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EPISODE 38 | 19 MINS

Cap and Trade, Where Do We Go From Here? – Climate Adaptation Series, Part 3

WITH KATE MEIS, JONATHAN PARFREY, AND STEVE FRISCH


New to this series? Catch up, starting with Part 1 of our Climate Adaptation Series HERE.

 

TOPIC

Finding Equity Around Funding and Financing

IN THIS EPISODE

02:15 Jonathan tells about the dynamic in Maryland, where the worst impacts are being felt by people who are not politically powerful.
05:43 Steve tells how he’s bringing the vulnerable populations into addressing climate-change resilience.
10:50 Steve describes if he’s been able to utilize funding in a way that addresses resiliency at the community level.
14:14 Jonathan weighs in on the subject of cool roofs.


GUESTS

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Kate Meis is the Executive Director of the Local Government Commission (LGC). Kate is a champion for local governments; a recognized leader in local climate change adaptation, mitigation and clean energy efforts; and an ardent coalition builder. She obtained a Masters of Science degree in Community and Regional Development from the University of California, Davis, and has a Sociology Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Sonoma.

Jonathan Parfrey is the Executive Director and Founder of Climate Resolve, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit, founded in 2010, that is dedicated to creating practical solutions to meet the climate challenge while making Southern California more livable and prosperous today and for generations to come by inspiring people at home, at work, and in government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and local air pollution, as well as prepare for climate change impacts.

Steve Frisch is President of Sierra Business Council and one of its founding members. Over the last 20 years, Sierra Business Council has leveraged more than $100 million of investment in the Sierra Nevada and its communities through community and public-private partnerships. Sierra Business Council also manages the Sierra Small Business Development Center focusing on advancing sustainable business practices and linking new and expanding businesses to climate mitigation and adaptation funding.

ORGANIZATIONS

For over 35 years LGC has connected cutting-edge leaders from across the nation. Together they are advancing transformative policies and implementing innovative solutions for sustainable communities. LGC works to build livable communities and local leadership by connecting leaders via innovative programs and network opportunities, advancing policies through participation at the local and state level, and implementing solutions as a technical assistance provider and advisor to local jurisdictions. With roots in California and a national reputation, LGC offers inspiration, information, and partnership for local and regional champions dedicated to building thriving communities that integrate civic engagement with environmental, social and economic priorities.

Climate Resolve is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit, founded in 2010, that is dedicated to creating real, practical solutions to meet the climate challenge while building a better city for Angelenos. Their mission is to make Southern California more livable and prosperous today and for generations to come by inspiring people at home, at work, and in government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and local air pollution, as well as prepare for climate change impacts.

Sierra Business Council pioneers and demonstrates innovative approaches and solutions to increase community vitality, economic prosperity, environmental quality, and social fairness in the Sierra Nevada. In the Sierra Nevada, change and challenge create opportunities. Through innovation, integrity, and respect, Sierra Business Council harnesses these opportunities by implementing projects that model proactive change. Their goal is a diverse, inventive, and sustainable region where the economy is vibrant, the land is thriving, and the communities offer opportunity for all. They act as steward leaders of the region, taking responsibility for the care and responsible management of our place, guided by the triple bottom line that considers the economy, environment, and community simultaneously.

TAKEAWAY QUOTES

“Los Angeles is a county of about 10 million people, and a recent study found that over 50 percent of the population was at moderate or high vulnerability to climate impacts. So, in this one county, that’s over 5 million people that are at risk to climate impacts, and the vast majority of those people come from disadvantaged communities or low-income communities.”

“I do think that we need a more focused look at what constitutes a disadvantaged community or a disadvantaged person in California, and we need think about how we come up with a better way to take regional and geographic and different disparities into consideration.”

“All of these programs really should be focused at addressing an incredibly important problem in California, which is the raising gap between the rich and the poor, and poverty in California, which has increased dramatically in the last decade. If we can’t link poverty reduction and climate adaptation and mitigation, then I think we’re going to have some real problems implementing a policy in this state.”

RESOURCES

Infinite Earth Radio Episode 36: Making the Global Local – Climate Adaptation Series We kick off our Climate Adaptation Series by discussing how although climate change is global in nature, its impacts are felt locally.

Infinite Earth Radio Episode 37: Climate Communication—Climate Adaptation Series, Part 2 In Part 2 of our Climate Adaptation Series, we share methods for communicating climate change issues to diverse stakeholder groups. 

Infinite Earth Radio Episode 39: Cap and Trade, Where Do We Go From Here? – Climate Adaptation Series, Part 4 In the final episode of our Climate Adaptation Series, we discuss cap and trade in California, environmental justice concerns, and the best path forward.

2016 Climate Adaptation Forum

Local Government Commission (LCG)

Climate Resolve

Sierra Business Council

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