Advancing Agricultural Resiliency, From the Ground Up
Edward Thompson, California Director, American Farmland Trust
Virginia Jameson, Deputy State Director, American Farmland Trust
Adam Kotin, Associate Policy Director, California Climate & Agriculture Network
Janaki Jagannath, Coordinator, San Joaquin Valley Sustainable Agriculture Collaborative
California’s farms and ranches support one of the most productive food systems in the world. However, the industry faces numerous and profound climate change impacts. For California agriculture to thrive in the 21st century, we must mobilize a combination of smart land use planning, innovative resource management, cutting-edge research, and field-level adaptation assistance. We must also ensure that critical climate justice issues, including food security and farmworker well-being, are addressed through long-term, strategic actions. This interactive session explores ways to translate state adaptation objectives into locally-relevant activities and policies to ensure a vibrant future for California’s agricultural regions.
Sea Level Rise Adaptation by Design
Diana Sokolove, Senior Planner, City of San Francisco
Bay Area-Resilient-By-Design will bring together world class, multi-disciplinary design teams with government, civic leaders, equity and climate justice advocates, local officials, and technical experts from the SF Bay Area and beyond, to co-design innovative solutions for the Bay and its neighborhoods. It will excite the public’s imagination around shoreline planning, and change the way communities, businesses, agencies and institutions understand the interconnectedness of land, water, infrastructure, and quality of life. It may reveal limitations of current governance, and highlight how multi-stakeholder and inter-jurisdictional approach may better address emerging problems. It will develop implementable designs that have the requisite local buy-in to support their transition into actual projects. BIG QUESTION: Can a whole region come together in a vision that works and can be funded?
Rising to the Challenge: Advancing Coastal Adaptation in California
Susanne Moser, Director and Principal Researcher, Susanne Moser Research and Consulting
Alyssa Mann, Research, Policy & Planning Specialist, University of Southern California Sea Grant Program
Vijaylaxsmi Kesavan, Program Coordinator, Bay Area Regional Collaborative
Laura Engeman, Manager, San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative
Through the 2016 California Coastal Adaptation Needs Assessment, 15 statewide partners surveyed coastal professionals to understand their climate adaptation planning technical and capacity-building needs. This survey builds on two similar surveys conducted in 2011 and 2005.
Upon entering the workshop, attendees will respond to a subset of survey questions. We will then present initial findings from the 2016 survey and compare responses to those captured in the room. Representatives from the Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego Regional Collaboratives will discuss their lessons and challenges in providing on-the-ground adaptation planning assistance in their respective communities.
We will convene small group discussions focusing on the barriers identified in the survey. These may include discussions on: meaningful climate justice-focused adaptation planning; engagement of underrepresented communities and the private sector; effective science communication and translation; financing climate adaptation. The session will close with a report of highlights from the small group discussions.
Decisions for the Decade: Serious Games for Gnarly Problems
Dr. Robert Lempert, Director, Frederick S. Pardee Center for Longer Range Global Policy and the Future Human Condition, RAND
Dr. Juliette Finzi Hart, Director of Outreach, U.S. Geological Survey
Climate is changing in unpredictable ways and climate science is ever-evolving. Communities cannot wait for “perfect” information to begin planning. RAND and USC Sea Grant have used the Decisions for the Decade game, designed for the World Bank, to help communities incorporate adaptive management in adaptation planning. Participants will play the game, with the goal of sensitizing them to the challenges of planning under conditions of non-stationarity and deep uncertainty. Questions and discussion throughout the game will spur dialogue about how the game is impacting the players and the lessons they are learning. Gameplay will be followed by short presentations that will describe recent gaming experiences and lessons learned for adaptation planning. Dr. Lempert will discuss how the game has been played with disadvantaged populations globally; he will discuss what lessons could be transferred to climate equity and justice efforts in California.
Breaking the Hydro-Illogical Cycle in California
Amanda Sheffield, Postdoctoral Fellow, California-Nevada Climate Applications Program (CNAP); National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS)
Planning for climate hazards is often impaired by public and stakeholder apathy during the inevitable periods when the climate relaxes to more normal “non-crisis” conditions. One example, the Hydro-Illogical Cycle, refers to society’s typical reactive rather than proactive cycle of drought management. California’s current severe drought shows signs of propelling long-term drought planning and adaptation efforts. However, California’s Hydro-Illogical Cycle is intricate. Non-uniformity in the drought’s impacts and multiple years of symptoms and messaging may generate stakeholder burnout. And while the crisis may be perceived as over, it may not be abated fully in a community/region. Has the Hydro-Illogical Cycle been broken in California? How can we further reduce apathy to achieve proactive drought planning? We’ll have an open dialogue about drought perceptions, and brainstorm creative communication and engagement strategies to create a roadmap of actions. This timely discussion is needed among those in climate science to policy and implementation.
Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) at the Adaptation Table
Grieg Asher, Green Region Program Manager, Southern California Association of Governments
Stefanie Hom, Regional Planner/Analyst, MTC
Raef Porter, Climate and Energy Program Manager, SACOG
Allison Wood, Associate Regional Climate Planner, SANDAG
California’s MPOs coordinate a variety of land use, infrastructure, transportation, funding and other major regional issues among multiple cities, counties and agencies at the regional scale. MPOs are also responsible for creating Sustainable Community Strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for each region. This panel will focus on the coordination and collaboration role that MPOs bring to the adaptation table. Many of the state’s MPOs have completed adaptation frameworks, studies, and vulnerability assessments that include broad community outreach. Each panelist will represent his or her respective MPO to discuss the adaptation planning efforts and the challenges associated with moving forward into regional implementation and measuring regional progress.
Integrating Climate Change into Hazard Mitigation Planning
Missy Stults, Program Officer and Doctoral Candidate, The Climate Resilience Fund and University of Michigan
Juliette Hayes, Risk Analysis Branch Chief, FEMA
As the climate continues to change, it’s imperative that communities utilize flexible planning approaches to prepare for existing as well as future changes in climate. One area where this work is critically needed is in local hazard mitigation planning. Local hazard mitigation planning presents an opportunity to simultaneously prepare for historic as well as future hazards in a way that encourages smart, resilient, and just practices. Work to achieve these goals by embedding climate considerations into hazard planning is emerging in places such as Baltimore, Santa Cruz, Waveland, and Boston.
To help shed light on how your community can model these efforts, this session will discuss practical opportunities for and examples of communities integrating climate considerations into their hazard planning. A cheat sheet will also be provided outlining specific opportunities for integrating climate change into hazard planning. In addition, a representative from FEMA will be present to answer participant questions.
Taking it to the Streets – Addressing LA Heat & Equity
David Fink, Director of Campaigns, Climate Resolve
Fernando Cazares, California Manager: Climate-Smart Cities, The Trust for Public Land
Lauren Faber, Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer, Los Angeles Office of the Mayor, Office of Sustainability
John Guevarra, Communications and Research Associate, Investing in Place
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Sustainability plan aims to lower urban temperatures 1.7F by 2025 and 3.0F by 2035. Enhancing streets and other public right of way infrastructure can help us reach those goals and represent an opportunity to enhance climate benefits while making the surrounding areas more livable and equitable. Several nascent efforts will aid LA’s cooling objectives while preparing and responding to extreme heat. LA recently adopted trailblazing regulations requiring cool roofs on new and rehabbed residential construction. A newly developed data based mapping tool allows decision makers to identify urban heat island (UHI) spots which can inform investments such as Green Alleys and stormwater management. LA is currently testing cool coatings and pavements which can dramatically reduce surface temperatures. While working toward cooling our streets and public spaces, we can simultaneously prioritize improved safety and equal access for pedestrians, cyclists, and our growing population.
Adaptation as Standard Practice: Integrating Adaptation in Long-Range Planning
Jeff Henderson, Project Manager, Michael Baker International
Richard Beck, Natural Resources and Regulatory Manager, Michael Baker International
Scot Graham, Community Development Director, City of Morro Bay
Dan Kalmick, Planning Commissioner, City of Huntington Beach
Many communities have access to data and have developed adaptation plans that address climate change impacts—but now what? In many cases, without a strong local champion, these stand-alone plans typically collect dust on a shelf. This session provides recent examples of local governments integrating climate science and adaptation concepts into their general plans, local coastal programs, and zoning codes. We will examine the legislative, regulatory, and legal obligations that local jurisdictions must grapple with and discuss how communities have addressed those obligations through long-range planning efforts. Panelists will discuss their respective planning efforts and the related implementation actions, or reasons for inaction. A clear understanding of a local government’s concerns, obligations, and capabilities will help participants to defend equitable, just, and effective long-range climate planning in their own communities. After all, even the best climate science is useless if planning practitioners don’t know how to effectively use it.