Public Forums

Public participation through a series of Public Forums will help shape the overall Bay Adapt effort

The Public Forums are specifically designed to meaningfully engage the public and allow for input on forming the Joint Platform. 

Bay Adapt held two Public Forums to invite members of the public and interested stakeholders to participate in the Bay Adapt process. Public Forums served as a critical opportunity for broad stakeholder participation and input to shape the overall process for forming a Joint Platform – a set of consensus driven actions that advance regional adaptation. You can find meeting materials here:


Public Forum #2 (August 25, 2021)

Virtual Workshop in Collaboration with SPUR – August 25, 2021

The bay is rising and the time to come together to act is now. Climate change and sea level rise are causing San Francisco Bay to rise, threatening shoreline communities, wildlife, infrastructure and businesses. Where do we go from here?

SPUR, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission and regional leaders led an interactive discussion about Bay Adapt, the Bay Area’s first region-wide, consensus-driven strategy to protect people and the natural and built environment from a rising bay. Watch the whole forum below!

Phoenix Armenta / West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project

+ Adrian Covert / Bay Area Council
+ Caitlin Sweeney / San Francisco Estuary Partnership
+ John Gioia / Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors
+ Ezra David Romero / KQED


As part of a month-long public feedback period for the strategy, come hear about the draft Bay Adapt Joint Platform, a set of priority actions to prepare equitably and collectively as a region, and learn how we can jointly implement the necessary steps it proposes through local leadership, regional cooperation, funding, education, training, planning and regulation. Este evento también se presentará en español. 

Public Forum #1 (April 16, 2020)

Virtual Kick-Off Workshop – April 16, 2020 

Bay Adapt held its first public forum to invite everyone to join Bay Area leaders across public, private and non-profit sectors to develop the Bay Area’s first region-wide strategy to protect people and the natural and built environment from rising water levels of the Bay. We were very impressed with the turnout – at least 200 members of the public joined! 

At the meeting, there was a panel presentation on “Priorities, Challenges and Opportunities in Regional Sea Level Rise Action,” including speakers: Liam Garland, Director of Public Works at the City of Alameda; John Coleman, CEO of the Bay Planning Coalition; Melissa Jones, Executive Director of the Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII); and Mark Gold, Director of the Ocean Protection Council. Following the panel presentation, participants joined virtual breakout groups and discussed their vision for a resilient Bay Area and brainstormed actions we could take to get there.

Thanks to participants willingness to explore new online engagement tools, we successfully solicited input, and brainstormed specific actions to adapt to a rising Bay.

Meeting materials are available:

Examples of slides shown at the Public Workshop.
One of the interactive activities included asking participants to list the words they liked about the "Draft Guiding Principles". This Word Cloud shows the result of that engagement activity during the April 16th Public Workshop.
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