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Posted Thursday, August 21, 2014

Housing and Community Risk Assessment Workshop
Tuesday, August 26, 2014, from 9 a.m. to noon

Joseph P. Bort MetroCenter Auditorium, (across from Lake Merritt BART) Oakland

The Association of Bay Area Governments and the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) will unveil new Bay Area Housing and Community Risk Assessment strategies at a Housing and Community Risk Assessment Workshop on Tuesday, August 26, 2014. Elected Officials and staff are invited to attend and input on risk assessment strategies is requested. The Housing and Community Risk Assessment Project identifies areas in the region where housing and communities are at-risk and vulnerable to natural hazards, particularly sea level rise and earthquakes.

The project synthesizes some of the many efforts going on around the region related to earthquakes and climate change. These strategies can help organize the region around concrete actions that both regional agencies and local jurisdictions can take to improve regional resilience, address climate change, and promote safe and smart growth in our future. These strategies should be locally implementable and based on a strong understanding of the characteristics and conditions that make housing and community members resilient and capable of recovery after a hazard occurs.

Your input and expertise on these strategies is critical at this step. Please email danab@abag.ca.gov, if you would like to be included on the stakeholder list and RSVP for this workshop by Friday, August 22.

The project is led in partnership by the Association of Bay Area Governments and the Bay Conservation and Development Commission. Funding is provided by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Strategic Growth Council.

For more information, visit http://quake.abag.ca.gov/projects/housing-and-community-risk/ or email Dana Brechwald, ABAG Earthquake and Hazards Specialist, at danab@abag.ca.gov.


Posted Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Bay Delta Water: Better Together
A Conference on Fresh Water in Our Bay-Delta Estuary
September 24, 2014


Elected officials and staff, legislators, and non-governmental organizations are invited to attend the Bay Delta Water: Better Together conference on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Antioch Community Center. This conference is presented by the Association of Bay Area Governments, Delta Counties Coalition, and Friends of the San Francisco Estuary. Conference presenters will discuss the importance of fresh water to the Bay-Delta Estuary, the current planning processes underway that may negatively or positively impact fresh water flows, and what needs to be done to protect the environmental, economic, social, and health benefits of the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary.

The San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary watershed stretches from the Sierra Nevada foothills to beyond the Golden Gate, and is the largest estuary on the west coast of the Americas. This valuable resource provides drinking water, productive commercial and sport fisheries, recreational opportunities, beautiful vistas, wildlife, and natural open spaces. The economic and environmental vitality of the Bay-Delta Estuary depends on a healthy and dynamic balance between ocean water and fresh water; however, this balance has been lost, with devastating impacts.

Increasing freshwater flows through the Bay and Delta is essential to restoring the health of the Estuary and maintaining the economic vitality of our area. Our Bay-Delta Estuary needs fresh water to prevent its devastating decline. We are at risk of losing this natural treasure with which we have been entrusted. A variety of solutions exist to meet both current and future human water needs and also provide freshwater flows to the Estuary.

Conference Objectives:
• Effective regional voice for adequate freshwater flows

• A forum to discuss ways to increase cohesive regional representation and influence decisionmaking power in current planning efforts

• Increased understanding that the Bay and Delta are one Estuary, and what affects one part of the estuary impacts the whole system

• Increased appreciation for the importance of freshwater flows to the environmental, economic, and social health of the Bay-Delta region

Desired Outcomes:
• Increased regional collaboration and representation to influence current planning efforts

Funding provided by:
Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment, Friends of the San Francisco Estuary, and the San Francisco Estuary Partnership.

For more information, contact Darcie Luce ▪ Friends of the San Francisco Estuary ▪ (510) 282-1254 ▪ friendsofsfestuary@gmail.com.

Posted Wednesday, June 25, 2014

New Bay Area Water Trail Web Map Launches


Looking to spend some time this summer on the Bay in your kayak or other small watercraft and don’t know where to go? The San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail is launching a new web-based interactive map! This trip planning tool for non-motorized small boat users showcases Water Trail launch and destination sites. Boaters can view information about each designated Water Trail site, complete with description, photos, directions, and a link for more detailed information about each site. View the Water Trail map at http://sfbaywatertrail.org/map/.

The nine-county Water Trail program is intended to promote recreational water access opportunities and increase an appreciation of the Bay and its unique resources. Trip planning resources give boaters information about where they can go to access the Bay. This valuable information is featured on the Water Trail website, which also includes links to real-time water and weather conditions, information about the Bay’s wildlife, and a list of outfitters and clubs where people can rent boats, take classes, or go on guided trips. The Water Trail web map complements the information already provided and is designed to grow as more Water Trail sites are added. Future updates could include the location of waterfront lodging, camping, or boat rental locations.

The base map used to create the Water Trail web map is the same one created and used by the San Francisco Bay Trail Project. The Water Trail map has Bay-side details that are of interest to both Water Trail and Bay Trail users and having both trails share the map is a good example of different programs working together to leverage funds and share resources. The State Coastal Conservancy provides funding for both trail programs. For more information, visit the San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail website at http://sfbaywatertrail.org.

The San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail program is a four agency partnership led by the State Coastal Conservancy, in close collaboration with the Association of Bay Area Governments, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, and Division of Boating and Waterways (now part of the Department of Parks and Recreation).


