Climate Mitigation and Adaptation News
October 4, 2018
A biweekly newsletter of the Capital Region Climate Readiness Collaborative
Just a week after the State of California set a high bar for climate ambition at the Global Climate Action Summit, the City of Sacramento and the City of West Sacramento joined together to launch the joint   Mayors' Commission on Climate Change with the goal of drastically cutting greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2045. The commission, which will be led by retired CalPERS chief Anne Stausboll, will build political support for aggressive climate action and devise strategies for both cities to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045. "By working together, we can accelerate and shape the transition to a clean energy economy that's already occurring to ensure that it benefits our local businesses and residents," Mayor Darrell Steinberg said. "We can strengthen Sacramento's position as a hub for investment in clean technologies and promote social equity and economic prosperity for all."  
California's legislative session delivered its most ambitious climate policies ever
Photo: Jean Revillard/Solar Impulse/Handout via Reuters
This past week, Governor Jerry Brown capped a marathon year for the state's legislature by signing a flurry of laws passed earlier in 2018. Meeting a deadline to enact the bills, Brown's signatures wrap up one of the most ambitious legislative sessions in California history, which could remake the world's fifth-largest economy. The laws touch almost every part of the state's energy and transportation sectors, from microgrids to   electric vehicle deployment. To top it off, Brown unexpectedly signed executive order B-55-18 on Sept. 10, putting California's economy on track to be carbon neutral by 2045. ( Quartz)
South Sacramento-Florin selected as one of 10 statewide priority for air quality investment
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) took key steps toward implementing the Community Air Protection Program, a first-of-its-kind effort to improve air quality in local communities that face the worst impacts of air pollution. The Board selected the first 10 communities that will be the focus of targeted actions to monitor and improve air quality, including the South Sacramento-Florin neighborhood, which is disproportionately exposed to air pollution burden from cars, trucks, and other sources. As part of the Community Air Protection Program, the South Sacramento-Florin neighborhood will receive additional air quality monitoring and community engagement efforts to identify sites and opportunities for mitigation measures. ( CARB)
Hurricane Florence crippled electricity and coal - solar and wind were back the next day
Utilities' vulnerability to major storms underscores the urgency of shifting to energy that it is not only clean and renewable, but also more resilient. Nearly two weeks after Hurricane Florence swamped North and South Carolina, thousands of residents who get power from coal-fired utilities remain without electricity. Yet solar installations, which provide less than 5 percent of North Carolina's energy, were up and running the day after the storm. ( CBS)
On Hurricane Maria anniversary, Puerto Rico is still in ruins
Photo: New York Times
The federal government failed to take into account the poverty that plagued the island even before the storm. The result is that hundreds of thousands of people across the island are still living in homes in desperate need of repair. Of the 1.1 million households who requested help from FEMA, about 58 percent were denied. Among those who appealed, 75 percent were rejected again. The median grant for home repairs was $1,800, compared with about $9,127 paid out to survivors of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, according to a Times analysis. All told, FEMA spent nearly twice as much for housing repair grants in Texas as it did in Puerto Rico, though the money went to 51,000 fewer people. ( NYTimes)
The victims of climate change are already here
Photo: Gosia Wozniacka / AP
The mainstream paradigm often views climate change as a collective risk, and pushes people to action by selling fears of future societal collapse and environmental ruin. Both can be averted if politicians and people work together and with urgency, the common argument goes; if we all pitch in, we can avoid the worst. As the fallout from Harvey, Irma, and Maria shows, though, that argument is false. The suffering caused by a warming and more temperamental environment is already happening, and it isn't distributed equally, nor will it be. From the poor people in Vieques, Puerto Rico, who still face uncertain medical care and unstable electricity after Maria, to black and Latino communities severed from dialysis services in Houston during Harvey, if there's anything the current climate regime tells us, it's that vulnerable populations are already in trouble. ( Atlantic)
National parks bear the brunt of climate change
Photo: Eric Lowenbach/Getty Images/Flickr RF
America's national parks have warmed twice as fast as the US average and could see some of the worst effects of climate change, according to the first study comparing the impact of climate change across all 417 national parks. Temperatures in national parks increased by 1C from 1895 to 2010, double the warming experienced by the rest of the country, and yearly rainfall totals decreased over 12% of national park land, compared to 3% of land in the US. Many national parks are found in deserts, high mountains or in the Arctic region of Alaska, climates that are known to be the hardest hit by global warming. Yellowstone could see three to 10 times increase in land burned by wildfire by 2100, while Joshua Tree could lose up to 90% of the habitat suitable for its namesake trees. ( Link)
With climate change, Valley fever spreads in California-and this year could be the worst yet
Photo: Famartin via Wikimedia
Valley fever - a disease caused by inhalation of airborne soil fungus - is no longer strictly a Valley phenomenon. It has spread north to Sacramento and west all the way to the coast, with infections reported in 53 out of 58 counties. A growing number of dust storms, exacerbated by climate change, have spread the fungal spores far beyond the Central Valley, where the infections traditionally have been concentrated. Because the symptoms resemble that of the flu, physicians out of the Valley rarely consider Valley fever in their diagnoses, but in its worst complications, it can lead to meningitis. ( Link)
