Bridging the CAP: From Climate Action Planning & Implementation to Healthy Communities in Santa Barbara and San Diego Counties
Friday, May 19, 2017
1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. CDT
San Francisco, CA, United States
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Through sustainability planning, specialists from all backgrounds have an opportunity to cultivate a region that is building better health, living safely, and thriving in the face of climate change. This session will highlight three phases- and three different perspectives- of planning for a changing climate. First, it will cover the County of San Diego’s efforts to prepare a comprehensive Climate Action Plan accompanied by a robust Environmental Impact Report. Specific challenges being addressed include: balancing competing stakeholder interests in diverse industries; planning for a housing shortage and dispersed communities with minimal access to transit; and identifying strategies to remove barriers to alternative energy generation, access, storage and use. Speakers will highlight effective tools for sustainability planning and greenhouse gas emissions analysis. The session will progress from planning to action as the County of Santa Barbara discusses implementation of its Energy and Climate Action Plan (ECAP). Some of the challenges associated with putting emission reduction measures (ERMs) into action include: acquiring funding without increasing costs to customers; getting essential departments and agencies involved; and continuing to collect relevant data while testing the assumptions of the ECAP. The latest efforts to align ERMs with public health policies will also be described. Finally, the session will progress from implementation to results as environmental and public health experts make direct connections between sustainability planning and community health. Panelists will discuss the social impacts of land use and regional transportation decisions, and how walkable neighborhoods, bicycle and trail networks, and efficient food and waste systems can work to together to improve communities while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The session will further explore how these efforts can reduce racial, ethnic or socioeconomic disparities, meet statewide goals for waste diversion and public health initiatives, and help communities be safe and resilient to climate change hazards.
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