Webinars 8/23-24: Lessons Learned in CivicSpark Project Implementation, Central Coast, Los Angeles, and Southern California Regions

CivicSpark is a Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps program that provides capacity-building support to local governments to accelerate California’s response and resiliency to climate change. These webinars aim to provide a snapshot of some of the accomplishments of the 2015-16 service year, with an emphasis on sharing lessons learned and best practices.

CivicSpark: Lessons Learned from the
Southern California Region
Tuesday, August 23rd | 3:00 – 4:00 PM PST
This webinar will feature the following CivicSpark fellows and projects:
  • Mackenzie Bolger, Mike Kloha and Bree Swenson have been supporting the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) with the development of a comprehensive set of sustainability indicators and an interactive map to illustrate the sustainability progress of each city and county in the SCAG region.
  • Grant Jean, Kelly Ryan and Jennifer Truong have been supporting the WaterLA urban acupuncture program by developing bio-diverse landscape plan templates and policy measures to adapt existing street tree and parkway plan lists to conserve water and build community resilience.
  • Arya Maolemi has been working with the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority to support their education and outreach programs, and with the Inland Empire Utilities Agency on the development of the Urban Water Management Plan and the Integrated Resources Plan, to improve water resiliency in the Inland Empire.
CivicSpark: Lessons Learned from the
Central Coast and Los Angeles
Wednesday, August 24th | 2:00 – 3:00 PM PST
This webinar will feature the following CivicSpark fellows and projects:
  • Frank Chen has been supporting the implementation of the County of Santa Barbara’s Energy and Climate Action Plan by training County departments on the new GHG monitoring tool, as well as developing reporting and enforcement protocols.
  • Mikael Matossian has been supporting the City of Santa Monica with the development of a final report on the City’s 15×15 Climate Action Plan and the integration of various components into a larger 2030/2050 Climate Action and Adaptation Plan.
  • Sergio Avelar has been supporting the development of the Urban Heat Island Reduction Plan, an interdepartmental effort involving multiple LA County departments focused on 4 key strategy areas – roofs, urban green space, trees and pavements – to reduce the urban heat island effect.
  • Teresa Perez has been supporting the Climate and Health Initiative, an internal effort of the LA County Department of Public Health, by identifying concrete goals and developing action plans to support the Department’s Five Point Plan to Help Reduce the Health Impacts of Climate Change.
  • Daniel Maloney has been supporting the development and implementation of LA County’s Sustainability Policy, performing an inventory of existing and future sustainability-related policies and initiatives, and developing metrics and dashboards to track the county’s progress.
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