Monthly News from CR: July 2018

Posted by on July 6, 2018

6 simple steps to a cooler L.A.

With summer heat kicking in, Climate Resolve wants to announce a “cool vision.”

We are advocating for these 6 simple steps; if followed, we can keep LA cool in the future.

  1. Make every roof a cool roof that reflects the sun’s energy back into space
  2. Treat roads with a reflective coating of titanium dioxide
  3. Do the same reflective treatment on parking lots and driveways
  4. Plant millions of trees
  5. Rebuild streets to capture rainwater, which in turn feeds the trees and can become a source of potable water
  6. Add mulch and biochar to the trees enabling them to survive future drought.

If we made these 6 physical improvements to Los Angeles’ built environment and urban land, the temperature here would drop by 5-10° F, effectively nullifying the warming anticipated from climate change.

A nice vision, right? Simple too. But did I say easy? In fact, none of this is easy.

The biggest roadblock is money. Our 6 steps will cost billions of dollars. But know this — Climate Resolve has been working on promising funding ideas, which we’ll announce in an upcoming newsletter.

Let’s #keepLAcool.

Climate Resolve and ClimatePlan on how to reduce congestion in “More Choices, Less Traffic” 

VMT reduction was the front-and-center topic of discussion at the historic first joint meeting on Wednesday, June 26th between the California Air Resources Board (ARB) and the California Transportation Commission (CTC), the two groups who are charged with aligning climate goals and state transportation funding.

Climate Resolve and partners showed up in numbers and testified before ARB and CTC to share why we need to reduce VMT (Vehicle Miles Traveled) — expanding on our framing document ‘More Choices, Less Traffic: Achieving Greater Efficiency & Equity from California’s Transportation Investments.’ 

This framing document serves as a resource for both agencies to invest more of California’s transportation dollars in public and active transit, and not highway widening.

As a result of our efforts, the CTC is calling for further research on the benefits of VMT reduction.

We are looking forward to the two bodies promoting strategies to achieve this goal by their next joint meeting in December.

Climate Resolve Gets It Done

Have you heard about the huge proposed 12,000-acre Centennial development on Tejon Ranch? With no transit option, and located dozens of miles from any job centers, the development will vastly increase greenhouse gas emissions and urban sprawl. In the LA Times, Associate Director Bryn Lindblad says, “Stopping a project like this is what we can do to make good on our climate goals.”

3M has created new innovative roofing shingles that help remove smog pollution. “We view smog-reducing technology, embedded into mainstream roofing materials, as a great step forward in addressing air quality and climate concerns,” said Jonathan Parfrey, founder and executive director of Climate Resolve.

Jonathan also speaks on how Los Angeles gets our water and how we might be taking it for granted in Sierra Magazine, “Efforts to Restore the Los Angeles River Collide With a Gentrifying City,”

Climate Resolve in Sacramento

SB 262 —As Governor Brown’s final term comes to a close, Climate Resolve supports Senator Wieckowski’s SB 262 that codifies the Brown Administration’s remarkable progress on climate resilience.

SB 30 — In special instances, insurance companies have created financial products that help communities gird themselves against the impacts of climate change. SB 30 would create a working group, led by the California Insurance Commissioner, to examine how these new products could be established in the Golden State.

P2P Report: Faith-Based Climate Solutions

On June 27th, Climate Resolve hosted the P2PLA Leadership Circle Quarterly Meeting on Faith-Based Climate Solutions.

The first guest speaker, Eugene Shirley (co-founder and president at Pando Populus), talked about Pando’s unique approach to collaborating with local faith communities on ecological projects. The second guest speaker, Anita (Ani) Fête Crews (Director of Blessed Tomorrow at ecoAmerica), shared her insight on how to engage with faith leaders and communities on climate action across different faith traditions.

Crews emphasized why faith leaders need to act on climate, “Climate change is a moral issue… it’s a spiritual issue… The faith-based values here are directly tied to support climate solutions. These solutions help us to protect communities most affected by climate change, such as the poor, ensuring there’s equity and justice in scarce resources.”

Check out the webinar recording here!

Explore: Check out ecoAmerica’s latest guide on meaningful climate solutions. ‘Moving Forward: A Guide to Building Momentum on Climate Solutions in Your Community’ will provide you with ideas and resources to act.

Register today for the California Adaptation Forum August 27-29, 2018

Join us for the 3rd California Adaptation Forum, taking place August 27-29, 2018 in Sacramento, CA! 👏 Early Bird Registration is now open! 👏 This statewide event is a great opportunity to learn about emerging trends in the field of climate adaptation.

Climate Resolve is proud to be an Advocate of the 3rd California Adaptation Forum! The Forum will feature a dynamic program across three full days including plenaries, breakout sessions, workshops, tours, a tools salon, a hosted reception, and numerous networking opportunities. Climate adaptation practitioners from across the state and nation at the Participants will walk away with new strategies, tools, and connections to accelerate adaptation efforts in their own communities.

We hope that you can join us!

Register Now!  
www.californiaadaptationforum.org/registration/

 

Upcoming Events

Thursday, July 12th 10AM-12PM — California and L.A. at the Forefront of Subnational Climate Leadership — Join California climate leaders including Gary Gero, Chief Sustainability Officer of LA County, and Jonathan Parfrey, Executive Director of Climate Resolve, at Climate Resolve’s home Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator. Explore how the City of LA and the State of California can maintain their leadership in #ClimateAction and serve as a model for cities and states around the world.

Sat, July 14, 2018 8AM-12PM — Tree Indexing with Climate Resolve & Amigos de los Rios— We want to know how much tree canopy is available at Whittier Narrows! Trees are essential to combat the urban heat island effect.Become a citizen scientist by helping Climate Resolve and Amigos de los Rios measure tree canopy at Whittier Narrows Park. We will train you the day of and provide all the materials! Refreshments provided.

Sat, July 14th 8AM-2PM — Latino Conservation Week (LCW) Kick Off — Join Nature for All as our coalition hosts a community clean up of the Wildwood Picnic Area + Big Tujunga Creek with the Forest Service’s support.

Friday July 17th 8:30AM-2PM —  Board of Supervisors public hearing and vote on the Safe, Clean Water Program — Our most vulnerable communities suffer disproportionately from pollution, lack of open space and, recreational opportunities. Wear blue and join #OurWaterLA at the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting as they vote on the #SafeCleanWater Program! Your voice is needed to secure $300 million worth of local jobs, equity, health, and the environment!

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