Contributed by Kendall Starkman, Four Twenty Seven, Inc.

ASAP’s national network provides numerous opportunities for adaptation professionals to meet fellow climate champions and collaborate to build resilience across the country. In an effort to leverage the passion and energy that is shared through our national phone calls, and events, and to foster local connections and relationship-building, ASAP has started local hubs across the nation. Building on the success of other local hubs, we are proud to announce the launch of an ASAP Hub in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Bay Area is already recognized as a leader in the sustainability and adaptation space. The region is at the frontlines of many climate challenges, and the testing ground for industry-leading adaptation policy, planning and implementation. From Resilient By Design, to the Global Climate Action Summit, the Bay Area attracts adaptation investment, innovation and action.

We believe it is time for Bay Area adaptation professionals to build a space outside of our programmatic and organizational structures to network, celebrate successes, discuss challenges informally, and foster the relationships that will help us solve the challenges that we all care so deeply about.

Our launch event will take place on Monday, July 30th in downtown San Francisco. It will be a social gathering of people from the diverse fields and sectors that make up our profession, providing an informal setting for adaptation and resilience professionals to swap stories with old friends and make new contacts.

The event will start with a discussion of innovative adaptation projects focused on the San Francisco waterfront, featuring a walking tour and talk from Lindy Lowe, Resilience Program Director at the Port of San Francisco, and Sheridan Enomoto, Climate Justice Community Organizer and Policy Advocate for Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice. Following the tour, we will host a networking happy hour where we will introduce the ASAP Bay Area Hub, and solicit ideas and preferences for the Hub’s future. There will be an opportunity for attendees to share ideas for 1) what role the Hub should serve in the Bay Area adaptation community, 2) future event locations and activities, and 3) interesting topics or site visits for future Hub events.

Event details:

ASAP Bay Area Hub Launch Event

  • Monday, July 30, 2018
  • 5:30 – 8:30pm
  • This event is free and all are welcome! Register here.
  • 5:30-6:30pm Site Visit: 210 the Embarcadero (map) — meet at the corner of Howard and Embarcadero, across the street from the Bay. At 6pm we will begin a walking tour along the Embarcadero toward the Ferry Building
  • 6:30-8:30pm Networking Happy Hour Gott’s Restaurant (map) — meet on the Patio.

Based on participant input, we will refine the purpose of the Hub to meet regional needs and complement other efforts and plan upcoming events. We welcome additional members to participate in our organizing committee and help shape this community as it goes forward!

Thanks to the Bay Area Hub Co-founders, Hannah Doress of Word Out Consulting and Co-founder of Shore Up Marin, Emily Wasley of Cadmus, and Kendall Starkman of Four Twenty Seven; to ASAP leadership Beth Gibbons, Rachel Jacobson and Dawn Nelson; and to our host committee, including Phoenix Armenta, Resilient Communities Initiative; Warner Chabot, San Francisco Estuary Institute; Brigette Thomas, Ecology and Environment, Inc.; Kristina Hill Ph.D., UC Berkeley; Heather Dennis, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC); Kelly Malinowski, California State Coastal Conservancy as well as Sheridan Enomoto and Lindy Lowe.

We look forward to seeing those of you from the Bay Area on July 30th!

Please register today: https://asapbayareahublaunch.eventbrite.com