With climate threats increasing, Senate committee explores implementation of state's adaptation policies

April 10, 2018

SACRAMENTO ­ – Increasing threats posed by climate change, including sea level rise, diminished snow pack, longer fire seasons, rising temperatures and the spread of vector-borne diseases into new habitats, are having a profound impact on all areas of California.  The state has sought to aggressively fight climate change and become more resilient to protect the health and safety of California lives and livelihoods.  The Senate Environmental Quality Committee will examine the implementation of California’s climate adaptation policies tomorrow at a hearing featuring key speakers from state, local and regional agencies and organizations.

“As more Californians are personally affected by climate change, the need for strong action and a well-coordinated response is crucial to reducing the loss of life and property,” said Senator Bob Wieckowski, (D-Fremont) chair of the committee. “The committee will hear from many people who are highly involved with coordinating adaptation policies at all levels of government.”


WHO:             Senate Environmental Quality Committee members (Sen. Wieckowski, Chair)


WHAT:          “Implementation of California Climate Adaptation Policies” Hearing


WHERE:       California State Capitol, Room 113


WHEN:          9:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 11, 2018


Speakers:       Dr. Lauren Zeise, Director, Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment

Dr. Andrew Jones, Program Domain Lead, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Keali’i Bright, Deputy Secretary for Climate and Energy, CA Natural Resources Agency

Dr. Louise Bedsworth, Deputy Director, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research

Randall Winston, Executive Director, Strategic Growth Council

Jonathan Parfrey, Climate Resolve, Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation

Kathleen Ave, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Capital Region Climate Collaborative

Cody Hooven, City of San Diego, San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative