Energy & Climate Initiatives

Strategic Energy Resources

We have partnered with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to present the following strategic energy resources to a variety of Central Valley groups. These programs are funded by California utility customers and administered by PG&E under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.

Green Communities

The Great Valley Center encourages local governments to become leaders in energy efficiency and climate action.

The Great Valley Center has been selected as a regional partner to help implement the Green Communities Program across the Central Valley. A collaborative effort between Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA, and the Great Valley Center, Green Communities is intended to provide support to local governments and communities in pursuing their greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction goals. The program is funded by California utility customers and administered by PG&E under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. Green Communities provides local governments with the tools to begin reducing GHG emissions in response to statewide policies and recommendations. As an added benefit, local governments that become more energy efficient tend to reduce operating costs associated with energy consumption.

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Energy Careers Experience Program (ECEP)

The Great Valley Center recognizes the agriculture and small/medium business sectors as crucial parts of the energy efficiency and climate action effort.

The ECEP Internship is a Strategic Energy Resource offered through a partnership between Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the Great Valley Center (GVC).  The goal of the Program is to educate and provide technical assistance to local farmers and business owners on energy efficient solutions that may help to reduce energy costs, improve sustainable practices, and build capacity within Central Valley communities. The program also offers local college students an opportunity to receive on-the-job training and experience in the energy field.

In order for energy efficiency and climate action to take shape on a regional scale, community stakeholders such as farmers, businesses, educational institutions and residents must be involved in crafting solutions to preserve our Valley. Thus, ECEP is just one of the many strategies we plan on implementing in conjunction with the Green Communities program.

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Online Energy Efficiency Education

Pilot program to combine energy efficiency education with Great Valley Center’s Digital Literacy & Inclusion efforts will take place in December 2014.

The Great Valley Center has provided digital literacy training to under-served communities through programs such as California Connects and Get Connected. We are excited to announce that more digital literacy courses will be available throughout the San Joaquin Valley in 2015 as part of GVC’s collaborative efforts with the Central Valley Energy Tune-Up administered by the City of Fresno. These courses will also provide participants with hands-on application of what they learned in the digital literacy course by accessing online energy efficiency resources.

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Energy Upgrade California

Community Ambassadors Program

If you are a home-owner, renter or business-owner and want to learn how to save energy and water, improve your operations, and help California “Stay Golden” click here for more information…