Resilient Sacramento
The Sacramento Regional Adaptation Collaborative 

Climate Mitigation and Adaptation News
April 16, 2014
A biweekly newsletter of the Sacramento Regional Adaptation Collaborative.


More Business Executives Believe In - and Speak Out - on Climate Change 

Photo: BICEP

In the latest World Economic Forum Global Risks survey, the top 10 risks identified by CEOs and world leaders focused on economic uncertainty or climate and resource-related issues (water crises, failure of climate mitigation and adaptation, increased extreme weather events, and food crises). Last week, executives from IKEA, Jones Lang LaSalle, Mars, Sprint, and VF Corp - all members of BICEP (Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy) - testified before a Congressional task force on climate change and lobbied for a clean-energy financing bill. But these companies are still dwarfed by the Chamber of Commerce and fossil fuel companies in terms of influence, and Democratic senators 

urged companies to spend more of their political and reputational capital on the climate issue. (Guardian)

Businesses Must Adapt - or Risk Losing it All, Says Investors and Risk Managers

This Forbes article opinion piece calls for investors to evaluate how exposed they are to climate risks embedded in their investment portfolios, from companies reliant on discretionary spending to assets in agriculture, energy, and property. Investors are advised to look for new competitive advantages and opportunities in clean energy, energy efficiency, new finance mechanisms, and more. This article argues that businesses that refuse to adapt are sealing their own fate and putting communities and investors at risk - and squandering the massive opportunities in low carbon growth.  (Forbes)

Climate Change Biggest Threat to Ending Hunger and Poverty Globally

According to an Oxfam report, global food prices could double by 2030, and there could be 25 million more malnourished children in the world in the next 35 years. While single events such as major hurricanes, droughts, and flooding can wipe out an entire harvest and livestock populations, small-scale shifts in rainfall and temperature are reducing the fertility of cropland. The report analyzed preparedness gaps and estimates that investment in adaptation measures in developing countries is only 2% of what's needed. (HP)  

Case Studies and Examples

Sacramento Food-to-Fuel Startup Benefits Both Climate and Local Economy

Photo: Heather Clancy,
The Sacramento region's innovative partnership, which is helping Sacramento reduce emissions and reduce landfill waste, while stimulating at least $1.1 million in tax revenue and local business opportunities, is gaining nationwide coverage.

FeaturingCleanWorld's anaerobic digester technology, the Sacramento BioDigester project will turn an estimated 40,000 tons of food waste into renewable natural gas each year. This will displace 700,000 "diesel gallon equivalents" for local truck fleets, and along with the avoided methane emissions from diverting food waste from landfills, it will reduce GHG emissions by some 20,500 tons annually. Byproducts include more than 10 million gallons of fertilizers and soil amendments that offer an additional revenue stream. In addition to having clear mitigation benefits, this project also has a deep connection to adaptation in that the local food and fuel production makes the region more resilient to climate impacts that occur elsewhere. 
Read more about CleanWorld's successful business model and partnerships.

While CleanWorld and their waste-hauling partners Atlas Refuel have focused on food waste collection from businesses and institutions, residents of one Sacramento neighborhood can now start diverting food waste. Initiated by Councilmember Kevin McCarty, this one-year pilot project will allow the City to learn more about the types and quantities of food waste for future efforts. (Sacramento City Express)

A sustainability-focused coalition group of local governments, Green Cities California, organized a convening workshop in February focused on the role of local governments in climate adaptation. Representatives from Resilient Sacramento and the three other regional adaptation collaboratives in California were present. Questions focused on the most effective roles for local governments in regional adaptation efforts, and the most effective approaches for multi-jurisdictional and multi-sectoral collaboration. This report summarizes the two-day discussion, with notes and key findings. (Green Cities California) 

This new initiative at U.C. Berkeley will bring together academics from U.C. Berkeley, UC Davis and Stanford, stakeholders, and practitioners to address how the Bay Area can move forward on climate resiliency. You can watch videos from their launch event and download a summary here.

Resources and Tools
Climate Resilience Framework: Training Materials
Photo: Michelle Fox, ISET

The ISET Climate Resilience Framework (CRF) is an analytical, systems-based approach to building resilience to climate change in urban areas. The goal of this structured framework is to build overall, networked city resilience capable of addressing emerging, indirect and slow-onset climate impacts as well as current hazards. ISET is using this framework with cities across Asia, Southeast Asia, Africa, and South America to build local capacity for climate change resilience. (CakeX) 

Funding Opportunities
Active Transportation Program Funding Applications Due May 21

The Active Transportation Program is now open to applications of funding for projects that increase bicycling, walking, safe routes to school, and other active transportation planning in California. Applications are due May 21, 2014. (Program guidelines and application). 

Upcoming Events
Water Wars, Warriors, and Climate Change
April 22, 4pm, Dietrich Theater, Sierra College, 5000 Rocklin Rd., Rocklin

Hosted by the Placer County Water Agency, Sierra College, and two student groups, this special forum will cover a variety of water-related issues, including the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, water efficiency, and the drought. Speakers will include Paul Helliker (State Department of Water Resources), Einar Maisch (Placer County Water Agency), Terrence Davis (City of Sacramento), and Bill Mueller (Valley Vision). Find out more here.
Workshop: Southern Sierra Fire and Hydroclimat

April 22-24, 2014, Yosemite National Park
This workshop is focused on developing an integrated view of the physical landscape, climate effects, hydrology, and fire regimes of the Sierra Nevada. The first half of the workshop focuses on fire science and management, followed by a joint session combining hydroclimate and wildland fire research. Hydrology and climate-related research pertaining to Yosemite and the greater Sierra Nevada region will be the focus of the last two days. View the agenda and register online.
EPA Climate Ready Water Utilities Webinar: Communicating Climate Risks

April 23, 10:00am - 11:00am PDT

This webinar introduces common communication challenges and how utilities can effectively prepare messages and conduct outreach to their stakeholders and communities. It is part of an ongoing webinar series for the water sector (drinking water, waste water, and storm water) to help them understand and adapt to climate change impacts, with information on tools and strategies for decision-making and adaptation planning. Register for this webinar or view past recordings.    

UC Drought Science, Policy and Management Summit

April 25, 2014, State Capitol, Sacramento

This summit brings together a wide range of experts in water sciences, water management and policymaking for thoughtful discussion on how best to manage current and long-term water shortages. Topics range from agricultural production and employment to wildfires, public health and welfare, the economy, energy production and use, fish and wildlife, and water conservation. View the agenda and register online.   

Climate Change: Challenges to California's Agriculture and Natural Resources

May 19, 8:30am-5:00pm, The California Museum, 1020 O Street, Sacramento

The University of California's Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics is an economics research foundation focusing on issues related to agriculture and California's natural resources. The Foundation is sponsoring a one-day conference that will bring together leading economists, analysts, scientists, and policy makers from the University of California, the state government, non-profits, and the private sector to discuss the potential impacts of climate change and the associated challenges to California agriculture and natural resources. Program and registration.

About Resilient Sacramento

Resilient Sacramento is a membership based collaborative network designed to promote greater climate change resilience planning coordination in the six-county Sacramento Region. The purpose of this collaborative network is to create a forum where leaders from government, academia, environmental and community groups, the business community, and labor can come together to exchange information, identify vulnerabilities and data gaps, leverage resources, and advance comprehensive solutions in an effort to create stronger, sustainable, and economically viable communities in the Sacramento Region.  


Resilient Sacramento's current members include: UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy; Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District; Sacramento Area Council of Governments; Greenwise Joint Ventures; Sacramento Municipal Utility District; Pacific Gas & Electric Company; and the Local Government Commission. If you are interested in learning more about Resilient Sacramento, joining the Collaborative, or being added to the list serv, please contact Jenny Woods.

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This newsletter is intended for general educational and informational purposes only. 
It does not necessarily reflect the views of individual Resilient Sacramento members.