Bay Area Climate Adaptation News

  • by BPC Staff
  • on July 3, 2014

JULY NEWS from the Bay Area Climate & Energy Resilience Project — A project of the Joint Policy Committee with funding from the JPC, the Kresge Foundation, and the San Francisco Foundation


July 3, 2014


1. We’ll start with the bad news for our project. Aleka Seville, who has been such a valuable part of BACERP for the last year, has taken a new climate job at Four Twenty Seven. Our grant funding for Aleka expired and the quest to secure stable, multi-year funding for BACERP has not yet born fruit. Aleka brought tremendous energy and smarts to this work and more than doubled our output! We wish her the best in her new role. You can reach Aleka at


2. We are running a set of exciting BACERP webinars in July and August. The first 60-minute session—July 17, 2-3 pm—will spotlight the City of Berkeley’s new Hazard Mitigation Plan that features climate impacts for the first time. Sarah Lana (Emergency Services) and Timothy Burroughs (Climate/Sustainability) will outline Berkeley’s attempt to “mainstream” adaptation planning and the cross-department partnership that is making it work. ABAG’s staff will also join the webinar to outline the upcoming 2015 Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan process that cities and counties can benefit from. Sign up for the webinar (space is limited) by emailing


More webinars will be scheduled in the next few weeks.


3. All materials from the big June 3 BACERP workshop (155 participants!) are now on the JPC website. This includes links to the 14 spotlight projects, the Health & Climate presentation, and much more.


4. The 1st California Adaptation Forum is coming up—August 19-20 in Sacramento. See the complete program and sign up at the CAF web 



5. Two interesting new funding opportunities:


The Kresge Foundation has just announced a new grant making initiative on Climate Resilience and Urban Opportunity.  Designed for community-based organizations to help them influence local and regional climate-resilience planning.


The California State Coastal Conservancy has opened a second round of Climate Ready grants for local governments and non-profit organizations. A total of $1.5 million is available with applications due on August 22.

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