Forging Powerful Partnerships for Resilience
The impacts of climate change are not limited by traditional boundaries. Collaboration is critical in addressing impacts in a holistic manner. This session will explore successful partnerships that are addressing climate adaptation across the state. Participants will end the conference with tangible next steps on how to expand partnerships in their region.
Grounding Adaptation in Community Engagement
People are increasingly aware of – and alarmed about – climate-related impacts in their communities. This growing awareness provides opportunities to educate, include, and motivate stakeholders and residents to join in local solutions. Learn how to employ the arts and sciences of effective communications and engagement to elevate participation and improve effectiveness.
Creating Pathways for Social Resilience
This track highlights the importance of personal, psychological, and social resilience, and building resilience from climate traumas. Sessions range from community-driven climate resilience planning case studies, lessons learned from last year’s wildfires and extreme heat, and personal stories, resources, and tools for psychological resilience and preserving cultural networks.
Taking Action Under Uncertainty
Participants in this track will learn about approaches and solutions that embrace uncertainty and enable action it by engaging in hard conversations about how to deal with the uncertain outcomes of adaptation action. Participants will leave with new tools and inspiration for framing uncertain future conditions to accelerate resilience-building efforts.
Transforming the Governance Paradigm
This track will explore different approaches for adapting to a range climate impacts (e.g., wildfires and flooding) and legal strategies for implementation. Participants will engage in discussions on how to navigate policy, legal, and financial barriers to adaptation and will identify effective strategies for advancing critical adaptation efforts.
Investing in Climate-Smart Infrastructure
Climate change is threatening the infrastructure upon which all Californians depend for water, power, mobility, and other core services. Sessions in this track will survey the most pressing climate risks, as well as a range of innovative solutions for safeguarding and improving the resilience of critical infrastructure.
Integrating Solutions for the Built Environment
This track explores integrated approaches to assess systemic climate vulnerabilities and impacts across critical infrastructure (e.g. water, energy, transportation), human communities and the natural environment, and highlights actions that local jurisdictions are taking to advance climate resilience across key sectors that leverage synergies and manage tradeoffs.
Enhancing Natural and Working Lands Resilience
This track will demonstrate the critical role that natural and working lands play in adaptation, carbon sequestration, and land conservation. Sessions will highlight effective policy and on-the-ground examples of how natural and working lands reduce risk to California’s communities while protecting its natural resources.