July 2, 2023
The 14th Annual California Climate and Energy Forum was held June 13-14, 2023 in Santa Rosa, California. The theme of the forum was Investment, Innovation, and Inclusion: Locals Leading a Clean Energy, Climate-Stable Future for All.
This year saw our audience grow to over 400, representing 119 cities across California. The forum engaged a diverse audience with 34% of attendees being under 35, 48% being BIPOC (up from 41% in 2022), and 62% being women. 57 scholarship recipients were able to attend due to registration and travel scholarships. The organizations represented were also diverse across sectors, with 37% of participants representing a city or county, 24% coming from a nonprofit organization, 13% being a private sector business, 7% representing a CCA or utility, and the remainder coming from other agencies, academia, and more!
The forum featured 91 different speakers across 3 plenary sessions, 20 breakout sessions, and 8 posters presented during an evening reception. Throughout the forum, both the plenary and breakout sessions aimed to foster meaningful conversations around the pressing equity concerns facing California in our ongoing energy transition. Topics covered include electrification, energy efficiency, clean energy, equitable decarbonization, environmental justice, community engagement and community driven-action, electric vehicles, building codes and standards, and more!
Additional activities included a mentorship program where 30 people participated as either mentors or mentees, and a policymakers lunch.
The presentations shared at the forum and other resources are available on our website!
Participants came from all over California!
“The CCEC Forum is an inspiring and engaging conference to learn from local leaders driving the clean energy transition in California. This is where climate and energy champions connect on the most pressing issue of our time providing insights into what it takes to move the needle to a low-carbon economy.“
– Hannah Kornfeld, Ascent
“CCEC is a must-attend conference for local government climate and sustainability professionals and one I always make sure to put on my calendar.”
– Anonymous 2023 Attendee
“The CCEC Forum fills a crucial need for local governments, community organizations and local leaders of all kinds to share experience and wisdom toward creating a more just, resilient and sustainable future. This future is being built today from the bottom up, through the efforts of local leaders focused on meeting the real needs and priorities of their communities. But we can’t just work in isolation. We need effective, inclusive venues to come together, share strategies and learnings, and support one another. The CCEC Forum facilitates both valuable networking and great fun.”
– Lorenzo Kristov, Electric System Policy
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