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RAPID Climate Response

Forum

1.23.2020

About the Forum

 
Date and Location

The Forum will be held on January 23, 2020, Bay Area Metro Center, San Francisco, California.

If you have questions, please email action@rapidclimateforum.org.

The Forum

The Forum is a daylong event for professionals in a range of industries to come together to identify real, implementable solutions that directly impact the climate crisis - within five years. The intent of the Forum is to catalyze interdisciplinary, broad thinking, shifting from the siloed and slow solutions we are currently using today, to fast, impactful action.

The Forum will focus on climate change strategies rather than mitigation and use the Bay Area as the pilot area for the strategies. We anticipate that many if not all of the actions will be applicable at a broader scale. 

 

There is no charge for the Forum, however, participants are encouraged to provide a donation to help cover the costs of the event. What more, participants are expected to be fully engaged in the day's event, leaving other work commitments for the duration. 

Agenda

The first half of the day will focus on what it means to have a climate emergency and the questions we need to ask before we start creating solutions. The second half of the Forum will be designed to engage all participants in establishing multi-benefit, implementable strategies within a specific five-year framework. The day will wrap up with the identification of a handful of the most impactful and promising strategies to refine and implement within five years.

The Next Steps?

Following the Forum, a group of participants, including sponsors, partners, and participants, will finalize solution sets that can be shared and used by public agencies and private organizations to enact RAPID solutions. 

 

An important element of the follow up will be establishing a framework for stakeholder and community engagement to build support and enable implementation. Additional events may be arranged in other regions based on partner engagement. 

“You don’t sit back and contemplate the future when you are in the middle of it.

Representative Mike Quigley, Democrat of Illinois 

 

There is an emergency!

Jurisdictions and organizations throughout California and beyond
are adopting resolutions declaring a climate emergency. However,
these jurisdictions do not have viable, ready strategies to address the
crisis. Most jurisdictions, if they have a climate action plan, have
long-term strategies with limited ability to offer true crisis-oriented
responses in a short-to mid-term timeframe.

 

Local governments and businesses need assistance and focus to help build on this crisis and translate it into real change - that means finding the right steps to get from today's business as usual to systemic 
change. The RAPID Forum will provide a path to feasible action, leveraging this momentum, providing
a sense of purpose and impact to practitioners and local governments, while enabling the development of the long-term systemic changes that must also be enacted.

TRIAGE : “the assignment of degrees of urgency to wounds or illnesses to decide the order of treatment of a large number of patients or casualties.”

 

Forum Hosts

We are a group of dedicated climate and resilience professionals dedicated to working together to identify immediate solutions to motivated and catalyze long-term action and impacts.

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BluePoint assists public agencies, local governments, organizations, and non-profits to better achieve their vision and mission through comprehensive strategic and policy planning services grounded in financial feasibility and market realities. We specialize in complex, multi-stakeholder planning processes, providing facilitative leadership to reach our clients' goals. 

Our work is focused on climate change, resilience, parks, and open space, and education. 

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ReScape California is a non-profit organization that educates about and advocates for a whole-systems approach to landscaping that works in harmony with the natural world and addresses the changing environment. ReScape’s landscaping practices are based on 8 regenerative principles, which foster soil health, sequester carbon, conserve water and protect habitat and valuable resources while reducing waste and preventing pollution in our communities and watersheds.

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The Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) is a collaboration of the nine counties that make up the San Francisco Bay Area. Led by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), BayREN provides regional-scale energy efficiency programs, services, and resources. BayREN is funded by utility ratepayer funds through the California Public Utilities Commission, as well as other sources, drawing on the expertise, knowledge, and proven track record of Bay Area local governments.​

 

Donate to the Effort

The Rapid Climate Response Forum is the first step to identify solutions to impact climate change within the next five years. This is not an easy task and we need support and engagement to move us forward. Join us in this critical effort by donating now. All donations are tax-deductible. Please note that this link will take you to our partner's website at rescapca.org.

If you have questions or if you would like to become
a partner and sponsor contact Mindy Craig from BluePoint Planning.

mindy@bluepointplanning.com | 510-338-0373