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SEC Contra Costa presents
The RAPID Climate Response Forum

Climate Emergency

The RAPID Climate Response Forum is a daylong event for professionals from the public, private, nonprofit, academic and faith sectors in Contra Costa to come together to identify short-term actions and localized strategies that directly address our climate emergency.

Click here to view the Event Agenda/Schedule.

The intent of the Forum is to stimulate and catalyze broad interdisciplinary thinking by shifting from the siloed and slow solutions we are currently using today to coordinated high-impact actions. We are not interested in duplicating all the work that is currently being done. Instead, we want to amplify and accelerate what is already envisioned by local governments, non-profits and others.

The Forum will unlike many of the recent climate-related events – we are not highlighting high profile speakers, or asking attendees to sit through lectures.  We want active, engaged and productive discussions that throw away business-as-usual conventions to create a true Climate Emergency response.

  • The Forum will address the gaps between the many lofty visions and current climate action plans and the lack of immediate actions toward implementing those plans. As more and more jurisdictions declare a Climate Emergency, it is becoming clear that decision-makers and planners do not have the tools or strategies to move forward rapidly and effectively.
  • The Forum will address key questions such as: What are the concrete steps to address the climate emergency at a county level? Why has there been such limited implementation? How to do we empower decision-makers and catalyze the political will to do what needs to be done?
  • The Forum’s goal is to establish a set of integrated, multi-benefit solutions that can be implemented a) within 90 days, b) in the next 6-12 months, and c) the next 1-3 years.
  • The Forum is just the start. We are committed to taking the results from this day-long event and ensuring they are disseminated and implemented widely.

We need people like YOU to help develop and hone the strategies and make a difference!

Facilitated by Mindy Craig

Mindy Craig, owner of BluePoint Planning, has over 25 years of experience providing policy and strategic planning, facilitation, outreach, and communications services to organizations throughout California and the country with a focus on resilience, zero net energy, and sustainability. She is a frequent speaker and presenter at conferences throughout the United States.

Mindy provides technical planning capabilities with extensive community and stakeholder engagement skills. In 2019, Mindy completed a Building Regional Resilience Toolkit with a dynamic team of agencies sponsored by EPA and FEMA to support local and regional resilience planning in California and the nation. She is also working with the City of Palo Alto utility to develop a resilience framework to inform future investments for the utility, the Town of Corte Madera, and City of Santa Cruz on coastal adaptation plans.

Innovation Spotlight

A showcase of cool technologies and creative sustainability solutions.

Are you one of the many Americans who love to frack up some eggs once in a while for breakfast? Or maybe you enjoy fracking up an omelet. And we’ve all fracked up some tasty pancakes on a Sunday morning, right? Then there’s summertime when the weather is balmy and the evenings are perfect for fracking some burgers or maybe veggie skewers on the grill. Yes, we all love to frack. It’s part of the American way of life, right? Well, it’s time to kick the habit! Try cooking with magnetism. Say what?

For this Innovation Spotlight, we’ll demonstrate cooking with an inexpensive induction burner. Induction burners are available at most home improvement stores. And to truly cook with piece of mind, make sure you’re on MCE Deep Green 100% renewable electricity service. Now you’ll be cooking with … oops! Gotta change that saying, too! Try it, induction really does work great.

Climate Emergency

Networking Reception

Join us for a networking reception featuring a selection of handcrafted beers from Calicraft Brewing Company in Walnut Creek.

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SEC Contra Costa is an innovation initiative ofThe Praxis Group