Long Beach, Calif. — September 8, 2016 — The American Society for Adaptation Professionals (ASAP), in partnership with the Local Government Commission’s California Adaptation Forum (CAF), awarded its first-ever Regional Adaptation Leadership Award (RALA) to Larry Greene, Executive Director of the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District. The award was presented today at the Second California Adaptation Forum in Long Beach, Calif.
“Larry Greene is a visionary as well as a collaborative and empowering leader,” wrote Greene’s nominator, colleague Shelley Jiang. “He is passionate about climate change, thinks deeply about the issues and regional implications, and works tirelessly to build networks and coalitions.”
Highlights of Greene’s nomination included his path-breaking contributions to creating the Capital Region Climate Readiness Collaborative, one of five regional adaptation collaboratives currently working across California. He has distinguished himself as a climate leader as the chair of the Statewide Adaptation Network ARCCA, the past-president of both the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association (CAPCOA) and the National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA), and the co-chair of the global warming committee. In addition to his dedicated work on tackling climate change, Greene served 23 years in the U.S. Army.
The RALA recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves in the climate change adaptation field through exceptional leadership. Winners of the award are living testimony to the fact that proactive climate adaptation, preparedness and resilience-building is a change process, a deviation from business-as-usual, and a courageous act of doing something new and different.
“The body of nominations received for this year’s award reflects the tremendous diversity of adaptation action taking place in every sector, in every type of institution, and all across California,” said Beth Gibbons, Managing Director for the American Society of Adaptation Professionals. “We are really pleased to acknowledge Larry’s distinguished adaptation leadership with this first-ever award.”
The winner and runner-ups were selected by a diverse selection committee representing the public, private and nonprofit sectors; local, state and tribal government; research and environmental justice communities; and all regions of California. To be eligible for this award, nominees needed to be both based in California and to have spent a substantial amount of their work on climate change adaptation and resilience-building efforts.
Gibbons presented the RALA at 1:15 pm today at the Long Beach Convention Center to a surprised Greene, who served as MC of the closing session of the CAF, and who had not been alerted to his win. The ceremony also recognized the award runners-up: Serge Dedina, Mayor of Imperial Beach, CA and Co-founder and Executive Director at WILDCOAST; Danielle Boudreau, Coastal Management Specialist at the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve; and Jana Ganion, Energy Director at Blue Lake Rancheria. More information on the Greene and the nominees can be found here.
Learn more about ASAP at: https://adaptationprofessionals.org/ and the California Adaptation Forum 2016 at http://www.californiaadaptationforum.org/. ASAP receives financial support from the MacArthur Foundation and implementation support from the Institute for Sustainable Communities.
A nonprofit membership organization advancing climate preparedness and resilience. ASAP connects and supports climate adaptation professionals in the United States to develop and implement climate resilient adaptation practices. ASAP has over 1000 members across 47 states and 408 organizations.
About California Adaptation Forum
The Local Government Commission and the State of California organized the first California Adaptation Forum in the state capitol, held on August 19–20, 2014. The 2014 California Adaptation Forum marked an important early milestone in the statewide adaptation conversation by bringing together, for the first time, 800 local, regional and state leaders to form a community of action, committed to addressing California’s adaptation needs. The program featured cutting-edge policies, projects, programs and partnerships, as well as tools and strategies that address the challenges community leaders face in developing and implementing adaptation solutions. The Second CAF continues the networking, sharing and learning from growing adaptation planning and implementation efforts. The full program of the just completed forum is available at: www.californiaadaptationforum.org