Sustainability Exchange

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About

The Sustainability Exchange is a quarterly gathering for local government staff in Contra Costa County who work on sustainability issues to network and learn from one another. If you report to a Board or Council that is elected, you are welcome to join us!

The Sustainability Exchange launched in January 2017. Every meeting includes time for networking and learning about the work of others in Contra Costa County, as well as a topical presentation and opportunity to reflect in small groups. Topics and notes from prior meetings are posted below.

In addition to providing education and networking opportunities, the work of the Sustainability Exchange led to a $200,000 grant from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to launch Cleaner Contra Costa, an online platform that allows County residents to register the actions they are taking to reduce damage to the climate. Click this link to take the Cleaner Contra Costa Challenge!

Exchange Presentations

June 23, 2021
Topic: Contra Costa Asthma Initiative
This was an online panel discussion with staff from the County's Health Department, Weatherization Program, and Energy Planning teams discussing the Asthma Initiative.
Click here to see a short presentation on the program structure and operations.

March 18, 2021  
Topic: Urban Agriculture 

Speakers: 

Gavin Raders, Founder and Co-Director of Planting Justice
Click here to see Gavin's presentation. 

Jose Arriaga, Assistant Contra Costa County Agriculture Commissioner . Jose used the Live Well San Diego Food System Initiative to guide his presentation. 

Click here to see the San Diego County Urban Agriculture Incentive Zones 

Click here to see the 2015 Contra Costa County Food System Analysis and Economic Strategy


December 10, 2020
Topic: Climate Action Planning
Click here to see the agenda and minutes.
Click here to see the data on how meeting participants are developing the Climate Action Plans.
Click here for the presentation deck on CAP metrics and how they could be more useful.

September 24, 2020
Topic: Visual Communication

July 1, 2020
Topic: Microgrids: From Concept to Reality
Click here for the meeting notes. 
If you would like to sign up for Terra Verde blog article updates, you can do so using the form at the bottom of this article on Evaluating the Potential of a Microgrid.

April 14, 2020
Topic: Sustainable Paving
Click here for the meeting notes.

November 2019
Topic: Climate Action Planning
Click here for the meeting notes.
Click here for the presentation from the California Department of Health
Click here for the presentation on the East Bay Energy Watch Emissions Inventory

September 2019
Topic: Electric Vehicle Readiness
Click here for the Meeting Notes
Click here for the Presentation on the Contra Costa Electric Vehicle Readiness Blueprint

June 2019
Topic: Engaging Your Community
Meeting Notes
Cleaner Contra Costa Challenge Presentation
SunShares Presentation

March 2019 
Topic: Waste and Single Use Plastics
Presentations
Talkin Trash at the Sustainability Exchange (PDF)
SUD Ordinance Presentation (PDF)
Meeting Notes (PDF)

November 2018 

This workshop, which was open to community partners and had 55 participants, features a workshop with ecoAmerica on how to communicate with diverse audiences about climate issues.
Presentation (PDF)
Meeting Notes (PDF)

July 2018: Contra Costa Naval Weapons Station
Presentation (PDF)
Meeting Notes (PDF)

May 2018: Visit to Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge

Note: There were no notes from this meeting, which occurred largely at the Refuge. 

January 2018: Autonomous Vehicles
Presentation (PDF)
Meeting Notes (PDF)

October 2017: Reporting Back from Prior Meetings and Small Group Collaboration
Meeting Notes (PDF)

July 2017: Online Tools for Community Engagement on Climate and Sustainability
Meeting Notes (PDF)

April 2017: Communicating Effectively on Sustainability
Meeting Notes (PDF)