Climate Resilient Communities

Community Development Agency

Why Resilient Communities?

Community brings us together and can provide support in good and bad times. Some communities are already experiencing the impacts of climate change - increased flooding during storm events, higher temperatures, and poor air quality. By strengthening our connections with each other, we can identify ways to become resilient to climate change. Resilience can mean different things to different communities and may include community gathering spaces, harnessing the sun for energy, storing that energy in a battery so it can be used when the power goes out, and even community gardens.

What Can You Do?

Start a Resilient Neighborhoods Team With Your Community or Business

Our small daily decisions have impacts on our community. Resilient Neighborhoods gives you the information you need to make positive choices. Understand the local and regional risks of sea level rise and climate change. Visit the Adapting to Rising Tides Bay Shoreline Flood Explorer. The Explorer contains locally-relevant online maps and tools to help understand, visualize, and anticipate vulnerabilities to sea level rise and storms.

Community Resilience Hubs

Consider if a Resilience Hub could increase your community’s resilience to climate change. Resilience Hubs serve the community by distributing resources, serving as gathering spaces, coordinating communication, and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions). Each hub is different and should be designed by and for the community where it is located. If you are interested in developing a hub, contact Drawdown: Marin.

Get to Know Your Neighbors

Building relationships with your neighbors is powerful. Mutual aid is the most efficient, flexible, and strong foundation for providing assistance to many people in times of emergency.

Stay up to date and join your neighborhood's Nextdoor group and join or create a Resilient Neighborhoods team.

Ensure That Homes Have Adequate Defensible Space to Reduce Wildfire Risk

Defensible space is the buffer you create between a building on your property and the grass, trees, shrubs, or any willdland areas that surround it. Make sure to remove combustible outdoor furniture, clean fallen leaves, and remove tree limbs from near your home. You can learn more about how to create a safer home at FireSafeMarin and the Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority. You may qualify for financial assistance to reduce fire risk at your home.

What is the County Doing?

Assessing Sea Level Rise + Adapting

The County has completed sea level rise assessments for the Bay and Coastal sides of the County and better understands the expected flooding impacts now and in the future. The BayWAVE and C-SMART projects identify opportunities to adapt to sea level rise and localized flooding informed by technical experts and community members. Visit the Marin Sea Level Rise website to learn more!

Game of Floods

Game of Floods is fun! Players review different sea level rise scenarios and choose the assets they want to protect, decide which strategies they are willing to implement, and assess the environmental and financial impacts of those strategies. Several community groups and 160 students at various schools have played the game. Visit Game of Floods to learn how you can play!