The Silicon Valley 2.0 Project was developed by the County of Santa Clara Office of Sustainability in order to respond to a gap in regional climate adaptation planning, and the need for an implementation playbook rather than, simply, a plan. In addition, authors of the project focused on the question of what tool would best serve decision-makers and those who influence and consult them where significant commitments and long-term strategies are needed.
Within these guidelines, Silicon Valley 2.0 assumed a risk management approach to:
identify the region's future climate vulnerabilities
catalogue regional built and natural infrastructures (assets)
map climate impacts and sensitivities
develop a comprehensive gaps analysis that would leverage existing or parallel efforts, and expose those strategies and measures that would respond to voids in climate preparedness
create a decision-support tool that would map assets within impact zones, measure their sensitivity, and calculate the value of the risk of loss of those assets
On this last point, the project became an opportunity to measure the cost of inaction and the value of success.
Working with the AECOM consultancy team, the County will complete both the Decision-Support Tool and the Climate Adaptation Strategic Guide by April 2015. In addition, the project team has worked since February 2013 with a technical advisory committee comprised of infrastructure agencies, special districts, municipalities, regional non-profits, health department officials, federal agencies and academia. Throughout the Fall/Winter of 2014, the Project Team will also work closely with sector-specific working groups to refine the gaps analysis and finalize a menu of key strategies and measures to ensure the region's resilience and climate preparedness.
Download the Silicon Valley 2.0 information sheet.
For detailed information on the project timeline, download the Project Schedule.
The Silicon Valley 2.0 Project is funded through a grant from the California Strategic Growth Council with matching funds and resources provided by the County of Santa Clara.
For more information contact:
Demetra J. McBride
Director, Office of Sustainability and Climate Action
Santa Clara County, Office of the County Executive
70 W. Hedding Street, East Wing, 11th Floor
San Jose, California, 95110
Phone: (408) 299-6413