In this newsletter:

  • Upcoming CELC Webinar: How does EE lead to Better Air Quality?
  • FREE TX Energy Federal Funding Workshop + Happy Hour: Dallas
  • Join the City Efficiency Leadership Council
  • Welcome New CELC Members
  • Member Events and Webinars
  • Grant Opportunities
  • Job Postings

Webinar: How does EE lead to better Air Quality?

Join us on May 18th at 10 am and hear from the Capital Council of Governments! This webinar focuses on understanding the connection between air quality and energy. Energy efficiency is essential in moving the needle forward in improving Texas’s air quality and energy.


Workshop + Happy Hour: Dallas

Is your municipality interested in funding energy efficiency upgrades, recommissioning equipment, or renewables? Then this free regional government-focused event is for you! We'll have representatives from both the state and federal levels and implementers providing information on funding opportunities, how to apply, the flow of funds, and more. Save your spot.


When: May 25th, 2:00-4:30 PM

WhereJ. Erik Jonsson Central Library (Hamon Room – 5th Floor)

1515 Young St, Dallas, TX 75201

*Parking is free


→ Eddy Trevino, State Energy Conservation Office (SECO)

→ Crystal Perkins, South Central Regional Intergovernmental and External Affairs Specialist, DOE

→ Cassidy Ellis, Ameresco

→ Shaun Auckland, SPEER

Networking happy hour

When: May 25th, 4:30-6:30 PM

WhereHarwood Tavern

333 Harwood Street, Dallas TX 75201

Drinks and apps will be provided.

*Free parking located on the corner of Wood St. and South St. Paul St., directly behind the First Presbyterian Church of Dallas.

Save Your Spot

Join the City Efficiency Leadership Council

The City Efficiency Leadership Council (CELC), part of SPEER’S Local Government Program, is a collaborative network of Texas cities, school districts, and other public entities engaged in partnership and resource exchange to expand the adoption of energy management best practices in the public sector. The City Efficiency Leadership Council supports cities of all sizes and school district energy management best practices. This membership is FREE and sponsored by State Energy Conservation Office (SECO). 

A few benefits you can expect from becoming a CELC member include:

  • Joining a network of 1,000+ professionals
  • Ten hours of technical assistance
  • Access to templates for climate plans, support letters, and energy plans
  • Closed CELC LinkedIn Group for information sharing

Learn More!

Hear what members are saying:

“The participating local governments and SECO acknowledge the value the CELC brings to communicating and collaborating to achieve environmental goals.”  


Welcome New CELC Members

The City of Lewisville Office of Sustainability is committed to educating and engaging the community in sustainable practices and environmental stewardship. Use this page to navigate their focus areas and find out how the City is doing its part to conserve resources and how you can help make Lewisville a more sustainable community. As part of the Lewisville 2025 Plan, city staff continuously conserves energy at city facilities and promotes energy conservation through energy policy.

Mesquite is a suburban city located east of DallasTexas, in the United States. As the 22nd-most populous city in the U.S. state of Texas, the population was 140,937 in 2019.

Thanks to these organizations and our current members for your support and for creating a more efficient built environment! Visit our CELC page to see all of our members.

Upcoming Events + Webinars

Local Government Training Program Cohort 

CELC will partner with agencies within local governments such as cities, the council of governments, or counties to develop training for local governments to use as a resource for staff transitions. The partner agencies will consist of at least two cities, one county, and a council of government. The training will provide in-depth information on the partner agencies’ subject matter, which is essential for the workforce to have a base knowledge.  

For further information and interest, please email  

Austin Independent School District- Energy Conservation Efforts

Austin ISD’s initiative to reduce energy consumption has far-reaching impacts. This table shows the environmental impact of Austin ISD’s energy conservation efforts and is sourced from the EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator. In the first full year following equipment upgrades, Four-Season Optimization, and adoption of the Energy Leadership program, Austin ISD offset 13,184 metric tons of CO2.

Clean Cities Coalition- Houston-Galveston

The Houston-Galveston Clean Cities Coalition is hosting the next Clean Cities Stakeholder Meeting on May 9th, 2023. Please see the details at this link for more information.

Webinar-Energy Insecurity & Energy Transitions:

Obstacles & Opportunities

Institute of Policy Integrity, New York University School of Law hosts a webinar where the Panelists will share takeaways from their research and policy work at the nexus of energy insecurity and energy transitions. After a discussion of how to identify and measure energy insecurity, panelists will share their findings on how the energy security of low-income populations might be affected by different aspects of the energy transition. Register here

Free USGBC LEED Course (in May)-

Electrification, Decarbonization and LEED

Confronting this topic head on, this session provides a deep dive into decarbonization in LEED, focusing on all electric buildings. It presents concepts built from the future of LEED principles and address Optimize Energy Performance requirements in the Energy and Atmosphere category. The speakers lay the foundation with what it means to realize a decarbonized building. From there they discuss new options in development for LEED projects. I'd like you to please take the course.

Grant Opportunities

Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Opportunity Exchange

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) invests in research and development to lower the cost of clean energy technologies, protect the private sector from financial risk, and ensure an equitable transition to a decarbonized economy.

Funding List

Job Postings

Project Development Engineer-Daikin

Energy Efficiency Services Manager- Austin Energy

Manager, Commercial and Multifamily Energy Efficiency- Austin Energy

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