Agency officials to keynote first-ever statewide forum to explore practical strategies for dealing with the economic, environmental and social impacts of climate change

SACRAMENTO – Several leading State agency leaders will join hundreds of climate-change policymakers and practitioners from around California to chart the next steps in California’s efforts to adapt to the consequences of climate change.

At the inaugural California Adaptation Forum in Sacramento, which starts tomorrow (Aug. 19), more than 700 policymakers, business leaders and practitioners in the transportation, health, agricultural, environmental and urban design fields most affected by climate change will discuss local, regional and statewide responses to combat the effects of climate change and increase community resiliency.

Hosted by the Local Government Commission and the State of California, the Forum will serve as a central gathering place for key decision-makers from across the state to share information, discuss local activities and needs, identify new resources, and develop a statewide network of adaptation practitioners. As cities make plans for dealing with the local impacts of climate change, the Forum will offer a unique look at some of the state’s best practices, implementation strategies and local success stories.

At the “Making History: Beginning a New Era in Climate Change” kickoff plenary on Tuesday morning (Aug. 19, 8:30 a.m.), keynote speakers will include Mary Nichols, Chairman of the California Air Resources Board; Ken Alex, Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research; Chief Ken Pimlott, Director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection; and Frances Spivy-Weber, Vice Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board. Wade Crowfoot, Deputy Cabinet Secretary and Senior Advisor to Governor Brown, will help close the Forum on Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 20, 3:00 p.m.), talking about “Inspiration and Innovation for Change.”

“Climate change is having an increasingly widespread impact on public health, economic development and the environment in communities across the state,” said Kate Meis, the LGC’s Executive Director. “The people and places that make California a unique and prosperous state – our diverse communities, hundreds of miles of coastline, high-value working landscapes, snowmelt-fed fresh water supply, vast infrastructure and natural wonders – are especially at risk.”

At a day-long “tools salon” on Tuesday (Aug. 19, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.), the Forum will also showcase tools and resources that have been developed by the State of California and its partners to support the analysis of greenhouse gas emissions and climate-change impacts at the state, regional and local level. The salon will cover topics such as sea-level rise, scenario planning, urban forestry, wildfire, extreme heat, greenhouse gas reduction, enterprise data systems and hazard mitigation.

About the Forum:

The two-day California Adaptation Forum covers cutting-edge climate-change issues, the latest research, implementation tools and strategies, successful case studies and new policies with an interdisciplinary mix of over 250 speakers and more than 40 sessions and plenaries. The Forum also offers a series of pre-forum tours and workshops on Monday, Aug. 18, that will explore efforts to reduce climate-change risks to the California Delta and the state’s water supply, new tools to better understand and plan for the rise of sea levels along California’s coastline, behind-the-scenes “climate-aware” steps at the Folsom Dam and reservoir to deal with flooding and drought, and innovative “farm-to-fork-to-fuel” practices in the Sacramento region. The Forum has more than 100 sponsors and partners, including The Kresge Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, Professional Engineers in California Government, the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District and the Sacramento Municipal Utilities District. For more details about the program agenda: CaliforniaAdaptationForum.org

Local Government Commission

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1303 J St., Suite 250 | Sacramento, CA 95814

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, August 18, 2014

LGC: Kif Scheuer, kscheuer@lgc.org, 415-717-4809

Gov.’s Office of Planning and Research: Michael McCormick, michael.mccormick@opr.ca.gov, 510-672-5487

Note for reporters: Members of the working media are encouraged to attend all sessions. During the event, please check in at the Forum registration desk at the Sheraton Grand Hotel to obtain a media credential.