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Bay Area Regional Listening Session for Climate Adaptation in California

Bay Area Regional Listening Session For Climate Adaptation co-hosted by BARC, California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) and the Alliance for Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation (ARCCA).



  1. JR DeLaRosa, Joey Wall, Michael McCormick, Abe Doherty, State Representatives
  2. Abigail Kroch, Director of Epidemiology, Contra Costa County Health Services
  3. Miriam Torres, Coastal Planner, SF Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC)
  4. Jack Liebster, Planning Manager, Marin County Community Development Agency
  5. Shirley Qian, Planner, Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority
  6. Ms. Margaret Gordon, Resilient Communities Initiative (RCI)
  7. Matt Gerhart, Deputy Program Manager, San Francisco Bay Area, State Coastal Conservancy
  8. Wendy Goodfriend, Senior Planner, BCDC



Bay Area Climate & Energy Resilience Project

The Bay Area Climate & Energy Resilience Project was a collaborative of more than 300 public, private, and non-profit stakeholders in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. The primary purpose of the project was to support and enhance the local climate adaptation efforts of cities, counties and other organizations. We were focused on specific actions that will help all Bay Area stakeholders to move forward in a more efficient and powerful manner.

Latest BACERP Webinars
If you missed BACERP's March webinars for "OhmConnect" and "Proven and Promising Climate Measures from U.S. Cities" you can now view the slides or the movie recording right here.

Ohmconnect—March 4—Featuring Curtis Tongue, Co-Founder of Ohmconnect, the new service that pays you to save electricity at home or at work. View the 40-minute recording of Curtis's presentation plus Q&A here.

Proven and Promising Climate Measures from U.S. Cities—March 11—Featuring Stacey Meinzen and Ann Hancock from the Center for Climate Protection discussing their new report on successful GHG projects from across the U.S. in 7 sectors. View the slides here (the recording was damaged) and download the report here.

Updated Bay Area Climate Asset Map
BACERP has updated and expanded our inventory of Bay Area projects for climate adaptation and resilience. The new report, produced for the San Francisco Foundation and the Bay Air Quality Management District, spotlights more than 100 Bay Area climate initiatives in the public, private, non-profit sectors. Each entry includes the lead organization, key partners, location, a brief project description, and a web link for complete information.

Bay Area Climate Asset Map (November 2014)



2014 BACERP Webinars
On August 27 and September 3, BACERP presented two identical webinars featuring Our Coast, Our Future’s brand new Bay Area planning tool for sea level rise and storm impacts. The hour-long webinar included a 40-minute presentation by 3 leaders of the OCOF Team--Kelley Higgason (NOAA), Patrick Barnard (USGS) and Michael Fitzgibbon (Point Blue) followed by a Q&A session. You can register (free) and try out the new OCOF on-line tool at http://data.prbo.org/apps/ocof/.

Watch/Listen to the OCOF Webinar

On July 24, the BACERP webinar featured the brand new Little Hoover Commission report, Governing California Through Climate Change. Our speakers were Carole D'Elia, LHC Executive Director, and Jim Wasserman, JPC Deputy Executive Director. The speakers outlined the key conclusions in the report and the five recommendations LHC has made for action on adaptation.

Watch and Listen to the LHC Webinar

Carole D'Elia and Jim Wasserman, Little Hoover Commission

BACERP presented its first in a series of educational webinars on July 17--Hazard Mitigation Planning and Climate Adaptation. Leading off, Timothy Burroughs and Sarah Lana from City of Berkeley presented the city's 2014 Hazard Mitigation Plan which, for the first time, includes climate impacts. Second, Dana Brechwald, Association of Bay Area Governments, outlined ABAG's regional hazard mitigation planning process and gave a preview of the 2016 hazard plan. 40 climate stakeholders took part in the webinar.


On June 3rd, more than 150 Bay Area climate stakeholders gathered in Oakland for a BACERP regional climate workshop. The 3-hour event drew participants from a wide range of public, private, and non-profit organizations that are moving the Bay Area forward on climate adaptation and GHG reduction.

In March 2014, BACERP staff completed county-level "snapshots" spotlighting climate adaptation and resilience projects, plans, structures, and needs in each of the 9 Bay Area counties. Download the Summary of Findings, the Full Report, or the 9 individual County Snapshots:

On March 12th, 65 climate stakeholders participated in a workshop in Oakland on climate and sustainability indicators. The workshop was co-hosted by BACERP and the Governor's Office of Planning and Research and was designed primarily to provide feedback to OPR on their draft "Environmental Goals and Policies Report." Louise Bedsworth, Deputy Director at OPR, presented the draft EGPR for comment. Allison Brooks, JPC Director, discussed the need for Bay Area climate and sustainability indicators and showed examples from Plan Bay Area, the City of Berkeley, Sustainable San Mateo County and Sonoma County.

More than 100 Bay Area adaptation stakeholders took part in an all-day workshop on June 10 in Oakland entitled "Adaptation and Resilience in the Real World."
Workshop Materials:

In April, the project completed a six-month Needs Assessment and a forward-looking Proposed Action Plan. The Kresge Foundation and the Joint Policy Committee funded both efforts. The findings from the Needs Assessment are contained in five reports:

The 12-Month Action Plan outlines an ambitious - but feasible - 5-point plan to significantly accelerate and strengthen Bay Area adaptation planning. The plan will now be used to engage funders and supporters in discussions on moving forward.