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Helping Californians meet the challenges of climate change.

California's community colleges span the state, serving the diverse communities in which they are deeply rooted. They provide unique opportunities for partnerships with local communities, agencies, industries, grass-roots organizations, non-profits and individuals with stakes in all aspects of environmental justice, climate adaptation, and climate mitigation. And they offer an ideally  positioned solution to one of California’s most pressing challenges. 

Climate change negatively impacts Californians' health, livelihood, housing, and safety, with effects falling disproportionately on those in disadvantaged communities. The California Community Colleges can lead the charge in preparing communities for climate-driven transformations that are already underway. 

FoundationCCC serves as a nexus for addressing the coordination challenges inherent in workforce development, outreach, and infrastructure optimization related to climate change. 

The Foundation's climate strategies incorporate several key objectives:

Community assistance and impact. Communities are coping with the effects of changing climate (higher temperatures, wildfires, extreme weather, air quality impacts, agricultural shifts) and responding to new state policy (energy and transportation shifts, industrial dislocations), Community colleges provide immediate disaster aid, advice on best practices, and longer-term solutions like career development. In many towns and cities, community colleges serve as primary cultural and support centers for residents.

Facilities and operations. Given the magnitude of the statewide college network, optimizing infrastructure and operations is essential to achieving California’s climate targets. The California Community Colleges Board of Governors’ Climate Action and Sustainability Framework supports community colleges’ leadership by example to achieve community-level energy and water savings, waste reduction and improved purchasing, transportation, and food systems. 

Climate workforce hub. Economic transformations related to climate change are already underway. As a result of the state's ambitious climate targets, some industries will be scaled back, while others will be greatly expanded. Wildfires of increasing extent and intensity require many more forestry and vegetation management workers. As electric cars and household installations increase, private and public infrastructure will have to be upgraded. Many of the new occupations in the emerging economy have the potential to provide high-road jobs for appropriately trained residents in the regions most impacted by climate change. Achieving such broad-based workforce changes in just a few years is an enormous and unsolved challenge, outlined in the California Workforce Development Board’s 2020 Climate and Labor Report.

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Climate Strategies
Jeffrey Clary
Sr. Director, Climate Strategies
E: jclary@foundationccc.org

Foundation for California
Community Colleges

1102 Q Street, Suite 4800
Sacramento, CA 95811

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The Foundation serves as the official foundation supporting the Board of Governors, Chancellor’s Office, and the entire California Community College system, including 116 colleges and 73 districts, serving 2.1 million students.

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