Climate Change, Resilience
The City of Costa Mesa will be working with the Spring 2021 Environmental Science & Policy Capstone Course led by Mackenzie Crigger, Adjunct Professor Environmental Science & Policy and Energy and Sustainability Manager, and Jason Keller, Professor of Biological Sciences and Program Director of Environmental Science & Policy, from Chapman University to explore nature-based solutions that reduce the negative impacts of climate change in Costa Mesa while enhancing community resilience and well-being. The mixed-methods research that includes community engagement and education, will inform Costa Mesa’s current and future programs in sustainability and climate action. Read more about the capstone’s work here: https://www.chapman.edu/campus-services/sustainability/environmental-audit/index.aspx
The City of Costa Mesa is committed to advancing sustainability in the built and natural environment. The City’s Mayor, Councilmembers and City Manager are committed to making the city a leader in sustainability and environmental stewardship.
To meet the State of California’s ambitious environmental and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction goals, the City of Costa Mesa is updating its general plan to comply with SB 379, SB 1035 and SB 1000. The City is also developing its first ever Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) to build community and infrastructure resilience.
Recent natural hazards and human-induced disasters, including the California wildfires and extreme heat have made local climate action a priority for the city. Compounded by the social and economic impacts of COVID-19, there is an urgent need to maximize efficient use of the limited funds and to integrate climate action planning with disaster risk reduction.
Partnerships and collaboration with the business community, non-profits, academia, utilities and other public agencies is needed to develop a comprehensive local climate and resilience plan that is inclusive, addresses justice and equity at the core, and leaves no one behind.
Costa Mesa’s vision is to go beyond regulatory requirements and develop a Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP) that has multiple benefits, including enhanced public health and a vibrant economy that promotes the creation of local jobs. The City would like to explore nature-based climate adaptation solutions and how they can be incorporated into the CAAP.
The City of Costa Mesa seeks a research collaboration that can result in the following learnings:
The City of Costa Mesa seeks the following long term outcomes for the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP):