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Hello CELC members, 

This month I hit the road to meet with local governments to discuss their current energy efficiency focus and resiliency actions.  The City of Houston provided me a tour of their centralized permitting facility with solar panels.  If you have an opportunity visit the City of Houston Green Building Resource Center it is open to the public.

In this newsletter, there are scholarship opportunities, what we are listening to, and job opportunities .

All the best,

Shaun Auckland  

2021 SPEER Conference CELC Scholarships

Councilwoman Ana Sandoval, elected to represent the City Council District 7 of San Antonio in May 2017, will be kicking off this year's SPEER Energy Conference! During her time on City Council, she has aggressively pursued funding for basic infrastructure in District 7 and been a champion for public health, climate resiliency, transportation, and more. Learn about Councilwoman Sandoval: Facebook page and website.

Encouraging homeowners & commercial building owners to make significant retrofits and energy efficiencyimprovements can be a major barrier to EE upgrades. How do we overcome that? Join us to discuss this and many more current clean energy topics. 

You'll be joining a diverse audience of public sector/local government, energy services companies, utilities, implementors, sustainability managers, and more. Kick off the conference with an interactive networking happy hour hosted by Centrica, followed by a full day of knowledgeable speakers, collaborative breakout sessions, and expert panels. Make it a vacation and stay through the weekend!

There's still time to show your support and become a sponsor
Visit our conference page for more details. 

*If you are a K-12 school, district employee, university, or government employee, you are eligible for a scholarship for the registration to the conference. One scholarship available per organization email for more information.   
Register Here
Help Us Celebrate EE Day
October 6th is National Energy Efficiency Day. (Although, as we all know, efficiency is year-round!) Find out how you can take action by adding your organization to the list of supporters. SPEER encourages you to sign up today!
Upcoming Building Certification Classes
Want to improve the comfort of your office while simultaneously improving the efficiency of your building? Tell your building staff about BOC!

Building Operator Certification (BOC) is a nationally recognized training and certification program focusing on energy efficient building operations and preventative maintenance procedures.  This is a national workforce training and certification program offering facilities personnel the job skills and knowledge to improve the energy performance of their buildings. NOTE: This class is the first in a series of eight classes; 
all classes are required. For more information download our fall 2021 course flyer. To learn more about the BOC certification process and our new alignment with ISO 17024 please visit our BOC Program page. 
Register Here
See Who's Hiring  
Find your next opportunity in the energy efficiency and sustainability industry.

Environmental Program Coordinator
The position is in the Office of Sustainability will focus on various climate and equity efforts, including the City's Resilience Hub initiative and the Austin Climate Equity Plan.

Apply by Aug. 22: #KeepAustinHired

If you are a SPEER member and would like to post a job in our newsletter, please email
Podcasts We Are Listening To
Energy Gang
Looking to understand the fast-changing world of energy? Every week, the hosts debate and discuss the latest trends in energy, cleantech, renewables, and the environment. Listen in to explore the forces transforming energy markets in America and around the world.

MIT Energy Initiative Podcast
Conversations at MIT about the future of energy.

Building Efficiency Podcast with Jim Schafer
The Building Efficiency Podcast presented by Nenni & Associates and hosted by Jim Schafer. Each week they bring you a business leader from the Building Efficiency industry who will be sharing their backgrounds, where they see the industry going, and what drives their success. 
Member & Partner News
This section contains content submitted by SPEER members and partners. As a benefit of membership, SPEER members may submit short (50-100 word) excerpts for inclusion in the newsletter by emailing Shaun Auckland at

Parks Sustainability Series 
Sustainability should be a goal for any park or park system but with such a broad scope, it can be hard to know where to start. Join sustainability experts and parks professionals, Andee Chamberlain of Texas Parks and Wildlife and Shaun Auckland of the South-central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource (SPEER) as they guide us through a 4-week, community building, educational program. Each week will focus on a theme (Rainwater Harvesting, Energy, Waste & Recycling, and Resiliency) and will feature targeted interviews with experts from the field. Sessions will be interactive with time for Q&A, small group discussion, and group problem solving. 
Sessions will be held each Wednesday in August from 1:00-3:00 pm. Registration includes all 4 events. CEUs will only be awarded for sessions that attendees are present and engaged in throughout. These are live events and will not be available after session ends.


The 9th Annual ESC Market Transformation Conference 
The three-day conference offers a broad range of topics and formats including panel discussions, classroom sessions, tours and keynotes. There are two sponsorship opportunities still available for vendors wanting to get in on the action. Attendance is limited to 155 attendees. Click here to view the preliminary agenda.  Registration scholarships available to local governments and school districts to attend this years’ conference, to visit this page to apply for the 2121 conference scholarship. 


Call for Applications City-wide Greenhouse Gas Inventories Cohort
The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) has a call for applications from cities in the North Central Texas 12-county Metropolitan Planning Area to participate in a regional cohort to produce city-wide greenhouse gas emission (GHG) inventories. In partnership with the Regional Integration of Sustainability Efforts (RISE) Coalition, and with the generous contribution from Burlington-Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad, NCTCOG is providing 20 cities in the North Central Texas 12-county Metropolitan Planning Area access to Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), ClearPath software tool at no cost. 
Cities interested in submitting an application need to be a current NCTCOG member, commit to attendance of ICLEI and cohort trainings/meeting/check-ins and collaborate with NCTCOG to provide necessary data inputs.

Cities interested in participating must submit an application by July 30, 2021 
More Information:

 “How to pay for it? We all know the savings from energy and water efficiency projects pay for the improvements over time, but to realize those savings you first have to pay for the projects. Utilities across Texas offer a variety of incentives and rebates that can help reduce the cost, and combined with affordable PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) financing for commercial property or the LoanSTAR loan program for public property, owners can see immediate cashflow benefits as well as better performing buildings. Incentives plus financing are a natural pairing – leveraging tools in the owners toolkit. A project that qualifies for utility incentives should also qualify for PACE or LoanSTAR to cover the remaining costs, and if the owner starts with financing – don’t forget to seek and secure utility incentives. SPEER works with utilities, the Texas PACE Authority and the State Energy Conservation Office, so let us help you maximize these financial resources to support more project implementation in Texas!”
For more information:

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts (CPA)’s State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) New Funding Opportunities 

The "Local & County Government Lighting Conversion to LED Lights Retrofits" and the "Level 2 EV Charging Station installation" notices of reimbursable grant fund availability/request for applications are intended to assist with LED Lighting Retrofits and Electric Vehicle Charging Stations.

For more information visit SECO's Funding Opportunities Webpage:

What is the City Efficiency Leadership Council?
The council is a cooperative of city leaders and officials throughout Texas and Oklahoma, furthering the adoption of energy management best practices in the public sector. Our peer-to-peer network is open to employees of any public entity, including city and county governments, public school districts, and other publicly funded entities. For more information, check out our website

Questions or interested in getting involved with the City Efficiency Leadership Council? Get in touch! 

512-279-0765 or


Learn More
The City Efficiency Leadership Council is a partnership of: 
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