ADAPTATION AND RESILIENCE

Energy and Climate Action Plan Measures Addressed: AD-7, PA-61/ AD-4, PA-60/AD-3, PA-26/CE-10, PA-13, PA-14, PA-25, PA-57, PA-58, PA-59

Like most local climate action plans across the United States, Oakland’s Energy and Climate Action Plan (ECAP) includes little information on climate adaptation or how the city should prepare for the impacts of climate change. The Oakland Climate Action Coalition (OCAC) Resilience and Adaptation Committee is co-chaired by the Pacific Institute and the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project. The work of the OCAC Resilience Committee focuses on integrating community adaptation priorities into ongoing local land use planning efforts underway in neighborhoods that stand to be hardest hit by climate change impacts in Oakland. The Committee also works on connecting Oakland residents to the resources and capacity they need to take individual and collective action to build their resiliency to local climate impacts, and to engage in adaptation decision-making to better prepare and protect their communities to weather these impacts. The OCAC Resilience Subcommittee is currently seeking support to:

  • Compile available data on neighborhood-level resources and assets that can be leveraged to build resiliency in Oakland’s vulnerable communities.
  • Document local knowledge of community assets that could be leveraged to build resiliency through community workshops organized with OCAC coalition member organizations
  • Develop, pilot, and assess strategies for engaging residents in Oakland’s vulnerable communities, and advancing community adaptation priorities in existing local land use and adaptation planning processes, namely the Lake Merritt Station Area Planning, Upper Broadway-Valdez Corridor, International Blvd. Corridor, and West Oakland Specific Area plans and Oakland’s ECAP implementation process.