About the Network
Building on the Forum
On January 23, 2020, over 80 people from a range of professions and industries came together to identify real, implementable solutions that directly impact the climate crisis - within five years. The Forum was the first step to catalyze interdisciplinary, broad thinking, shifting from the siloed and slow solutions we are currently using today, to fast, impactful action.
The Forum focused on climate change strategies and uses the Bay Area Region as the pilot area for the strategies. We anticipate that many if not all of the actions will be applicable at a broader scale.
Five Action Platforms were developed and are moving forward to action.
Action 1. Quality Carbon Neutral Homes
Action 2. It's the Climate Campaign
Action 3. Routine Community Microgrids
Action 4. Public Lands Carbon Farming
Action 5. Roadways to People-ways
There is an emergency!
Jurisdictions and organizations throughout California and beyond
are adopting resolutions declaring a climate emergency. However,
these jurisdictions do not have viable, ready strategies to address the
crisis. Most jurisdictions, if they have a climate action plan, have
long-term strategies with limited ability to offer true crisis-oriented
responses in a short-to mid-term timeframe.
Local governments and businesses need assistance and focus to help build on this crisis and translate it into real change - that means finding the right steps to get from today's business as usual to systemic
change. The RAPID Climate Action Network will work together to provide a path to feasible action, leveraging this momentum, providing a sense of purpose and impact to practitioners and local governments, while enabling the development of the long-term systemic changes that must also be enacted.
TRIAGE : “the assignment of degrees of urgency to wounds or illnesses to decide the order of treatment of a large number of patients or casualties.”
Who is in the Network?
We are a group of dedicated climate and resilience professionals dedicated to working together to identify immediate solutions to motivated and catalyze long-term action and impacts.
BluePoint assists public agencies, local governments, organizations, and non-profits to better achieve their vision and mission through comprehensive strategic and policy planning services grounded in financial feasibility and market realities. We specialize in complex, multi-stakeholder planning processes, providing facilitative leadership to reach our clients' goals.
Our work is focused on climate change, resilience, parks, and open space, and education.
ReScape California is a non-profit organization that educates about and advocates for a whole-systems approach to landscaping that works in harmony with the natural world and addresses the changing environment. ReScape’s landscaping practices are based on 8 regenerative principles, which foster soil health, sequester carbon, conserve water and protect habitat and valuable resources while reducing waste and preventing pollution in our communities and watersheds.
The Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) is a collaboration of the nine counties that make up the San Francisco Bay Area. Led by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), BayREN provides regional-scale energy efficiency programs, services, and resources. BayREN is funded by utility ratepayer funds through the California Public Utilities Commission, as well as other sources, drawing on the expertise, knowledge, and proven track record of Bay Area local governments.
Participating Forum Members
Four Twenty Seven
The Climate Center
National Passive House Network
City of Fremont
Sonoma Ecology Center
Sonoma County Regional Climate Protection Authority
Metropolitan Transportation Commission
U.S. Department of Energy
Business Council on Climate Change (BC3)
North American Passive House Network
City of Fremont
Association of Bay Area Governments
UC Berkeley Department of City and Regional Planning
Cal Poly SLO / Foothill Cyclery
San Mateo County
Bay Area Air Quality Management District
Contra Costa County
The Energy Coalition
San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI)
Los Angeles Community College District
Strategic Energy Innovations School of Environmental Leadership
H. T. Harvey & Associates
Design AVEnues LLC
Silicon Valley Clean Energy
Friends of the Urban Forest
Bay Area Regional Collaborative
San Francisco International Airport
Mycelium Youth Network
Bay Area Climate Adaptation Network
Local Government Commission
Sustainable Bay Area Network
Donate to the Effort
The RAPID Climate Action Network is designed to identify and facilitate solutions to impact climate change within the next five years. This is not an easy task and we need support and engagement to move us forward. Join us in this critical effort by donating now. All donations are tax-deductible. Please note that this link will take you to our partner's website at rescapca.org.
If you have questions or if you would like to become
a partner and sponsor contact Mindy Craig from BluePoint Planning.