California leads the adaptation charge, all while reducing GHG emissions

By: Whitney Reynier

California is again making headlines – but this time, it’s not related (specifically) to the statewide drought. 

Copyright: Sacramento Bee
On April 29, 2015, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued Executive Order B-30-15, which will reinforce and expand upon emissions reductions and climate change adaptation efforts underway across the state of the California. Read the full press release here, and check out these key highlights from the executive order:


  • Mandated 3-year updates of California’s climate adaptation strategy, Safeguarding California.
  • Mandated implementation of Safeguarding California provisions, including:
    • Vulnerability assessment for key sectors
    • Clear identification and communication of risks associated with vulnerabilities, and priority actions needed to reduce those risks 
    • Identification of a lead agency/group of agencies to head adaptation efforts in each sector. These leaders will prepare implementation plans by September 2015, and report back on actions taken in June 2016.
  • All state agencies will incorporate climate change into planning and investment decisions, with help from a technical advisory group that will be established by the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research.
  • California’s Five-Year Infrastructure Plan will incorporate future and current climate impacts into all infrastructure projects.
  • California will continue its climate change research program to improve understanding of climate change impacts and evaluate how best to plan for and adapt to such changes.

Greenhouse gas emissions:
  • Updated emission reduction targets: reduce emissions 40% below 1990 levels by 2030, which will put California on track to reduce emissions by 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.
  • All state agencies will implement measures to reduce GHG emissions to meet reductions targets.

EcoAdapt is helping several agencies address climate change in the Sierra Nevada, Southern California forests, and north-central coast