California Adaptation Forum: Don’t Miss Discounted Registration and Lodging Rates



The California Adaptation Forum is around the corner! Don’t miss out on discounted registration and lodging rates by reviewing the information below. New information on Forum events, plenary speakers, opportunities for attendees and more is also below.

Register for the 2nd California Adaptation Forum by Wednesday, August 12 and receive $50 OFF One-Day and Full Forum rates! Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with hundreds of climate leaders from across the state!

Click Here to book your lodging at the discounted group rate by the August 15 lodging deadline!

Visit our PLAN YOUR TRIP page to learn more about travel, lodging, and exciting Long Beach area attractions.

In an effort to make this event as diverse and inclusive as possible, scholarships are now being offered to assist attendees in their ability to participate in this exciting and valuable event. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is August 5. Click here to submit a scholarship application

The California Adaptation Forum Program is now available (here)! This exciting event features:

  • Over 35 panels, networking discussions and implementation workshops, covering 6 subject tracks
  • 3 plenaries with a distinguished set of diverse climate leaders underscoring the connection between health, equity, natural resources and more!
  • Tools Salon – an interactive open house of innovative climate tools and techniques
  • Tours of regional adaptation projects
  • Pre-forum workshops on implementing adaptation strategies
  • Art @ CAF – opportunities to explore the connection between climate and art
  • Explore the Aquarium of the Pacific – After Dark!
  • Pub Trivia Night – test you climate smarts
  • And more!
Meet our Newest Plenary Speakers!

Louis Blumberg
Director, California Climate Change Team, The Nature Conservancy

Robin Guenther
Perkins & Will

Leticia Perez
County of Kern

Hilda Solis (Invited)
County of Los Angeles
Click Here to learn more about all of our amazing plenary speakers
Pre-Forum Tours and Workshops Highlight
Mulch the Gulch: Adaptation Strategies at Willow Springs Park
Tuesday, September 6 * Time: 9:30AM – 3:45 PM, Cost: $20

Come explore one of Long Beach’s largest ongoing restoration projects and learn about the important role adaptation plays in the revitalization of open spaces. Historically an oil field and artesian springs site, Willow Springs Park is currently undergoing a major restoration project to rehabilitate its natural habitat and ecosystem..Click Here to read more

The Famous Long Beach Bike Tour
Tuesday, September 6 * Time: 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM, Cost: $35
Long Beach aspires to be among the best bike cities in the nation and is moving confidently on that agenda. Bikeshare is working, bike lanes are painted, protected bike lanes are installed, bike boulevards are built and more are in design…Click Here to read more
Exclusive Tour of the Port of Long Beach, the Port of the Future
Tuesday, September 6 * 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM, Cost: FREE

Get an up-close view of one of the busiest and greenest seaports in North America. The Port of Long Beach welcomes you to an all-access pass on a boat to enjoy a rare view of massive ships and construction projects while learning about cargo operations and environmental initiatives…

Engaging Communities in Effective Problem Solving
Tuesday, September 6 * 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Cost: $95
The Resilient Communities Initiative (RCI) presents Engaging Communities in Effective Problem Solving, a special training for government staff who work on climate resilience. Participants will explore pitfalls of community engagement and learn proven strategies to working with grassroots groups to develop a good agenda, balance discussion, resolve conflict, achieve consensus, and build partnerships…Click Here to read more
Multi-Stakeholder Exercise Training on Integrating Mitigation and Adaptation to Enhance Community Cohesion
Tuesday, September 6 * 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Cost: FREE
Several security, adaptation, and resilience experts from The Cadmus Group, Inc. will host a 4-hour tabletop exercise where participants will take on roles and responsibilities of stakeholders in a fictitious urban community facing a variety of threats and hazards, climate change being one, and experience the challenges and opportunities associated with integrating mitigation and adaptation solutions through stakeholder collaboration…Click Here to read more
California Coastal Resilience Networking Session
Tuesday, September 6 * 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM, Cost: FREE
Network members will meet to further develop and refine our proposed policy platform, to develop work and implementation plans for the coming year, and to brainstorm new ways to collaborate across the coast. Current members are encouraged to attend. Anyone interested in joining the Network and/or participating in the workshop is invited to contact Kelly Leo, Coastal Project Director at The Nature Conservancy ( for more information…Click Here to read more
Being Prepared for Climate Change: A Workbook for Developing Risk-Based Adaptation Plans
Tuesday, September 6 * 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Cost: $40
The purpose of this hands-on session is to demonstrate how to work through the first five steps of EPA’s Being Prepared for Climate Change workbook to conduct a risk-based vulnerability assessment…Click Here to read more
Enhancing Your Organization’s Climate Preparedness Capacity through Management/Staff Education and Training
Tuesday, September 6 * 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Cost: FREE
The implications of climate change and systems planning required to adapt represent a significant challenge to an organization’s human resources.  Key ingredients to successful climate adaptation include:
  • Developing a talent pool of skilled and knowledgeable assets across key decision making and professional roles throughout the organization,
  • Ensuring there is enough depth to support employee transitions and departures,
  • Recruiting the right people with the right skills, and
  • Establishing continuing education requirements and resources.

Click Here to read more

Do you have a program, project or initiative that you’d like to share with adaptation leaders inCalifornia? We encourage you to share your efforts with Forum participants and other interested adaptation leaders in the State so that we can build our collective body of knowledge.

Following the Forum, we will share these case studies with  EcoAdapt who will host them on the Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange.

Click Here to get started!
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Thank you to Our Forum Sponsors

Climate Adaptation Champion

Climate Adaptation Catalysts

Climate Adaptation Advocates

Climate Adaptation Supporters

Climate Adaptation Proponents
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This event is being hosted by the Local Government Commission
For questions, contact Khrystyna Platte at
For information on how to become a Forum sponsor
contact Kif Scheuer at or 415-717-4809

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