Integrating Planning with Nature
Over the next century, the San Francisco Bay Area is poised to face three major challenges: adapting to a changing climate, adding infill development to accommodate a growing population and maintaining natural and working lands in the face of development pressure. Despite appearing to be disparate, these problems are deeply interrelated and planning across traditionally siloed sectors will be necessary to generate effective, cross-cutting solutions. This report investigates how the implementation of nature-based strategies in rural and densifying urban landscapes can maximize our communities' preparedness for future climate conditions while providing a wide variety of benefits to people and ecosystems.
Together with SPUR and the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority, we explored strategies for adding housing and jobs in the Bay Area without compromising and even expanding nature in cities and surrounding rural areas. This report illustrates how nature-based solutions can be integrated from downtown San José to Coyote Valley upstream to build climate resilience; quantifies associated ecosystem services; and identifies planning and policy approaches for implementation. Scenarios were developed with the help of an interdisciplinary group of local experts through two charrettes to generate holistic solutions that will contribute to a number of ongoing planning efforts.
Download the report here.
Programs and Focus Areas:
Resilient Landscapes Program
Urban Nature Lab
Google Ecology Advising
SFEI collaborates with the Google Ecology Program to advance the science and application of urban biodiversity and nature-based sustainability planning.