California Climate Action Planning Conference

Cal Poly and the Governor’s Office of Planning & Research will host the fourth California Climate Action Planning Conference (CCAPC) August 15 & 16, 2019 at the Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo campus.  The conference addresses the climate crisis by focusing on local and regional action, including—pathways to deep de-carbonization, successful financing and implementation, community vulnerability assessment, state planning guidance, and climate justice. The conference will focus on in-depth issues in GHG emissions reduction and climate adaptation at the local and regional level. Panels will feature leaders in the field to bring the most up-to-date and advanced thinking.

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Conference Program and Registrant Information


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Additional information coming soon. Check back periodically for updates on speakers. Sessions & speakers subject to change.

Thursday, August 15

  • 8:00am-9:00         Check-in Opens / Coffee & Tea Social
  • 9:00-10:15             Opening Plenary – Speakers TBA
  • 10:30-12:00pm     Plenary Session: Mayor’s Discussion of Leadership for Climate Action
  • 12:00-1:30             Lunch (included)
  • 1:30-3:00               Session A: Electrify (Mostly) Everything - The Opportunities and Challenges Presented by the State’s

                                         Decarbonization Strategy

                                         Session B: Accelerating Adaptation: From Planning to Financing Implementation

  • 3:15-4:45               Session A: How to Talk about Climate Action

                                         Session B: What’s the “Matter” with Carbon? Materials as Climate Solution

  • 4:45-6:30               Conference Reception at the Performing Arts Center
  • 6:00-9:00               Farmer’s Market in Downtown SLO (on your own – no conference dinner)


Friday, August 16

  • 8:30am-9:00am    Check-in Opens / Coffee & Tea Social
  • 9:00-10:30             Session A: Institutionalizing Climate Action

                                         Session B: Achieving Carbon Neutrality in a World of Rising VMT

  • 10:45 -12:15          Session A: Adapting to Wildfire: How to Plan for a Rapidly Shifting Landscape

                                         Session B: What’s the Connection between SB 743 VMT and GHG thresholds?

  • 12:15-1:30             Lunch (included)
  • 1:30-3:00               Session A: GHG Reduction Through Sequestration, Land Conservation and Offsets

                                         Session B: TBA

  • 3:15-4:00               Closing Plenary: What Will it Take to be Carbon Neutral by 2035?


Since the conference is at the Cal Poly campus and not a hotel-affiliated facility, there is no formal hotel registration program. The following hotels have made informal offers of discounts if you mention the conference but we cannot guarantee they will be honored.

  • Quality Suites offered a $175+tax/night rate. 
  • San Luis Creek Lodge offered 10% off of their $179+tax/night rate. 

In addition, if you want to re-live your college dorm experience, Cal Poly is offering on-campus housing options for the conference at a very affordable rate. Previous attendees have reported being very satisfied with this choice (and bring your bike for getting around on campus if you want the full college experience!)














Conference Directors

Michael R. Boswell, Professor, Cal Poly, Conference Director
Adrienne Greve, Professor, Cal Poly, Conference Assistant Director
Brian McGinnis, Cal Poly, Conference Student Assistant

Steering Committee

Matt Burris, City of Rancho Cucamonga
Nuin-Tara Key, Governor's Office of Planning and Research
Julia Kim, Local Government Commission
Miya Kitahara, StopWaste
Michael McCormick, Harris & Associates
Ron Milam, Fehr & Peers
Jonathan Parfrey, Climate Resolve
Chris Read, City of San Luis Obispo
Tammy Seale, PlaceWorks
Honey Walters, Ascent Environmental
Abby Young, Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD)




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