The gradient of colors in the fall in Northern California. Evergreens and deciduous plants create a beautiful gradient of color as the seasons change.
Falltime Gradients The gradient of colors in the fall in Northern California. Evergreens and deciduous plants create a beautiful gradient of color as the seasons change. © © Sevag Mehterian/TNC Photo Contest 2018

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2019 Natural Climate Solutions Symposium

California, Oregon and Washington

Nature-based climate solutions can be one of our strongest allies in the region to address climate change!

Join The Nature Conservancy and UC Davis for a 2-day (November 4-5, 2019) symposium to learn more about nature based climate solutions across California, Washington, and Oregon. Engage in a series of discussions to learn how natural and working landscapes can help the region address climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and protecting our communities from its unavoidable impacts. 

Featured Speakers, Latest Update:

Mary Nichols, Chair of the California Air Resources Board

Mark Gold, Executive Director of the California Ocean Protection Council

Ashley Conrad Saydah, Deputy Secretary for Climate Policy at the California Environmental Protection Agency

Greg Dalton, Host and Executive Producer for Climate One

Meta Lofstgaarden, Director Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board

Jenny Lester Moffitt, Undersecretary, California Department for Food and Agriculture

Kate Gordon, Director, Governor's Office of Planning and Research, Senior Policy Advisor to the Governor on Climate

Schedule:

Monday, November 4

8:00     Coffee, continental breakfast and registration

8:30     Plenary Sessions

  • Welcome and Keynote by Mary Nichols, Chair of the California Air Resources Board

  • What is the climate science telling us about impacts and nature-based solutions for the region?

  • Climate policy opportunities and challenges for the region

12:15   Lunch Networking and Keynote 

  • Topic:  How can we communicate effectively about the climate benefits of nature?

  • Speaker: Greg Dalton, Executive Producer and Host of “Climate One”

1:30     Concurrent Sessions - Panel Discussions

  • Forests: Managing forests for climate mitigation and resilience

  • Agriculture: Farming for carbon, soil health and economic gains 

2:45     Break

3:00     Concurrent Sessions - Panel Discussions 

  • Wetlands: The power of coastal habitats, using nature to protect communities from sea level rise and store carbon

  • Rangelands: Innovative approaches to rangeland carbon sequestration and restoration

4:15     Break

4:30     Plenary and Evening Keynote

 5:30     Reception

  • Acknowledgement of Climate Leadership by Mary Nichols, Chair of the California Air Resources Board Chair

Tuesday, November 5

8:00    Coffee and continental breakfast

8:30     Morning plenary

8:45     Concurrent Sessions - Panel Discussions

  • Achieving climate benefits at scale, part 1: building capacity to deliver natural climate solutions across communities and the region

  • Greening the Gray: producing carbon and co-benefits in urban environments

10:00   Break

  • Achieving climate benefits at scale, part 2: New markets and opportunities to leverage funding across the public and private sectors

  • Land use planning for climate change, land conservation and  other critical benefits

11:30  Closing keynote

**Check back frequently for program updates**

Questions? Please contact Kimberly Filosena: kfilosena@tnc.org.