Empower innovation event

Virtual available

Developing Sustainable,
Affordable housing in     
California’s Communities 

Held on January 28, 2021 

This Event has passed. Explore below to learn about the topics covered and watch recordings of our major panels.

This event was an informative and interactive event on learning how to get involved in creating sustainable and affordable housing in our communities. Attendees learned about the challenges and opportunities in developing new sustainable housing projects from a diverse panel of experts and then joined conversations in small groups focused on regional issues. The event rounded out with one-on-one networking between attendees.

Our goal was to help community leaders, developers, and clean energy technology creators meet and learn from each other, starting conversations that may lead to collaboration opportunities. This event is sponsored by the California Energy Commission.

Panel #1 Opportunities to Advance Sustainable Housing:

  • Panelists Virginia Lew and Adam Hasz, joined moderator Mayte Sanchez for a discussion of current and future funding opportunities for affordable housing that incorporates sustainable and zero-emissions design.
  • The funding opportunities and programs in this video may no longer be available. Please visit the California Energy Commission or U.S. Department of Energy for updated information on current offerings.

Panel #2 Framing a Vision for Sustainable, Affordable Housing:

  • Adam Briones, Dover Janis, Linda Mandolini, and our moderator, Lee Bruno shared a lively conversation sharing their perspectives about how to finance multi-family housing, equity issues, local planning and permitting, and integrating emerging energy technologies into projects.

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Adam Briones

Director, Economic Equity, The Greenlining Institute

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Dover Janis

Founder, CEO, Ivy Energy 

Linda Mandolini
Linda Mandolini

President, Eden Housing, Inc.

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Lee Bruno

Moderator, Entrepreneur Futures

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Adam Hasz

Project Manager, U.S. Department of Energy

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Mayte Sanchez

Moderator, Director of Energy, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI)

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Thomas Jensen


Virginia Lew
Virginia Lew

Supervisor, California Energy Commission

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