Climate Mitigation and Adaptation News
February 21, 2018
A biweekly newsletter of the Capital Region Climate Readiness Collaborative
Please join us at our upcoming Capital Region Climate Readiness Collaborative Quarterly Meeting to discuss the connection between climate change and health, and how climate trauma can be an adverse childhood experience with lasting repercussions into adulthood.
California passes new dam oversight bill on anniversary of Oroville Disaster
The Legislature passed a bill that will require the California Department of Water Resources to annually inspect the vast majority of the 1,249 dams it oversees. Dams with low hazard potential would need to evaluated at least every other year under AB 1270, introduced by Assemblyman James Gallagher, R-Yuba City, last February after the evacuation of 188,000 downstream residents. Inspections would need to study major structural dam features, and inspection reports would need to be available to the public. DWR would also need to consult with independent experts and update its safety protocols every 10 years. The bill also requires the testing of critical spillway control features each year. ( Sac Bee )
Future forest health needs fire to fight fire 
The constant threat of wildfire calls for a radical shift in attitudes toward forest management, concluded the Little Hoover Commission in its report "Fire on the Mountain: Rethinking Forest Management in the Sierra Nevada." The report recommends the use of mechanical thinning, prescribed burns, and managed fires to maintain forest health, but these last two practices have been challenging for their potential impacts on air quality and property. Reducing the likelihood of a future inferno would save money, protect forests, and reduce emissions of greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants. The commission found that healthy conifer forests - those carefully managed as they grew - produced about half as much greenhouse gas emissions when burned as unhealthy drought-impacted forests. The commission recommended better coordination and increased resources to support state and local agencies to meet the recommended goal of treating over 1 million acres of land annually. ( Link)
A tale of two fires: How wildfires can both help and harm our water supply
Letting some fires burn today can prevent catastrophic fires in the future, while helping to increase streamflow, snowpack, and drought resistance, and prevent erosion. Research in Yosemite and other areas shows that allowing natural fires to burn can increase the amount of water stored in the soil or flowing downstream. In the winter, forest clearings opened up by fires often store deeper snow that melts later than in densely forested areas, meaning more water is released slowly in the spring and summer rather than all rushing out as floods in the winter. Fires can also restore meadows, which help to store water and reduce floods by absorbing water like a sponge and slowly releasing it. ( Link)
Photo: G. Boisrame
Rise in severity of hottest days outpaces global average temperature increase
While global warming is often discussed in terms of planetary averages, there has been an alarming jump in the severity of the hottest days of the year, with the most lethal effects in the world's largest cities. According to a new UC Irvine study, urban centers with more than 5 million inhabitants, as well as parts of Eurasia and Australia, have been hardest hit by a sharp increase in short-term extreme heat events, resulting in lost lives, reduced agricultural productivity and damage to infrastructure. Focusing on the past 30- and 50-year periods, the study found that the hottest temperature of the year in megacities has grown over 3 times as fast as the global average annual temperature over the same period. Hottest-day-of-the-year measurements for major cities such as Paris, Moscow and Tokyo climbed by as much as 0.60 degrees per decade. More than just temperature readings on a map, these events have taken a severe human toll: A heat wave in Europe in 2003 caused roughly 70,000 deaths, and another in Russia in 2010 killed nearly 55,000 people. In the United States, an average of 658 deaths due to excessive heat were reported per year between 1999 and 2009. ( Link )
A focus on resilience after Southern California fires
Photo: Bennett Barthelemy 2018
As Southern California looks to rebuild after enduring devastating wildfires and mudslides, there is a growing focus on financing resilience in the wildland-urban interface. One proposal suggests that counties pass "fire-and-flood" control bonds, which collects revenue to purchase unbuilt sites within Cal FIRE's fire hazard severity zones as well as residences destroyed or damaged by wildland fires. These funds could also be used to purchase or put a conservation easement on agricultural lands, providing an additional buffer. In addition, Forest Resilience Bonds could help close the funding gap of $6 billion needed to restore forests in California. Private investors would provide the upfront capital to restore forests, while beneficiaries (electric and water utilities, the recreation industry, the Forest Service) would make payments back to the investors. ( Link)
Climate change is threatening mental health, psychologists say  
Photo_ Getty Images
