SNC Policymakers Summit Inspires Local Leaders to Connect and Collaborate


Travis___JeriSustainable Napa County’s (SNC) Policymakers Summit, held in November, brought together nearly 80 Napa County policymakers and community leaders for both information and inspiration. 

Attendees heard the latest news on the renewable energy front from Dawn Weisz, CEO of Marin Clean Energy, and Adam Browning, executive director for Vote Solar, who shared the latest on community choice energy and state and local policies that support renewable energy.    

Multi-jurisdictional coalitions are a powerful way to make progress on climate and energy plans. Suzanne Smith, executive director of the Sonoma County Regional Climate Protection Authority, and Kif Scheur of the Local Government Commission and the Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation discussed their success stories and lessons learned, and provided goodexamples of working models that can be replicated in Napa County to leverage local resources. Liz Yager, energy and sustainability program manager for the County of Sonoma, gave an overview of the importance of having a plan for local energy and climate efforts — taking strategies from paper to action.  

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Guests were also treated to a “fireside chat” with Senator Lois Wolk and Assemblyman Bill Dodd who shared a view from the Capitol, summarizing the state issues and legislation that are setting the direction for local policy, and providing guidance for how local leaders can continue to work with state legislators to make progress on issues related to energy, the economy, housing, and transportation.  

John_DunbarKeynote speaker Kate Gordon, vice chair of climate and sustainable urbanization at the Paulson Institute, gave local leaders a snapshot of federal and state energy policies — especially in light of the Paris climate talks — and emphasized that regional and local efforts are the foundation of connecting energy and the economy.   


SNC’s Policymakers Summit is a biannual invitation-only event for local elected and appointed officials, senior jurisdiction staff, and community and business leaders. The 2015 Policymakers Summit was generously supported by the Gasser Foundation, Napa Recycling and Waste Services, and Clover Flat Resource Recovery Park.  

Photos: Napa Chamber of Commerce CEO Travis Stanley with SNC CEO Jeri Gill; Senator Lois Wolk and Assemblyman Bill Dodd; Yountville Mayor John Dunbar. Photography: Sally Seymour and McIntosh Photography. 

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