Climate Mitigation and Adaptation News
April 18, 2018
A biweekly newsletter of the Capital Region Climate Readiness Collaborative
Do you have an idea for a climate-smart tour in our region?
The Local Government Commission is conducting a Call for Tour Proposals for the upcoming California Adaptation Forum, which is taking place August 27-29, 2018 in Sacramento. If you have any ideas for engaging tours that highlight on-the-ground adaptation initiatives or climate-smart projects, we encourage you to submit a tour proposal! Tour sites can include ZNE buildings, active transportation corridors, community revitalization projects, cooling centers, restoration projects, and more. If you have any questions, please contact Khrystyna Platte at
Los Angeles bets that equity is the path to resilience
Photo: Damian Dovarganes/AP
Los Angeles struggles with inequality and the threat of natural disasters turbocharged by climate change. Its new resilience plan - Resilient Los Angeles - seeks to address both issues at once. Some of the longer-term actions reiterate the city's commitment to ongoing initiatives, such as its ambitious metro expansion and plans to produce 100,000 new housing units by 2021 and cut homelessness in half by 2022. While these might not appear connected to climate or disaster resilience at first glance, they help create a stronger social fabric by improving community health, safety, and economies. To prepare for extreme heat, the city plans to pave roads with cool pavements; mandate that new buildings have reflective roofs; and expand a neighborhood cooling-center program. L.A. also intends to plant more trees in tree-poor neighborhoods and integrate resilience into more of its government operations, adding chief resilience officers to 28 major city departments in addition to one already in the mayor's office. ( Link)
Climate disasters hurt the poor the most. Here's what we can do about it
Photo: AP/Gabi Gonzalez
The poorest one-third of U.S. counties sustain greater economic hardship than their wealthier counterparts from hurricanes, rising seas and higher temperatures. By disproportionately affecting the poorest people and communities, climate disasters deepen poverty and widen inequality. How can we prevent that from happening? As we plan for a changing climate, equity must be a top priority. That is the goal of the "climate justice" movement, a diverse coalition of national, regional and grassroots organizations. ( Link)
New report on climate change in the Sierra Nevada shows need for human adaptation
Photo: Terabass/Wikimedia Commons
UCLA researchers spent the past three years projecting how climate change will affect the Sierra Nevada. Key findings include a temperature rise of 7 to 10F at middle elevations between 5,000 and 8,000 feet, with loss of snow albedo exacerbating climate change. On average, snowpack across the entire Sierra on April 1 would be 64 percent less than between 1981 and 2000. The midpoint of peak snowmelt and runoff would occur 50 days earlier, on average. Longer, hotter dry seasons would follow wet seasons, drying out plants that grew in those water-rich months and making record wildfires such as the state saw in 2017 more common. ( Link)
Lessons for California as Cape Town avoids 'Day Zero'
Photo: Rodger Bosch / AFP/Getty Images
Cape Town, South Africa, estimated earlier this year that it would run out of water on April 22, "Day Zero." But the city skirted the disaster - at least for now - by cutting individuals' water use in half. Wealthier families slashed their average water use by 80 percent, and low-income families scaled back by 40 percent. Households that exceeded water limits - 13 gallons per person per day - had restriction devices attached to their pipes. The savings could offer a lesson for California and other areas affected by drought. Californians used 109 gallons per person per day when its drought continued into the summer of 2016. ( LA Times)
Here are the diseases climate change could bring to your city
Photo: Dr. Darsie/CDC/ Cynthia Goldsmith/CDC
Dengue fever in New York? Trypanosomiasis in San Francisco? Climate change is spreading infectious disease farther and farther. Ecologist Dipika Kadaba carefully compiled data from multiple recent scientific studies into a heat map of 10 key diseases that could spread or worsen in the coming years thanks to climate change. The diseases include "just 10 of many possible diseases," including anaplasmosis, lyme, dengue, leishmaniasis, meat allergy, malaria, West Nile fever, trypanosomiasis, zika, and the plague. ( Link)
World's first electrified road for charging vehicles opens in Sweden
The world's first electrified road that recharges the batteries of cars and trucks driving on it has been opened in Sweden. About 2km (1.2 miles) of electric rail has been embedded in a road near Stockholm, but the government has already drafted a national map for future expansion. The technology aims to solve the thorny problems of keeping EVs charged and their batteries affordable. Energy is transferred from two tracks of rail in the road via a movable arm attached to the bottom of a vehicle; should the vehicle overtake, the arm is automatically disconnected. Both current vehicles and roadways could be adapted to take advantage of the technology. ( Guardian)
Smart solar-powered roads to charge smart electric cars
The road to China's autonomous-driving future is paved with solar panels, mapping sensors and electric-battery rechargers as the nation tests an "intelligent highway" that could speed the transformation of the global transportation industry. The technologies will be embedded underneath transparent concrete on a 1.08km (3,540 ft) stretch of road, which can generate enough electricity to power highway lights and 800 homes. Coordinating the development of autonomous driving and intelligent road systems is a focus of the government. ( Bloomberg)

Photo: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg
Tools and Resources
Report: Safer and Stronger Cities
Cities nationwide are managing the devastating human and economic impacts of an increasing number of disasters, while working to address everyday challenges arising from changing economic systems, systemic disinvestment in vulnerable communities and accelerating population growth. This policy platform from 100 Resilient Cities contains a series of recommendations that, if enacted, would remove barriers and provide better access to federal resources that local governments use to foster thriving communities. The recommendations for federal policy focus on infrastructure, housing, economic development and public safety. ( Link)
