California Climate Adaptation Resources

The Office of Public School Construction is providing the following information on behalf of the California Strategic Growth Council’s Health in All Policies Task Force. The information is to provide school facility planners  resources, tools, and case studies on climate resilience planning as they consider energy efficiency, storm water capture, urban forest expansion, drinking water access, sea-level rise, wildfires, extreme heat events, etc.

  • ·         Safeguarding California Plan:2018 Update (pdf link)

    California’s Climate Adaptation Strategy – Published by the CA Natural Resources Agency - Developed by 38 agencies across state government, is a catalogue of ongoing actions and recommendations that protect infrastructure, communities, services, and the natural environment from climate change. The plan is intended to serve as a durable guide for State government that both makes its efforts transparent to the public and holds agencies accountable for real progress.

  • ·         State Adaptation Clearinghouse (link)

    Maintained by the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) Integrated Adaptation and Resiliency Program (ICARP). The Adaptation Clearinghouse aims to support statewide climate impact goals through knowledge exchange between communities, businesses, and across levels of government. The Adaptation Clearinghouse allows you to navigate a searchable database of adaptation and resilience resources that have been organized by climate impact, topic, and region. Importantly, the Adaptation Clearinghouse also provides a platform for Californians to share and access case studies and stories about how and why their communities, businesses, and organizations are responding to climate change impacts.

  • ·         Equity Checklist (pdf link)

    The checklist was created by the Equity and Vulnerable Communities subcommittee of OPR’s Technical Advisory Group, facilitated by the Climate Change and Health Equity Program of the California Department of Public Health and is intended to assist agencies to ensure that plans and investments identify and protect the State’s most vulnerable populations. This checklist can be used alongside any decision-making process to improve equitable outcomes.

  • ·         Planning and Investing for a Resilient California (link)

    Executive Order B-30-15 directed State agencies to integrate climate change into all planning and investment, including accounting for current and future climate conditions in infrastructure investment. OPR was directed to convene a Technical Advisory Group to develop guidance to support implementation of the Executive Order. The Technical Advisory Group (TAG) included members from nearly every State agency, local and regional governments, non-governmental and community-based organizations, and the private sector. The TAG met from April 2016 through January 2017 and produced this guidance document called “Planning and Investing for a Resilient California: A Guidebook for State Agencies.” This document provides high level guidance on what future conditions to plan for and how planning can be approached differently in light of a changing climate.