OCTOBER 2019
Climate and Energy News from the San Diego Region
Member News
The County of San Diego's Office of Emergency Services has recently released their Resilience Review Report on Wildland Fires. The report is designed to identify gaps in the County’s approach to reducing community risk as well as the impacts from acute shocks and chronic stressors.

The San Diego Foundation, announced earlier this month that is has awarded $364,000 in grants to six nonprofit programs that will increase equity and strengthen regional resilience. With a focus on capacity building and community-driven efforts, the grants aim to empower all San Diegans to take action and work toward solutions that mitigate the impacts of climate change.
Climate Collaborative Programs & Updates
Participants at the October Energy Efficiency Network Meeting use a Kill A Watt meter
The San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative is working to advance the programmatic areas below through facilitating convenings, trainings, working groups and access to information and resources.  
ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Celebrate!
The Climate Collaborative hosted an Energy Efficiency Network Meeting in early October. Participants enjoyed several engaging presentations and explored the connections between energy efficiency, communication, and behavior change. View the day's presentations here .

California ranked second in State Energy Efficiency Scorecard. 
ADAPTATION

Register Now!
The Climate Collaborative has been conducting a Regional Adaptation Needs Assessment for Climate Adaptation in the San Diego Region through an SB1 grant in partnership with SANDAG, The San Diego Foundation and The Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve. We are looking forward to hosting a stakeholder meeting to discuss the findings for the Regional Adaptation Needs Assessment on November 13th, 10am-12pm with lunch to follow. Register here!

Rather than emphasizing the harm climate change will cause, promoting the economic benefits of mitigation does more to spur public action.

California has taken a number of steps over the past two years to reduce the pervasive threat of wildfires to the state’s communities and mountainous forests. 

New research report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Center for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning (Center) supports community resilience planning and risk-informed decision-support for mitigating the impacts of natural hazards. 
SEA LEVEL RISE

Save the Date!
The Climate Collaborative is working with its Sea Level Rise Working Group to develop a Network meeting on December 12th.

Wetland Fill Policy Challenges and Future Regulatory Options: Findings and Recommendations. A framework for improving the adaptive capacity of shorelines to rising sea levels.

A user guide to help planners and others include nature-based strategies to address sea level rise hazards. 
CLIMATE-SMART WATER

Stay Tuned!
The Climate Collaborative is looking to further develop its Climate-Smart Water programming and building new regional partnerships over the next few months.

New research suggests impacts on snowpack and runoff are the most significant.

California's urban water sector has become a leader in water use efficiency, recycling, supply diversification, and integrated management.
Upcoming Events & Opportunities
Funding & Resources
This free online tool aims to provide easy access to funding opportunities, curated resources, and connections to people and organizations working towards a clean economy for all. 

The California Resilience Challenge is a statewide effort, led by businesses and a diverse range of partners, to build local climate resilience and support a shared vision for a resilient California in the face of increasing climate threats. The Challenge is seeking submissions for diverse and replicable climate change resilience projects from across California. Over $2.5 million will be available for projects.

For cities seeking additional funding for resilience-related projects. Applications due December 19, 2019.