Improving California's Forest and Watershed Management
This Legislative Analyst Office report makes recommendations to improve California's forest and watershed management, including increased funding for forest health projects (including investments from downstream water beneficiaries) and prioritizing project criteria that maximize benefits for fire risk reduction, water supply protection, and carbon sequestration. Other recommendations would allow timber sales without a timber management plan if the primary purpose is forest health, and support the development of non-traditional wood products. ( Link)
Healthier Rivers and Secure Water Supplies in the American West
The state of Western rivers today is far from healthy, and there is a need for better policies and management to balance environmental and economic needs. Smart policy can keep the state of Western rivers from declining further-meeting the needs of communities while improving the ecological and physical factors that make these rivers the lifeblood of the West. This report provides recommendations for solutions at the federal, state, and local levels that will build on growing efforts to scale up conservation and restoration projects across the West. ( Link)
California Adapts: A 3-part podcast special from America Adapts
The climate of California is changing and the state is adapting, but are the actions meeting the needs? In this three part podcast special, host Doug Parsons interviews a range of experts as they tell about the state's five major elements of climate adaptation: fire, drought, flood, temperature, sea-level rise. The contents address the question of whether the state is ready for the changes everyone knows are coming. ( Link)
Upcoming Opportunities
Provide input on locations for Sacramento's new bike share hubs!
JUMP bike share is coming to the Sacramento region in spring 2018. JUMP will be launching an all-electric bike share system in the cities of Davis, Sacramento, and West Sacramento (including the CSUS and UC Davis campuses). There will be 900 bikes throughout the region. Community members are encouraged to provide feedback on potential hub locations using the JUMP interactive map.   This project is made possible by SACOG. ( 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.
Department of Energy: Energy Deployment on Tribal Lands
The DOE's Office of Indian Energy will be continuing its efforts to maximize the deployment of energy solutions for the benefit of American Indians and Alaska Natives and help build the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to implement those energy solutions. The Office seeks applications from Indian Tribes to promote Indian tribal energy development, efficiency, and use, including: (1) Install energy efficiency measures and/or energy generating system(s) for Tribal Buildings; or, (2) Deploy community-scale energy generating system(s) on Tribal lands; or, (3) Install energy system(s) for autonomous operation to power a single or multiple essential tribal loads for a short period of time during an emergency situation or for long-term tribal community resilience. Deadline: April 19. ( Link)
2018 Green Infrastructure Award
The National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies' (NAFSMA) Green Infrastructure Award Program was designed to recognize and spotlight stormwater management projects that are advancing and innovating Green Infrastructure and Low Impact Development techniques. NAFSMA also has a separate award to recognize Excellence in Communications in the categories of "Public Awareness of Flooding and/or Flood Prevention and/or Emergency Preparedness" and "Improving Water Quality." Deadline: April 30. ( Link)
Partner with CivicSpark and receive support for your climate work
CivicSpark, a Governor's Initiative AmeriCorps program, is accepting project applications for the 2018-19 Service Year! The program is offering three thematic tracks: Climate (50 openings), Water (20 openings), and a new Opportunity Access (20 openings) track that will focus on affordable housing, alternative transportation, and rural broadband. Second priority deadline: May 1. ( Link)
PG&E: Better Together Resilient Communities Grant Program
PG&E established the Better Together Resilient Grant Program to invest $2 million over five years - or $400,000 per year - in shareholder-funded grants to support local initiatives to build greater climate resilience throughout Northern and Central California. In 2018, PG&E is requesting grant proposals around the theme of increased extreme heat events. Eligible projects include research, planning or demonstration projects that better prepare communities for a future with more frequent and extreme heat events. Eligible applicants must have a local government within PG&E's northern and central California service area as a partner. Deadline: May 11. ( Link)
AARP Community Challenge
The AARP Community Challenge funds quick-action projects that promote livable communities for people of all ages. For 2018, the Challenge will prioritize projects that deliver transportation and mobility options that increase connectivity, walkability, bikeability and/or and transit access; create vibrant public places that improve open spaces, parks and access to other amenities; and support affordable and accessible housing. Applications are open to nonprofit community organizations and government entities; other types of organizations will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Deadline: May 16. ( Link)
CARB: One-Stop-Shop Pilot Project Grant Solicitation
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) 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. This solicitation is open to federal, state or local government entities or agencies, and California nonprofit organizations with expertise in building key partnerships, coordinated outreach and education in disadvantaged communities, and general knowledge of CARB's Low Carbon Transportation Equity Projects. Applications must be submitted in person or delivered no later than 5pm, Thursday, May 24. ( Link)
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)
Upcoming Events
ARRCA Learning Session: Adaptation Clearinghouse Beta Testing
