scale, the impact of the urban heat island on temperatures in Los Angeles, the potential for cool roofs to counter the urban heat island and future climate change in Los Angeles, and the local climate impacts of adopting drought tolerant vegetation.

Following Dr. Ban-Weiss, Craig Tranby (LADWP) and David Fink (Climate Resolve) will share information on the opportunities and challenges for mitigating urban heat island in Los Angeles. LARC staff will also provide an update on The Framework. The meeting will culminate with a rich and lively discussion among members.

Sep 8

2nd CA Adapatation Forum

Join us for the 2nd CAF, bringing together a diverse audience of local, regional, and state leaders committed to addressing CA's adaptation needs. 

The Forum will feature a series of plenaries wiht high level government and business leaders, a variety of breakout sessions on essential adaptation topics, regional project tours highlighting adaptation efforts in SoCal, and pre-forum workshops on tools and strategies for implementing adaptation solutions. 

Learn more at

9:00 am09:00

7th Annual Women in Green Forum

The Women in Green Forum (WIGF) has emerged as the premier conference series highlighting women’s impact on the environmental industry. 

The 7th Annual Women in Green Forum (WIGF) will convene leaders in the environmental movement, drawing an international audience of sustainability experts including academic researchers, CSR executives, energy analysts, and technology developers. The WIGF also appeals to regulatory agencies involved in developing policies and legislation surrounding green technologies for the private and public sectors. This is an opportunity for sustainability professionals from all sectors to share ideas and create lasting partnerships. 

More than your average conference, the 2016 WIGF will incorporate keynotes, panels, and interactive workshops around the theme “Business as (Un)Usual: Where Purpose Meets Profit”. In addition to featuring sessions about sustainability in business, throughout the day attendees will have the opportunity to hear from presenters and exhibitors in ‘Mind,’ ‘Body,’ and ‘Lifestyle’ themed breakout rooms that call attention to personal environmental consciousness. 

For event information, visit:

Date and Time: Wednesday August 31, 2016 | 9:00am – 6:00pm PT

Location: Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel, 11461 Sunset Blvd, Los Angles, CA 90049

Event Host: Three Squares Inc. 

Price: $80 - $250

Mar 10

Climate Leadership Conference

  • Seattle, WA

The Climate Leadership Conference is dedicated to professionals addressing global climate change through policy, innovation, and business solutions.

This event gathers forward-thinking leaders from business, government, academia, and the non-profit community to explore energy and climate solutions, introduce new opportunities, and provide support to leaders taking action on climate change.

The Climate Leadership Conference convenes around U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's prestigious Climate Leadership Awards and is hosted by The Climate Registry, and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, with U.S. EPA as the event's headline sponsor.

Register here:

9:00 am09:00

The Business of Local Energy Symposium

  • San Jose, CA

Creating the Clean Energy Economy: Optimizing Community Choice

The Center for Climate Protection is organizing its second all-day Business of Clean Energy Symposium to accelerate California’s shift to a clean energy economy, driven by local government and business. The Symposium provides a forum to exchange ideas about Community Choice Energy programs and to learn about current energy policy, regulations, markets, and technology.

Learn more HERE:

8:30 am08:30

Local Energy Symposium: Creating the Clean Energy Economy

The Center for Climate Protection is organizing its second all-day Business of Clean Energy Symposium to accelerate California’s shift to a clean energy economy, driven by local government and business. The Symposium provides a forum to exchange ideas about Community Choice Energy programs and to learn about current energy policy, regulations, markets, and technology.

Learn more HERE:

7:00 pm19:00

LMU Speaker Series: Laudato Si': A Prophetic Challenge for the 21st Century

Fr. Sean McDonagh, SSC, a member of the Irish region of the Columban missionary priests, is one of the many experts Pope Francis consulted while shaping his environmental encyclical on the care for our common home, Laudato Si’. 

He is an internationally recognized eco-theologian, author, lecturer, and consultant to Catholic Church leadership, the World Council of Churches, governments and civil society organizations. He works to raise awareness on the connections between justice and peace issues, environmental sustainability and faith. He is an outspoken critic of policies that allow for the systematic degradation of the environment, linking them to global poverty and the increased suffering of the poor. 

Fr. McDonagh is the author of numerous articles and eleven books and volumes including Climate Change: The Challenge to All of Us (2006), Dying for Water (2003), Passion for the Earth (1995), Greening the Church (1990), and To Care for the Earth (1985). He highlights the causes and consequences of issues such as global warming, genetically engineered food, water pollution, the nuclear industry and loss of biodiversity. He is a patron of Christian Ecology Link and writes a weekly column in The Universe Catholic newspaper. Fr. Sean McDonagh was invited speakers by Pope Francis at the Vatican conference on climate change.

In July of 2015, Fr. Sean McDonagh, SSC was invited to present at the high-level Vatican conference, "People and planet first: the imperative to change course" organized by the Pontifical Council "Justice and "Peace" and CIDSE, an international network of Catholic non-governmental development organizations.  He presented alongside Cardinal Kodwo Appiah Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace, and Naomi Klein among others.


8:30 am08:30

Webinar: CA Clean Energy Financing Advisory Council: Kick-off Event

The Clean Energy Financing Advisory Council is an impartial forum focused on enhancing awareness, education and innovation of energy project financing throughout California to help stimulate the clean energy marketplace.

