Resources from the 8th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum [2017]

8th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum resources, including session presentations, session notes, and posters, are now available online. This year’s forum focusesd on Bridging the Gap. Topics highlight approaches and strategies that catalyze local energy and sustainability action to close gaps in planning to implementation, data and technology, policy to practice, urban and rural, and more. […]

Best Practices: Adopted Reach Codes

State law establishes a process that allows local adoption of building energy standards that are more stringent than statewide standards, sometimes called “reach codes.” Local governments can adopt and enforce building energy standards before the statewide standards effective date, require additional energy conservation measures, and/or set more stringent energy budgets. Download Best Practices: Adopted Reach […]

Guide for Funding of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations [2017]

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) has created a guide to help you navigate the funding options for plug-in electric vehicle charging infrastructure. It is designed to both help in the prioritization of facilities and in the process of securing funding for the stations and associated infrastructure costs. It includes a comprehensive list of utility and […]

CA General Plan Guidelines [2017]

The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) has been engaged in a thorough update of the General Plan Guidelines (GPG). OPR is statutorily required by Government Code Section 65040.2 to adopt and periodically revise State guidelines for the preparation and content of local general plans for all cities and counties in California. This 2017 […]

CURRENTS: Spring 2017 edition [2017]

CURRENTS is the Local Government Commission’s free quarterly newsletter providing local elected officials and staff with current information on energy issues affecting California local governments. CURRENTS provides readers with current information on energy issues affecting local governments in California. Read the Spring 2017 Issue of CURRENTS. Please rate this resource 5 Stars = Excellent

Vital Signs by Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission

The San Francisco Bay Area has established an innovative monitoring initiative to track trends related to transportation, land and people, the economy, the environment and social equity. Measurements in these areas are our region’s Vital Signs – helping us understand where we are succeeding and where we are falling short. Led by the Metropolitan Transportation […]

Climate Communications and Behavior Change: A Guide for Practitioners

Climate Communications and Behavior Change: A Guide for Practitioners is a guidebook, developed by the Social Capital Project of the Climate Leadership Initiative, that draws on extensive global warming, behavior change and communications research to distill tools and recommendations that climate leaders can easily apply. It includes talking points that have been tested with the […]

California Climate Adaptation Strategy (2013)

In 2009, California adopted a statewide Climate Adaptation Strategy (CAS) that summarizes climate change impacts and recommends adaptation strategies across seven sectors: Public Health, Biodiversity and Habitat, Oceans and Coastal Resources, Water, Agriculture, Forestry, and Transportation and Energy. The 2009 CAS was the first of its kind in the usage of downscaled climate models to […]

National Tree Benefit Calculator

The Tree Benefit Calculator allows anyone to make a simple estimation of the benefits individual street-side trees provide. This tool is based on i-Tree’s street tree assessment tool called STREETS. With inputs of location, species and tree size, users will get an understanding of the environmental and economic value trees provide on an annual basis. The Tree Benefit Calculator […]

Marin County’s Game of Floods

The “Game of Floods” was developed by the County of Marin as a public education activity on sea level rise adaptation, including traditional flood protection measures such as levees and seawalls; green infrastructure approaches including horizontal levees, wetland restorations, and beach nourishment; and policy/zoning changes. The Game of Floods is a small group activity, with […]

EPA Climate Scenarios Projection Map

This map provides easy-to-access scenario-based climate change projections drawn from CREAT. The impacts from a changing climate, including extreme heat and more intense storms, present challenges to water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities and the communities they serve. Understanding how climate change may affect a utility’s ability to maintain and deliver adequate, reliable, and sustainable water […]

USGS Flood Inundation Mapper

The USGS Flood Inundation Mapping (FIM) Program helps communities protect lives and property by providing tools and information to help them understand their local flood risks and make cost-effective mitigation decisions. The USGS Flood Inundation Mapping Program has two main functions: 1) Partner with local communities to assist with the development and validation of flood inundation map libraries. 2) […]

Bay Area’s Adapting to Rising Tides Project

In 2010, the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) and NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management (NOAA OCM) brought together local, regional, state and federal agencies and organizations, as well as non-profit and private associations for a collaborative planning project along the Alameda County shoreline – the ART Subregional Project – to identify how current and future […]

Climate Central’s Surging Seas Risk Finder

Climate Central’s Program on Sea Level Rise provides accurate, clear and granular information about sea level rise and coastal flood hazards both locally and globally, today and tomorrow. Anchored in rigorous primary research, our work distinguishes itself by its user-friendly maps and tools, extensive datasets, and high-quality visual presentation. The program dedicates its efforts to […]

NOAA’s Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts Viewer

Being able to visualize potential impacts from sea level rise is a powerful teaching and planning tool. The Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts Viewer, developed by the NOAA Office for Coastal Management, offers access to data and information about the risks of sea level rise, storm surge, and flooding along the coastal United […]


Cal-Adapt provides a view of how climate change might affect California. The portal synthesizes volumes of downscaled climate change projections and climate impact research from California’s scientific community. Here you will find tools, climate data, and resources to conduct research, develop adaptation plans and build applications.Visit Cal-Adapt here. Please rate this resource 5 Stars = […]