Climate Justice for All - Connecting Climate Protection, Community Resilience, Local Economy, and Health Equity

APA California Chapter


Monday, September 25, 2017
8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. PDT

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The heavily industrialized City of Richmond, facing a variety of complex challenges related to climate change, has adopted one of the most ambitious Climate Action Plans in the state, committing the City to a 50% reduction in GHG emissions by 2030 and to a broad range of actions that will increase the City's resilience to sea level rise, flooding, and extreme heat events. At the same time, Richmond is committed to creating a healthy, equitable community for all of its residents, many of whom are economically disadvantaged and have shouldered the burden of fossil fuel pollution and subsequent health impacts for decades. Recognizing climate change as a stress multiplier for many of the City's existing challenges, the Richmond CAP provides the vision, goals, and specific actions that strengthen the connections between climate protection, community resilience, local economy, and health equity. The panelists will describe Richmond's unique planning dynamics, discuss the inherent challenges of aligning CAP implementation with measurable health equity and resilience outcomes, and explain how the City is partnering with other public agencies and community-based organizations to engage a diverse public and promote community involvement in reducing emission and increasing resilience to reduce climate change.


Jeff Caton

Jeff Caton is director of ESA's Sustainable Communities group. He assists clients with sustainability and climate change initiatives through strategy development, benchmarking, performance measurement, and various communications media. Jeff led the consulting team that developed the Richmond CAP. Read More

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