This first in a series of traveling events will explore current and future financing models that enable residential and commercial property decision-makers to successfully upgrade their buildings and infrastructure with energy improvement projects. Throughout 2016-2017, the council will explore a variety of topics and themes that connect financial institutions with industry and government stakeholders to explore how financing can remove many of the barriers holding back consumer participation in energy improvement projects in California.

These events are for local government officials, financial experts, energy improvement contractors, real estate professionals and others interested in collaborating across sectors.


Feb 13

New Partners For Smart Growth Conference

  • Portland, OR

The 2016 New Partners Conference is heading back west to Portland, internationally recognized as one of the most walkable, bikeable and transit-friendly “green” cities in the world. The starting point of countless model innovations in smart growth, sustainability and public engagement, the Portland region is also an environmental wonderland – even if it rains a lot! – and has one of the nation’s best urban parks and trails systems.

Learn more & register HERE:

11:00 am11:00

LMU Speaker Series: Naomi Klein Lecture, This Changes Everything

NAOMI KLEIN is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the New York Times and #1 international bestseller, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. Published worldwide in 2007, The Shock Doctrine is being published in 30 languages and has over a million copies in print. It appeared on multiple ‘best of year’ lists including as a New York Times Critics’ Pick of the Year. Rachel Maddow called The Shock Doctrine, "The only book of the last few years in American publishing that I would describe as a mandatory must-read.”

Her critically acclaimed new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate, is the 2014 winner of the prestigious Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. An instant bestseller when published in September 2014, it debuted at #5 on the New York Times list and was named to multiple Best of 2014 lists, including the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2014. It was also shortlisted for the 2015 PEN Literary Awards in the nonfiction category. This Changes Everything is being translated into over 20 languages. 

In July of 2015, Naomi Klein was invited by the Vatican to present at the high-level conference, "People and planet first: the imperative to change course" organized by the Pontifical Council "Justice and "Peace" and CIDSE, an international network of Catholic non-governmental development organizations.  She presented alongside Cardinal Kodwo Appiah Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace, and Fr. Sean McDonagh, SSC among others.


1:00 pm13:00

Webinar: SeaGrant Coastal Storm Model Results for the OC Region

Initial 100 year storm results from the U.S. Geological Survey’s Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS) are now available for the Orange County region. FloodRISE and the Sustainability Initiative at UC Irvine, in partnership with USC Sea Grant, is offering a free webinar in which Dr. Patrick Barnard, Coastal Geologist at USGS, will provide an overview on the CoSMoS model and the sea level rise and coastal storms projections for our Orange County coastline.

Space is limited. Please register by January 15, 2016 at

For more information, please contact Kim Serrano at


Jan 21

Project Design & Evaluation FREE 2-Day Course

  • TreePeople Center for Community Forestry

Coastal resource managers, local decision-makers, and outreach and education professionals are invited to attend this FREE, twoday NOAA Office for Coastal Management-led course. This interactive workshop provides the knowledge, skills, and tools to design and implement projects that have measurable impacts on the intended target. Participants will learn how to increase project effectiveness by applying a systems approach to designing a new project or re-assessing an existing project. This approach helps build in accountability, reveal assumptions, create a targeted effort, think strategically, and better articulate the impacts on the issue. Space is very limited. Register ASAP to secure your spot. Lunch included. Registration closes January 6th.


10:00 am10:00

CA Partnerships for Cap-and-Trade Success Forum

  • SCAG Main Office

SCAG invites you to the second regional forum on competitive grant funding from cap and trade revenues. Following on the success of a summer workshop, this event will assist applicants seeking funding in the near term for transformative projects implementing Southern CA's regional and local plans. We will delve into Sustainable Agricultural Land Conservation and Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities. 

To RSVP, please visit:

Video conference options will be available. 

12:30 pm12:30

Webinar: SB 350 and AB 802- Impacts and Implications for Local Governments

Please join the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative (SEEC) on Thursday, December 3rd from 12:30-1:30 for a webinar on SB 350 and AB 802, featuring CEC Commissioner Andrew McAllister and Commissioner David Hochschild. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from CEC leadership about these new laws and how they fit in with the State's overall energy goals, learn about how these laws will impact local governments, and ask questions.

Register HERE:

12:00 pm12:00

ARCCA Learning Session: Building Business Resiliency

A growing number of major global companies are assessing the risks posed by climate change, but many still struggle to translate climate data into actions to improve resilience. Join the Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation (ARCCA) for a Learning Session where we will dive into an exciting business resiliency project being undertaken in the Capital region, a new report that lays out strategies for companies to build resilience, and a case study of a large California-based company and what they're doing to respond to climate change. The webinar will feature Valley Vision's Business Resiliency Initiative with Meg Arnold, The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions' (C2ES) Weathering the Storm Report with Katy Maher, and a case study from PG&E with Christopher Benjamin. Participants will learn about key findings and recommendations from these projects, how businesses think about climate change, and how to engage businesses to build resilience.

Register HERE:

9:30 am09:30

San Bernardino: OPR General Plan Guidelines Updates Workshop

OPR will be holding multiple community outreach events throughout California during the public comment period for the draft GPG update. Planners, practitioners, and community members are invited to attend and learn about the updated guidelines, ask questions, and share their feedback. Check back for upcoming dates, or join our email list to be informed when events are scheduled.

Register Here:

9:30 am09:30

San Bernardino - General Plan Guidelines Draft: Community Outreach Session

Come join the Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR) in a discussion about the draft General Plan Guidelines update. Learn about what has changed and how we hope to continue improving the draft, share your comments and questions, and help us create a useful resource to serve the needs of California's communities.

Register here: