Climate Mitigation and Adaptation News
May 16, 2018
A biweekly newsletter of the Capital Region Climate Readiness Collaborative
Please join us for our next quarterly adaptation exchange on May 24 to hear from experts on two inter-connected challenges for the Capital Region: Air quality and extreme heat. Both air pollution and extreme heat have the severest impact on under-resourced and vulnerable communities, and both are exacerbated by climate change. Fortunately, they also share common solutions that we'll be exploring: public transit, zero-emissions transportation, trees and green infrastructure, and cool roofs. Please   register for the meeting and see our air quality resources here.
News
Climate change ruining California's environment, report warns
Photo: Michael Macor / The Chronicle 2017
Bigger, more intense forest fires, longer droughts, warmer seas, and an ever-shrinking snowpack in the Sierra Nevada are unequivocal evidence of the ruinous domino-effects of climate change on California, a new report from CalEPA states. The Indicators of Climate Change in California tracks 36 indicators of climate change, including both human and ecological impacts. The report shows a dramatic increase in temperatures since 1895, especially since the early 1980s. Most alarming is an increase in night temperatures by 2.3 degrees over the past century. The drought from 2012 to 2016 was the most extreme in terms of high temperatures since records began in 1895, killing some 129 million trees while promoting infestations of bark beetles. The largest Sierra glaciers have shrunk by an average of about 70 percent. There has been an alarming increase in extreme-weather related calamities, including the five largest fire years since 1950 - all after 2006 - and the deadliest, most destructive wildfires in 2017. ( SF Chronicle)
Cities lose tree cover just when they need it most
Photo: Getty Images
Scientific evidence showing that trees and
green spaces are crucial to well-being has multiplied in recent decades. But US metropolitan areas are losing 36 million trees every year. That amounts to about 175,000 acres of tree cover, most of it in central city and suburban areas but also on the exurban fringes. This reduction translates into an annual loss of about $96 million in benefits-based on just a few well-known, easily monetized benefits. Tree cover increased in only three states, all by non-significant amounts, and declined in 45 states. "There's almost no public health, crime or environmental quality metric that you can look at that isn't made better by the presence of trees," says Deborah Marton of the New York Restoration Project. "Trees are infrastructure, and they are the cheapest way" cities can make a difference in the lives of residents. ( Link)
The future holds twice as many heat waves - all because of climate change
Photo: Dan Pelle/AP File
A new study shows that without climate change, the future would hold half as many heat waves. It also identifies areas in the US where majority climate change-driven heat waves would strike first: in California and the Southwest, as early as the 2020s. By contrast, the Northern and Southern Plains will see climate change-driven heat waves by 2050 and 2070, respectively, due to regional climate variability, such as differences in atmospheric circulation, precipitation, and existence of green spaces. ( Link)
How historic North American deforestation helped to increase warming
Urban trees can help cool down cities, but a new study suggests that that effect holds true on a bigger scale too. Entire forests can help cool down the wider environment, with deforestation in the Northern Hemisphere accounting for more than half the warming that occurred over North America between 1920 and 1980. (Since the early 1980s, the deforestation-warming effect has fallen to about 30 percent as the warming effect of greenhouse gases grows.) Trees provide cooling through evapotranspiration and through breaking up an otherwise smooth landscape, helping to disperse heat. The results indicate that trees may play an even bigger role in global climate mitigation efforts than previously thought. ( Link)
How much money trees can save your city
For every dollar invested in planting, cities see an average US$2.25 return on their investment each year. The i-Tree tool helps to calculate some - but not all - of the benefits provided by trees, simulating how a tree's structure affects the services it provides, including flooding, air quality, and energy use. The study also found that for megacities, every square kilometer of trees provides an annual value of $967,000 in benefits, including savings in health care, energy use and cooling, carbon storage, and runoff capture. ( Link)
Heat islands: Not just an urban problem
Photo: NASA
New research indicates that making rural surfaces - such as farmlands - more light-reflecting can have a significant impact on lowering the heat island effect. Farmers can increase the reflectivity of farmlands by changing farming methods or switching to crops with higher albedo. Heat island is a growing issue with increasing urbanization, while climate change itself could increase the urban-rural temperature difference by 30 percent. ( Yale 360)
Los Angeles is painting its streets to combat climate change
Los Angeles is coating its streets with a new gray paint called CoolSeal that will keep pavements cooler, helping to reduce the urban heat island effect. California-based company GuardTop produces the paint, which in pilot tests conducted in Los Angeles in August resulted in a 6.6 degree Celsius (12 degree Fahrenheit) drop in temperature. ( Link)
Elk Grove among most inclusive cities in the US for economic growth
Inclusive recovery occurs when a place overcomes economic distress while providing opportunity for all residents - especially historically excluded populations - to benefit from and contribute to economic prosperity. A new study explores which cities prioritized inclusion in their post-recession recovery, finding that more inclusive cities tend to be smaller and concentrated on the West Coast. The   top five most inclusive cities - including Elk Grove - are all in California. ( Link)
Tools and Resources
EPA Guide: Storm Smart Schools
This guide provides a series of Storm Smart Steps that local governments, schools and other community stakeholders can follow to identify school grounds and integrate green infrastructure into projects and/or a program to achieve regulatory compliance, manage stormwater, and improve environmental literacy. ( Link)
Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health: Climate Health Solutions Annual Meeting
Recordings are available from the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health's annual meeting on climate health solutions, held in April in Arlington, VA. The meeting included briefings on the health content of the 2018 National Climate Assessment and the Lancet Countdown reports, presentations on a range of solutions including pricing carbon, accelerating the transition to clean energy, and greening the health sector. ( Link)
Upcoming Opportunities
AARP Community Challenge
In 2017,  AARP launched the first  AARP Community Challenge  and funded 88 efforts representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Those projects improved housing, public spaces and transportation. The Community Challenge grant program is an important part of  AARP's work to promote livable communities, in which we support the efforts of neighborhoods, towns, cities and counties nationwide to become great places for people of all ages.  The program is open to nonprofit community organizations and  government entities;  other types of organizations will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applications for AARP Community Challenge grants will be accepted until May 16, 2018. (Link)
State Adaptation Clearinghouse: Provide feedback on the beta version
Through the   Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program, the Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR) is developing a State Adaptation Clearinghouse. OPR is currently conducting beta testing of the Clearinghouse database, and would like to receive your input. They are seeking feedback on functionality, ease of use, and any gaps in resources. OPR's goal is to ensure that the Clearinghouse is easy to navigate and provides relevant resources across a diverse set of user needs. See the Clearinghouse database and then   provide feedback.
Opportunity to join the Low-Income Oversight Board (LIOB)
The California Public Utilities Commission is currently soliciting applications for members to serve on the LIOB. Candidates applying to be a member of the LIOB, including existing members, should submit a biography or résumé (no longer than one page), a statement of interest, and a list of three references. Applications should be submitted no later than May 18, 2018 to my Chief of Staff, Sean Simon at sean.simon@cpuc.ca.gov. ( Link)
Wildlife Conservation Board: Grant Proposal Solicitation for Climate Adaptation Program
The Wildlife Conservation Board is making available $20 million through its new Climate Adaptation Program - the first cap-and-trade program dedicated to climate adaptation in natural spaces. Funds are to be used for climate adaptation and resiliency projects that will result in enduring benefits to wildlife. Eligible activities include conservation easements, long-term conservation agreements, technical assistance, urban-rural coordination, and planning. The deadline for submitting a mandatory pre-application is May 18. ( Link)
2017-2018 funding available for Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program
The Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program is now accepting applications for both Agricultural Conservation Easement grants, which protect important agricultural lands under threat of conversion, and Strategy and Outcome grants, which design and implement agricultural land conservation strategies that reduce GHG emissions through the long-term protection of agricultural lands under threat of conversion. The pre-proposal deadline is May 22. ( Link)
CARB: One-Stop-Shop Pilot Project Grant Solicitation
The Air Resources Board is opening a grant solicitation for an administrator to develop and maintain a single application for low-income consumers to apply and qualify for CARB's Low Carbon Transportation Equity Projects (e.g. Clean Vehicle Rebate Project, Enhanced Fleet Modernization Program Plus-Up). The Grantee will also provide coordinated community-based outreach and education to maximize program participation and promote advanced technology vehicle adoption in disadvantaged communities, low-income communities, and low-income households. Applications must be submitted in person or delivered by 5pm, May 24. ( Link)
Submit nominations for the second California Regional Adaptation Leadership Award
The American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP) Regional Adaptation Leadership Award (RALA) recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves in the climate change adaptation field through exceptional leadership. It recognizes the fact that deliberate, proactive adaptation, preparedness, and resilience-building is a change process, a deviation from business-as-usual, and a courageous act of doing something new and different. Nominate California adaptation leaders for the award by May 25, 2018. ( Link)
Draft Climate Change Guidance for Sustainable Groundwater Management Program
The Department of Water Resources has released its draft guidance document and datasets to help groundwater sustainability agencies and other stakeholders to incorporate climate change considerations into mandatory groundwater sustainability plans. The comment period for the guidance document and the dataset is open until May 31, 2018. Please submit comments to Tyler.Hatch@water.ca.gov ( Link)
Apply to be a CivicSpark Fellow today!
CivicSpark is Recruiting for Fellows for 2018-19! Over the past 3 years, CivicSpark, the Local Government Commission's Governor's Initiative AmeriCorps program, has provided 230,000+ hours of climate and water capacity-building support to over 140 public agencies. This coming year, the program is offering three thematic tracks: Climate (50 fellows), Water (20 fellows), and a new Opportunity Access track (20 fellows) that will focus on affordable housing, alternative transportation, and rural broadband. First priority deadline: June 1. (  Learn more and apply)
SolSmart Advisors Technical Assistance
SolSmart Advisors provide no-cost, hands-on technical assistance in communities selected by this competitive application process. Advisors work full-time for six months to help the community accelerate the advancement of solar energy, such as by launching Solarize campaigns, modeling solar installations on government buildings, streamlining solar permitting processes, and much more. Deadline: June 4, 2018. ( Link)
Free Technical Assistance for Active Transportation Program Cycle 4 Funding
California Walks is offering free one-on-one technical assistance to help communities most in need participate and compete in Cycle 4 of the Active Transportation Program. Projects must benefit disadvantaged communities. Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis; please complete this survey by June 15.
Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program (EEM) 2018 grant cycle
The program offers grants to local, state, and federal governmental agencies as well as nonprofit organizations for projects to mitigate environmental impacts caused by new or modified transportation facilities. Grants are generally limited to $500,000 for development projects and up to $1 million for acquisition projects. Deadline: June 20, 5pm. ( Link)
Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Mini Grant Program
SACOG will award mini-grants of up to $3,000 per project in support of small events and non-infrastructure programs or projects that encourage biking, walking, riding transit, carpooling, vanpooling and teleworking, as options for reducing car trips and vehicles miles traveled. Projects that focus on testing a new strategy or tactic for changing travel behavior will be prioritized. Applications considered on a rolling basis until $30,000 has been awarded for each of two application phases. The first phase will run from January 16 through June 30, 2018. The second phase will open July 15 through December 31, 2018. ( Link)
Bureau of Reclamation WaterSMART Grants: Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects
This Small-Scale Water Efficiency Project grant opportunity supports specific small-scale water efficiency projects that have been prioritized through planning efforts led by the applicant. These projects conserve and use water more efficiently; mitigate conflict risk in areas at a high risk of future water conflict; and accomplish other benefits that contribute to water supply reliability in the western United States. Deadline July 31, 2018. ( Link)
Southeast Sustainable Communities Fund
The Southeast Sustainability Directors Network launches the 2018 Request for Proposal for the Southeast Sustainable Communities Fund (SSCF). The SSCF is a funding opportunity for local communities in the southeastern United States. Grants will be awarded to local partnerships to advance local government policy, plans, or programs that will create equitable and sustainable energy and/or water initiatives. The 2018 RFP will result in five to seven grants of approximately $75,000 to $150,000 per year for two years that will support sustainable and equitable projects. ( Link)
Upcoming Events
Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience Leadership Series: Innovations in Climate Solutions
Wednesday, May 16, 10.15-11.45am
To take the action needed to thrive in a climate changed future, we need to design, develop, and implement a host of innovative technologies and processes. Successful climate solutions innovation will require cross-sector collaboration between producers and users, and an accelerated pace of technological innovation, scaling, and transfer. In this webinar, hear from leaders who are pushing the limits of technology and process innovation to further climate action. Watch the first webinar in the series here. ( Register)
Keeping History Above Water: West
Thursday, May 17, 10am-5pm
MacArthur Park, Palo Alto, CA
How can communities identify, prioritize, and adapt historic places to threats posed by climate change and natural disasters? This day-long workshop covers climate change adaptation concepts and projects specific to cultural resources. Showcasing local, regional, and nationwide case studies, participants will become equipped with tools to integrate into their own practices. Topics will include cultural resource vulnerability assessments, FEMA policies and Local Hazard Mitigation Plans, design solutions, inventorying, risk communication, and existing institutional and policy barriers. Small group discussions will also foster a greater collective understanding of existing historic resource resiliency challenges. Cost: $85. ( Register)
The Dynamics of PEVs in the Secondary Market and their Implications for Vehicle Demand, Durability, and Emissions
Thursday, May 17, 10am
Coastal Hearing Room, 2nd floor, Cal/EPA Building, 1001 I Street, Sacramento
Understanding the development of the used plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market in California and identifying factors that influence its future growth are key to achieving equity, greenhouse gas, and air quality goals. If California seeks to broaden the used PEV market, lower-income buyers must be brought into the market. ( Link)
Webinar: Sustainability in the City of Plano, Texas
Thursday, May 17, 11am-noon
The City of Plano, Texas, has used the Star Community Rating System outcomes to identify priorities for sustainability initiatives that also support its comprehensive plan. Learn how the city collaborated with employers, planners and university personnel to address environmental challenges related to mobility and air quality and implement solutions strengthening the city's commitment to enhancing health, prosperity and the well-being of its residents and business community. ( Register)
Webinar: Rebuilding in Puerto Rico: Universities as Leaders in Community Resilience
Wednesday, May 23, 10.15-11.45am
Long before Hurricane Maria, the University of Puerto Rico established the National Institute for Energy and Island Sustainability as a collaborative platform to understand and address the infrastructure issues being faced by the campus system and island. This webinar will share how this model for local collaboration in Puerto Rico has progressed post-Maria, and inspired a national network of higher education leaders focusing on resilience, data-driven decision-making, and local solutions. The webinar will address models for university contribution to resilience in islands and smaller countries at risk from extreme weather events. ( Link)
Webinar: Building City-level Climate Resilience
Wednesday, May 23, 11am
This Four Twenty Seven webinar will provide insight into concrete actions that cities can take to more effectively attract investor financing for climate adaptation and resilience, and will familiarize participants with an approach for assessing city-level physical climate risks. Speakers will discuss how S&P is incorporating physical climate risks into its view of city and county credit risk and offer insight into the factors that investors are looking at when determining whether to make city-level climate resilience investments and what cities can do to more successfully attract investor financing for climate adaptation and resilience. ( Register)
Capital Region Climate Readiness Collaborative Quarterly Meeting
Thursday, May 24, 1-4pm
County Primary Care Center, Room PCC2020, 4600 Broadway, Sacramento
Please join us at our quarterly adaptation exchange to hear from regional experts on the drivers of poor air quality in the Sacramento region, such as transportation and heat, as well as opportunities and solutions to improving air quality and climate resilience. Poor air quality has significant negative health implications, particularly for our most under-resourced and vulnerable community members, and is also exacerbated by extreme heat - a primary climate risk facing our region. However, there are many strategies that can simultaneously improve air quality, reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions, and build resilience to climate change. ( Register)
Business of Local Energy Symposium 2018
June 4-5, Sacramento
Join Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) experts from across the state for a day-long event about accelerating CCA adoption, sharing best practices, and creating more benefits for our communities. A pre-symposium workshop on June 4th will focus on distributed energy resource projects that build local resilience, provide unique customer services, and contribute to local economic development. ( Link)
Webinar: Three Revolutions - Transforming Transportation
Monday, June 25, 10.15-11.45am
Automated, shared and electric - these new transportation technologies have the potential to transform communities and infrastructure. Will the rapidly evolving transport sector live up to its promise of creating healthier, more equitable and livable cities? Or lead to increased congestion and sprawl? Join this discussion led by Dr. Daniel Sperling on the three revolutions transforming the passenger transit sector. ( Register)
Seminar: Tiny Houses: A Sustainable, Eco-Friendly and Affordable Housing Solution
Friday, June 29, 1.30-3.30pm
Oakland, CA
The tiny house movement is no longer a fad, but becoming an integral part of housing offerings and opportunities. Communities throughout the US are amending building and zoning codes to permit tiny houses in both tiny house villages and as accessory dwelling units. This seminar will discuss tiny houses as an affordable and eco-friendly alternative to conventional housing and as a partial solution to California's housing crisis, changes in laws and building codes, regulatory issues, and more. Cost is $135, includes AIA LU/HSW credits. ( Register)
Save the date for the 3rd California Adaptation Forum
August 28-29, 2018, Sacramento, CA
Join the Local Government Commission and the State of California at the 3rd California Adaptation Forum taking place August 28-29 (with pre-forum workshops on August 27), 2018, in Downtown Sacramento. The Forum gathers a multidisciplinary audience of 600+ climate leaders to foster knowledge exchange, innovation, and mutual support to transition from adaptation awareness to planning and action through a series of engaging plenaries, sessions, workshops, networking activities, and more. ( Link)
About the Capital Region Climate  Readiness  Collaborative
The Capital Region Climate Readiness Collaborative is a membership based collaborative network designed to promote greater climate change resilience planning coordination in the six-county Sacramento Region. The purpose of this collaborative network is to create a forum where leaders from government, academia, environmental and community groups, the business community, and labor can come together to exchange information, identify vulnerabilities and data gaps, leverage resources, and advance comprehensive solutions in an effort to create stronger, sustainable, and economically viable communities in the Capital Region.

The CRC is a program of the Local Government Commission.