Bay Area Resilience Hotspots

Winters are drier, summers hotter, and wildfires are a regular threat as are cycles of drought and major floods. The region is grappling with how to handle these overlapping climate risks. So we are identifying the places with the greatest opportunities to make a difference.

Greenbelt Alliance is analyzing the Bay Area’s lands at greatest risk of multiple climate-related hazards as well as lands offering greatest resilience benefits to identify Resilience Hotspots. We are doing this because climate change is impacting some places more than others and we want to make sure California’s climate investments go to the communities that need it the most!

We are doing this by:

Analyzing conventional data sources to point us towards Areas of Opportunity where climate hazards overlap with communities vulnerable to climate impacts, conservation priorities, and a risk for development to occur outside of urban areas.

Collaborating with local experts to understand experiences at the community level with climate change and discuss strategies for building local resilience through nature-based solutions. This input is vital for the development of Community Resilience Profiles that will accompany the launch of our Interactive Map as a resource to:

  1. Build a strong foundation for future grant applications;
  2. Uplift community leaders and ongoing resilience activities; and
  3. Co-create near-term recommendations for building resilience in the community and the region as a whole.

OUR plan for success


Beyond Physical Hazards to Understand Wildfire Risk

In the Bay Area, we’re no strangers to wildfires. Year after year we are forced to reckon with staggering statistics of the record number of homes destroyed and acres burned. But much less often do we hear about the rippling effects that wildfire events have on our frontline workers and unhoused neighbors, and even more

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Rethinking Our Connection to Nature: Bay Area Resilience Hotspots

In the Bay Area, we are lucky to have abundant diversity in our natural landscapes, built environments, and cultural expression. It is arguably one of the most unique topographies on planet Earth. Thousands of people travel from all over the world to ponder the towering redwoods of Muir Woods, enjoy the marine wildlife of the

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Bay Area Resilience Hotspots: A Natural Tool to Reduce Climate Risks

In life, change is almost always inevitable. Sometimes we embrace it in order to sculpt new realities and better opportunities for our families and communities, and sometimes we push back against it, trying to protect what we have worked so hard to build. There is one significant change that we all have in common. The

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Climate Risk: Missing Pieces & a Path to Action

Over the last couple of months, we have seen a shift in coverage, in conversations, in how we collectively understand our increasing climate-related threats in the Bay Area. Yards covered in ash have become a regular occurrence, even in areas not beset by fires. We’ve seen great coverage from local newspapers, advocates, and experts on

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Heeding the Power of Nature to Build Wildfire Resilience

California just made history, again. This time, in a very positive way. Governor Newsom’s Executive Order issued on October 7th enlists the state’s vast network of natural and working lands as nature-based solutions to climate change. California becomes the first state in the nation pledging to conserve 30 percent of land and coastal water by

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At Risk: The Bay Area Greenbelt 2017

Over six years, we cut the region’s land at risk of development by 20%. But in the hottest housing market in decades, are the Bay Area’s growth policies and plans still stopping sprawl? We have the answer.

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