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Hello CELC members, 

This month, SPEER collaborated with Texas Parks and Wildlife and Texas Recreation & Park Society for a sustainability series with a specific audience, Park Administrators and Planners.  In 2019, the National Park Service (NPS) reported more than 
327.5 million recreational visits, and then there was COVID.  Our national, state, and local parks stayed full even during limited capacity.  When you add the sustainability perspective to these unique campuses of campgrounds, parking lots, and historical buildings, this is an audience investing in energy efficiency infrastructure.  I enjoyed planting the seeds of energy efficiency and sustainability best practices with all the participants in the workshop.   

Regarding the conference due to the increase of Delta COVID cases we have made the difficult decision to postpone our in-person conference until the spring. Follow us on social media or check our 
event calendar for updates and information on the upcoming virtual panels and sessions we’ll be offering at the beginning of September in replacement of the conference.

In this newsletter, upcoming webinars, what we are listening to, and job opportunities.

All the best,

Shaun Auckland  

Actions Cities Can Take to Support Energy Efficiency in Texas
As cities and states continue to lead the flight against climate change, we want to remind you that energy efficiency is often the lowest cost way to reduce a city's carbon footprint. The cheapest energy is the energy that is never used. Internal energy efficiency policies, climate action plans, and green building commitments help ensure cities are leading by example in efficiency and sustainability efforts. Learn more in our City Efficiency Toolkit:  Actions Cities Can Take to Support Energy Efficiency
SPEER Events

Webinar - Code Requirements for HVAC? We’ve Been Doing This for 39 Years...

Sometimes all you need to know is how they did it in the past to do it right today. When it comes to HVAC installation, nothing could be further from the truth. "That is the way I've always done it" is not a good reason to keep doing it that way. Better thermal envelopes, known infiltration and duct leakages, more sophisticated equipment and a variety of other factors make it more important that ever to install code compliant HVAC systems. Unfortunately, code compliant HVAC is the exception rather than the rule. Code Officials have to step up and demand properly designed and installed HVAC systems. Presenter Brett Dillon, CEO The Dillon Group

When: Aug 17, 2021 01:00-2:00 PM Central Time
Register in advance for this webinar:

CELC Webinar: Green Schools—Creating A Healthy & Productive Environment for all Students

Post Occupancy Evaluations (POEs), including user satisfaction and resource use studies, were done in various Middle schools in Texas to understand how they perform after occupancy. The study goes into detailed data analysis to understand how decisions can affect resource use, operations costs, and comfort, health, and wellbeing of users. This research promotes POEs (relating these to the WELL Building Standard) to inform future designs, clients, and industry decisions.

When: Aug 26 2021, 10:00am- 11:00 am CDT
Register in advance for the this webinar: 
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!
See Who's Hiring  
Find your next opportunity in the energy efficiency and sustainability industry.

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Podcasts We Are Listening To
Energy Crossroads: A HARC Podcast Series
Join HARC Energy experts as they have candid conversations with a variety of industry leaders including solution providers, finance experts, and end users who discuss clean energy investment best practices and financing tools.

Columbia Energy Exchange
Columbia Energy Exchange features in-depth conversations with the world’s top energy and climate leaders from government, business, academia and civil society. The program explores today’s most pressing opportunities and challenges across energy sources, financial markets, geopolitics and climate change as well as their implications for both the U.S. and the world.
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.


Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure
Join CAPCOG and the Lone Star Clean Fuels Alliance for two upcoming workshops on electric vehicle (EV) readiness. 
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


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