Best Practice Pilot Program (BP3)
The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research Best Practice Pilot Program (BP3) includes a suite of programs and partnerships that produce replicable
case studies of best practices being adopted and implemented at the local and regional level around the state. A small set of best practice pilots were
completed in the summer of 2016 using the CivicSpark Governor’s AmeriCorps Initiative as a preliminary proof of concept for the launch of this longer term
program. The BP3 was created to formalize and institutionalize a process to apply to the ad hoc technical assistance provided by OPR on a regular basis on
a variety of topics. Through this program, OPR will develop a robust library of case studies for local and regional partners to utilize in their planning
and policies, while informing state policy and providing training, tools and networking opportunities for stakeholders. The BP3 consists of partnerships
with federal, state and local partners. Some more organized BP3 participating programs are described below.
What is a best practice?
While a best practice is often referred to as a form of program or policy evaluation, the phrase here is used as an umbrella term to describe practices
that are new and emerging and tend to align with State goals and/or recent legislation.
Sustainable Communities Planning Grants and Incentives Program (SCPGIP) Best Practices Pilots
Administered by the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR), with support from the Strategic Growth Council (SGC), the Sustainable Communities
Planning Grant and Implementation Best Practices Pilot (Pilot) is an effort to support local land use planning related to climate and the State’s statutory
planning priorities. SCPGIP funding in the amount of $250,000 will be available for applicants to apply for up to $50,000. These grants will support the
development and/or implementation of a specific portion of a land use plan, land protection or management practice, or development project, that targets
sustainable development and the State’s climate policies with the express intent of 1) implementation of that project or plan; and 2) identification of
a best practice and creation of a Case Study to share amongst land use planning and policy peers. For more information on this program, please view program
guidelines and application
FEMA/EPA Technical Assistance Support
“Creating Safe Growth Strategies for the San Francisco Bay Area” is a document that resulted from an effort by federal EPA, BCDC and FEMA to support
community resilience in the Bay Area. This effort will be repeated in other regions. OPR will provide policy and convening support and will serve as a
connection to state activities and guidance being developed for local and regional government on climate. Case study development from this effort will
be posted to this site on completion.
Resilient by Design
The Bay Area Resilient by Design Challenge is a program running in the bay area to expand upon lessons learned through the Sandy recovery process called
Rebuild by Design with a focus on community resilience. The Challenge uses interdisciplinary design team working in collaboration with communities to
identify solutions to vulnerable locations on the Bay waterfront. OPR will provide policy and convening support and will serve as a connection to state
activities and guidance.
A diverse set of private, government, and nonprofit collaborators support the Resilience Dialogues platform, a service that allows community leaders to
engage in facilitated, expedited and community-focused dialogue with scientists, resilience practitioners, subject matter experts, and other community
leaders. The program helps communities recognize climate-related vulnerabilities and opportunities; apply and use scientific expertise in their resilience
planning; identify relevant resources; and connect with scientists, resilience practitioners, and leaders from other communities. By partnering the BP3
and Resilience Dialogues, OPR and the selected jurisdictions will have a useful resource to support their efforts while creating an opportunity to learn
how to better connect the many levels of planning, entities, and research in resiliency planning.
Local Government and CivicSpark Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps Program
The CivicSpark and Water Action AmeriCorps Governors Initiative (CivicSpark) is managed by the Local Government Commission in partnership with OPR.
CivicSpark provides an opportunity to develop best practices case studies throughout the state. Pilots falling under the AmeriCorps support category
include climate action plans, water energy nexus programs, High Speed Rail station area planning, climate change adaptation related projects, general plan
updates and more. OPR provides policy and convening support and serves as a connection to state activities and guidance being developed for local and
regional government on climate. The following case studies were produced in the beta version of the program the summer of 2016. Additional case studies
will continue to be developed from future cohorts of CivicSpark.
As a signatory of the Compact of Mayors, the City of Emeryville updated their Climate Action Plan to include climate hazards reporting, a climate change
vulnerability assessment, and a climate adaptation plan.
The City of Oakland carried out high level scoping of existing municipal buildings for their potential to be retrofitted to zero-net energy (ZNE) levels
of efficiency and the updating of the City’s standard operating procedure for municipal construction to conform to ZNE principals. While the actions taken
in this project were largely preliminary, they indicate some of the first steps many cities can take in exploring ZNE as an option for their buildings.
The Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority designed and is implementing the Water-Energy Community Action Network Program (WECAN) throughout the Santa
Ana River Watershed. This program assists members of overburdened communities in the Watershed to save water and energy at home. WECAN will replace
fixtures with more efficient versions and turf lawns with climate-appropriate landscapes for eligible residents at no cost.
With the completion of Climate Action Plans for all local jurisdictions, the San Luis Obispo APCD and their partners in the City/County Greenhouse
Gas (GHG) Stakeholder Group have shifted their focus to implementing the plans. This report provides a snapshot of the implementation steps, particularly
on energy efficiency outreach and incentives and promotion of energy audit and retrofit programs.
The development of the Los Angeles County Urban Heat Island Reduction Plan (Plan) is an interdepartmental collaborative effort led by the County’s Climate
Committee. This report provides a detailed description of the County’s collaborative approach to developing the plan.
The Climate and Health Initiative is an internal effort to create a self-sustaining work culture within the Los Angeles County Department of Public
Health that will encourage, recognize, and organize climate change work.
This report provides an in depth description of the process used to create their Request for Proposals seeking consultant services to develop a
comprehensive Climate Action and Adaptation Plan.