FEBRUARY 2020
Climate and Energy News from the San Diego Region
Upcoming Network Meeting
Join us for our first Network Meeting of 2020! The San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative is excited to announce new partnerships and programming, a new membership structure, and will welcome new leadership to continue to advance climate change solutions in the San Diego Region. Learn about our collaboration with new partners The Atlas and the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve and hear about the sustainability initiatives at the San Diego Zoo.
News & Updates
ENERGY EFFICIENCY

This short video from CBS8 highlights the new battery energy storage system at the San Diego Zoo. The system helps improve energy conservation and improve sustainability and reliability during peak hours.

The University of San Diego, in partnership with Cleantech San Diego and California State University, San Marcos, has been awarded a three-year federally matched $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to scale up the capacity of the Southern California Regional Energy Innovation Network (SCEIN) program and support clean energy startups located in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

This tool lets you score any community’s energy efficiency and renewable energy efforts using the metrics from ACEEE's 2019 City Clean Energy Scorecard.
ADAPTATION

Climate Resolve's report describes the current status of climate preparedness planning in Southern California.

California continues to play a major role in national political and policy debates, and state leaders are working to address a range of challenges. This briefing kit from PPIC includes highlights and long-term policy changes on some of the state's most pressing issues including climate change, water, and energy. 
COASTAL RESILIENCE

There are a number of mechanisms in place to facilitate investment in terrestrial carbon through regulatory markets which could be adapted to include blue carbon. 

To prevent rail line collapse, San Diego area spends $10 million to repair Del Mar bluffs. Transportation officials are now gearing up for the largest bluff stabilization effort in nearly a decade. 
CLIMATE-SMART WATER

The budget outlines more than 100 actions designed to ensure that communities, the economy, and ecosystems across California’s diverse regions are able to weather our increasingly volatile climate. 

These weather reconnaissance flights aim to improve forecasts and understanding of atmospheric rivers and their impact on flooding and water resources in the state of California. 
Upcoming Events & Opportunities
Funding & Resources
Funding for eligible resiliency planning projects aimed at improving local resilience to climate impacts, including drought, flooding (including sea level rise), extreme heat, and wildfire. Applications Due February 7, 2020.

CivicSpark supports resilience-focused research, planning, and implementation projects that benefit local public agencies in California. CivicSpark provides public agencies and other organizations with 11 months of quality capacity building support via highly motivated emerging leaders. Applications Due February 14, 2020.

Transformative Climate Communities Program from the Strategic Growth Council and the Department of Conservation is open. Round 3 of the Transformative Climate Communities funding, with approximately $56.4 million in Implementation Grant funding and $600,000 in Planning Grant funding. Applications will be accepted until February 28, 2020.