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County Resilience Initiatives

This vast county encompasses most of the “East Bay,” with dozens of cities, miles of interstate highway and railroad, and acres of airport and seaport. The county’s 1.7 million residents include historic black and brown communities struggling to remain resilient in the face of gentrification and inequity, working class families, transitory university students, and well-to-do hilldwellers, among others. The county’s geography features hills, flatlands, and coastal wetlands. In addition to dense critical infrastructure and industry, the bayshore includes a large regional park system and trails at risk from sea level rise. East Bay Regional Parks also manages ridgetop parklands and forests at the wildland interface with residential areas vulnerable to wildfire. Major cities include Berkeley, Oakland, San Leandro and Fremont. Planning for climate resilience in such a vast, diverse and multi-jurisdictional county remains challenging.

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  • Alameda County Carbon Footprint Inventory — To help determine the county-wide carbon footprint (the total set of greenhouse gas emissions caused directly or indirectly by an individual, group or agency), the county prepares emissions inventories that inform climate policy and help guide climate action plans.
  • East Bay Community Energy — Alameda County and 11 cities are forming East Bay Community Energy, a locally controlled power supplier, committed to producing electricity generated from renewable resources.
  • Cool Counties — Alameda is one of a coalition of 39 counties in 20 states across the United States pledging to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, tolobby the federal government to take climate action leadership, and to build communities resilient to local climate change impacts.
  • San Leandro Bay/Oakland-Alameda Estuary Adaptation Working Group — A coalition of shoreline communities and stakeholders working to co-create an action plan to accelerate sea level rise adaptation, protect and restore water quality, recreation, habitat, and promote community resilience.




  • Emily Sadigh, Sustainability Program Manager, Alameda County
  • Danielle Mieler, Sustainability & Resilience Manager, City of Alameda, 510-427-8120
  • Gail Payne, Project Manager for the Oakland-Alameda Estuary Adaptation Project, 510-747-6892
  • Shayna Hirshfield-Gold, Climate Program Manager, City of Oakland
  • Elizabeth Carrade, Sustainability Coordinator, City of Albany, 510-528-5762
  • Hoi-Fei Mok, Sustainability Manager, City of San Leandro, 510-672-3108