USD’s San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative Joins Statewide Partnership to Grow Climate Work in the Region

Just before the 10 year anniversary of the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative in April 2021, the Climate Collaborative, which is housed at the University of San Diego, got big news -- a seat at the table of the Resilient Cities Catalyst’s California Resilience Partnership.

The partnership is comprised of a network of leaders in academia, government, nonprofits and philanthropy who are working to make a difference in climate change and serves as a place to collaborate, collectively, to make community resilience a reality across California. 

“Having some of the best minds and actors globally, that we’re connected with now, means we can bring all of that brain power, will power and best practices to our region because we’re now part of this network that is all working toward this same goal -- it really builds out our capacity as an agency to support the region in taking on some of these bigger projects and doing them with a lot of efficacy ---because we have such a great support system,” said Darbi Berry, program manager at The San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative.

Before the California Resilience Partnership was announced in February 2021, the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative worked with the Partnership’s overarching group, Resilient Cities Catalyst, to launch the San Diego Coastal Exchange, a multi-part webinar workshop for San Diego climate action stakeholders. After this meeting, four pathways were developed to take action on coastal resilience in the San Diego region. Of the four pathways, two have already been funded and work is being done. 

“We’re getting ahead. We’re doing this work now. We recognize there is no time left, [for climate change], it’s time for action,” said Berry.

Behind-the-scenes, the work that garnered the attention of the Resilient Cities Catalyst, is truly thanks to a university-wide initiative to make Care for our Common Home a priority. For example, the Energy Policy Initiatives Center (EPIC) developed the first regional comprehensive understanding of where emissions come from in the San Diego area and has partnered with local governments in identifying the most promising policies that reduce polluting emissions. This research is vital in helping regional leaders understand what is happening in our region, based on data, and what climate action is needed. 

“The university has played a really vital role in anchoring the climate change work with knowledge and understanding of the issues we face with climate change, to inform decision makers and also to help inform good public policy and investment to deal with climate change,” said Emily Young, Executive Director of The Nonprofit Institute. “This is a place where we can both project ourselves as a leader for the region but also start to get projects on the ground that are really going to support communities and also catalyze future action for more projects and create an overall idea of resilience,” said Berry. 


Elena Gomez
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