Climate change will cost US more in economic damage than any country but one
Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images
The future economic costs of climate change for the US are the second highest in the world, behind only India, according to the first country-by-country analysis of the economic damages of climate change. The results suggest that the US has been underestimating how much it benefits from reducing its GHG emissions. The authors caution the estimates are still on the conservative side, as it does not factor in long-term impacts like sea-level rise. ( Link)
Tools and Resources
Data-Driven Planning for City Resilience, Climate Adaptation, and Recovery
UrbanFootprint's Risk and Resilience Module helps planners build smart resilience, recovery, and climate adaptation plans with the ability to quickly evaluate the impacts of climate change and natural hazards on current and future land use scenarios. Plus, as it's not enough for planners to evaluate this information in a silo, UrbanFootprint's suite of analytics allows planners to get a holistic view of potential outcomes by evaluating risk and resilience within the context of key planning metrics like transportation, walk and transit accessibility, emissions, household costs, and more. UrbanFootprint is a data-driven planning tool available for free to California cities. ( Link)
California's Fourth Climate Change Assessment
California's Climate Change Assessments contribute to the scientific foundation for understanding climate-related vulnerability at the local scale and informing resilience actions, while also directly informing State policies, plans, programs, and guidance, to promote effective and integrated action to safeguard California from climate change. You can read the statewide reports, as well as the Sacramento Valley regional report. ( Link)
Upcoming Opportunities
SGC: Draft Transformative Climate Communities Program Evaluation Plan
The Strategic Growth Council (SGC) is working with a team of evaluators at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of California, Berkeley, to develop an evaluation plan for the Transformative Climate Communities Program. The evaluation team submitted a draft plan for review and feedback from the SGC, as well as community members and non-profit organizations. Please email tccpubliccomments@SGC.CA.GOV with your feedback. ( SGC)
Housing & Community Development: Funding to Fight Homelessness
There is a severe human and fiscal cost of homelessness. In response, there's a new infusion of funding in California - approximately $750 million in three new programs - to help cities and counties address the needs of more than 130,000 men, women, and children who do not have a permanent and safe place to call home. These new programs include   Homeless Emergency Aid Program ($500 million, deadline Dec. 31, 2018),   No Place Like Home ($190 million), and the   California Emergency Solutions and Housing Program ($53 million, deadline Oct. 15, 2018).
Local Foods, Local Places 2018-2019 Application
Local Foods, Local Places helps cities and towns to revitalize existing neighborhoods through the development of local food systems. The program provides planning assistance to help communities develop an implementable action plan supporting local food, healthy food access, and neighborhood revitalization. Deadline: 11:59 p.m. ET, October 22, 2018. ( Link)
Round 2 of Transformative Climate Communities Grants now open
The Transformative Climate Communities program empowers the communities most impacted by pollution to choose their own goals, strategies, and projects to enact transformational change - all with data-driven milestones and measurable outcomes. The $46 million implementation grants category is only open to eligible cities, including Sacramento. The planning grant category will award $800,000 to 4 cities. The Final Round II Guidelines and the   Notice of Funding Availability can be found on SGC's website. There will be webinars on the implementation ( August 28) and planning ( August 29) grants. Deadline: 5pm, October 30, 2018. ( SGC)
Antioch University: Climate Change Resilience Series
Join Antioch University New England's Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience in an exciting series of online courses focused on the fundamentals of climate change resilience. The six courses include Climate Impacts: Communication, Facilitation and Stakeholder Capacity Building; Climate Impacts: Vulnerability & Adaptation Planning; Business Resilience & Continuity; and Climate Justice & Equitable Adaptation. Each course runs four weeks and may be completed online in approximately 8 hours per week. Starts Nov. 4. ( Register)
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 second phase is open July 15 through December 31, 2018. ( Link)
FEMA FY 2018 Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program and Flood Mitigation Assistance Program
The   Pre-Disaster Mitigation program (PDM) funds State, Local and Tribal Governments to implement and sustain cost-effective measures designed to reduce the risk to individuals and property from natural hazards, while also reducing reliance on Federal funding from future disasters. The Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program funds State, Local and Tribal Governments to reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings and structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). In FY18, the FMA Program will prioritize proposals that address community flood risk by setting aside $70 million for this purpose. FEMA will seek to fund two types of community flood mitigation activities: Advance Assistance for flood mitigation design and development of community flood mitigation projects and mitigation projects that address community flood risk for the purpose of reducing NFIP flood claim payments. Deadline for both programs: January 31, 2019. ( PDM & FMA)
Upcoming Events
Sacramento City Unified School District Electric Vehicle Workshop
Wednesday, October 3, 5-7pm
