2020 National Planning Conference

Beyond Vulnerability: Innovative Adaptation Planning

Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. PDT

CM | 1.25

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC198014

Location: 2005

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  • Learn more about how comprehensive and inclusive planning processes lead to better outcomes and promote local action.
  • Examine new, transferable approaches, such as planning for total water levels, creative engagement, and visioning and cost-benefit analysis at the regional scale.
  • Understand specific indicators used to develop risk ratings and how local action can improve a community’s climate resilience and respond to rating agencies’ consideration of physical climate risks.


Communities facing the impacts of climate change require comprehensive and innovative planning approaches to adapt. But as data and methods are continually evolving, initiatives to address the hazards associated with climate change can suffer from analysis paralysis. This is especially true when working at a regional scale, where the desire for the finest data must be continually balanced. Learn how the regional planning initiatives Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge in California and Two Rivers, One Future in New Jersey have applied new approaches to inform community action on the future threats posed by climate change, today. Explore transferable methods and resources developed through these efforts, including regional visioning, community engagement, implementation strategies, and models for cross-sector collaboration. Rating agencies have signaled that the need for such planning goes beyond the imperative of protecting public well-being and our ecological systems, but poses a threat to a community’s bonding capacity. Hear from researchers at Four Twenty Seven, who have developed risk ratings for cities and counties across the United States, about how such holistic planning efforts may help to reduce the physical impacts of climate change as well as address rating agencies’ consideration of physical climate risks.

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Session Speakers

Nik Steinberg
Four Twenty Seven
Berkeley, CA

Kelly Pflicke, AICP
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
New York, NY

Yoon Kim
Four Twenty Seven
Berkeley, CA

Amanda Brown-Stevens
Resilient by Design
Oakland, CA