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Governor Newsom Launches Innovative Strategies to Use California Land to Fight Climate Change, Conserve Biodiversity and Boost Climate Resilience (10.07.20). Click here to read the press release.


Yolo County Board of Supervisors passes Climate Change and Just Transition Mobilization Resolution. (09.29.20) On a vote of 4-1 the resolution originally initiated by a group of Yolo County climate change and social justice advocates was adopted by the Board of Supervisors. Formation of a broadly representative advisory body to assist the County in developing a climate change and just transition plan will follow. 

Newsom orders ban of new gas-powered cars by 2035.  Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order requiring sales of all new passenger vehicles to be zero-emission by 2035 and additional measures to eliminate harmful emissions from the transportation sector. (09.23.20) Click here to read the press release.


Woodland is the New Site for Innovation in Agriculture (09.08.20)AgStart today announced a unique, broad-based public-private collaboration to fund a new, shared-use innovation incubator in Woodland supporting innovators and startup companies in Ag | Food | Health. AgStart is a non-profit incubator that accelerates the growth of innovative ag & food tech companies and strengthens the region’s innovation ecosystem. 

New electricity grid for climate transformation.  The Advanced Research on Integrated Energy Systems (ARIES) platform at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). ARIES is a cutting-edge research platform that will allow NREL researchers and the scientific community to address the fundamental challenges of integrated energy systems at scale.


California survey finds People of Color twice as likley to be concerned about climate change and the environment compared to Whites.   The annual poll by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) also indicates that people of color are the most willing to make lifestyle changes in order to combat global warming. See PPIC summary of these results here.  A summary of all survey results and the complete survey and analysis are found here.


SMUD Board of Directors adopts climate emergency declaration (07.17.20) recognizing climate emergency and commits to working towards carbon neutrality by 2030.

The Sacramento and West Sacramento Mayors’ Commission on Climate Change (06.29.20) unanimously adopted a report and recommendations to achieve carbon zero by 2045. You can find the report here. Click here to read the press release.

Upcoming Events

Building Resilience for Cities and Farms with Water Partnerships

Host: Public Policy Institute of California


Event details

Tuesday, February 2, 2021
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PT

Please register in advance.


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About the program

California’s urban and agricultural regions face different but equally daunting water challenges. Partnerships can help build a more secure water future for cities and farms, bring environmental benefits, and improve resilience across California’s water system.

Join the PPIC Water Policy Center and state and local experts for a panel discussion on how to build partnerships to develop and manage water supplies for broad benefit.

This research and event are supported with funding from the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, a consortium of San Joaquin Valley farmers, and the Water Funder Initiative.


  • Emmy Cattani, vice president, Cattani Farming and Ranching

  • Alvar Escriva-Bou, research fellow, Public Policy Institute of California

  • Deven Upadhyay, assistant general manager and chief operating officer, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

  • Robert Wilkinson, adjunct professor, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara

  • Joe Yun, executive officer, California Water Commission

 Beth Elder (415) 291-4430