Mapping Fire Risk and Planning for Recovery in Sonoma County

“In the State of California, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, CALFIRE, maps Fire Hazard Severity Zones based on fuels, terrain, weather, and other relevant factors. These areas are classified into three zones: Moderate, High, and Very High. While CALFIRE data provide an essential baseline for assessing and mapping fire hazard zones, the…

Building resilience with microgrids and smart energy

“In some regions, electric grids have increased capacity, become more reliable, much better at integrating distributed renewables, smarter and more resilient. In other places, serious investment is needed to reduce the risk of failure in storms and malfunctions that cause everything from wildfires to millions living for days in darkness. Microgrids are a growing part…

How energy efficiency can contribute to resilient rebuilding

“The Atlantic hurricane season is just beginning, and experts are predicting another active year. With that forecast and last year’s devastating storms in mind, many are calling for a rebuilding strategy that reduces the risk of repeated devastation by building more resilient communities. Energy efficiency should be a central component of that strategy. Its technologies…

Indicators of Climate Change in California

From record temperatures to proliferating wildfires and rising seas, climate change poses an immediate and escalating threat to California’s environment, public health, and economic vitality. Recent climate-related events – such as the devastating 2017 wildfires and the recordsetting 2012-16 drought – have highlighted the challenges that confront the state as its climate continues to evolve.…

Advanced energy programs and strategies in the North Bay Community Resilience Initiative – May 24

The second webinar on the North Bay Community Resilience Initiative will feature Rachel Kuykendall of Sonoma Clean Power and John Sarter of Microgrid Development Group. They will cover: -The Advanced Energy Rebuild program for the North Bay, a joint effort of Sonoma Clean Power, Pacific Gas & Electric, and the Bay Area Air Quality Management…

Business Resiliency Workshop: Sonora – Apr. 25

At the half-day Disaster-Proof Your Business workshop, specifically focused on wildfire, you will learn how to prepare your people, your operations, and your assets before disaster strikes. Join us, and learn how to: Understand your risks and your environment -Assess your readiness -Take action -Update and test your resilience plan -Engage with community resiliency efforts…

How to ensure resilience in the grid of the future

“A low-carbon world is an electrified world. But electricity has an Achilles heel: it is vulnerable. And will become more so as digitalization progresses and extreme weather increases, notes Mark Byrne of the Total Environment Centre in Australia. To reduce vulnerability, Byrne believes we need to create a system of enmeshed micro-grids. Keywords: “mutual interdependence”.”…

Seven cities receive technical assistance to meet resiliency goals

“Each city will receive $10,000 in direct financial support, as well as technical assistance and professional development opportunities to help them meet community-specific resiliency goals. The seven cities selected for the 2018 Leadership in Community Resilience Program are: Birmingham, Ala.a; Bozeman, Mont.; Durango, Colo.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Kingston, N.Y.; Nashua, N.H.; and San Leandro, Calif. NLC…

Power Up: Residential Energy Efficiency and Resiliency – Mar 22

Following a natural disaster there are numerous demands on state and local governments from health and safety to transportation. Fortunately, energy efficiency can strengthen communities through increased resiliency both during and after a natural disaster. On this Better Buildings Residential Network Peer Exchange Call, our speakers will share their experiences and explore the ways in…
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