Planning for Climate Resilience


March 04, 2020 | 6:00 PM PST - 8:00 PM PST
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Wells Fargo Learning and Event Center | 333 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
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Event Title:

Planning for Climate Resilience

Event Date:             

March Wednesday  04, 2020

Event Time(s):

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM PT

Event Address:

333 Market Street San Francisco CA 94105

Wells Fargo Annex Building

2nd Floor - Natoma Auditorium

Less than a five minute walk from the Embarcadero station.

Event Structure: 

6:00 pm Doors open, registration, food and drink, networking

6:30 - 8:00 PM  Speaker

Who Should Attend:

Parties interested in expanding their knowledge of sustainable practices.

PDUs for Event:

1.5 (1 Technical, 0.5 Strategic)

Event Description:

Adam Varat, Deputy Director of Citywide Planning with the San Francisco Planning Department, will present on the City of San Francisco’s efforts to plan for climate resilience, including both climate mitigation and climate adaptation efforts, with a focus on sea level rise adaptation.

San Francisco is considering its approach to climate resilience holistically, recognizing that even as we continue to pursue net zero carbon emissions, we must simultaneously plan for climate adaptation. The impacts of climate change are already being felt across California and within San Francisco, with catastrophic wildfires, extreme heat events, historically poor air quality, storm-based and coastal flooding, and coastal erosion. Over the next decades these forces are projected to get worse, impacting already stressed systems such as housing supply, transportation and utility infrastructure, and waterfront open space. At the same time, these changes present an opportunity (with thoughtful planning) to provide multiple community benefits, such as shoreline access, improved mobility, and new open space, and improve our relationship to the natural world.

Adam will present on San Francisco’s response to these long-term climate-driven changes, including sea level rise adaptation planning, flood protection, and community-based planning to increase resilience to climate-driven hazards. Specific project examples will include the Islais Creek Adaptation Strategy in the southeastern waterfront and Ocean Beach improvements. 

Speaker Details

Name of Speaker:

 Adam Varat

Bio of Speaker(s):

Adam Varat is Deputy Director of the San Francisco Planning Department’s Citywide Planning Division, a 50-person team of planners focusing on long-range and comprehensive planning initiatives. Adam has over fifteen years of experience in long-range planning, policy, and urban design. As part of this role, Adam oversees the Division’s urban design, resilience and sustainability, and plan implementation functions. Prior to joining the San Francisco Planning Department, Adam worked as an urban planner and designer with Calthorpe Associates in Berkeley, California and participated in the EDAW (now AECOM) Summer intern program in San Francisco, California. Adam holds a Masters Degree in City Planning and Certificate in Urban Design from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley.

Registration Details

Early Bird Registration ends on:

Midnight of:

February 25,2020

Event Registration Closing Date:

Midnight of:

March 03, 2020

Pricing Details:



Early Bird Registration:



Regular Registration:



Maximum # of Attendees:



Cancellation and No-Show Policy

 If you have made a reservation and find that you will be unable to attend, please send an email to [email protected] and cancel your ticket as early as possible. All cancellations are subject to a minimum $20.00 fee if done at least 10 days before the event. Cancellations after the event starts are subject to full charge to ensure the Chapter does not incur excessive expenses. However, you may assign your seat to another student who can attend for you. All refunds will be issued after two credit card-billing cycles.


$30.00 Member
$20.00 Earlybird rate before February 25

$40.00 Guest, Non-member
$30.00 Earlybird rate before February 25