Track 3: Catalyzing Meaningful Adaptation Action

Track 3: Catalyzing Meaningful Adaptation Action Outcomes Webinar

Thursday, October 21 • 9:30-11:00am

Local jurisdictions throughout California have been working to understand their climate risks and vulnerabilities, identify adaptation strategies, and develop adaptation plans. While this foundational work must continue to ensure that plans are strategic, aligned, and informed by community and science, communities are experiencing and witnessing climate-fueled disasters at an increasing pace. On-the-ground action and projects are urgently needed – across the entire state – to build the resilience of our communities, infrastructure, ecosystems, and economy. This webinar will highlight key takeaways from the track’s workshop series and case studies featuring real-world implementation projects addressing extreme heat, drought, sea level rise, and wildfires.

Track 3 Facilitators

Ignacio Dayrit

Director of Programs | Center for Creative Land Recycling

Ignacio Dayrit is responsible for overseeing the Center for Creative Land Recycling’s (CCLR) technical assistance and training programs that focus on the sustainable reuse of blighted land in economically distressed and underserved communities. He provides implementation assistance for area-wide plans, sustainable development, such as affordable infill housing, environmental restoration, renewable energy, infrastructure and economic development. Ignacio also develops and conducts community outreach, educational training, workshops, and consensus building activities to rural and metropolitan areas of the western US. In the last few years, Ignacio has helped bring $70M+ to communities across the country. Prior to joining CCLR, Ignacio was redevelopment manager at the Emeryville Redevelopment Agency. He is an adjunct professor at Golden Gate University teaching resilience, sustainability and livability. Ignacio has a BS from the University of the Philippines and an MS in city planning from the University of California, Berkeley

Ben Gettleman

Senior Facilitator and Vice President | Kearns & West

Ben Gettleman is a Senior Facilitator and Vice President at Kearns & West, a national leader in the field of environmental despite resolution and stakeholder engagement. Ben works with public agencies, interest groups, and communities across California to help them address some of the most pressing challenges facing the state, including climate change adaptation, water resource management, air quality, and wildfire prevention planning. Ben designs and facilitates collaborative planning processes to ensure that the stakeholders who will be impacted by a new plan, policy, or decision have a meaningful role in shaping it. Ben lives in Petaluma and enjoys running, biking, and surfing as much as he can.

Melodie Grubbs

Science, Research & Policy Specialist | USC Sea Grant Program

Melodie Grubbs, is a Science, Research & Policy Specialist at the University of Southern California Sea Grant Program. As a coastal scientist, Ms. Grubbs is focused on helping communities prepare for and adapt to changing climate conditions, coastal hazards, and sea level rise. Ms. Grubbs specializes in physical coastal processes, habitat restoration and monitoring, and geospatial science. She has over a decade of experience in planning and implementing coastal habitat restoration and living shoreline projects in California.

Register for The Grand Adaptation Challenge!

Join climate leaders from across the state for an engaging and newly imagined California Adaptation Forum, taking place virtually June-October 2021. This year, we’re combining keynotes, informative webinars, and interactive workshops to address key climate challenges faced by California’s communities and adaptation practitioners. We hope you can join us!