MALIBU—Southern California Gas Company announced on Thursday, January 9, that the city of Malibu will receive a $50,000 grant as part of the Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Planning Grant program. The Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Planning Grant program assists disaster stricken communities to highlight the critical importance of community hazard mitigation planning.

The grant will support local efforts to prepare for climate-change risks such as wildfires, drought, sea level rise, flooding, and other events. The city of Malibu was selected from advisory panels of planning and sustainability from across the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC), Climate Resolve, and The American Planning Association-California Chapter (APA-California).

Several recipients of the grant were selected based on their community proposals with special emphasis on: 

  • collaboration among various agencies
  • addressing vulnerabilities in disadvantaged communities
  • benefits beyond resiliency such as public health, air quality, reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and the economy.

The grant program is funded by SoCalGas shareholders and does not impact natural gas bills. Malibu will utilize the grant to create a comprehensive and actionable Community Resilience and Adaptation Plan that will be integrated into the Safety Element of the City’s General Plan.

“The City of Malibu’s mountains-meet-the-sea landscape is especially vulnerable to extreme weather events and climate change,” said Shea Cunningham, Malibu’s environmental programs coordinator. “This grant award provides the City with a critical jumpstart to craft an actionable resilience and climate adaptation plan to help protect the community.”