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Hello CELC members, 

This Thanksgiving, I headed out to West Texas. We spent a week “off the grid” at Big Bend Ranch State Park.  The Park has several signs posted stating this is the wilderness with little water, no electricity, and limited cell service.  The experience was a welcome respite from the busy days of returning to in-person events and zoom calls.  Texas Parks and Wildlife have incorporated energy efficiency and resiliency into their operations in this rural and rugged environment.  Several of the buildings in the park are supported by solar energy.   This rugged community demonstrated resiliency and fortitude in adapting to resource limitations. Do you know of a rural community's story on how they utilized energy conservation and efficiency to support their operations?  Please share.  I am looking forward to exploring the park and region more this spring.  

All the best,

Shaun Auckland  

In This Newsletter:

Spring Building Operator Certification Program
Upcoming Webinars
UN Summary of COP26
 Toolkit Spotlight
SLOPE: State and Local Planning for Energy
SLOPE integrates and delivers data on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainable transportation into an easy-to-access online platform to enable data-driven state and local energy planning. SLOPE, a collaboration between nine DOE offices and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), is designed to support state and local governments and other key energy planning stakeholders in building a 100% clean energy economy.
SPEER Events
Spring 2022 Building Operator Certification:
Registration Now Open

Save your spot now and enroll in our spring BOC (Building Operator Certification) course for energy-saving operational strategies to make your buildings more comfortable, efficient, and environmentally friendly. Download the course flyer.  All local governments qualify for a discount 2022citiesboc will provide $200 off the BOC class.

Register Here
SPEER Partners with ICLEI for Local Governments Cohort
We’re partnering with ICLEI to offer Local Governments in Texas resources.  This cohort is for you, we want you to participate and want your input/feedback through a brief survey.   
To help inform and prioritize actions, a collaboration of SPEER communities plans to pursue energy strategies, such as by developing a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory for either government or community scales, or initiating an energy or climate plan. The South-Central Energy Action Cohort (“Cohort” or “program”) will bring together local government staff and partners to advance local capacity and produce local government operations greenhouse gas inventories (GHGI) or energy action plans for the participating local governments. ICLEI will organize and facilitate the Cohort for 15 to 20 cities, towns or county governments and their technical delivery partners in partnership with SPEER.
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Member & Partner News

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Notice of Loan Fund Availability- Loanstar Program 

The Texas LoanSTAR (Saving Taxes and Resources) revolving loan program provides low interest rate loans to assist Texas public institutions by financing their energy-related cost-reduction retrofit projects.
Open enrollment through August 31, 2022

For more information:

Energy Technology & Policy Course

Students who complete the course and pass the Energy101: Technology and Policy interactive e-course will earn a certificate in “Energy, Environment, and Sustainability.” Upon completion, students are also awarded 1.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). 

Dates: Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10 am to 12 pm CST in January 2022

Course information  

CAPCOG and LSCFA Electric Vehicle Readiness Roundtables for Utilities and Fleets 

Save the date for the next Electric Vehicle (EV) Readiness Roundtables for Utilities and Fleets. If you are interested in attending these roundtables and you did not attend previous roundtables, please contact

  • UtilityEVReadinessRoundtable: Thursday,February 10, 2022, 10:00–11:00am
  • FleetEVReadinessRoundtable: Thursday,February 17, 2022, 10:00–11:00am 
Public Acceptance and Governance in Energy Policy
Kate Konschnik (Duke University) will be among the panelists in this conversation about conflicts and consensus building around energy policy decisions and infrastructure projects. Hosted by the Institute for Policy Integrity at NYU School of Law and the Environmental Defense Fund. Thursday, Dec. 16, 10:30–11:30 a.m. EST. Register here:
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

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How to Save a Planet

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How Greener Buildings Can Help Knit a Community Together

By upgrading an individual building’s infrastructure, BlocPower is enriching the fabric of entire neighborhoods.
  The UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow (COP26) brought together 120 world leaders this provides a summary — the science, the solutions, the political will to act, and clear indications of action.

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! 

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