Extreme weather and its after-effects - including relocation - can cause trauma, depression, and stress for individuals and communities. People who are especially at risk for mental health impacts from climate change include those whose livelihoods are directly tied to the natural environment, indigenous communities, some communities of color, and people with existing disabilities or chronic illness. A report from the American Psychological Association and ecoAmerica outlined these impacts and ways in which mental health professionals can help people build psychological resilience. Recommendations include helping people build belief in their own resilience, cultivate active coping skills, maintain practices that help provide a sense of meaning, and promote connectedness to family, place, culture and community. ( Link; report)
How do you build a healthy city? Copenhagen reveals its secrets
Photo: Alamy Stock Photo
Copenhagen is a model for how healthy cities might be created across the world by making it easier and more enjoyable to make healthy choices. An extraordinary 62% of residents cycle to work every day and the vast majority keep it up through cold and wet weather. "It's not because it's the healthy choice. It's because it's the easiest choice," says Katja Schjønning, Copenhagen's head of public health. "The city is designed for bikes and not cars." As part of its determination to become carbon-neutral by 2025, Copenhagen requires all new flat roofs to be planted with vegetation. ( Guardian)
Tools and Resources
Multisolving at the Intersection of Health and Climate: Lessons from Success Stories
Around the world, people are innovating in ways that improve health and protect the climate, often while saving money. What can we learn from these projects, and how can we create more of them? Climate Interactive interviewed the leaders of ten efforts to protect the climate while improving public health. View the report discussing how such initiatives are not just possible, but cost-effective, practical, and replicable. In one example, a Japanese electronics manufacturer covered its buildings with a "green curtain" of decorative and edible plants to lower temperatures and save energy, a practice that has spread to the community at large through DIY kits and eventually 80% of cities in Japan in the wake of the Fukushima disaster. ( Link )
New tool to help cities implement trees for stormwater management
A new tool will help local decision makers to calculate the benefits of integrating trees into facility design regulations and policies for stormwater management. was developed by the Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments, the Forest Service, and other partners to help overcome the lack of understanding, acceptance and credibility of using trees for green infrastructure to manage stormwater. The site includes a document builder, hundreds of case studies, videos, methods and best practices, benefit calculators and other tools on how adding trees can boost overall system performance, often at lower costs. ( Link )
Upcoming Opportunities
Caltrans: Adaptation Planning Grants, Round 2
Caltrans is making available $40.8 million for transportation planning projects statewide, including $29.5 million in Sustainable Communities Grants, $4.3 million in Strategic Partnership Grants, and $7 million for adaptation planning grants to reduce climate impacts on the transportation system. Visit the Caltrans site to find the 2018-19 Grant Application Guides, application forms, required templates, and presentations and events. Deadline: February 23, 2018, at 5pm. ( Link)
Cal FIRE: Urban and Community Forestry Grants
Up to $20 million in grant funds is available through CAL FIRE's Urban and Community Forestry program. Concept Proposals will be due on February 26, 2018 by 3pm. ( Link)
California EPA: Environmental Justice Small Grants Program
At least $750,000 will be available to eligible nonprofit community groups and federally recognized tribal governments to address environmental justice issues in areas disproportionately affected by environmental pollution and hazards across California. The maximum grant amount is $50,000, and the grant term is 12 months. Deadline: February 28, 2018, at 5pm. ( Link )
California ReLeaf: 2018 Social Equity Grant Program
California ReLeaf is offering up to $800,000 for tree planting projects throughout the state as part of its 2018 Social Equity Tree Planting Grant Program. Community grant workshops will be held in various locations across the state this January. Application materials and more information can be found on their website. Deadline: Wednesday, February 28, 2018. ( Link)
Bureau of Reclamation Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency Grants
This funding opportunity invites Tribes, irrigation districts, water districts and other organizations with water or power delivery authority to leverage their money and resources by cost-sharing with the Bureau of Reclamation on projects that save water, improve water management, improve energy efficiency, and benefit endangered species. Water conservation and water use efficiency are critical elements of any plan to address these resource issues. Deadline: March 6. ( Link)
Geos Institute offers low-cost climate resilience support
To help local leaders build climate resilience at an affordable cost, the Geos Institute is launching the Climate Ready Communities program to ensure that communities of all sizes and wealth have effective climate resilience programs in place. As part of the effort, the Geos Institute is offering a free climate resilience planning guide. In addition, they are also offering a suite of support services available for a cost that includes tutorials and consulting, and are now seeking applications from communities interested in becoming one of 15 communities for the pilot phase. ( Link)
