Circle of Service Award – November 2008
In 2008, Diane was honored with the Circle of Service Award from CSAC (California State Association of Counties). The award is given annually to a handful of individuals that “have gone above and beyond the call of duty to assist CSAC and California
counties during the past year.”
Diane received this recognition for her work co-chairing the Climate Change Policy Task Force. She and then Trinity County Supervisor Jeff Morris led an extremely diverse group of stakeholders to develop a landmark statewide climate change policy for all 58 of California’s counties.
Background: In 2006, the legislature passed AB32 – California’s Global Warming Solutions Act. CSAC had no climate change policies. Recognizing that this would be a controversial issue on which to obtain consensus between 58 counties, CSAC leadership asked two supervisors to navigate this thorny topic by co-chairing the statewide discussion to develop effective policy while accounting for the unique challenges of all California’s counties, urban, suburban and rural. Policy development communication included interaction and communication with a wide swath of stakeholders including the State Attorney General, representatives from the Governor’s office, the California State Legislature, and a wide variety of participants from the public and private sectors.
Meetings were held in Sacramento and attended by supervisors and other county representatives from throughout the state. When the policy document was in draft stage, then Attorney-General Jerry Brown requested a meeting with the co-chairs at his San Francisco office to discuss the draft policy. The final policy was adopted by the CSAC Board of Directors in November 2007.
This successful effort was the first climate change policy approved by all counties in a single state.
For more information, see: CSAC Climate Change Policy Adopted 2007 Nov