Regional Working Group
ART Bay Area convenes across sectors at the local and regional scale to advise and guide on key decisions and outcomes throughout the duration of the project.
Members come together at regular intervals to hear key updates and provide valuable input based on their experience and expertise as asset managers, transit operators, local, state and regional public servants, and as community leaders. This paves the way for improving and refining collaboration across scales and sectors.
Horizon/Plan Bay Area
Horizon is a new initiative headed up by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments that explores the pressing issues and possible challenges Bay Area residents may face through 2050.
The Horizon initiative will be the first Bay Area planning effort to look not just at transportation and housing but economic development, resilience and the effects of emerging technologies.
Through close collaboration with ART Bay Area, Horizon explores how the region will be impacted by rising sea levels under different scenarios, and what this means for regional planning and policy.
This ART project will provide a clearer understanding of the region’s vulnerable communities, and critical infrastructure to help inform the Horizon initiative and the development of Plan Bay Area 2050 (the Bay Area’s Sustainable Communities Strategy). It will ultimately shed light on what policies and investment decisions may help make the region more resilient to the impacts of sea level rise and flooding.
The Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII) is working together with local community-based organizations to explore how climate vulnerabilities, specifically flooding and sea level rise, fit into a broader set of issues for local residents in their day to day lives.
BARC and the ART Team will learn from community partners how to best share information and set up a meaningful process by which local residents can share their insights, expertise and perspectives related to climate impacts to inform not just the ART Bay Area project, but also future endeavors.
Through the capacity building that results on all sides, the goal is to build a network of collaborative problem solvers to tackle the big issues we have before us.
San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI) and SPUR
These two organizations are leading up a project that “aims to define practical, science-based landscape units surrounding the shoreline (Operational Landscape Units) to facilitate a geographically-specific set of integrated adaptation strategies at the appropriate scale to address issues of both the natural and built environment.” [SFEI website.]
This ART Bay Area project is utilizing the OLU concept to explore how the shoreline features of the Bay Area can inform how we approach adaptation to sea level rise and flooding.
Within each of the OLU’s, the ART Bay Area project will analyze and recognize the interdependencies that exist among urbanized areas, the transportation network, and natural areas when impacted by different levels of flooding and sea level rise—and develop multi-benefit approaches.