Multi-jurisdictional coalitions are a powerful way to make progress on climate and energy plans. Suzanne Smith, executive director of the Sonoma County Regional Climate Protection Authority, and Kif Scheur of the Local Government Commission and the Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation discussed their success stories and lessons learned, and provided goodexamples of working models that can be replicated in Napa County to leverage local resources. Liz Yager, energy and sustainability program manager for the County of Sonoma, gave an overview of the importance of having a plan for local energy and climate efforts — taking strategies from paper to action.
Keynote speaker Kate Gordon, vice chair of climate and sustainable urbanization at the Paulson Institute, gave local leaders a snapshot of federal and state energy policies — especially in light of the Paris climate talks — and emphasized that regional and local efforts are the foundation of connecting energy and the economy.
Photos: Napa Chamber of Commerce CEO Travis Stanley with SNC CEO Jeri Gill; Senator Lois Wolk and Assemblyman Bill Dodd; Yountville Mayor John Dunbar. Photography: Sally Seymour and McIntosh Photography.