SCUSD Serna Center, 5735 47th Avenue, Sacramento
Learn about the basics of electric vehicles, including what to know before buying, charging technologies and discounted rate options. Hear from our partners on the future of electric vehicles in Sacramento and check out how SCUSD is playing a role in that vision with our new electric buses. The event is open to all staff, parents and community members. ( Link)
Webinar: ACEEE's 2018 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard
Thursday, October 4, 8-9am
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) will release the 12th edition of the Scorecard, an annual report ranking all 50 US states and the District of Columbia for their work on energy efficiency and highlighting the best practices of top-achieving states, as well as those showing marked improvement. While energy-saving efforts were challenged on multiple fronts this year, particularly federal-level vehicle and appliance standards, the 2018 Scorecard provides plenty to celebrate at the state level, such as the rollout of ambitious plans to ramp up savings in states including New Jersey, New York, and Virginia. ( Register)
Webinar: Preparing for the Storm: Minimizing Risk through Resilience
Thursday, October 4, 11am-noon
As extreme weather events increase, existing buildings are vulnerable to power disruption, equipment failures, displacement of residents, and other costly damages. This webinar will feature tools and strategies to improve the resilience of existing buildings and community assets through building upgrades and microgrids. The webinar will include an overview of DNV GL's B-READY building resilience tool, which helps building owners and managers translate climate-related, site-specific risks into actionable resilience strategies. ( Register)
Cal Fire: FY 2018-2019 Forest Health Grant Workshop
Friday, October 5, 1-3pm
Natural Resources Building, 1416 Ninth St, Sacramento
Cal Fire will be holding workshops on the 2018-2019 Forest Health Grant Program funded by the California Climate Investments initiative. The Forest Health Grant Program seeks to implement projects to restore forest health, protect upper watersheds, promote the long-term storage of carbon in trees and soils, and minimize the loss of forest carbon from large, intense wildfires. The workshop will cover funding opportunities for the following activities: reforestation, fuel reduction and prescribed fire, pest management, biomass utilization, conservation easements through the Forest Legacy Program, and research. (Link)
Webinar: Automation and the Future of Urban Transportation
Friday, October 6, 11am-noon
This webinar will explore how changing technology and mobility patterns will drive the evolution of the built environment, what cities and planning organizations should do in preparation, and how developers are mobilizing to capitalize upon this opportunity. ( Register)
Webinar: Actionable Science Solutions for Local Resilience
Wednesday, October 10, 10.15-11.45am
Join this conversation with practitioners and decision makers leading efforts to incorporate sound science in local sustainability policy in response to natural disasters. Panelists include Grant Davis, General Manager of the Sonoma County Water Agency, Dr. Cecilio Ortiz Garcia from the University of Puerto Rico, and Dr. Janice Beecher, Director, Institute of Public Utilities at Michigan State University. ( Link)
Yolo Climate Compact: Climate Action Planning Update
Friday, October 12, 9-11am
Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District, 1947 Galileo Court, #103, Davis
Hear from Yolo County and cities, as well as Yolo County Housing and UC Davis, on their current status in climate action planning. Some jurisdictions are in discussions and planning, while others have adopted climate action plans and are now analyzing their effectiveness. Come and learn from each jurisdiction's successes, challenges, and next steps.
Webinar: Benchmarking Water: New Approaches and Opportunities for Buildings
Tuesday, October 16, noon-1pm
Accurate and consistent data is a key ingredient in an effective water management strategy, but many organizations struggle with water data collection and analysis. In this webinar, hear from partners that have enacted innovative water metering strategies and analytical methods that allow them to draw greater insights from their data. Additionally, find out more about a new opportunity to gain recognition from the Building Owners and Managers Association for benchmarking your buildings' water and waste data. ( Register)
Apply now for Transformational Resilience Intensive Train-the-Trainer Workshop 
November 15-16, 2018
The International Transformational Resilience Coalition is offering an intensive Train-the-Trainer Workshop on Transformational Resilience for climate change-aggravated traumas and toxic stresses workshop. Attendance is by application only for a maximum of 20 people who want to learn how to apply knowledge, skills, and tools at the individual, organizational, and community levels to prevent and heal psychological and psycho-social-spiritual impacts resulting from the disasters and extreme stresses generated by rising global temperatures. ( Apply Now)
Meeting of the Minds Annual Summit
November 27-29, 2018, Sacramento
The 12th Meeting of the Minds Annual Summit convenes 400+ smart city leaders across the globe with the purpose of spotlighting emerging and tested urban sustainability solutions which are scalable, replicable, and transferable for cities and regions. Discussions are rooted in a deep understanding of technology and equity as key drivers for smart cities. Key urban issue areas will include water policy, mobility, EVs, electric bikeshare, parking, downtown and waterfront redevelopment, housing, inclusion and equity, food systems, health, homelessness, climate resiliency, IoT, innovative governance, and more. ( Register)
Registration for the National Adaptation Forum is now open!
The 4th National Adaptation Forum will take place in Madison, WI, from April 23-25, 2019. Attendees will learn how to make their work climate-informed, share insights with others, and develop a stronger network of like-minded peers. Early registration ends March 1, 2019. ( 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.