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Posted Wednesday, July 23, 2014

2014 California Adaptation Forum

Elected officials and staff are invited to attend the first California Adaptation Forum in the state capital from August 19th – 20th, 2014 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, 1230 J Street in Sacramento. This forum was organized by the Local Government Commission and the State of California. This forum is designed to create a comprehensive network of multi-disciplinary adaptation leaders who have a strong commitment to addressing climate risks in California. The program is reflective of the diverse needs and challenges that California is facing. Confirmed keynotes speakers include California Air Resources Board Chairman Mary Nichols, California Natural Resources Agency Secretary John Laird, and GreenBiz Group Chairman and Executive Editor Joel Makower.

Who Will Be There
The Forum will engage a diverse mix of more than 600 California policymakers, practitioners and leaders. The audience will include elected officials, public- and private-sector leaders, nonprofits and researchers addressing public health, energy, water, emergency management, agriculture, biodiversity conservation and coastal management issues associated with climate change and adaptation.

Why You Should Attend
The California Adaptation Forum can help you be more effective in your work: What challenges are your neighborhood, community, city or region currently facing? With sessions in seven different tracks, you will be able to discover and attend numerous sessions that will help you address your community’s most pressing challenges – no matter your discipline or background.

The California Adaptation Forum will provide a valuable opportunity for face-to-face networking: In addition to the cutting-edge tools and resources, best practices, current research and ideas examined in the breakout sessions, the opportunities to network will also be invaluable. Share ideas and solutions with adaptation leaders and colleagues from around the state in a dynamic and inspirational learning environment.

To register and for more information, visit the Forum website at http://www.californiaadaptationforum.org/.

This two-day forum will build off last year’s successful National Adaptation Forum in Colorado. The attendance of many California leaders there underscored the need for a California-focused event, which will be held every other year to complement the biennial national forum.

Posted Friday, July 11, 2014

Bay Area Regional Energy Network Forum on Tuesday, July 29, 2014
The Water-Energy Nexus: Strategies for Local Action
375 11th Street, Oakland

Elected officials and staff are invited to attend the Bay Area Regional Energy Network Forum on the Water-Energy Nexus on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Almost a fifth of electricity use and a third of natural gas use in California is attributable to water: its treatment, heating, and conveyance. This relationship is known as the water-energy nexus. One of the most cost-effective supplies of both water and energy is conservation, either “upstream” of the consumer meter during water transport and processing, or “downstream” of the meter in end users’ homes or businesses. Severe drought conditions and aggressive greenhouse gas reduction targets magnify the importance of the water-energy nexus in California.

What programs and technologies help consumers reduce their water and water heating use? How can local governments leverage these programs to help reach their climate action plan goals? What innovations can water utilities adopt to address the drought in cost-effective ways? The Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) along with the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD), invites government policymakers and sustainability staff, energy and water utility staff, and energy professionals to explore these issues through a local implementation lens.

Key presenters include:
• Richard Harris, East Bay Municipal Utility District
• Gary Klein, Gary Klein and Associates
• Frank Loge, UC Davis Center for Water-Energy Efficiency
• Misty Mersich, Sonoma County Windsor Efficiency PAYS®

Key audiences include:
• Local government policymakers and sustainability staff
• Water utility conservation staff
• Energy utility program implementers
• Energy Consultants

Register Here or call 510-464-7923. Have questions about The Water-Energy Nexus: Strategies for Local Action? Contact Bay Area Regional Energy Network.
Funding for the Regional Forum provided by BayREN and co-sponsored with EBMUD.

Posted Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Bay Delta Water: Better Together
A Conference on Fresh Water in Our Bay-Delta Estuary
September 24, 2014

Elected officials and staff, legislators, and non-governmental organizations are invited to attend the Bay Delta Water: Better Together conference on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Antioch Community Center. This conference is presented by the Association of Bay Area Governments, Delta Counties Coalition, and Friends of the San Francisco Estuary. Conference presenters will discuss the importance of fresh water to the Bay-Delta Estuary, the current planning processes underway that may negatively or positively impact fresh water flows, and what needs to be done to protect the environmental, economic, social, and health benefits of the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary.

The San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary watershed stretches from the Sierra Nevada foothills to beyond the Golden Gate, and is the largest estuary on the west coast of the Americas. This valuable resource provides drinking water, productive commercial and sport fisheries, recreational opportunities, beautiful vistas, wildlife, and natural open spaces. The economic and environmental vitality of the Bay-Delta Estuary depends on a healthy and dynamic balance between ocean water and fresh water; however, this balance has been lost, with devastating impacts.

