January 2019
Climate and Energy News
from the San Diego Region
Message from Our Chair:
What a year 2018 was for climate planning in San Diego. Nearly all of our region's cities are officially committed to a climate action plan, solidifying San Diego's dedication to a clean and resilient future. On the ground, we continue to lead efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; whether it's the City of Chula Vista launching a new electric vehicle fleet or Carlsbad installing a network of EV charging stations.  Everywhere, we can see innovative ways of preparing San Diego for the future - the Port of San Diego and the U.S. Navy signed a first-of-its kind commitment to partner on sea level rise planning, and the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority continues to invest in unique ways to reuse precious water resources. 

Our energy (the renewable kind) shows no signs of stopping: I am proud to say that the City of San Diego was selected to participate in the Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge, which will bring more than $2 million in investments to advance climate planning over the next two years. Climate change doesn't stand still but neither do we, and I am so excited to see our region continue to lead in 2019.

Thank you,
Cody Hooven
Chair, San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative
Director/Chief Sustainability Officer, City of San Diego
Member News
The San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative hosted its January Kickoff Meeting in late January, focused on the importance of young leadership in climate planning. Speakers included Kurt Gering, director of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority; as well as Marlene Tyner-Valencourt and Anne Middleton from the civic engagement group, Leaders 2020. Attendees also participated in a shareout discussion about their 2018 achievements and 2019 goals. A combined slide deck featuring the recent achievements and goals of 13 cities and 16 public agencies total can be found here . The Climate Collaborative's 2018 Annual Report was also showcased at the meeting.

SDRCC Steering Committee Member Coleen Wisniewski joined a panel of experts to discuss how the city involved stakeholders in an actionable water stewardship plan. 
Regional News
The Alliance of Regional Collaborative for Climate Adaptation published a legislative update to wrap up 2018.

Researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography are modeling sea level rise by
monitoring high water level events in Imperial Beach.

Scientists Publish Paper on Navigating Water Management During Extreme Events
The paper focuses on case studies of water management during hydroclymatic extremes, such as the Oroville Dam incident, to make a case for navigating such events. 

The International Transformational Resilience Coalition published a new report about psychologically preparing west-coasters for climate change.

Upcoming Events

(February 5th, SDG&E Energy Innovation Center)
(February - March, SDG&E Energy Innovation Center)
(March 6, Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine)
(March 7, Carlsbad Faraday Center)
(March 26, Robert Paine Scripps "Seaside" Forum)
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Funding & Resources

The Water Authority is now accepting applications for its Spring 2018 Citizens Water Academy program, which educates current and future leaders in San Diego County about water issues in our region.  There are two evening classroom sessions on March 7 and March 13 and one daytime session on March 23. Applications are due  3 PM on Monday, February 11

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) seeks to develop and amplify the evidence around a set of approaches that improve community health and well-being and advance health equity, while also addressing climate change adaptation or mitigation. Applications are due  3 PM on Friday, February 8

The California Energy Commission is seeking specific advances in  wildfire modeling regarding extreme weather and wind events, the effects of widespread tree mortality, the dynamics of vegetation/fuel with climate change, and  fire behavior in the wildland-urban interface (WUI). Applications are due 5 PM on Wednesday, March 13.

The Coastal Conservancy seeks to implement multi-benefit projects that include agricultural conservation, recreation, ecological conservation and climate change adaptation. Applications are due Tuesday, April 30.

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