Los Angeles County, Loma Linda, and Malibu Selected to Receive SoCalGas Grants for Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Planning

by TRC Companies

SoCalGas announced the City of Loma Linda, the City of Malibu and Los Angeles County each have been selected to receive $50,000 grants as part of the utility’s Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Planning Grant program. The grants will support local efforts to prepare for climate-change risks such as wildfires, drought, sea level rise, flooding, and other events.

The winning applications were selected from across Southern and Central California by an advisory panel of planning and sustainability experts from the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC), Climate Resolve, and the American Planning Association-California Chapter (APA-California). Recipients were judged based on their proposal’s emphasis on: collaboration among various agencies; addressing vulnerabilities in disadvantaged communities; and benefits beyond resiliency, such as to public health, air quality, reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and the economy. The grant program is funded by SoCalGas shareholders and does not impact natural gas bills. Photos of the grant presentations are available here.

“Collaboration between energy providers and local governments will be critical to fight climate change, prepare for its impacts, and to ensure that our collective planning efforts deliver diverse and affordable clean energy options for families and businesses,” said Sharon Tomkins, SoCalGas chief environmental officer and vice president of strategy and engagement.

“Inclusive, community-centered planning practices are needed to develop climate adaptation strategies that work best for local residents,” said Bryn Lindblad, deputy director of Climate Resolve. “This year’s awardees really exemplify that collaborative spirit of co-creating solutions alongside their constituents. The projects also aim to enhance equity by prioritizing the needs of vulnerable populations.”

Continue reading the press release here: https://sempra.mediaroom.com/2020-01-09-Los-Angeles-County-Loma-Linda-and-Malibu-Selected-to-Receive-SoCalGas-Grants-for-Climate-Adaptation-and-Resiliency-Planning