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Our maps, data and reports are a core BARC necessity. These evidence-based tools and resources help support our actionable planning efforts across the region. 

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The intensifying effects of climate change pose a clear threat to the health and well-being of Bay Area residents. That’s particularly true for communities that experience health inequities—systemic and unjust disparities in health outcomes that exist by race, income, and other factors. 

Farther Together lays out a path for transforming how public agencies engage communities in climate resilience planning and disaster response to foster a healthy, resilient future for everyone who calls the Bay Area home. 

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On September 17th, 2021, the BARC Governing Board unanimously approved a Joint Resolution to Address Climate Change, through which its member agencies committed to working with BARC staff to develop a Shared Work Plan that will advance coordinated implementation of some of the highest-priority actions identified in the key regional agency plans and platforms over the next one to five years. Through this Shared Work Plan, BARC will help to advance the visions and goals that its member agencies have formed to address the escalating impacts of climate change affecting the Bay Area, including sea level rise, flooding, drought, extreme heat, and wildfires. 

"Not merely a symbolic commitment to coordination, or a repackaging of existing agency plans, the Joint Resolution to Address Climate Change will serve as a catalyst for more aligned and efficient regional action," wrote BARC Executive Director Allison Brooks in a memo accompanying the Joint Resolution. "In this way, the resolution advances the key guiding principles included in the strategic plan developed and approved by the BARC Governing Board in 2015."

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This newly-released report from the Resources Legacy Fund and OnClimate explores new or expanded funding sources and financial tools that state and local governments in California can use to prepare for and respond to the effects of climate change in a fiscally responsible and equitable manner. This report identifies four proposed funding pathways to address pressing climate resilience needs in California, with a corresponding equity analysis and implementation strategy for each. The proposals serve as a starting point for further discussion of potential funding sources and financial tools to enable state and local governments to prepare for and respond to the effects of climate change in a fiscally responsible and equitable manner. The four pathways focus on funding for regional transportation planning, extreme heat policy reform, resilience finance districts, and wildfire risk reduction.

This report was developed with input from a wide range of stakeholders, including BARC. 

 

 

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BARC is a contributor to the Bay Area Region Report of California's Fourth Climate Change Assessment. The report summarizes ongoing efforts in the Bay Area to understand how these potential impacts to our economy, utilities, and natural lands will affect the region, and how to prepare for them at the regional scale.

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Paying for Climate Adaptation in California provides a pragmatic overview of the opportunities and constraints currently faced by planning authorities, asset operators and owners, and private entities in funding adaptations especially for large-scale infrastructure. AECOM and Resources Legacy Fund bring together their collective expertise in adaptation financing and investing to guide both public and private sector entities in what to consider, including adopting disclosure requirements that take into account climate and correspondingly, financial risk, and offers tools to support more transparent and successful public-private partnerships. For more detailed guidance, access the full report at resourceslegacyfund.org/reports-and-publications.

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The Adapting to Rising Tides, Bay Area Sea Level Rise Analysis and Mapping Project presents a broad assessment of SF Bay’s shoreline exposure to inundation and flooding from a range of sea level rise scenarios and extreme storm events. It provides consistent inundation data and mapping products for all nine San Francisco Bay Area counties.

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The Bay Area Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Ordinance Toolkit is a partnership effort of the Bay Area Regional Collaborative with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and Bay Area Regional Energy Network, to provide streamlined technical assistance to local jurisdictions with the objective of expanding adoption of a solar photovoltaic ordinance on new residential and low-rise multifamily construction. This program is an evolving effort to better assist local governments in meeting local and state climate goals, and to prepare for the transition to zero-net-energy (ZNE).

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The Raising the Bar on Regional Resilience report presents the case for prioritizing and mainstreaming resilience into regional planning, programming and funding. It explores the region's progress to date in resilience planning and provides examples where BARC member agencies in partnership with communities, local and regional stakeholders, and the private sector, can advance equitable and transparent resilience planning to ensure our region will continue to thrive in the face of climate change impacts.

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The Raising the Bar on Regional Resilience report presents the case for prioritizing and mainstreaming resilience into regional planning, programming and funding. It explores the region's progress to date in resilience planning and provides examples where BARC member agencies in partnership with communities, local and regional stakeholders, and the private sector, can advance equitable and transparent resilience planning to ensure our region will continue to thrive in the face of climate change impacts.

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