The following teams have been accepted as participants in the upcoming SCLA:
National Capital Region
P2R2 Northeast Florida
Puget Sound Regional Council
|Sacramento Capital Region Climate Readiness Collaborative|
The Twin Cities
The Bay Area Climate & Energy Resilience Project
Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact
Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action & Sustainability
San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative
In recent years, metro-regional scale governance has emerged in bellwether areas as one of the best ways to collaborate across sectors, disciplines and jurisdictions to design and implement effective strategies for reducing climate pollution and adapting to climate impacts. Regional governance allows diverse communities to pool ideas and resources, make faster progress towards adaptation & resilience goals, and attract more state and federal help.
In at least five places – Southeast Florida and the Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego and San Francisco regions, multi-jurisdictional collaboratives have formed to invent new ways of coordinating, both horizontally (across local governments) and vertically (among local, state and federal agencies). The diverse experiences of these five pioneering regions can serve as a guide for urban sustainability and resilience practitioners in other regions who are seeking to advance climate change adaptation in their communities.
The Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) has limited space for teams from 10 - 12 metropolitan regions to attend a one-of-a-kind training and peer-learning opportunity focused on developing and sustaining regional approaches to climate change adaptation and resilience. This SCLA will explore the best practices, challenges and opportunities associated with collaboration on climate action at the regional scale.
Benefits of regional collaboratives include:
- The ability to aggregate local demand to get more technical and scientific assessment services from state and federal agencies
- Cross-jurisdictional adaptation strategies that avoid “beggar-thy-neighbor” outcomes
- Consideration of whole regions within the context of the ecosystems that sustain them
- The ability for regions to “speak with one voice” at the state and federal level
- More effective and uniform communications with the public via a communications landscape that is typically regional in nature
- The ability to foster an environment for sustained attention to the issues beyond the term limits of individual elected officials
But there are also challenges:
- Coordination and collaboration are notoriously hard to sustain
- Intra-regional competition among local governments can present challenges
- Implementation across multiple jurisdictions is extremely complex
- Existing funding and decision making structures are often well-aligned with regional perspectives for progress.
Join us for a three day workshop, specifically tailored to your specific regional needs, which will examine some of the best practices emerging from those on the vanguard of metro-regional governance.