Bay Area Climate Adaptation and Resilience: Nine County-level Snapshots - Projects, Plans, Structures and Needs

This report provides “snapshots” or summaries of the climate adaptation and resilience initiatives and needs in each of the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties in California. The Bay Area Climate and Energy Resilience Project (BACERP), a project of the Bay Area Joint Policy Committee (now known as the Bay Area Regional Collaborative), produced this report with funding support from the Kresge Foundation.

The goal of this BACERP initiative is to better understand local and sub-regional projects and structures, and the barriers to Bay Area stakeholders in adaptation planning. According to the report, this information can be extremely valuable in the eventual design of a long-term Bay Area adaptation and resilience program that integrates these innovative county-level initiatives with adaptation efforts by regional, state and federal actors.

In March 2014, BACERP staff completed county-level case studies for:

  • Alameda County
  • Contra Costa County
  • Marin County
  • Napa County
  • City/County of San Francisco
  • San Mateo County
  • Santa Clara County
  • Solano County
  • Sonoma County

The report highlights a selection of county-level efforts that are notable for innovation, leadership, replicability, and potential impact - being implemented by Bay Area local governments, special districts, regional agencies, and non-profit organizations. Section II further discusses climate planning activities with a focus on completed Climate Action Plans (CAPs), where a number of these plans include adaptation activities. 

County-level structures for coordinating among cities are described in Section III such as regional Working Groups and Partnerships, for example. Ten of these on-going structures that bring together cities for climate change planning were identified that are providing valuable opportunities for collaboration within a given county or sub-region.

Additionally, some proposed actions to accelerate climate adaptation in the Bay Area are discussed under the following key themes:

  • Move from individual projects to coordinated Bay Area-wide action
  • Identify and develop new substantial funding streams/approaches
  • Build political support and engage the public
  • Provide centralized information/ assistance to deal with a dynamic environment
  • Build and take collaborative action where it will add real value


Publication Date: March 2014

Related Organizations:

  • Bay Area Joint Policy Committee
  • Marin County, California


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  • Best practice


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