Climate Ready SMC Collaborative Task Forces

Beginning in January 2019, the Collaborative has been meeting to learn about emerging and continuing challenges including extreme storms and extreme heat, sea level rise and flooding, and wildfire. Now is the time to roll up our sleeves and get to work building a better today and tomorrow.

We invite you to join in one or more of these newly established task forces to: coordinate and develop networks; learn and develop capacity; and build political power and empower action.

  • Wildfire: this Task Force will interface with and support ongoing efforts being conducted through the County Fire Risk Strategy Team, Fire Safe Council and cities and continue the momentum, interest and priorities generated for community preparedness and risk reduction in past meetings.
  • Flooding and Sea Level Rise: this Task Force will focus on supporting community based and governmental efforts to advance strategies around managing and preparing for flooding, sea level rise and coastal erosion and developing the Sea Level Rise Adaptation Toolkit.
  • Rising Temperatures and Heat: this Task Force will focus on supporting efforts to adapt to rising temperature heat in San Mateo County. The Task Force will review existing and projected heat data and brainstorm ways to plan accordingly.
  • Visioning & Strategic Planning: this Task Force will focus on how we build a representative, inclusive, and engaging collaborative, develop a 2020-2022 Action Plan, and provide recommendations on organizational, structural, and relational issues to promote a thriving climate conversation in San Mateo County.

What is the function of Collaborative Task Forces?

The key purpose of the task forces is to:

  • Drive action on a specific topic by identifying key opportunities and gaps and identifying pathways to implementation.
  • Bring together community knowledge, technical expertise, and cross-sector leadership to identify and recommend policy and adaptation strategies.
  • Contribute to the development of shared resources such as Climate Fact Sheets, an Online Climate Impacts Viewer and Adaptation Library, and an Adaptation Toolkit.
  • Report back on issues of interest to the larger Climate Ready SMC Collaborative.
  • Identify relevant funding opportunities and ways to attract new funding to support climate readiness, preparedness and related projects in San Mateo County.

What are the expectations for participation on a Collaborative Task Force?

  • Participate regularly and actively in task force meetings (assume monthly/bi-monthly, 2 hour meetings) by coming prepared, participating in discussions, and sharing feedback.
  • Consider serving in or supporting leadership roles established within the task force (e.g., chair, vice chair).
  • Provide information, feedback and recommendations based on your areas of community or technical expertise. Consider the issues that are most important to your community or organization as well as the interests of all San Mateo County residents.

How often will Task Forces meet?

The frequency will be determined by member interest and support, but it is recommended that meeting frequency aligns with the 2019-2020 meeting schedule presented in Climate Ready SMC Collaborative First Year Action Plan (approximately six meetings between June 2019 and June 2020). Task Forces may meet individually or collectively depending on the issues/opportunities to be discussed.

How can I sign up for a Task Force or learn more about Task Force participation?

Please complete the survey form below to sign up for a Task Force.

Beginning in January 2019, the Collaborative has been meeting to learn about emerging and continuing challenges including extreme storms and extreme heat, sea level rise and flooding, and wildfire. Now is the time to roll up our sleeves and get to work building a better today and tomorrow.

We invite you to join in one or more of these newly established task forces to: coordinate and develop networks; learn and develop capacity; and build political power and empower action.

  • Wildfire: this Task Force will interface with and support ongoing efforts being conducted through the County Fire Risk Strategy Team, Fire Safe Council and cities and continue the momentum, interest and priorities generated for community preparedness and risk reduction in past meetings.
  • Flooding and Sea Level Rise: this Task Force will focus on supporting community based and governmental efforts to advance strategies around managing and preparing for flooding, sea level rise and coastal erosion and developing the Sea Level Rise Adaptation Toolkit.
  • Rising Temperatures and Heat: this Task Force will focus on supporting efforts to adapt to rising temperature heat in San Mateo County. The Task Force will review existing and projected heat data and brainstorm ways to plan accordingly.
  • Visioning & Strategic Planning: this Task Force will focus on how we build a representative, inclusive, and engaging collaborative, develop a 2020-2022 Action Plan, and provide recommendations on organizational, structural, and relational issues to promote a thriving climate conversation in San Mateo County.

What is the function of Collaborative Task Forces?

The key purpose of the task forces is to:

  • Drive action on a specific topic by identifying key opportunities and gaps and identifying pathways to implementation.
  • Bring together community knowledge, technical expertise, and cross-sector leadership to identify and recommend policy and adaptation strategies.
  • Contribute to the development of shared resources such as Climate Fact Sheets, an Online Climate Impacts Viewer and Adaptation Library, and an Adaptation Toolkit.
  • Report back on issues of interest to the larger Climate Ready SMC Collaborative.
  • Identify relevant funding opportunities and ways to attract new funding to support climate readiness, preparedness and related projects in San Mateo County.

What are the expectations for participation on a Collaborative Task Force?

  • Participate regularly and actively in task force meetings (assume monthly/bi-monthly, 2 hour meetings) by coming prepared, participating in discussions, and sharing feedback.
  • Consider serving in or supporting leadership roles established within the task force (e.g., chair, vice chair).
  • Provide information, feedback and recommendations based on your areas of community or technical expertise. Consider the issues that are most important to your community or organization as well as the interests of all San Mateo County residents.

How often will Task Forces meet?

The frequency will be determined by member interest and support, but it is recommended that meeting frequency aligns with the 2019-2020 meeting schedule presented in Climate Ready SMC Collaborative First Year Action Plan (approximately six meetings between June 2019 and June 2020). Task Forces may meet individually or collectively depending on the issues/opportunities to be discussed.

How can I sign up for a Task Force or learn more about Task Force participation?

Please complete the survey form below to sign up for a Task Force.