Climate Action Planning: A Regional Perspective
Friday, November 21, 2014
1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. PST
San Diego, CA,
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As local government agencies respond to the State of California legislative requirements for greenhouse gas reduction targets for 2020 and 2035 (per the California State Governor’s Executive Order (EO)-S-3-05), San Diego is taking the lead to respond to climate change. Likewise, EO-S-13-08 required the State of California to develop comprehensive adaptation strategies for Climate Change and Seal Level Rise. The City of San Diego, the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), the San Diego Unified Port District, the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and the University of San Diego (USD) discuss the Climate Action Plans (CAPs) that have been adopted and are underway in our region. In addition, panelists will share information on coordination initiatives underway through the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative, and the various roles of the State, SANDAG, local governments, non-profits, and academic institutions all working together to mitigate, adapt, and plan for climate change. Dr. Sam Iacobellis of UCSD will provide information on the regional impacts that appear to be most relevant to Southern California, including the projected changes in: • temperatures and impacts on heatwaves, fires, etc. • frequency and intensity of precipitation • Sierra snowpack • sea level extremes Allison Wood of SANDAG will highlight information from the Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation White Paper, which describes the role of State, SANDAG, and local governments in addressing and planning for climate change in our region. Based on the panel discussion, Ms. Wood will focus on the mitigation strategies, including: State policies driving climate action, regional GHG emissions inventory, climate action planning progress at the local level, and the Energy Roadmap Program which supports energy and climate planning, electric vehicle and alternative fuel planning, and collaborative efforts with other agencies. Dr. Nilmini Silva-Send of USD will present the typical analysis of regional and local energy and climate change policies, including the development of mitigation policies for climate action plans within the constraints of local planning and environmental law. In addition, Dr. Silva-Send will address some highlights from the interviews and polls from the National Science Foundation funded multidisciplinary climate education project for regional decision makers. Mike Hansen from the City of San Diego will discuss the City’s proposed Climate Action Plan and its component policy strategies: energy/water efficiency, renewable energy, land use and alternative modes of transportation, and waste/recycling. Provided that Mayor Faulconer’s Climate Action Plan for the City of San Diego was released in September 2014, Mr. Hansen will focus on the planning process, public review, and stakeholder outreach currently underway. Cody Hooven from the San Diego Unified Port District will discuss the development and adoption of a CAP at the Port, and the implementation and progress to-date of the CAP. In addition, Ms. Hooven will discuss the regional efforts done in the area of Climate Action Planning and the Climate Collaborative, highlighting both the importance of and efforts associated with the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative and sea level rise studies. Brian Schoenfisch of the City of San Diego Planning Department will lead and moderate the panel discussion which emphasizes how the CAPs adopted and underway in our region, as well as our understanding of sea level rise, will affects San Diego and will impact the planning profession in our region.