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PLANNING FOR CLIMATE RESILIENCE: Wildfires and Flooding

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St Bartholomew's Episcopal Church

16275 Pomerado Road

Poway, CA 92064

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STAY COOL is co-sponsoring a forum “PLANNING FOR CLIMATE RESILIENCE: WILDFIRES AND FLOODING” in partnership with St. Bartholomew’s in Poway

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STAY COOL for Grandkids is committed to presenting the latest research on climate change and its impacts on the San Diego region. In October 2019 we presented a forum in Solana Beach that highlighted recent research on the effects of climate change on our region’s ecosystems and our built environment, with a focus on wildfires and flooding. Our speakers also discussed ways in which we can develop plans and policies and implementing actions to make our communities more resilient to these impacts.

On February 4, 2020 we will be co-sponsoring another forum on this topic with St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church Peace and Justice Ministry in Poway. We will have two featured speakers:

  • Dr. James Randerson, Professor of Earth Systems Science at UC Irvine, will provide an overview of his research into the effects of climate change on wildfire risks in California.
  • Robert Leiter, FAICP, who has been involved in local and regional urban planning in the San Diego region for more than 30 years, will present highlights of a recent report published by the American Planning Association (Regional Water Planning for Climate Resilience) which he co-authored. This report highlights the potential impacts of climate change on the San Diego region, including increased risks from wildfires and flooding.

The speakers will also discuss ways in which regional and local governments in the San Diego region can proactively deal with these impacts. Pursuant to California Senate Bill 379, local governments are now required to update the “Safety Elements” of their General Plans, to address the projected impacts from climate change on natural hazards such as wildfires and flooding. The law provides an overall methodology for preparing these plans, and defines the roles of local, regional, and state agencies in this process.

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