Climate Adaptation Planning for Local Governments


Local and regional governments across the state are struggling to address new regulatory mandates around climate change adaptation and resilience, extreme events and hazard mitigation/disaster recovery. This course will briefly walk the student through the federal, state, regional and local context for climate change adaptation and resilience, focused on the local government perspective. The class will then work through the California-specific paradigm of planning for the impacts of climate change. The class will build capabilities around what to consider when developing a vulnerability and adaptation plan, developing programs and policies and considering short and long term funding. A variety of professionals would benefit from attendance, including public agency planners, elected officials, city managers, finance professionals, attorneys, sustainability professionals, developers, regulators, state agency staff and others.

Students will leave with a basic understanding of how to address climate adaptation and resilience in California, including:

  • What climate change adaptation and resilience means at the State, regional and local level
  • Legislation specific to California that drives mandates and incentives to address climate change adaptation and resilience
  • Specific resources/processes that are required to be used in California for addressing climate change adaptation and resilience
  • How to develop a climate change vulnerability and adaptation/resilience plan
  • Utilize implementation and financing tools to support climate change adaptation and resilience priorities
Academic Units
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Instruction Method
Online class

Section Notes

This is an online, remote learning course, which consists of content and curriculum that is taught with pre-recorded and real time lectures, in addition to a real-time Q&A session with the instructors. Pre-recorded lectures and live sessions are accessed via our Canvas learning system and Zoom. Details regarding login information, the availability of lectures and the time(s) of instructor Q&As will be emailed out prior to the course start date.

The course will be available on Canvas from May 19, 2021 - May 21, 2021. There will be a live session held via Zoom on May 20, 2021 from 10:00AM - 12:00PM PST.

Enrollment Policies

Drop requests (withdraw with a refund) will be approved, less a $30 processing fee, if the request is received seven calendar days before the course begins. Click here to view complete enrollment policy information including details on withdrawals and transfers.

Technical Requirements

To ensure your success in this online course, please review our technical requirements page.