Topic: Press Release

Prize for Progress Award Winner Announced


Contact: Beth Gibbons, American Society of Adaptation Professionals, Managing Director

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Prize for Progress Award Winner Announced

American Society of Adaptation Professionals Honors City and County of San Francisco

St. Paul, Minn. — May 9, 2017 — The American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP) awarded its 2017 Prize for Progress to the City and County of San Francisco for groundbreaking work incorporating sea level rise into capital planning.

“The Prize for Progress honors the important adaptation work of communities and groups—like the City and County of San Francisco—who are taking action now to protect human lives and natural systems against the immediate and long-term effects of climate change,” said ASAP Managing Director Beth Gibbons. “By highlighting this innovative work and sharing these success stories, we hope to improve and accelerate climate adaptation efforts across the country.”

San Francisco is the second recipient of this biannual prize, which recognizes innovative communities and organizations taking leadership in decreasing the vulnerability of human and natural systems to climate change.

The Bay Area is projected to see a rise in sea levels of between 36-66 inches by 2100, threatening roads, water treatment plants, San Francisco and Oakland airports, as well as homes and businesses.

Under the direction of Democratic Mayor Ed Lee, San Francisco created the city’s first official policy directing its response to the threat of sea level rise: Guidance for Incorporating Sea Level Rise into Capital Planning in San Francisco: Assessing Vulnerability and Risk to Support Adaptation.

Developed by a multi-agency committee led by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, the policy has been an effective tool for evaluating the sea level rise vulnerability of capital investments in the city’s Ten-Year Capital Plan. Since adoption in 2014, the guidance has led to the modification of several capital projects in the city.

 Gibbons presented the 2017 Prize for Progress to the City and County of San Francisco at the Adaptation Award Ceremony hosted by ASAP as a pre-National Adaptation Forum event. Four runners-up, the Huron River Watershed Council, The Conservation Fund, Menominee Tribal Enterprises and the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, were also recognized for their innovation and leadership in the field of climate adaptation.


About the American Society of Adaptation Professionals

ASAP connects and supports climate adaptation professionals while advancing innovation and excellence in the field of climate change adaptation. ASAP’s membership spans 48 states, over 1000 members and over 400 organizations. ASAP to connect people across sectors, scales, and geographies is makes the organization uniquely qualified for scaling best practices, setting national standards, serving as the voice of the profession, and providing a broad and deep community to professionals in the adaptation field and all climate-impacted people. ASAP is supported by the Institute for Sustainable Communities with funding from the MacArthur Foundation. Learn more at

About the Institute for Sustainable Communities

An international nonprofit organization, the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) has 26 years of practical experience working with local leaders. ISC’s programs are designed to facilitate peer learning and engagement among local leaders charged with the work of making their communities more sustainable. ISC’s innovative EHS programs are public-private partnerships that have trained more than 35,000 factory managers from more than 11,700 suppliers and 150 brands. ISC has led 108 projects in 30 countries, and currently works in China, India, Bangladesh and the United States. Learn more at