California climate change policies are critical to Sierra communities and to the entire state; they are crucial for reducing the greenhouse gas emissions of the 6th largest economy in the world, provide funding for disadvantaged communities, and offer investment opportunities for Sierra resources and economic development-- to name just a few of the countless benefits. And yet, the cap-and-trade system and many other aspects of California’s climate policy have been called into question by the Courts, Federal (in)action, and other issues. What is the current status of these policies and what are the implications for our communities? In this webinar, we’ll first give you the basics of California climate policy and the bills on the 2017 legislative table. Then we’ll take a look at the reauthorization of the cap-and-trade system projected to take place this summer, and explore the implications of all of the above for Sierra communities. You won’t want to miss this critical update on California climate policy!
Michael McCormick, AICP
Senior Planner, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
Michael joined the administration of California Governor Jerry Brown in July 2011. He works between organizations internal and external to the State to resolve issues of statewide importance. He is currently working with the Air Resources Board and the Resources Agency to develop tools that local governments can use to develop more effective plans and policies to address climate change. Mr. McCormick manages the coordination of the OPR Local Government Roundtable and chairs a sub-group on the Climate Action Team (CAT). He is the co‐author of the OPR Climate Action Plan Technical Advisory and represents OPR on workgroups for documents of interest to local government planning and sustainability efforts.
Mr. McCormick has experience working in academic, local government and consulting capacities and has been on the boards of several nonprofits including the American Planning Association, The Sustainability Academy and the Association of Environmental Professionals.