Policy Briefs

Update and amend CalOES’ Prepare California Initiative to ensure equitable access for socially vulnerable and deep-seated landslide-exposed communities


The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES)’s Prepare California Initiative provides socially vulnerable and natural hazard-exposed communities the opportunity to invest in their own disaster resilience. Through two grant programs, Prepare California provides vulnerable communities the resources necessary to build local resilience, improve hazard mitigation infrastructure and disaster protocol, as well as increase public awareness of disaster risk in the face of escalating (and climate change-induced) natural disaster threat. To qualify for Prepare

A Complete Streets Network as a Solution to Sonoma County's Transportation Emissions Reduction

As a response to the climate change crisis, Sonoma County has committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2030. As approximately 60% of the county’s total emissions, policy addressing transportation greenhouse gas (GHG) could provide substantial progress towards this goal. However, the complexity, cost, and scale of transportation policy challenge the county’s ability to reduce transportation GHGs. 

Protecting Disadvantaged Well Users Under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act


The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) was passed in 2014 to help achieve sustainable water levels in groundwater basins across the state of California. This act called for the creation of local Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) who are responsible for drafting Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) that outline how their basins will be brought in to balance through careful management actions.

Reducing Black Carbon Impacts on Air Pollution and Climate through Wood Combustion Measures

Black Carbon (BC) is a source of local air pollution and a major contributor to global warming. Black Carbon is generated by incomplete combustion sources, including diesel engines, vehicles emissions, residential wood burning and forest fires. Reducing BC emissions could greatly reduce climate impacts on the short and medium term, while improving...