The City of San Leandro announced that the National League of Cities (NLC) has named San Leandro as one of seven cities throughout the country to receive an award through its 2018 Leadership in Community Resilience program. The other six cities include: Birmingham, AL; Bozeman, MT; Durango, CO; Indianapolis, IN; Kingston, NY; and Nashua, NH.
As a result of this highly competitive award, the City will receive $10,000 in direct financial support as well as technical assistance to develop a community event focused on climate resilience. San Leandro will use the funding to begin engaging with the public on development of a local Climate Resilience and Adaptation Plan, and will concurrently launch a local wetlands restoration project near the City’s shoreline. The program will also include a Resilient San Leandro Summit, tentatively scheduled for Fall 2018.
“I am excited to lead these conversations with our local residents around ways in which we can help ensure our community is well prepared in adapting to the impacts of climate change,” stated Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter. “Receiving national recognition and financial support from the National League of Cities will be very beneficial to us as we seek to address the uncertainties that come along with a hotter and wetter future, while also involving our local residents as we enhance and prepare our City’s critical infrastructure.”
By dovetailing this new effort with the results of the City’s 2017 Climate Hazards Assessment, the City hopes to educate and to engage the public around general climate hazards. Community events will also provide an opportunity to recruit local volunteers to engage with San Leandro’s residents with an aim to promote community leadership and participatory decision making in planning, response and recovery activities.
Concurrent with these efforts, the City also will be launching a demonstration project to restore 4.3 acres of transitional wetlands into tidal marsh near the City’s water treatment plant, the Oakland airport and the regional waste transfer station, which is owned by Waste Management. With design assistance from the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority as well as technical experts in attendance at the Resilient San Leandro Summit, this work will enhance the natural resources of the area and provide educational resources to surrounding residents, while utilizing nature-based green infrastructure to reduce the community’s long-term water treatment costs.
“Resiliency is a key value embraced by strong, economically vibrant communities,” noted Clarence E. Anthony, CEO and executive director of the National League of Cities. "We are excited to work with the seven selected cities to help them achieve their unique goals. While each project will be different, we know the value that cities have in sharing and learning from one another.”
Now in its second year, the Leadership in Community Resilience program is generously supported by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. To apply for the program, officials from each city submitted a proposal detailing a specific resiliency challenge in their community and a proposed event or implementation project that could address it. The goal of the NLC grant program is to provide direct assistance to cities, gather new insights related to their challenges, and expand opportunities associated with local resilience initiatives.
“What struck me about San Leandro’s application was the combination of citizen engagement and planning with actual implementation and redevelopment all under one project,” added Cooper Martin, Program Director from the NLC Sustainable Cities Institute. “The project is ambitious and speaks to a tremendous challenge that we hope will offer lessons to suburban communities throughout the country.”
About San Leandro
One of the most diverse cities in the nation located at the center of the dynamic San Francisco Bay Area, San Leandro is a safe, vibrant community of 89,000 residents with well-maintained neighborhoods, excellent public libraries, twenty-one public parks, quality local schools, and a wide range of shopping, dining, and entertainment options. The western border of the city consists of over eight miles of pristine shoreline and amenities on San Francisco Bay while a regional park and nature areas fall on the eastern border. San Leandro businesses enjoy multiple advantages including close proximity to the Oakland International Airport and Port of Oakland, two major freeways, two BART stations, and access to a large and well-educated workforce. Through a public-private partnership known as Lit San Leandro (www.LitSanLeandro.com), a fiber optic network encircles San Leandro’s industrial and commercial core offering businesses virtually unlimited internet connectivity.
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