Sierra CAMP is a member of the Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation (ARCCA), a network of regional collaboratives from across California including the Sierra, Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles and San Diego.
Through ARCCA, Sierra CAMP works with its peer member regional collaboratives to amplify and solidify its individual efforts, as well as to give a stronger voice to collective efforts at the state and federal levels. As a result, ARCCA bolsters the efforts of member regional collaboratives.
ARCCA achievements to date include:
- Provided feedback and comments to planning and reports by agencies including the California Natural Resource Agency (CNRA), President Obama's Task Force on Climate Adaptation, and the Little Hoover Commission
- Testified to the CA Senate Environmental Committee
- Provided keynote address to the 2014 and 2016 California Adaptation Forum
- Built a toolkit for regional collaboratives to start or expand their own work
- Gained designation as a resource for state agencies in the Climate Change Research Plan, the Executive Order, and in the state's application for the National Disaster Resilience Competition
- Hosted a California Adaptation Listening Tour in collaboration with the CNRA and member coalitions
- Delivered multiple presentations on regional adaptation planning concepts, specific strategies for building resilience in local communities, and frameworks for collaborating with local public health departments in partnership with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) program California Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (CalBRACE).
- Hosted multiple Learning Sessions on tools that can help guide and support adaptation efforts: Virtual Adaptation Tools Salon, Advancing the Climate-Health Connection, Financing Infrastructure through Resilience Bonds, Building Business Resilience, The Ins and Outs of the LA Energy Atlas, The Economic Risks of Climate Change in California, The Resilience zone, Business and Risk Insurance
- Supporting two projects being conducted as part of California’s Fourth Climate Change Assessment on overcoming financial and institutional barriers to implementing local adaptation strategies, conducting stakeholder workshops in each of the regions represented in ARCCA (ongoing).
- Reviewed and provided robust comment letters in response to 8 State documents and policies in 2016:
- Working Lands Discussion Paper (April, 2016)
- Proposed Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy (May, 2016)
- 2030 Scoping Plan Concept Paper (July, 2016)
- Vibrant Communities and Landscapes State Vision (September, 2016)
- SB 379 Safety Element Update of the General Plan Guidelines (November, 2016)
- CEQA Guidelines Update (November, 2016)
- GGRF Funding Guidelines Supplement for FY 2016-17 Funds (December, 2016)
- 2030 Target Scoping Plan Discussion Draft (December, 2016)
- Invited by CEC to support two regional natural gas vulnerability assessments and connected LARC and CRI to the project. The Regional Studies – Investigate Climate Vulnerability of the natural Gas Energy Systems and Identify Resilience Options are expected to start in 2017.
- Participated in and helped frame the program for the 1st and 2nd National Adaptation Forums in Denver and St. Louis, and submitted two session proposals for the 2017 National Adaptation Forum.
- Helped organized and participated in a national training for regional collaboratives hosted by the Institute for Sustainable Communities
- Continued working with Georgetown Climate Center on select case studies of regional adaptation collaboratives in the U.S., which includes four ARCCA member collaboratives.
- Met with OPR and the Office of Science and Technology Policy on the National Resilience Dialogues Platform to connect local practitioners and decision-makers with experts and resources.