EPA: $3 million available for 2018 Environmental Education Local Grant Program
EPA will award three to four grants of $50,000 to $100,000 each for locally focused environmental education projects in each of the 10 EPA regions. This grant program supports projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship and provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. The 2018 program includes support for projects that reflect the intersection of environmental issues with agricultural best practices, conservation, food waste management, and natural disaster preparedness. Deadline: March 15. ( EPA)
Hazard Mitigation Grant Programs: Wildfire risk mitigation
Funding is available through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) as a result of the December 2017 California wildfires. HMGP can fund eligible project and planning activities for as much as $3 million for eligible subapplicants. Please submit a Notice of Interest to the Governor's Office of Emergency Services by March 15, 11.59pm PST. ( Link)
Partner with CivicSpark and receive support for your climate work
CivicSpark, a Governor's Initiative AmeriCorps program, is now 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 track (20 openings) that will focus on affordable housing, alternative transportation, and rural broadband. The first priority deadline is March 16, and May 1 is the second deadline. ( Link)
Low Carbon Transit Operations Program
The Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP) provides funding for operating and capital costs for transit agencies to reduce greenhouse gas emission and improve mobility, with a priority on serving disadvantaged communities. Approved projects in LCTOP will support new or expanded bus or rail services, expand intermodal transit facilities, and may include equipment acquisition, fueling, maintenance and other costs to operate those services or facilities, with each project reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Deadline: March 30, 2018. ( Link)
Help us Honor our City of Trees and its Tree Heroes! 
Help the Sacramento Tree Foundation recognize the people and projects that make TREEmendous contributions to the City of Trees by nominating a Tree Hero. Tree Heroes showcase the tree-healthy behaviors supported and promoted by the Sacramento Tree Foundation. Awardees will be recognized at the annual Tree Hero Awards Celebration on May 30, 2018. Please consider nominating a Tree Hero for one of several awards by April 1. ( Link)
Round 2 Solicitation Open for the Urban Greening Grant Program
The California Natural Resources Agency is announcing the open solicitation period for the Urban Greening Grant Program. Please read the Guidelines, Application, and Forms in their entirety for information on project eligibility, evaluation criteria, and submission requirements. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend a technical workshop (February 14), which will include breakout sessions to provide guidance in preparing applications. Deadline: April 11 at 5:00 pm. ( CNRA)
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
International Living Future Institute: Cost-Free Zero Energy Consulting and Networking
Wednesday, February 21, 5.30-7pm
American Institute of Architects CV Gallery, 1400 S Street, Sacramento
Chat about all things Zero Energy and Living Buildings, as part of the SMUD Living Future Accelerator. Have questions? A project you'd like to discuss? Come by and take advantage of this great resource and bask in the glory of a zero carbon future!
Webinar: The Writing's on the Wall: Cool Wall Research and Measures
Thursday, February 22, 10-11.30am
Have you heard about cool walls? Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) is working to understand how cool wall technologies can mitigate heat islands and provide a range of other benefits at the same time. This webinar will present key results from LBNL's recent research on the energy and environmental co-benefits of cool walls and highlight Hawaii's experience adopting cool walls into their state codes. ( Register)
ITS Weekly Seminar: The Future of the Transportation System: A California Perspective
Friday, February 23, 1.40-3pm
Webcast & at Room 1103, West Village, 1605 Tillia St, Davis
This presentation on the future of the transportation system by Chris Schmidt (Caltrans, Transportation Planning) will cover a number of innovations and initiatives ongoing or already implemented by Caltrans to support, maintain, or improve the system. More importantly, the presentation will discuss the importance of psychology and social sciences to achieve the goals of a sustainable transportation system. ( Link)
Planning and Conservation League's California Environmental Assembly
Saturday, February 24, 8.30am-4pm
McGeorge School of Law, 3200 5th Avenue, Sacramento
The Planning and Conservation League will bring together diverse advocates, business and government leaders, and academics in a work-session focused agenda to develop and commit to specific strategies to protect and advance California's progress in environmental sustainability and social equity. Plenary and breakout sessions will focus on building and maintaining winning coalitions, deepening commitments to shared values, and seeking ways to address housing, transportation, and climate change challenges. ( Link)
