Climate change will impact California in a number of critical
ways, including impacts on agriculture from changing in weather
patterns, water availability, increased severe heat events,
droughts, heavy rains, reduced snow pack, rising sea levels, and
changes in disease patterns. Thus, California cities and counties
need to begin to plan now to adapt to the impacts of climate
According to the California Climate Adaptation Planning
Guide, there are several basic steps that all communities
can go through to develop climate change adaptation
strategies. The steps fall into two categories:
vulnerability assessment and adaptation strategy
development. Use the resources featured here to help assess
which impacts, assets and populations are at risk in your
The second phase of developing adaptation strategies in your
community, according to the California Adaptation Planning
Guide, includes: prioritizing adapting needs, identifying
strategies, prioritizing strategies and then phasing in
implementation. Use the resources featured here to help identify
and evaluate potential strategies to pursue.
View real examples of climate adaptation plans in California to
better understand the variety of formats adaptation planning can
take. You can also use these examples to help identify
strategies which might work in your community.
Helping cities and counties plan for and adapt to climate change
impacts is a fairly new field of work. Additionally, many
adaptation strategies must be pursued at a regional level.
Many of the collaborative regional efforts working to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions are also starting to address
adaptation. Find regional collaboratives in California to
help link with other cities and counties working on similar
The Beacon Award is sponsored by the Statewide Energy Efficiency
Collaborative, which offers no-cost resources to support the
energy and climate initiatives of California local governments.
Click here to learn more.