SF Adapt (San Francisco Climate Adaptation Working Group)
Under Mayor Edwin M. Lee's leadership, the San Francisco Department of the Environment, in partnership with the Public Utilities Commission and Planning Department, has convened an inter-agency Climate Adaptation Working Group also known as SF Adapt. Participating agencies include the City Administrators Office, the Port, San Francisco International Airport, the Department of Public Works, the Municipal Transportation Agency, the Department of Public Health, and the Department of Recreation and Parks.
This interdepartmental initiative is coordinating San Francisco’s response to climate change, and was tasked with focusing on the City’s most imminent climate adaptation concerns particularly sea level rise along coastal and bayside shorelines. SF Adapt is considering other significant climate impacts in the region including flooding from storm surges and extreme rain events, an increased likelihood of extreme heat, and decreased fog that supports the region’s iconic redwoods and local ecosystems.
Mayor Lee instructed the working group’s Sea Level Rise Committee to prepare guidance for incorporating sea level rise into the capital planning process. This committee has reviewed guidelines developed by other municipalities, evaluated the most recent climate change science, considered the regulatory policies on climate change planning in the San Francisco bay area, surveyed certain City projects likely to be impacted by sea level rise, and helped develop tools for adaptation planning and vulnerability assessment.
The Sea Level Rise Committee produced 'Guidance for Incorporating Sea Level Rise into Capital Planning in San Francisco: Assessing Vulnerability, Risk, and Adaptation,' for the San Francisco Capital Planning Committee in September 2014, which provides guidance for all local departments to incorporate sea level rise into new construction, capital improvement, and maintenance projects.
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