BAY AREA CLIMATE ADAPTATION NETWORK
A collaborative network of local government staff and partnering organizations working to help the region respond effectively and equitably to the impacts of climate change.
“I realized BayCAN was where cities and counties and state government were coming together around climate resilience, and I came on board to help them give more communities a seat at the table, create a safe space for those conversations, and achieve BayCAN’s equity goals. CBOs and NGOs cannot do everything by themselves, we’re better off if there is partnership.”
Developed by local government, for local government and the communities they serve, BayCAN focuses on adaptation challenges in water supply, sea level rise, wastewater and stormwater management, wildfires, ecosystems, and public health. BayCAN collaborates with current initiatives in these sectors to maximize impact and build on existing knowledge.
BayCAN brings its members together at both a regional and subregional level, maintains a website for resource sharing, coordinates a bimonthly Equity Working Group, produces a newsletter, conducts regular webinars on topics of interest, and offers consultations from BayCAN staff to help members problem-solve key issues.
BayCAN is a member of the statewide network of adaptation planners, offering opportunities to benchmark approaches with decision makers working at the ground level in San Diego, Los Angeles, Inland Empire, the Sacramento Valley, Central Coast, North Coast, and the Sierra. Alliance chapters actively coordinate local response to state legislative and policy initiatives.