Ordinance to Form Energy Efficiency Coordinating Committee Passed in San Francisco
Thanks to the collaborative efforts of local lawmakers and community-based organizations including Emerald Cities (EC) San Francisco, Mayor Ed Lee recently signed an ordinance establishing an appointed seven-member Energy Efficiency Coordinating Committee. The committee will advance environmental and equity goals in energy efficiency funding and programs across agencies and utilities, for affordable multi-family housing, small businesses and institutions in low-income communities.
The committee will also work to counter the “silo-ing” of energy efficiency programs across many different agencies and entities, including investor-owned and municipal utilities, as well as various city departments.
It will also:
- Propose a one-stop information and resources portal for the community;
- Support the city’s Department of Environment and other city agencies that coordinate energy efficiency programs;
- Propose policies to promote energy efficiency retrofits, remove barriers to energy efficiency and direct public dollars to low-income, disadvantaged communities.
- Promote high-road job in the energy efficiency sector; and
- Outline best practices for the SF Board of Supervisors to adopt around efficiency programs and resources.
Public-Private Effort Led to Success
Supervisor Eric Mar sponsored the ordinance creating the committee, and his leadership led to unanimous approval by the Board of Supervisors, according to EC San Francisco Director Avni Jamdar. She noted that the committee is on a one-year turnaround, so it has a clear timeline for delivery of tasks.
Along with EC San Francisco, PODER! (People Organizing to Demand Environmental and Economic Rights) and Brightline Defense Project – a policy advocacy nonprofit focusing on quality-of-life improvements in low-income communities and communities of color – collaborated in support of Supervisor Mar’s effort.
The seven-member committee will be comprised of representatives from environmental justice, labor, small business, affordable housing, policy and research and vocational education groups.
In addition, 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 will serve as non-voting committee members.
“As community-based organizations working together to advance a sustainable environment, Emerald Cities and our partners believe that the new Energy Efficiency Coordinating Committee will be key in advancing environmental and equity goals,” said Jamdar.