Posted Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Local Governments Honored with Growing Smarter Together Awards
View Videos of these Award Winning Projects


ABAG’s Eighth Annual Growing Smarter Together Awards were presented during its Spring General Assembly to the cities of Redwood City, Walnut Creek, Campbell, Richmond, Fremont, South San Francisco, and Vallejo. The role of the cities’ public private partners was also recognized with representatives praised for their contributions. Video presentations of the projects were a special highlight, visually documenting the cities’ innovative collaborative efforts in revitalization, planning, innovation and technology to create sustainable communities and promote conservation and green community.

Redwood City received the first Powering Forward—Innovation and Technology Award for their milestone social media and Police Public Safety Campaign. Two Public Private Partnership Awards were presented, with the City of Walnut Creek and Habitat for Humanity-East Bay Silicon Valley recognized for their innovative collaboration to create Pleasant Creek Homes with its affordable home ownership units. The City of Campbell, Santa Clara Valley Water District, and Summerhill Homes received the second Public Private Partnership award for their groundbreaking work together to develop Maravilla affordable workforce housing.

The City of Richmond was honored with two awards in the categories of Start It Up for its sustainable, healthy community-driven General Plan, and a Preserving and Protecting the Environment Award with Marin Clean Energy (MCE) as a Community Choice Aggregator. The City of Fremont was praised for its implementation of its Downtown Fremont-General Plan with an On the Ground-Getting It Done award. The groundbreaking development by South San Francisco with MidPen Housing for creating 636 El Camino, affordable housing for families offering a full range of services and amenities, exemplified the Sharing the Benefits award. The City of Vallejo and Domus Development received the special Urban Design award their adaptive reuse of Temple Arts Loft into residential-commercial artist lofts and strategic redesign of surrounding downtown area into an arts and entertainment district.

The cities’ award winning projects exemplify the goals of the Growing Smarter Together Awards to strengthen and support existing communities and create a better connection between jobs, housing and transportation to address residents’ daily needs. These local government efforts help create a sustainable community protecting our Bay Area environment while also creating a strong economy and supporting social equity through innovation and collaboration.

View videos at http://www.abag.ca.gov/smarter.html.

Posted Tuesday, April 29, 2014

View PowerPoint Presentations from ABAG Spring 2014 General Assembly Sharing Opportunity in the Bay Area: Access to Jobs and Housing


Jed Kolko, Chief Economist and Vice President of Analytics, Trulia
http://www.abag.ca.gov/rss/pdfs/JedKolko.pdf

Dena Belzer, President, Strategic Economics
http://www.abag.ca.gov/rss/pdfs/DenaBelzer.pdf

Kate Sofis, Founding Executive Director, SFMade
http://www.abag.ca.gov/rss/pdfs/KateSofis.pdf

Ada Chan, Board Member, Eastside Cultural Center
http://www.abag.ca.gov/rss/pdfs/AdaChan.pdf

Julien Gervreau, Sustainability Manager, Jackson Family Wines
http://www.abag.ca.gov/rss/pdfs/JulienGervreau.pdf

Meea Kang, President, Domus Development
http://www.abag.ca.gov/rss/pdfs/MeeaKang.pdf

Carlos Romero, Director, Urban Ecology
http://www.abag.ca.gov/rss/pdfs/CarlosRomero.pdf

Posted Monday, November 25, 2013

Rebates for Energy Upgrades Come to Bay Area

New Website Connects Homeowners with Free Home Upgrade Advisor Service


The Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) has announced that Bay Area homeowners now can get rebates and special assistance for making home improvements that increase energy efficiency. Energy Upgrade California™ Home Upgrade offers rebates to single-family homeowners (one to four units) in the nine Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma. Details about the rebates and a free Home Upgrade Advisor service are at BayAreaEnergyUpgrade.org.

Homeowners who make energy efficiency improvements are eligible for incentives from $1,000 to $4,500, plus an additional $300 for completing a home energy assessment. Eligible home improvements include air sealing; duct sealing; attic insulation; high-efficiency furnaces, cooling systems, and water systems; wall insulation; and more.

In addition, a free Home Upgrade Advisor can provide direct one-to-one assistance to help homeowners through every step of the upgrade. Home Upgrade Advisors are Building Performance Institute certified energy efficiency professionals who can inform homeowners about their energy efficiency options, help them select an appropriate participating contractor, and help them navigate project installation and financing processes.

Homeowners can contact a Home Upgrade Advisor by calling 866-878-6008 or by submitting a brief form on the BayAreaEnergyUpgrade.org site. The site also features a list of participating contractors in the Bay Area. Homeowners who are ready to begin their upgrade can contact a participating contractor directly.

“There’s never been a better time for Bay Area homeowners to complete energy-efficient home improvements,” said Jennifer Berg, BayREN Program Manager. “Energy upgrades not only help you save energy and money but also enhance indoor air quality, making your home healthier and more livable and your family more comfortable all year round. And these rebates and personalized assistance from a Home Upgrade Advisor make it easy to get all the benefits of energy efficiency upgrades plus get cash back.”

About BayREN
BayREN is a resource for local governments to implement large-scale, cross-sector energy management strategies on a regional level. Led by the Association of Bay Area Governments, BayREN is made up of public agencies representing all nine counties in the Bay Area. BayREN is one of only two regional energy networks in California and represents 20% of the state’s population and half the population within the Pacific Gas and Electric Company service territory. For more information, call 866-878-6008 or visit www.bayareaenergyupgrade.org.

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