California Resilience Challenge Winners Announced

The California Resilience Challenge, an unprecedented statewide initiative of the Bay Area Council Foundation, unveiled the winners of its 2020 climate change adaptation planning grants in a heavily attended webinar with special guest Kate Gordon, Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (watch the webinar here). The up-to $200,000 grants will help communities plan for improvements to local and regional climate resilience. In the Bay Area, the Aquatic Science Center was awarded a grant to study the impacts of sea level rise on groundwater tables beneath Bay Area cities and infrastructure; and the City/County Association of San Mateo County was awarded a grant to study how to use local school property to capture stormwater runoff and reduce urban heat islands.

Special thanks to funders PG&E, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Valley Water, Metropolitan Water District, Southern California Edison, Resources Legacy Fund, Alaska Airlines, SFPUC, SD Bechtel Jr. Foundation, and Pillsbury; and special thanks to the Advisory Committee members AECOM, Pillsbury, Climate Resolve, Environmental Defense Fund, Ceres, and the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research. To learn more contact Vice President Adrian Covert.

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