3 Revolutions Policy Conference
February 26-27, 2018
UC Davis Activities and Recreation Center, Davis
Transformative changes are coming to passenger transportation-with the promise of huge energy, environmental, and social benefits. The 3 Revolutions Policy Conference will assemble leading transportation experts to explore how we can steer shared, electric, and automated technologies and services to a better future. Join us in moving beyond hype and hostility in considering how we can anticipate--rather than react to-environmental, economic, and social challenges and opportunities. ( Register)
Sierra CAMP: Case Studies in Forest Health and Woody Biomass Utilization
Wednesday, February 28, 10-11.30am
Forest restoration, biomass utilization and innovative economic development strategies are only a few of the incredible ways Sierra Nevada communities have found to adapt to and mitigate climate perils. By learning from these innovative projects we can increase the pace and scale at which we need to operate, identify collaboration opportunities, and adopt best practices. This webinar will feature four ground-breaking case studies of organizations and individuals doing critical climate action work in the Sierra Nevada. ( Register)
CivicSpark 2018-19 Project Partner Informational
Wednesday, February 28, 10-11am
Learn more about being a project partner with CivicSpark for the 2018-19 Service Year, and having a CivicSpark AmeriCorps member work on climate, water, or opportunity access projects in your community. This webinar will cover the program structure, application process and local match costs. The webinar will also be offered on March 9 and 14. ( Link)
Webinar: The Guiteras Green Infrastructure Community School Project
Wednesday, February 28, 11am-12.30pm
This webinar will highlight an inspiring and successful green infrastructure project at the Guiteras School to save and protect Silver Creek in Bristol, Rhode Island, from polluted stormwater runoff. From landscape design to community and student engagement, the project treated and infiltrated stormwater runoff from the entire school, reduced impervious surfaces, and engaged 300 students at the school with hands on projects. ( Register)
Agricultural Sustainability Institute: Guerrilla Banking, Sustainability, and Food Justice
Wednesday, February 28, 6-8pm
Plant and Environmental Sciences Building, Room 3001, UC Davis
UC Davis's Agricultural Sustainability Institute presents Kat Taylor, founder of TomKat Ranch Educational Foundation and Co-CEO of Beneficial State Bank. She co-founded Beneficial State Bank to help better align banking to benefit all and harm none. Join the conversation on how banking can play an integral role in building a sustainable food system. ( Register)
Webinar: Building Resilient Communities with Green Infrastructure and Hazard Mitigation Planning 
Thursday, March 1, 10-11.30am
Presenters will focus on two proof-of-concept projects co-sponsored by the U.S. EPA and FEMA, in which two communities enhanced their resiliency by integrating green infrastructure elements from their stormwater and watershed plans into their hazard mitigation plans to achieve co-benefits such as improving water quality and preserving resources. ( Link)
Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program Summit
Wednesday, March 7, 1-4.30pm
CALSTRS - Boardroom, 100 Waterfront Place, West Sacramento
The Sierra Nevada Region is California's biggest carbon sink, but many of our Sierra Nevada forests are unhealthy and have suffered unprecedented tree mortality. These events result in immediate loss of GHG emissions as well as long-term loss of carbon sequestration potential. Without immediate action, the Sierra Nevada will continue to emit massive amounts of GHGs and lose the ability to sequester carbon. Learn more about how the Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program is working to retain Sierra Nevada forests as a carbon sink for California and prevent this critical region from becoming a carbon source. ( Register)
ARCCA Learning Session: Safeguarding California
Friday, March 9, 1-2pm
The State of California's climate adaptation strategy, the Safeguarding California Plan, lays out a roadmap of everything state agencies are doing and will do to protect communities, infrastructure, services, and the natural environment from climate impacts. This webinar will highlight takeaways from the 2018 update and feature speakers from the Natural Resources Agency. ( Register)
CRC Quarterly Meeting: Adverse Childhood Experiences and Climate Change
Monday, March 12, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (PDT)
Primary Care Center | 4600 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95820
This meeting will feature presentations and discussion on the public health and climate adaptation connection, and highlight how Adverse Childhood Experiences generated by climate change can affect the well-being and productivity of communities if left unaddressed. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from new CRC members and to share their adaptation efforts. ( Register Today!)
Save the date for the 3rd California Adaptation Forum
August 27-29, 2018, Sacramento, CA
Join the Local Government Commission and the State of California at the 3rd California Adaptation Forum taking place August 27-29 (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.