LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Los Angeles County and the cities of Malibu and Loma Linda were awarded $50,000 grants by Southern California Gas Co. to support local efforts to prepare for climate change risks such as wildfires, drought, sea-level rise and flooding, the utility announced today.
The winning applications were selected from across Southern and Central California by an advisory panel of planning and sustainability experts from the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability, Climate Resolve, and the American Planning Association’s California Chapter.
According to a SoCalGas statement, recipients were judged based on their proposal’s emphasis on “collaboration among various agencies; addressing vulnerabilities in disadvantaged communities; and benefits beyond resiliency, such as to public health, air quality, reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and the economy.”
Amy J. Bodek, Los Angeles County’s director of regional planning, said the grant will support efforts to help the county’s “unincorporated area communities adapt and develop resiliency in the face of climate change.”
Malibu will use its grant to create a “Community Resilience and Adaptation Plan” that will be integrated into the safety element of the city’s General Plan.
Loma Linda will use its grant to update its local hazard mitigation plan, as well as the safety element of its General Plan. The grant will also make the San Bernardino County city eligible for federal hazard mitigation grants which require matching funds from local sources.
SoCalGas’ Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Planning Grant program is funded by its shareholders and does not impact natural gas bills, according to the utility, which serves 21.8 million customers across 24,000 square miles of Central and Southern California.