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Hello CELC members, 

One of the reasons I am passionate about sustainability and energy conservation is my interest in outdoor recreation and nature. For example, this past weekend, I spent time kayak camping on the Guadalupe River. While paddling down the river, we spotted so much wildlife along the shore (armadillos, painted buntings, snakes, and a baby fawn).  For us to stay connected and keep our phones charged, we used solar power.  Do you have a similar clean energy story you’d like to share regarding your favorite pastime or something your organization is supporting? If so, please reach out and I will love to highlight you.
In this newsletter, there are scholarship opportunities, cohorts, and upcoming webinars.

All the best,

Shaun Auckland  

2021 North Texas Building Professional Institute
July 12-15th
July 12-15 will mark the 29th annual BPI event, which will be a 4 day event compromised of education and training courses offered both in-person and streaming live online sessions. SPEER's own Energy Codes Manager, Jason Vandever, will be presenting two sessions. We invite you to join! 
Tuesday AM, July 13: What’s New in the 2021 IECC Plus Additional Energy Code Resources
We will look at the changes introduced in the 2021 IECC both residentially and commercially, and discuss permit submittals, inspection items, testing and 3rd parties and more. We will also identify and review available energy code resources for code officials.
Instructor: Jason Vandever – SPEER

Tuesday PM, July 13: 2015 to 2018 Mechanical I-Codes
The Mechanical I-Codes presentation covers IRC, IMC, IFGC, IECC changes that relate to mechanical from the 2015 to 2018.
Instructor: Jason Vandever – SPEER

Register Here
Upcoming City Efficiency Leadership Council Webinar

July 22nd 10:00-11:00 am

This webinar, tailored to municipal governments, will provide an overview starting with the basics of geothermal heat pump operations and ending with the impacts of scaled deployment; this webinar will provide thought-provoking data and concepts. The objective is to create awareness of the technology, the state-of-the-art in the Southwest, and best practices for building grid resiliency.  There will be a live Q&A at the end of the webinar.

In this webinar, we will discuss:

  • Basics of geothermal heat pump operations
  • Best practices for building grid resiliency
  • Impacts of scaled deployment

Date: July 22nd

Time: 10:00-11:00 am

Speaker: Willem Lange, Director of Utility Marketing for WaterFurnace International


Register Here
2021 SPEER Conference
CELC Scholarships!!


This conference is the only state event to bring together all the players involved in making energy efficiency a reality: those who lead, operate, build, and implement programs. Panelists will be discussing topics ranging from the following topics: 

  • Resiliency, Building Energy Codes, & Residential Construction
  • City Benchmarking & Reporting as a Measure of Success
  • Financing Energy Efficiency 
  • 2021 Legislative Session - There is more work to be done 
The registration fee for members is $99, and non-members $149.  The Cities Efficiency Leadership Council also has several scholarships* for local government members; for more information, contact  

Does your organization or local government need a justification letter? The following
template at this link is available for use to request approval from your supervisor to attend the SPEER Energy Conference.

*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.   
Register Here
Call for Applications Greenhouse Gas Emission Cohort
Closes July 30, 2021

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) has reopened the 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. There are currently eight cities in our region that have joined the cohort, and two additional cities that have partnered in the effort by doing their own GHG study concurrently.

All participating cities will be able to use ClearPath to produce their own city-wide GHG inventories. Cities interested in participating must submit an application by July 30, 2021 and will need to be a commit to attendance of ICLEI and cohort trainings, meeting, or check-ins. ICLEI’s ClearPath software tool has been used to complete GHG inventories in over 475 jurisdictions in the United States and is considered the leading online software platform for completing GHG inventories, forecasts, and monitoring at the community-side scale.

The Call for Applications from cities has reopened from May 31 and closes July 30, 2021. 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.

Register Here
TRAPS 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.
Registration Here
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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