“There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew.” – Marshall McLuhan

State Agencies

Every state agency and department in California plays a role in ending climate change.

  • California Climate Change Portal : A hub highlighting the state’s strategies around climate adaptation and mitigation.
  • California Department of Fish and Wildlife : The department manages California’s diverse fish, wildlife, and plant resources, and the habitats upon which they depend, for their ecological values and for their use and enjoyment by the public.
  • Cal Fire : Dedicated to the fire protection and stewardship of over 31 million acres of California’s privately-owned wildlands.
  • Cal EPA  : The agency works to restore, protect and enhance the environment, and to ensure public health, environmental quality and economic vitality.
  • California Department of Parks and Recreation : Manages 280 park units, which contain the finest and most diverse collection of natural, cultural, and recreational resources to be found within California.
  • California Department of Water Resources : Responsible for managing and protecting California’s water. DWR works with other agencies to benefit the state’s people, and to protect, restore and enhance the natural and human environments.
  • California Energy Commission : The state’s primary energy policy and planning agency.
  • California Office of Planning and Research : OPR serves the Governor and Cabinet as staff for long-range planning and research, and constitutes the comprehensive state planning agency.
  • California Public Utilities Commission : Regulates privately owned electric, natural gas, telecommunications, water, railroad, rail transit, and passenger transportation companies. The CPUC serves the public interest by protecting consumers and ensuring the provision of safe, reliable utility service and infrastructure at reasonable rates, with a commitment to environmental enhancement and a healthy California economy.
  • California Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency : Assists and educates consumers regarding the licensing, regulation, and enforcement of professionals and businesses in California.
  • Caltrans : Manages California’s highway and freeway lanes, provides inter-city rail services, permits more than 400 public-use airports and special-use hospital heliports, and works with local agencies. Caltrans carries out its mission of providing a safe, sustainable, integrated and efficient transportation system to enhance California’s economy and livability.
  • California Department of Toxic Substances Control : Protects California’s people and environment from harmful effects of toxic substances by restoring contaminated resources, enforcing hazardous waste laws, reducing hazardous waste generation, and encouraging the manufacture of chemically safer products.
  • California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services : California faces numerous risks and threats to people, property, economy, environment and is prone to earthquakes, floods, significant wildfires, prolonged drought impacts, public health emergencies, cybersecurity attacks, agricultural and animal disasters, as well threats to homeland security. Cal OES takes a proactive approach to addressing these risks, threats, and vulnerabilities to maintain a state of readiness and plan for and mitigate impacts.
  • California Department of Food and Agriculture : Strives to support a tradition of innovation and agricultural diversity by working with private industry, academia and public sector agencies. These partnerships allow the department to adapt public policy to a rapidly changing industry – California agriculture.
  • California Department of Public Health : Dedicated to optimizing the health and well-being of the people in California.
  • CalRecycle : Brings together the state’s recycling and waste management programs and continues a tradition of environmental stewardship.
  • California State Water Resources Control Board : Preserves, enhances, and restores the quality of California’s water resources and drinking water for the protection of the environment, public health, and all beneficial uses, and ensures proper water resource allocation and efficient use, for the benefit of present and future generations.
  • California Health & Human Services Agency : Oversees departments and offices that provide a wide range of services in the areas of health care, mental health, public health, alcohol and drug treatment, income assistance, social services and assistance to people with disabilities.
  • California Natural Resources Agency : To restore, protect and manage the state’s natural, historical and cultural resources for current and future generations using creative approaches and solutions based on science, collaboration and respect for all the communities and interests involved.
  • California State Transportation Agency : Develops and coordinates the policies and programs of the state’s transportation entities to achieve the state’s mobility, safety and air quality objectives from its transportation system.