Cal Poly to Host Climate Action Planning Conference Aug. 24-25

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s City and Regional Planning Department, in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR), will host the third California Climate Action Planning Conference on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 24-25, in the Performing Arts Center.

The 2017 conference will focus on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and climate adaptation at the local and regional levels. In the opening session at 9 a.m. Thursday, state and local leaders will discuss how California can maintain its role as a national and global leader in addressing the climate crisis.

“California is really at the cutting edge of what is going on in climate change response, in the world,” said Ken Alex, director of the Governor's Office of Planning and Research, who will open the conference via video. “We are one of the originators of the Under 2 Coalition, which is now almost 200 jurisdictions around the world fighting climate change.”

San Luis Obispo Mayor Heidi Harmon and Aaron Klemm, the chief of Energy and Sustainability at the California State University Chancellor’s Office, will also speak in the opening session.

Additional panels will feature leaders in their field on discussions including how to address climate change impacts to underserved communities, how local governments can fund climate action planning and how to measure success.

“California continues to be an innovator in addressing the climate crisis,” said Michael R. Boswell, professor of city and regional planning and the conference organizer. “We are bringing the leaders in the field to Cal Poly to share best practices and inspire each other to create low-carbon, resilient communities.”

The 2013 and 2015 conferences were held at Cal Poly and each attracted more than 200 professionals from around the state.

Event sponsors include PlaceWorks, PG&E, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, SoCalGas, ICF International, San Luis Obispo County Energy Watch, Ascent Environmental, Resources Legacy Fund, and Raimi & Associates.

For more information, visit the conference webpage at planning.calpoly.edu/CCAPC. Registration is required; day-of registration is allowed. Follow the conference on Twitter at #CCAPC.

Contact: Michael Boswell
805-756-2496; mboswell@calpoly.edu 

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