Lessons in Regional Resilience: The San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative

January 18, 2017

This case study on the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative (SDRCC) is part of a series of six case studies that the Georgetown Climate Center developed to explore lessons that cities across the country are learning as they work together across jurisdictional lines on climate action.

The SDRCC helps coordinate climate initiatives within San Diego County, focusing on local capacity building for the County and its eighteen municipalities. The collaborative currently has ten member cities plus the County, as well as other public agencies in the region, academia, utilities, and nonprofits and philanthropic organizations.

This case study explores the ways that the SDRCC has worked to facilitate climate action planning across the region and recently has been directing a regional “Resilient Coastlines Project” with federal funding to connect and coordinate local sea-level-rise initiatives in the region. The SDRCC also has been recognized for its work; it received a Climate Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2015 for its innovative partnership model.

Each case study in this series explores the roles that these collaboratives are playing to support climate action in their regions, how the collaboratives are helping to align resources and policies among participating jurisdictions, and how they are structured and funded. A synthesis report also explores lessons that can be learned by comparing the efforts of each collaborative on climate policy in their regions.