City of Berkeley, California Resilience Strategy

The City of Berkeley, California Resilience Strategy is designed to advance community level preparedness for physical, social, and economic challenges. Built around six long-term goals, the strategy contains specific short-term resiliency actions that support community cohesion, clean energy, climate adaptation and social equity. 

Berkeley’s Resilience Goals are to: 

1: Build a Connected and Prepared Community

2: Accelerate Access to Reliable and Clean Energy

3: Adapt to the Changing Climate

4: Advance Racial Equity

5: Excel at Working Together Within City Government to Better Serve the Community

6: Build Regional Resilience

Every goal is presented with a number of related strategic actions, each of which describes the climate and/or social impact, the resilient approach to managing the impact, action leads (leadership to implement the strategy), partners (related organizations), and a launch timeline.

Goal 3 - Adapt to the Changing Climate - involves advancing Berkeley’s preparedness for the impacts of climate change, helping residents and businesses that are most vulnerable to flooding and drought, and protecting local ecosystems.

The following actions are detailed for this adaptation section of the strategy: 

3A. Integrate multi-benefit green infrastructure into street improvement projects 

3B. Innovate to diversify Berkeley’s water supply

3C. Create the landscape of the future (the City will continue to work with partners in the community, including local neighborhood and business associations, to replace water-intensive turf with drought-tolerant alternatives, and upgrade irrigation technology and equipment)

3D. Integrate consideration of climate impacts into capital and land use planning 

Through the actions identified in Goal 5: Excel at Working Together Within City Government to Better Serve the Community - the City plans to: 

- improve access to services for all residents; 

- further integrate sustainability and equity throughout City operations; 

- improve City government efficiency through increased multi-disciplinary, multi-departmental collaboration; and 

- deepen community engagement in local decision-making.


In 2014 Berkeley, along with the neighboring cities of Oakland and San Francisco, was one of the first 32 cities selected to participate in the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) initiative. Utilizing the 100 RC Framework, the Berkeley Resilience Strategy was developed through community input from over 1,000 community members, expert analysis, and best practices from other cities in the global 100 RC Network.


Publication Date: April 1, 2016

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