This public forum will bring together individuals from across a wide spectrum of sectors and disciplines who are working to ensure that Sonoma County remains vibrant and resilient in a changing climate. More than 200 attendees will explore new and innovative approaches for adapting to climate change.

  • Local elected officials and commissioners
  • Conservation and natural resource professionals
  • Health professionals
  • Planners, architects, and urban designers
  • Students
  • Business professionals
  • Air quality, flood control, fire and public safety professionals
  • Non-profits
  • Emergency preparedness and response professionals
  • Agricultural producers and industry professionals
  • Transportation professionals
  • Community members

The latest information about the event agenda can be found here:

This event will be the first-ever county-level climate adaptation forum, and comes on the heels of the recent White House Climate Action Champion award given to Sonoma County’s Regional Climate Protection Authority (RCPA), lauded as the nation’s “first local government agency created specifically to address climate change.” As one of only 16 communities nationwide to receive this award, Sonoma County is now eligible for additional federal dollars and other resources to bolster local programs and policies.

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“Sonoma County is on the cutting edge of communities nationwide looking at climate change,” said Rohnert Park City Councilman Jake Mackenzie. Mr. Mackenzie is also Chair of the Local Government Commission, and Past Chair and currently a Director of RCPA. “This forum is an opportunity to take another proactive step in determining how we can prepare for the change that we know is coming.”

The Sonoma County Adaptation Forum is being held at the Sonoma State University Student Center in Rohnert Park, CA. Sonoma State University (SSU) is the perfect partner for this event given their well-established focus on sustainability, which they recognize as among the most critical global and ethical challenges of our time. At SSU, students, faculty, staff and administrators learn and work in an environment that focuses on the environmental, economic and cultural implications of sustainability to help realize a sustainable, equitable and prosperous planet.

Registration for the Adaptation Forum opens at 8:00 am, and includes morning coffee, lunch, and a closing reception. This event is expected to sell out, and we encourage advance registration.

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