San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR)
The San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) is a member-supported, nonprofit organization promoting "good planning and good government" in the San Francisco Bay Area through research, education and advocacy.
In 2008, the San Francisco Foundation funded SPUR to develop a plan for responding to climate change in San Francisco. SPUR estimated the costs and benefits of over 40 potential interventions into the city's carbon consumption, and provided recommendations for the City to cost-effectively reduce emissions locally and throughout the region. In 2009, SPUR began work on an in-depth study on how to adapt to the effects of climate change such as reduced snow-pack in the Sierras, rising sea levels on the Bay, and changing weather patterns. SPUR addresses how to adapt to climate change in the Bay Area in the report "Climate Change Hits Home: Adaptation Strategies for the San Francisco Bay Area" - which can also be found as a resource in this clearinghouse.
Working in cooperation with federal, state and local agencies; community stakeholders; and the public, SPUR has developed the 'Ocean Beach Master Plan - a climate adaptation and open space plan to address coastal erosion at San Francisco's Ocean Beach. The plan includes specific recommendations for managing a changing coastline, protecting critical sewer infrastructure and significantly upgrading public access to the beach. The 200+ page document can be downloaded or viewed directly on their website. For more information, the Ocean Beach Master Plan can also be found in this clearinghouse.
Phone: (415) 781-8726