Case Study on The Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC)

This Georgetown Climate Center (GCC) case study on the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative (LARC) explores how local governments and other partners are coordinating at the regional scale to address climate change in the Los Angeles metropolitan region of California. This case study describes how LARC was formed and has organized its decisionmaking, what local governments and other stakeholders are involved in the collaborative, what roles it is playing to support climate action in the region, and how the collaborative funds its activities. These case studies can be used by local and regional governments to help them develop strategies for coordinating across jurisdictional lines to support climate action in their regions.

LARC supports climate resilience efforts across different sectors and actors in the Los Angeles County region and its 88 municipalities. Its membership includes Los Angeles County and three cities, other public agencies, utilities, nonprofits, and academia. Based at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), LARC has helped to bring about more localized, actionable climate science for communities in the region through strong partnerships with academia. The Los Angeles region's climate risks include increasing temperatures and heat waves, drought, sea-level rise and coastal storms, and wildfires. 

LARC is helping local governments and other partners in the region build their resilience to climate change by:

  • facilitating knowledge exchange and maximizing resources between local governments and academic partners.
  • developing downscaled temperature and precipitation modeling and sea-level rise vulnerability assessments for Los Angeles neighborhoods. 
  • developing a “Framework for Regional Climate Action and Sustainability,” which will provide resources and information to help improve and streamline decision-making across the region.
  • developing guidance on land-use and other policies for responding to climate change, such as a local ordinances for responding to climate change risks.

This case study chronicles how LARC has successfully brought university resources to help local governments better understand how climate change will affect people and property. LARC is also helping to bring a diversity of stakeholders together to find regional solutions to the impacts of climate change.

This case study is part of a series of six case studies that GCC developed to explore lessons that cities and communities across the country are learning as they work together across jurisdictional lines on climate action. Each case study in this series illustrates the roles that these collaboratives are playing to support climate action in their regions, how the collaboratives are helping to align resources and policies among participating jurisdictions, and how they are structured and funded. A synthesis report also shares lessons that can be learned by comparing the efforts of each collaborative on climate policy in their regions.


Publication Date: January 17, 2017

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  • March 19, 2017
    Kimberly Hill Knott, President/CEO at Future Insight Consulting, LLC

    Interesting to learn how the academic sector is working closely with local and regional government to address climate change. As evidenced by this initiative, academic institutions play a key role in helping to "Build the Case" to support this issue. It is also good to see the research that is being conducted by the college to help government better understand the impacts of climate change in an effort to build resilient communities.