Community-Led Resilience Planning in the Nine-County Bay Area

The Bay Area Resilient Communities Initiative (RCI) is creating a national model of resilience planning led by the local communities most impacted by climate change.

As a coalition of eleven of the region’s leading social justice groups, the RCI brings deep grassroots leadership and expertise to community planning. We aim to fundamentally shift the relationship between communities of color and planners to one of mutual respect and partnership, to keep all residents of the Bay Area safe in the face of climate change. We advocate for just transition solutions based on both human rights in our communities and the needs of the planet.

Regional Resilience Leadership Academy

In 2016 the RCI is honored to implement a challenge grant from the Kresge Foundation to launch the Regional Resilience Leadership Academy. The Academy supports grassroots leaders from communities most impacted by climate change in learning about resilience advocacy, and trains agency staff on best practices in partnering with community groups. Graduates of both trainings will then engage in in-depth policy workshops on key climate resilience challenges in the Bay Area to establish how to work together on them. We invite other funders to match the Kresge Foundation’s gift and help the RCI complete our budget for this ground breaking work. Please contact RCI Coordinator Kirsten Andrews-Schwind for details,

Eleven regional, state, and federal agencies and elected officials have endorsed and pledged to participate in the Academy, including USEPA, California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, California Department of Public Health, Bay Area Regional Collaborative, and Bay Conservation and Development District.

Resilient Communities Initiative Members

Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN)

* Rooted in Resilience (host organization and coordinator, formerly Bay Localize)

Breakthrough Communities

Communities for a Better Environment (CBE)

Environmental Justice Coalition for Water

Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice

Movement Generation Justice and Ecology Project

* North Bay Organizing Project

* ShoreUp Marin

West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project

Youth United for Community Action (YUCA)

Thank you to the Kresge and The San Francisco Foundations for generous financial support of the RCI.  Contact: Kirsten Andrews-Schwind at Rooted in Resilience (formerly Bay Localize):