May 27, 2021 10:00 am-11:30 am
Governor Gavin Newsom and his administration have taken significant steps to put California on the path towards a greener, more sustainable climate future. So far, Governor Newsom has pledged to conserve 30 percent of the state’s land and coastal water by 2030, announced a phase-out of gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035, and proposed a comprehensive job and climate action plan. The state is enacting bold strategies to combat climate change, all while seeking to reduce the state’s carbon footprint and bolster long-term economic growth. In September 2020, the Governor also directed the Office of Planning and Research to partner with the Labor and Workforce Development Agency to design and deliver the state’s first Just Transition Roadmap by July 2021.
In order to turn this vision into reality, the state recognizes that these solutions will be hard-fought, center racial equity at their core, and actively bring all partners to the table, including philanthropy, nonprofits, civil society, corporations, and other stakeholders. Regional equity is another imperative: climate change disproportionately impacts the state’s most vulnerable regions, including inland California. State government and philanthropy must make intentional investments to support the sustainability of inland California’s climate and economy and ensure inland California is a central component of the state’s vision to achieve a Just Transition.
As the state looks to build a sustainable climate future in 2021 and beyond, both government and philanthropy must continue to explore new, innovative ways to collaborate and ensure community voices and needs are central in every conversation.
Join us for the second installment of the Inland California Webinar Series to:
- Learn more about the state’s comprehensive jobs and climate action plan for 2030, additional opportunities under the new Biden Administration, and how philanthropy fits into this vision.
- Consider how the state and philanthropy can make strategic investments to better address current and future climate challenges, including the upcoming fire season.
- Hear from inland funders on the roles they have played in helping to implement sustainable climate policy from the state and where additional support is needed.
- Discuss the public-private partnership opportunities available to help promote an inclusive “Just Transition” in inland California.
- Elevate local leaders and community organizations’ voices better to understand climate change’s real-world impact in inland California.
- Kathleen Kelly Janus (moderator), Senior Advisor on Social Innovation in the Office of Governor Newsom
- Kate Gordon, Director, State of California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
- Kristen A. Beall Watson, Ed.D., President and CEO, Kern Community Foundation
- Sheheryar Y. Kaoosji, Executive Director, Warehouse Worker Resource Center (IE)
- Norma Rojas-Mora, Director of Communications and Community Relations, Bakersfield College
- Sarah L. White, Senior Advisor, Jobs & The Economy, Office of Planning and Research