Newsletter: Successful Strategies for Adaptation Planning in Local Government



How to integrate climate risks into planning processes

Four Twenty Seven Climate Solutions

Successful Strategies for Local Climate Adaptation Planning

Integrating climate change considerations into local planning processes can be a daunting task. Four Twenty Seven has developed a streamlined process to support local governments in their efforts to integrate climate risk into key planning efforts: local hazard mitigation plans, general plans, climate action plans, etc. This case study presents Four Twenty Seven’s work for six cities in Alameda County, California, with support from the Alameda County waste authority StopWaste, to respond to California’s Senate Bill 379 and integrate climate risk into local hazard mitigation plans and develop adaptation strategies.

Read the case study

Rising Walls, Falling Bridges

The weather in California late last month highlighted the limits of our current infrastructure. Extreme precipitation – after years of drought – strained and cracked dams, bridges, and highways. Nationally, we lack a clear plan to upgrade to infrastructure that can hold up to future storms, writes Timothy Egan in the New York Times, noting that “yesterday’s dams are trying to hold back tomorrow’s climate.”

Further readings:

Webinar: Incorporating Climate Adaptation in Local Plans

March 29th at 10am PST


Four Twenty Seven is organizing a webinar with the Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation (ARCCA) and the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research about the requirements and timeline for the implementation of Senate Bill 379. The California law calls on cities and counties to incorporate adaptation and resilience strategies into local hazard mitigation plans and the safety element of general plans.

Meet the Team: Alejandra Calzada

Alejandra Calzada is a Senior Climate Analyst at Four Twenty Seven where she supports adaptation and resilience processes in cities in California and beyond. Alejandra applies her expertise on resilience strategies for communities and ecosystems on business and local governments, and is passionate about finding innovative solutions to finance adaptation solutions.

Before joining Four Twenty Seven, Alejandra worked as a consultant for various non-profit and government institutions in the United States and Mexico. During this time, she designed and facilitated workshops for participatory planning, and created guidance materials for climate adaptation, and used mixed research methods to inform better-decision making for organizations.

Learn more about Alejandra’s expertise

Upcoming Events

Join the Four Twenty Seven team in the field at these upcoming events:
  • March 7-9RES/CON, New Orleans, LA: Meet with Director of Advisory Services Yoon Kim to discuss tools for resilience planning.
  • March 29: Webinar: Incorporating Climate Adaptation in Local Plans co-hosted with ARCCA. See above for details.
  • April 6-7: 6th Stranded Assets Forum, Waddesdon Manor, UK: Meet with CEO Emilie Mazzacurati to discuss the use of asset data to measure financial climate risk.
  • April 20: The ProAdapt Symposium, Washington, DC: Emilie Mazzacurati will join the symposium from the Inter-American Development Bank “Climate Risk and Investment: Framing Private Challenges and Opportunities”.
  • April 20: UC Philomathia Forum, Berkeley, CA: Director of Finance Colin Shaw will join a panel on how startups are using data science to advance environmental sustainability.
  • April 26-27: Ceres Conference, San Francisco, CA: Meet Emilie Mazzacurati to learn more about Four Twenty Seven’s services for investors.
  • May 7-10: Sustainatopia, San Francisco, CA: Emilie Mazzacurati will present on how investors approach the physical risks of climate change.
  • May 9-11: National Adaptation Forum, St. Paul, MN: Yoon Kim will present on a panel on Innovations in Adaptation Finance, and Aleka Seville will present on adaptation strategy.
  • May 17-18: Women and the Environment, Santa Barbara, CA: Aleka Seville will present on the role of entrepreneurs in climate adaptation.
  • May 25: Silicon Valley Energy & Sustainability Summit, Redwood Shores, CA: Join Emilie Mazzacurati to discuss corporate climate risk and resilience strategies.







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