Santa Barbara County Regional Climate Collaborative
The Santa Barbara County Regional Climate Collaborative, founded in spring 2020, is a network of public agencies, non-profit and for-profit groups, and community-based organizations that aim to combat climate change in the local Santa Barbara area. The Collaborate aims to achieve this goal by identifying priority areas that the region needs to focus on, planning strategies to combat climate change, gathering information/research needs, and advocating for regional initiatives and support at the state and federal levels. The Collaborative also provides a forum for local and regional organizations that want to increase their capacity to combat and prepare for climate change.
The Santa Barbara County Regional Climate Collaborative hosts subcommittees such as: Clean Energy Assurance; Natural Lands, Working Farms & Regenerative Agriculture; and Sea Level Rise Adaptation. The subcommittees identify topic-specific challenges requiring regional collaboration, engage stakeholders and conduct in-depth analysis, and recommend policies and projects for the Collaborative to pursue. One example of a regional project that the Collaborative is undertaking is a regional greenhouse gas inventory, which will standardize data across municipalities in the region.
A Steering Committee is in charge of general oversight of the Collaborative. The County of Santa Barbara serves as the fiscal and administrative host for the Collaborative. The Collaborative is supported financially by member dues.