EC San Francisco Director Chairs City’s Energy Efficiency Coordinating Committee
EC San Francisco Director Avni Jamdar was elected to a one-year term as chair of the San Francisco Energy Efficiency Coordinating Committee at its February 16 inaugural meeting. Noting that one of the committee’s key roles is to foster dialogue with the community about sustainability, Jamdar stated, “We hope to engage environmental justice advocates, housing advocates, labor representatives, apartment owners' associations, small business owners, multifamily owners and more as stakeholders in the process.”
At the inaugural meeting, Supervisor Eric Mar – whose leadership was crucial to the Board of Supervisors’ unanimous adoption of his ordinance establishing the committee – spoke of the importance of the committee’s forthcoming recommendations on energy efficiency programs, funding and policy.
Another attendee, San Francisco Department of Environment Director Deborah Raphael, laid out the county-level perspective, including its 0/50/100 climate action goals: zero waste, 50 percent clean transportation and 100 percent renewable energy by 2025.
“I commend our community leaders from the environmental justice, vocational education, economic justice, labor, small business, affordable housing and green-sector research arenas who are generously contributing their time and expertise to serve on the first San Francisco Energy Efficiency Coordinating Committee,” said Raphael. “Their efforts will be key to successful implementation of our 0/50/100 goals that will, in turn, protect the health of our communities, our environment and our city and county.”
Jamdar was appointed to the seat on the seven-member committee that requires recommendation by a community-based organization working with underemployed, low-wage workers in underserved communities and communities of color.
The coordinating committee’s other members are:
- Sam Moss and Antonio Diaz, who were recommended by community-based organizations dealing primarily with environmental justice;
- Holly Kaufman, representing multi-family housing;
- James Bryant, representing labor organizing;
- Renae Steichen, representing research and economic development; and
- Miriam Zouzounis, representing small business.
Joining them as nonvoting members are representatives from the Office of the Mayor, Department of Environment, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Office of Controller, Office of Economic and Workforce Development, Department of Public Health and Office of Contract Administration.
The committee will:
- Encourage energy efficiency projects in affordable multi-family housing, small businesses and institutions in low-income communities;
- Counter the “siloing” of energy efficiency programs run by investor-owned and municipal utilities and various city departments by creating synergy and coordination across programs;
- Provide a one-stop information portal for the community;
- Support coordination of energy efficiency programs by the city’s Department of Environment and other agencies;
- Propose policies promoting and facilitating energy efficiency retrofits and directing public dollars to low-income, disadvantaged communities;
- Promote high-road jobs in the energy efficiency sector; and
- Outline best practices in energy efficiency programs and resources for adoption by the Board of Supervisors.
The city and county of San Francisco have created a committee resources page on the website of the Department of the Environment.