Issue 134 – April 2023
Members Taking Action to Mitigate Climate Change This Earth Month
April is Earth Month, and the Authority would like to take a moment to recognize and thank our members who have organized earth day activities. These activities include tree and shrub plantings that have beautified communities and helped mitigate the effects of climate change.
Many of our agencies have dealt with the effects of climate change, including drought, hillside collapse, wildfires, and, most recently, flooding from the onslaught of rain this winter. These events can cause significant property damage, infrastructure damage, economic losses, and insurance increases. Overall, climate change is a substantial threat to our way of life. Taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the effects of climate change benefits our members, their residents and businesses, and the earth.
One action members can take is planting trees. When our members take the time to plant trees and reduce the effects of soil erosion, they are enhancing their city’s resilience to severe weather events.
As a reminder, the California JPIA offers a tree inspection and maintenance policy template. This template contains guidelines to reduce public agency exposure to liability associated with trees, protect trees, and maintain trees’ public benefits, including improved air quality, reduced stormwater flow, habitat for wildlife, and reduced heat island effect. The template, available electronically in the library at cjpia.org, is accessible in Microsoft Word format so that members can make agency-specific modifications. For more information, members can contact their regional risk manager.
Thank you to all the agencies participating in Earth Month and Arbor Day activities.< Back to Full Issue Print Article