Increasing freshwater flows through the Bay and Delta is essential to restoring the health of the Estuary and maintaining the economic vitality of our area. Our Bay-Delta Estuary needs fresh water to prevent its devastating decline. We are at risk of losing this natural treasure with which we have been entrusted. A variety of solutions exist to meet both current and future human water needs and also provide freshwater flows to the Estuary.

Conference Objectives:
• Effective regional voice for adequate freshwater flows

• A forum to discuss ways to increase cohesive regional representation and influence decisionmaking power in current planning efforts

• Increased understanding that the Bay and Delta are one Estuary, and what affects one part of the estuary impacts the whole system

• Increased appreciation for the importance of freshwater flows to the environmental, economic, and social health of the Bay-Delta region

Desired Outcomes:
• Increased regional collaboration and representation to influence current planning efforts

Funding provided by:
Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment, Friends of the San Francisco Estuary, and the San Francisco Estuary Partnership.

For more information, contact Darcie Luce ▪ Friends of the San Francisco Estuary ▪ (510) 282-1254 ▪ friendsofsfestuary@gmail.com.

Posted Wednesday, June 25, 2014

New Bay Area Water Trail Web Map Launches

Looking to spend some time this summer on the Bay in your kayak or other small watercraft and don’t know where to go? The San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail is launching a new web-based interactive map! This trip planning tool for non-motorized small boat users showcases Water Trail launch and destination sites. Boaters can view information about each designated Water Trail site, complete with description, photos, directions, and a link for more detailed information about each site. View the map at http://sfbaywatertrail.org/map/.

The nine-county Water Trail program is intended to promote recreational water access opportunities and increase an appreciation of the Bay and its unique resources. Trip planning resources give boaters information about where they can go to access the Bay. This valuable information is featured on the Water Trail website, which also includes links to real-time water and weather conditions, information about the Bay’s wildlife, and a list of outfitters and clubs where people can rent boats, take classes, or go on guided trips. The Water Trail web map complements the information already provided and is designed to grow as more Water Trail sites are added. Future updates could include the location of waterfront lodging, camping, or boat rental locations.

The base map used to create the Water Trail web map is the same one created and used by the San Francisco Bay Trail Project. The Water Trail map has Bay-side details that are of interest to both Water Trail and Bay Trail users and having both trails share the map is a good example of different programs working together to leverage funds and share resources. The State Coastal Conservancy provides funding for both trail programs. For more information, visit the San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail website at http://sfbaywatertrail.org.

The San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail program is a four agency partnership led by the State Coastal Conservancy, in close collaboration with the Association of Bay Area Governments, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, and Division of Boating and Waterways (now part of the Department of Parks and Recreation).

Posted Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Local Governments Honored with Growing Smarter Together Awards
View Videos of these Award Winning Projects

ABAG’s Eighth Annual Growing Smarter Together Awards were presented during its Spring General Assembly to the cities of Redwood City, Walnut Creek, Campbell, Richmond, Fremont, South San Francisco, and Vallejo. The role of the cities’ public private partners was also recognized with representatives praised for their contributions. Video presentations of the projects were a special highlight, visually documenting the cities’ innovative collaborative efforts in revitalization, planning, innovation and technology to create sustainable communities and promote conservation and green community.

Redwood City received the first Powering Forward—Innovation and Technology Award for their milestone social media and Police Public Safety Campaign. Two Public Private Partnership Awards were presented, with the City of Walnut Creek and Habitat for Humanity-East Bay Silicon Valley recognized for their innovative collaboration to create Pleasant Creek Homes with its affordable home ownership units. The City of Campbell, Santa Clara Valley Water District, and Summerhill Homes received the second Public Private Partnership award for their groundbreaking work together to develop Maravilla affordable workforce housing.

The City of Richmond was honored with two awards in the categories of Start It Up for its sustainable, healthy community-driven General Plan, and a Preserving and Protecting the Environment Award with Marin Clean Energy (MCE) as a Community Choice Aggregator. The City of Fremont was praised for its implementation of its Downtown Fremont-General Plan with an On the Ground-Getting It Done award. The groundbreaking development by South San Francisco with MidPen Housing for creating 636 El Camino, affordable housing for families offering a full range of services and amenities, exemplified the Sharing the Benefits award. The City of Vallejo and Domus Development received the special Urban Design award their adaptive reuse of Temple Arts Loft into residential-commercial artist lofts and strategic redesign of surrounding downtown area into an arts and entertainment district.

The cities’ award winning projects exemplify the goals of the Growing Smarter Together Awards to strengthen and support existing communities and create a better connection between jobs, housing and transportation to address residents’ daily needs. These local government efforts help create a sustainable community protecting our Bay Area environment while also creating a strong economy and supporting social equity through innovation and collaboration.

