Permaculture + Social Equity: Resilient by Design

Permaculture + Social Equity: Resilient by Design

The Permaculture + Social Equity Team (P+SET) was developed for the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge, a design competition that brings together local residents, public officials, and local, national and international experts to develop innovative solutions to the issues brought on by climate change in the Bay Area.

P+SET created three design opportunities:

The Language of Water at Islais Creek Watershed, San Francisco
This design proposal focuses on water. Presently 60.3 million gallons of drinking water per day enters San Francisco via the Hetch Hetchy aqueduct, crossing three major seismic faults and at high risk of damage by fire. The Southeast Wastewater Treatment Facility, located at the mouth of Islais Creek, treats 85% of all San Francisco’s wastewater. The combined sewer system, conveying both stormwater and sewage can be overwhelmed by minor rain events, resulting in flooding and combined sewer overflows, and will increasingly be affected by storm surge, high tides, and sea level rise. The historic creek path is frequently subject to flooding. This design proposal reduces flood risk, localizes water supply, stormwater management and reduces volume entering the wastewater system, thereby reducing the reliance on the treatment plant.

Resilience from the Ground Up
A collaborative Bay-wide asset mapping to chart the social/organizational landscape, primarily at community level

Regional Resource Park, Mare Island
Mare Island presents the opportunity to repurpose extensive military facilities and lands as a model for the Bay Area. For Vallejo, this proposal provides a cultural program for local economic, ecological, and community resilience. These proposed redevelopment ideas for existing infrastructure will merit protection from climate change, and adaptation strategies.

To learn more about the Permaculture + Social Equity Team and the Rebuild By Design Bay Area Challenge, visit resilientbayarea.org and see our team page and design opportunities here.

Status: Ongoing
Location: Bay Area, California
Collaborators:
BASE Landscape Architecture / landscape architect
Communitecture / architect
Pandora Thomas / permaculture
Urban Permaculture Institute / permaculture
Ross Martin Design / writing and permaculture
Brown and Caldwell / engineer

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