MMANC Event on Creating Sustainable Communities: How local and regional governments are combatting climate change

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New Sacramento City Hall

New Sacramento City Hall

Governor Brown’s participation in the recent United Nations conference on climate change in Paris highlighted California as a leader in climate change and sustainability efforts. A recent op-ed in the Sacramento Bee from Chris McKenzie, Executive Director of the League of California Cities and Matt Cate, Executive Director of the California State Association of Counties underscores the importance of local action and leadership on these vital issues. Many of California’s local and regional agencies are already leading the charge. Region 3 is hosting an event spotlighting two such agencies and their efforts to create more a more sustainable region, state and nation: the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) and Sacramento County.

SACOG’s Raef Porter will discuss their transportation climate adaptation plan for the Sacramento region. The plan includes a base-level analysis of climate impacts to the region’s transportation infrastructure, an adaptation policy framework, and outlines steps necessary to begin implementing the plan. The potential climate change impacts considered in the plan include: extreme temperatures; increased precipitation, runoff and flooding; increased wildfires; and landslides. Sacramento County’s Judy Robinson will share how the county it implementing sustainable policies and best practices. A few of the county’s innovative include: using GPS to determine the most efficient collection routes for waste management and recycling trucks, which helps reduce costs and greenhouse gas emissions; using sheep and goats at a county landfill to help reduce unwanted vegetation, which has cut the use of highly polluting gas trimmers; and replacing lighting fixtures with efficient LED lights to help save energy and money each year.

Event details:

When: Monday, January 25th 3-4:30pm

Where: New Sacramento City Hall 915 I St, Sacramento, CA 95814, Conference Room 1119

Cost: $5/MMANC Members and $10/Non-members

Register at: www.mmanc.org

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