Climate Resilient Schools Initiative


SCH Number
Public Agency
California State Coastal Conservancy (SCC)
Document Title
Climate Resilient Schools Initiative
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Notice of exemption for State Coastal Conservancy (SCC) approval of grant funding. On December 2, 2021, the SCC authorized up to one hundred twenty thousand dollars ($120,000) to Mycelium Youth Network (“MYN”) to conduct a youth-led community process that will identify and plan up to four priority climate adaptation projects that can be implemented in the 2022/23 school year at Metwest High School (City of Oakland, Alameda County). The projects will provide benefits and services--such as replacing heat-trapping surfaces with green spaces, sequestering carbon, capturing and naturally filtering water, increasing local food availability—that will improve the community’s ability to withstand the impacts of climate change. The project will be carried out in coordination with the Oakland Unified School District (“OUSD”) and consistent with the OUSD Living Schoolyards policy.

Contact Information

Moira McEnespy
Agency Name
State Coastal Conservancy
Job Title
Regional Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Northern California, San Francisco Bay Area
Cross Streets
314 East 10th Street
Metwest High School

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15306
Reasons for Exemption
The project is categorically exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) under Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations, Section 15306 because it involves information collection and resource evaluation for possible future action, and there will be no disturbance to an environmental resource.

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
The project is statutorily exempt from CEQA pursuant to Cal. Code. Regs. Tit. 14 section 15262 (Feasibility and Planning Studies). It consists of planning studies and will consider environmental factors that will increase schools’ climate resilience, but does not bind the agency to future action and does not require preparation of an Environmental Impact Report or Negative Declaration.
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