Case Studies

Best Practice Pilot Program (BP3)

The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research Best Practice Pilot Program (BP3) includes a suite of programs and partnerships that produce replicable case studies of best practices being adopted and implemented at the local and regional level around the state. A small set of best practice pilots were completed in the summer of 2016 using the CivicSpark Governor’s AmeriCorps Initiative as a preliminary proof of concept for the launch of this longer term program. The BP3 was created to formalize and institutionalize a process to apply to the ad hoc technical assistance provided by OPR on a regular basis on a variety of topics. Through this program, OPR will develop a robust library of case studies for local and regional partners to utilize in their planning and policies, while informing state policy and providing training, tools and networking opportunities for stakeholders. The BP3 consists of partnerships with federal, state and local partners. Some more organized BP3 participating programs are described below.

What is a best practice?

While a best practice is often referred to as a form of program or policy evaluation, the phrase here is used as an umbrella term to describe practices that are new and emerging and tend to align with State goals and/or recent legislation.

Sustainable Communities Planning Grants and Incentives Program (SCPGIP) Best Practices Pilots

Administered by the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR), with support from the Strategic Growth Council (SGC), the Sustainable Communities Planning Grant and Implementation Best Practices Pilot (Pilot) is an effort to support local land use planning related to climate and the State’s statutory planning priorities. SCPGIP funding in the amount of $250,000 will be available for applicants to apply for up to $50,000. These grants will support the development and/or implementation of a specific portion of a land use plan, land protection or management practice, or development project, that targets sustainable development and the State’s climate policies with the express intent of 1) implementation of that project or plan; and 2) identification of a best practice and creation of a Case Study to share amongst land use planning and policy peers. For more information on this program, please view program guidelines and application .

FEMA/EPA Technical Assistance Support

“Creating Safe Growth Strategies for the San Francisco Bay Area” is a document that resulted from an effort by federal EPA, BCDC and FEMA to support community resilience in the Bay Area. This effort will be repeated in other regions. OPR will provide policy and convening support and will serve as a connection to state activities and guidance being developed for local and regional government on climate. Case study development from this effort will be posted to this site on completion.

Resilient by Design

The Bay Area Resilient by Design Challenge is a program running in the bay area to expand upon lessons learned through the Sandy recovery process called Rebuild by Design with a focus on community resilience. The Challenge uses interdisciplinary design team working in collaboration with communities to identify solutions to vulnerable locations on the Bay waterfront. OPR will provide policy and convening support and will serve as a connection to state activities and guidance.

Resilience Dialogues

A diverse set of private, government, and nonprofit collaborators support the Resilience Dialogues platform, a service that allows community leaders to engage in facilitated, expedited and community-focused dialogue with scientists, resilience practitioners, subject matter experts, and other community leaders. The program helps communities recognize climate-related vulnerabilities and opportunities; apply and use scientific expertise in their resilience planning; identify relevant resources; and connect with scientists, resilience practitioners, and leaders from other communities. By partnering the BP3 and Resilience Dialogues, OPR and the selected jurisdictions will have a useful resource to support their efforts while creating an opportunity to learn how to better connect the many levels of planning, entities, and research in resiliency planning.

Local Government and CivicSpark Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps Program

The CivicSpark and Water Action AmeriCorps Governors Initiative (CivicSpark) is managed by the Local Government Commission in partnership with OPR. CivicSpark provides an opportunity to develop best practices case studies throughout the state. Pilots falling under the AmeriCorps support category include climate action plans, water energy nexus programs, High Speed Rail station area planning, climate change adaptation related projects, general plan updates and more. OPR provides policy and convening support and serves as a connection to state activities and guidance being developed for local and regional government on climate. The following case studies were produced in the beta version of the program the summer of 2016. Additional case studies will continue to be developed from future cohorts of CivicSpark.

City of Emeryville Climate Action Plan 2.0  

As a signatory of the Compact of Mayors, the City of Emeryville updated their Climate Action Plan to include climate hazards reporting, a climate change vulnerability assessment, and a climate adaptation plan.

City of Oakland Capacity Building for Municipal Zero-Net Energy  

The City of Oakland carried out high level scoping of existing municipal buildings for their potential to be retrofitted to zero-net energy (ZNE) levels of efficiency and the updating of the City’s standard operating procedure for municipal construction to conform to ZNE principals. While the actions taken in this project were largely preliminary, they indicate some of the first steps many cities can take in exploring ZNE as an option for their buildings.

Helping Local Communities Conserve: The Water-Energy Community Action Network  

The Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority designed and is implementing the Water-Energy Community Action Network Program (WECAN) throughout the Santa Ana River Watershed. This program assists members of overburdened communities in the Watershed to save water and energy at home. WECAN will replace fixtures with more efficient versions and turf lawns with climate-appropriate landscapes for eligible residents at no cost.

San Luis Obispo Climate Action Support  

With the completion of Climate Action Plans for all local jurisdictions, the San Luis Obispo APCD and their partners in the City/County Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Stakeholder Group have shifted their focus to implementing the plans. This report provides a snapshot of the implementation steps, particularly on energy efficiency outreach and incentives and promotion of energy audit and retrofit programs.

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health: Urban Heat Island Reduction Plan  

The development of the Los Angeles County Urban Heat Island Reduction Plan (Plan) is an interdepartmental collaborative effort led by the County’s Climate Committee. This report provides a detailed description of the County’s collaborative approach to developing the plan.

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health: Climate & Health Initiative  

The Climate and Health Initiative is an internal effort to create a self-sustaining work culture within the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health that will encourage, recognize, and organize climate change work.

City of Long Beach: Development of a Climate Action and Adaptation Plan Request for Proposals  

This report provides an in depth description of the process used to create their Request for Proposals seeking consultant services to develop a comprehensive Climate Action and Adaptation Plan.