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Adapting to Wildfires in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties
Adaptation to climate change will not only require new infrastructure and policies, but it will also challenge our local, state and national governments to collaborate across jurisdictional lines in ways that include many different types of private and nonprofit organizations and individual actors. In conjunction with Stanford University’s winter quarter course, Environmental Governance and Climate Resilience, this workshop seeks to share new information about climate change adaptation strategies pursued in other parts of the U.S with public officials in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. The course and workshop have been designed to inform and complement the work of local government officials, including planners, public works, and resiliency officers, and to promote cross-jurisdictional planning and collaboration.
Stanford University invites local policymakers and resiliency staff to join for a one-day workshop on issues surrounding wildfires, building upon early efforts in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties to identify risk and vulnerability and pivot to actionable solutions that can be implemented by cities.
Guests are asked to please RSVP using this form by February 21st.
Information on Keynotes and Panels:
What Motivates Homeowners to Mitigate Fire Risk? Lessons from Social Science
This keynote will highlight aspects of US Forest Service research that examines wildfire risk perceptions incentives for creation and mainenance of defensible space, and how neighbors can work together to better address these goals.
Sacramento’s New Wildfire Policy Proposals
This keynote will explore status of current and recent wildfire policies proposed in Sacramento, and how these new policies may affect local community efforts to prepare for, respond to, and recover from wildfires.
Drawing upon neighborhood, county, and regional efforts, this panel discussion will explore the challenges and opportunities of preventing wildfires and improving community preparedness.
Long-Term Disaster Recovery
This panel discussion explores the practical issues involved in long-term recovery by applying lessons learned from recent wildfires in the American West. Panelists will offer their recommendations for how communities can prepare for recovery before a disaster comes.
Monday, March 16
|11:30am - 12:00 pm||
Registration, networking, and buffet lunch
|12:00 – 12:15||
Welcome and Program Overview
|12:15 – 1:00||
Keynote Address: What Motivates Homeowners to Mitigate Fire Risk? Lessons from Social Science
Sarah McCaffrey, Research Forester, US Forest Service (tentative)
|1:15 – 2:15||
Panel: Disaster Prepardness
Moderator: David Shew, Wildfire Defense Works, LLC, Napa, CA
|2:30 – 3:15||
Student Poster Session
|3:15 – 3:30||
Coffee and Networking Break
|3:30 – 4:15||
Keynote Address: Sacramento's New Wildfire Policy Proposals
Michael Jarred, Senior Consultant for the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources
|4:15 – 5:15||
Panel: Long-Term Disaster Recovery
Moderator: Jenny Suckale, Assistant Professor of Geophysics, School of Earth, Stanford University