Wednesday, April 18, 1-2pm
This webinar will provide a first look at the new California State Adaptation Clearinghouse, which aims to be a centralized source of information and resources to assist decision makers at the state, tribal, regional, and local levels when planning for and implementing climate adaptation efforts. The Adaptation Clearinghouse is a main component of the Integrated Climate and Adaptation Resiliency Program. The Office of Planning and Research is currently conducting beta testing of the Adaptation Clearinghouse and looks forwarding to receiving input from the Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation. ( Register)
American Society of Adaptation Professionals Update Webinar
Thursday, April 19, 9-10am
The American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP) will provide an overview of their early successes and discuss what's on the horizon for the year ahead. They will cover ASAP's mission, vision, and core program areas; member-led activities and programs such as mentorship, ASAP hubs, and the Resilience Dialogues; and the Regional Adaptation Leadership Award. ( Register)
Applicant Teleconferences for CARB's One-Stop-Shop Pilot Project Grant Solicitation
Thursday, April 19, and Wednesday, May 2, 10am-noon
The California Air Resources Board will hold two teleconferences for applicants for its One-Stop-Shop Pilot Project Grant Solicitation. This solicitation focuses on the development and maintenance of a single application for low-income consumers to apply and qualify for CARB's Low-Income Transportation Equity Projects, streamlining access to clean-energy and transportation incentives for low-income communities. ( Link)
Webinar: Moving the Needle: Innovative Climate Solutions in Salt Lake City
Thursday, April 19, 11am-noon
Learn how Salt Lake City's approach to sustainability issues has evolved over time and how local leaders are now focused on driving solutions and reducing emissions at scale. The city has a partnership with its investor-owned utility to achieve net-100 percent renewable electricity by 2032 while on its way to an 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2040. ( Register)
Energy Storage: Meeting California's Clean and Reliable Energy Goals
Monday, April 23, 8.15am-5pm
SMUD Customer Service Center, Rubicon Room, 6301 S Street, Sacramento
Join the Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition and SMUD for an information and networking forum on energy storage for local government energy professionals. Speakers will provide insights on California's Energy Storage Roadmap, the state of the technology, emerging policy, decision-making tools for implementation and first-hand project experience. ( Link)
Inclusive Growth Toolkit Webinar: Finding the Right Policy Tools for Your Community
Tuesday, April 24, 11am-noon
How can communities best advance racial equity through housing policies? Grounded Solutions Network's inclusive growth toolkit presents housing policies available to promote economic and racial equity and the approaches that work best for each local context. Tune into the webinar to hear city panelists explain how the toolkit has helped their communities. ( Register)
Webinar: How Transportation Technology Trends are Shaping the Parking Landscape
Wednesday, April 25, 11am-noon
This session will examine two transformative trends in transportation. The first is the rise of the sharing economy, private sector ride-hailing services, autonomous vehicles and associated web-based tools for trip planning, ride hailing and fare payment. The second is the emergence of new parking technologies like parking space sensors, automated vehicle identification and payment systems, and web-based tools for finding parking and for paying parking fees and fines. These trends are impacting parking demand and parking management in urban areas, but what do they have to offer in places like Lander WY, Twin Falls ID, or Livingston MT? ( Register)
Confronting Environmental Racism
Sunday, April 29, 1-4pm
Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento, 2425 Sierra Blvd, Sacramento
Join the Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento and Sacramento Area Congregations Together for their upcoming forum on environmental racism. The afternoon will be spent exploring the causes of environmental inequity, including racialized historical legacies and structural and institutional racism. The forum will explore ways to address the conditions created by this inequity as it relates to community health, transportation, pollution burden, climate impacts, food access, and housing. ( Link)
Alt Car Expo: Sustainability and Facility Managers Breakfast - Light-Duty ZEVs
Wednesday, May 9, 8-10am
Sutter Club, 1220 9th Street, Sacramento
The Sacramento Clean Cities Coalition invites you to a breakfast and ride-and-drive to learn about the benefits, opportunities, and best practices of integrating light-duty zero emission vehicles into your fleet. Come learn about leasing versus buying, financial incentives, the latest charging systems, and private fleet operations. ( Link)
Alt Car Expo: Fleet Manager Luncheon on ZEVs
Wednesday, May 9, 11am-1.15pm
Sutter Club, 1220 9th Street, Sacramento
The Sacramento Clean Cities Coalition invites you to a lunch and ride-and-drive to learn about the latest technology in medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles, funding opportunities, financial incentives, charging systems, private fleet operations, and grant writing tips that can help you win funding for your fleet. ( Link)
Online Course: Hazard Mitigation Planning Fundamentals
May 9 and 10, 10am-noon
Hazard mitigation planning affects everyone and at all levels of government, and having plans in place for your community and yourself personally is key to surviving a disaster. It is important to: (1) enact preventative measures that reduce or eliminate risk from hazards, and (2) help communities recover more quickly post-disaster. This 4-hour online course, presented over two 2-hour webinars, will introduce professionals to the main concepts of hazard mitigation planning and connect them to tools to initiate effective planning in their communities. ( 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)
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)
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)
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.