Collaborative Governance for Climate Resilience

Mon December 10th 2018, 11:30am - 5:00pm
Gunn-SIEPR Building
366 Galvez Street
Stanford University
Admission Information

Invitation only – RSVP Requested

Collaborative Governance for Climate Resilience


The Case of Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties

From Brisbane to Milpitas, sea level rise threatens more than 50 miles of developed bayshore, which is home to some of the world’s leading high-tech companies, major residential developments and endangered species habitat. In conjunction with Stanford University’s fall quarter course, Environmental Governance and Climate Resilience, this workshop seeks to share new information about climate change adaptation strategies pursued in other parts of the U.S with public officials in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. The course and workshop have been designed to inform and complement the work of local government officials, including planners, public works, and resiliency officers, and to promote cross-jurisdictional planning and collaboration.

Stanford University invites local policymakers and resiliency staff to join for a one-day workshop on solutions to sea level rise, building upon early efforts in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties to identify risk and vulnerability and pivot to actionable solutions that can be implemented by cities.

Invitations are non-transferable. Invited guests are asked to please RSVP using this form.


Working Agenda

Monday, December 10

11:30am - 12:00 pm

Registration, networking and buffet lunch

12:00 – 12:15

Welcome and Program Overview

Bruce Cain, PhD, Stanford Bill Lane Center for the American West
Len Ortolano, PhD, Stanford Civil and Environmental Engineering

12:15 – 1:00pm

Managing a Crisis: Responding to Hurricane Sandy in the New York Metropolitan Area

Lt. General (Retired) Tom Bostick, former Chief Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
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1:15 – 2:15pm

Panel: Strategies for Adapting to Sea Level Rise in the Bay Area—Technology, Governance and Communication

This session will explore non-traditional sea-level rise adaptation approaches from a range of perspectives.

Moderator: Len Materman, San Francisquito Creek JPA
Craig Criddle, PhD, Stanford Civil and Environmental Engineering
Mark N. Lubell, PhD, UC Davis Environmental Science & Policy
Douglas Mundo, Shore Up Marin

2:30 – 3:15

Poster session in breakout groups

Students in the course on Environmental Governance and Climate Resilience present findings on adaptation efforts in East Coast and Gulf Coast jurisdictions. View the posters presented.

3:15 – 3:30 Coffee and Networking Break
3:30 – 4:15

Adapting to Sea Level Rise in Miami-Dade County

Learn more about recent efforts pursued in Southeast Florida to confront present and future impacts of sea-level rise.

Katie Hagemann, MS, Resilience Program Officer, Miami-Dade County, FL.
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4:15 – 5:00

Panel: Governance Challenges: Emergency Services Coordination and Permitting

Governance is often the trickiest piece to get right when it comes to issues like sea level rise, which can significantly impact multiple jurisdictions. This panel will explore who makes decisions in the immediate crisis, which actors participate in regional planning and permitting, and how to coordinate short and long-term planning.

Moderator: Bruce Riordan, Climate Readiness Institute
Newsha Ajami, PhD, Stanford Water in the West
David Flamm, MA, Santa Clara County Emergency Services
The Honorable Dave Pine, JD, San Mateo County Supervisor, District 1

5:00 Adjournment