Peer Learning

Clean Energy Cities

Chicago, IL | November 15-17, 2016

Peer Learning Recap

The Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy: Clean Energy Cities was a one-of-a-kind training and peer learning opportunity that helped city teams advance and accelerate their transition plans towards 100% renewable energy. The workshop brought together seven teams and five representatives from cities across the U.S. to consider and conquer their specific challenges around transitioning to renewable energy.

I wanted you and the rest of your team to know that these particular two and a half days were the most interesting, engaging and productive days I have ever spent at a conference-type event. The design, content and participant mix was beyond fantastic, as were the mixer breakfasts, huddles, and table assignments... Thank you, thank you, thank you!

–Sabrina Campbell, Program Coordinator
Upper Rio Grande Workforce Development Board, El Paso, TX

Presenters, Advisors and Staff:

Riana Ackley, ICLEI
Trenton Allen, Sustainable Capital Advisors
Bruce Bassett, City of Mercer Island, WA
Julie Benabente, City of San Jose
Mitch Brey, RePower Madison
David Broustis, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks
Robert Cox, OCI Solar Power
Gary Cuneen, Seven Generations Ahead
Elizabeth Doris, NREL
John Farrell, Institute for Local Self Reliance
Vito Greco, Elevate Energy
Margaret Hansbrough, City of Chicago
Cody Hooven, City of San Diego
Paul Kazmierczak, National Grid
Chad Laurent, Miester Consulting
Jason Liechty, Broward County Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division
Doug Melnick, City of San Antonio
Jennifer Montague, ComEd
Steve Nicholas, Institute for Sustainable Communities
Ben Paulos, Paulos Analysis
Debra Perry, Institute for Sustainable Communities
Neil Placer, Placer Consulting Services
Kim Power, Puget Sound Sage
Mark Pruitt, The Power Bureau
Lisa Rosintoski, City of Fort Collins
Kathryn Sheps, Simon Fraser University Centre for Dialogue
Lucinda Smith, City of Fort Collins
Deborah Stone, Cook County
Kim Stoker, CPS Energy
Jamie Stroble, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks
Jodie Van Horn, The Sierra Club
Dana Villeneuve, New Belgium Brewery


An international nonprofit organization, the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) has 26 years of practical experience working with local leaders to accelerate climate change and sustainability solutions. ISC’s programs are designed to facilitate peer learning and engagement among local leaders charged with the work of making their communities more sustainable. ISC has led more than 110 projects in 30 countries, and currently works in Asia and the United States. Learn more at:


Seven teams and five city representatives participated in this workshop. They all came together to address their challenges, connect with other leaders, share lessons and find new solutions to build a stronger, sustainable energy future.



Resource guide for the Clean Energy Cities Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy.

Slides from Debra Perry's introductory presentation.

Slides from Elizabeth Doris's presentation: Common City Action Impacts on National GHG Goals.

Slides from Elizabeth Doris's presentation: Data and Tools for Setting and Achieving Goals.

Slides from Mitch Brey's presentation: Investor Owned Utility Collaboration.