View videos at http://www.abag.ca.gov/smarter.html.

Posted Tuesday, April 29, 2014

View PowerPoint Presentations from ABAG Spring 2014 General Assembly Sharing Opportunity in the Bay Area: Access to Jobs and Housing

Jed Kolko, Chief Economist and Vice President of Analytics, Trulia

Dena Belzer, President, Strategic Economics

Kate Sofis, Founding Executive Director, SFMade

Ada Chan, Board Member, Eastside Cultural Center

Julien Gervreau, Sustainability Manager, Jackson Family Wines

Meea Kang, President, Domus Development

Carlos Romero, Director, Urban Ecology

Posted Monday, November 25, 2013

Rebates for Energy Upgrades Come to Bay Area

New Website Connects Homeowners with Free Home Upgrade Advisor Service

The Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) has announced that Bay Area homeowners now can get rebates and special assistance for making home improvements that increase energy efficiency. Energy Upgrade California™ Home Upgrade offers rebates to single-family homeowners (one to four units) in the nine Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma. Details about the rebates and a free Home Upgrade Advisor service are at BayAreaEnergyUpgrade.org.

Homeowners who make energy efficiency improvements are eligible for incentives from $1,000 to $4,500, plus an additional $300 for completing a home energy assessment. Eligible home improvements include air sealing; duct sealing; attic insulation; high-efficiency furnaces, cooling systems, and water systems; wall insulation; and more.

In addition, a free Home Upgrade Advisor can provide direct one-to-one assistance to help homeowners through every step of the upgrade. Home Upgrade Advisors are Building Performance Institute certified energy efficiency professionals who can inform homeowners about their energy efficiency options, help them select an appropriate participating contractor, and help them navigate project installation and financing processes.

Homeowners can contact a Home Upgrade Advisor by calling 866-878-6008 or by submitting a brief form on the BayAreaEnergyUpgrade.org site. The site also features a list of participating contractors in the Bay Area. Homeowners who are ready to begin their upgrade can contact a participating contractor directly.

“There’s never been a better time for Bay Area homeowners to complete energy-efficient home improvements,” said Jennifer Berg, BayREN Program Manager. “Energy upgrades not only help you save energy and money but also enhance indoor air quality, making your home healthier and more livable and your family more comfortable all year round. And these rebates and personalized assistance from a Home Upgrade Advisor make it easy to get all the benefits of energy efficiency upgrades plus get cash back.”

About BayREN
BayREN is a resource for local governments to implement large-scale, cross-sector energy management strategies on a regional level. Led by the Association of Bay Area Governments, BayREN is made up of public agencies representing all nine counties in the Bay Area. BayREN is one of only two regional energy networks in California and represents 20% of the state’s population and half the population within the Pacific Gas and Electric Company service territory. For more information, call 866-878-6008 or visit www.bayareaenergyupgrade.org.

Posted Friday, August 2, 2013

Local Government Health and Wellness Forum
Creating Healthy Communities

Co-sponsored by ABAG and Kaiser Permanente on September 12, 2013
View Presentations and Other Resources

The Local Government Health and Wellness Forum on Creating Healthy Communities was offered as a special resource and benefit for ABAG member cities, towns, and counties on Thursday, September 12th in the MetroCenter Auditorium in Oakland. Expert panelists showcased best practices demonstrating how communities can become healthier places to live, work and play. View these presentations online as shown below to learn more about creating worksite wellness programs, walkable active communities, and accessible healthy food options.

Loel Solomon, Ph.D., Vice President, Community Health, Kaiser Permanente

Scott Hadley, Human Resources Benefits Manager, County of Marin

Barbara Brown, Occupational Health Program Manager, Solano County Health and Social Services

Melissa Stevenson Dile, Assistant City Manager, City of Mountain View

Supervisor Eric Mar, City and County of San Francisco

Coire Reilly, Manager Injury, Prevention & Physical Activity Promotion Project Community Wellness and Prevention Program, Contra Costa Health Services

Preston Maring, MD, Kaiser Permanente Associate Physician-in Chief

Other Local Government Health and Wellness Resources (links)

Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Cities Campaign

HEAL Zones

Healthy Workplace Strategies

American Heart Association: Fit Friendly Workplace

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO)

East Bay Parks Trails Challenge

San Francisco Department of Public Health

Shape Up San Francisco

Contra Costa County Health Services
Community Wellness and Prevention Program

City of Richmond Community Health and Wellness Element

Concord HEAL

Healthy and Livable Pittsburg

Marin County Wellness

Sonoma County Healthy Habits

Santa Clara County Wellness

Live Healthy America

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