Heron Hall, Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation: 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa

Below is important information about the Building a Climate Ready Roadmap workshop, including documents to review for preparation.

Workshop Details: See agenda here

What to bring: Pen and pad, a hat, layers, and sunglasses for eating outside, a personal mug, your best thinking about climate adaptation and resiliency, and a willingness to think across sectors.

Meals: We will serve a light continental breakfast, Taylor-Maid Coffee and Guayaki Yerba Mate, A variety of sandwiches & salads for lunch.  Happy Hour will include wine from Kendall-Jackson and Gallo.

Who else is coming: Confirmed participants as of May 18

We would like all of our participants to stay the whole day.

It will be hard to “catch up” those who come late. It will be difficult to sustain the momentum if participants leave early. However, we know that life intervenes – so please email gtaylor@ggenesis.com if you have scheduling conflicts, so we can plan accordingly.

If you are not able to make it, please let us know; there is a waiting list of participants for this special event.

Workshop Preparation:

The purpose of the workshop is to collectively identify high leverage actions that leaders across sectors can pursue towards creating resilience in Sonoma County in the face of climate change.  NBCAI (see about NBCAI) will be using the proceedings of the day to put together a “Climate Ready Roadmap,” a document that will help connect the dots, identify the gaps, and highlight the numerous efforts already in place to forward climate adaptation and action.  It will also be used to help inform other efforts, such as Climate Action 2020.

To prepare for the workshop, please review the following documents:

  1. Please feel free to review the “SoCo Climate Adaptation Objectives”, which we will be using as a basis for discussion on Thursday.   Handouts will be made available at the event.
  2. Please review the the RCPA’s climate vulnerability assessment – it is your best possible primer on climate adaptation in Sonoma County.
  3. Be prepared to talk about activities that you are doing that contribute to climate resilience.
  4. Please fill out the following Climate Adaptation Objectives survey. (Once you go to this link, go to “climate adaptation objectives survey” to fill it out).

Optional Preparation:

  1. Other great resources on latest in climate adaptation in Sonoma County include the Portrait of Sonoma County, and NBCAI’s fact sheets.  Along with a summary of what the science projects, these resources also identify the places and the people that are most vulnerable in Sonoma County.
  2. If you weren’t able to attend the Forum on April 8, you can listen to the audio and look at the presentations.  Of particular interest may be the three panels featuring experts working on our local issues, and Kate Meis summarizing, as well as asking important questions:
    1. “Extreme Weather Science: Drought or Deluge in Sonoma County”
    2. “Adapting to Extremes: Managing the Risks of Climate Change in Sonoma County through Planning and Response.”
    3. “The Role of Agricultural and Open Space Lands in Responding to Climate Change”
    4. The summary (on audio) of Kate Meis, Local Government Commission

Thanks in advance for your efforts to prepare for our time together on Thursday. We look forward to a productive and inspiring day.

The Sonoma County Adaptation Forum Planning Committee includes:

North Bay Climate Adaptation Initiative (NBCAI) and the Community Foundation Sonoma County, the Regional Climate Protection Authority (RCPA), Local Government Commission, Sonoma County Water Agency, Sustainable SSU at Sonoma State University, County of Sonoma Energy & Sustainability Division, County of Sonoma Public Health Division, Brelje & Race Consulting Engineers, Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy, Global Genesis, Sustainable North Bay