Many thanks to environmental expert Brian Benn, a Burlingame resident, for calling our attention to an opportunity for our community to be awarded up to $250,000 for envisioning and shaping a plan for Bayfront adaptation to rising sea levels. Burlingame is extremely vulnerable to sea level rise because it has no natural buffers. You can help by expressing your interest.
Coming in 2017, the Bay Area Resilient by Design Challenge will fund interdisciplinary teams and passionate Bay Area communities to work together to design implementable shoreline solutions with local support. The Design Challenge will select only 10 to 12 sites around the Bay distributed among nine counties. While our Bayfront is in the running among 26 others, we will need to demonstrate strong public engagement if we hope to be selected.
A step in this direction was taken on December 5, when our City Council, encouraged by the Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame, unanimously supported the city’s participation in the Design Challenge. In conjunction with our city’s 25-year General Plan update, now is the time to think deeply, creatively and long term about our vision for keeping and strengthening this valuable but vulnerable part of Burlingame.
To maximize our chances of being selected for the Design Challenge, please act now to express your interest:
- Contact the Design Challenge at http://www.resilientbayarea.org/contact/ and tell them it’s important for Burlingame to be selected for the Design Challenge.
- Invite others to contact the Design Challenge.
- Email Sigalle Michael, Sustainability Coordinator for Burlingame, at email@example.com and tell her she can count on your support for the Design Challenge. Please include “Design Challenge” in the subject line.