Resilient Bay Area

As a metropolitan area with low-lying shorelines vulnerable to flooding, active earthquake faults, and longstanding socio-economic and racial inequities, resilience planning has become a priority for the Bay Area.

What is Resilience?

Resilience is defined as the ability to recover from setbacks, adapt well to change and keep going in the face of adversity.

- Harvard Business Review

BARC recognizes that we need to manage the uncertainties and physical hazards associated with the Bay Area’s geographic setting and changing climate.

At the same time, we need to protect vulnerable people and communities, critical infrastructure and the natural environment.

By breaking down silos, working across local and regional perspectives, and engaging in collaborative problem solving – we can address 21st century challenges at the pace and scale that is necessary.  

Building resilience is not a standalone tactic, but rather a coordinated strategy. Resilience needs to be integrated with current and future land use policies, transportation networks and environmental planning.

It will also require an approach that extends beyond specific community issues and needs, and help BARC create a regional plan for the entire Bay Area.

Learn how BARC addresses these challenges in “Projects.”