Community Resilience Strategies in California

The flood waters covered Sanford Road, just north of Sebastopol (California). During heavy storms, it's common for Sanford Road to flood. Photo by Patrick Dirden CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

As we’ve discussed at length on The Response podcast, climate change-fueled disasters are destructive, scary, and rapidly increasing in both frequency and impact all over the world.

At this point, half of the global population has been affected by at least one climate change-fueled disaster (and the other half isn’t far behind).

And California has been a microcosm of the global climate emergency.

For the past decade, communities across the state have faced severe challenges on multiple fronts — from extreme fires and flooding to earthquakes and the COVID-19 pandemic.

But how have they responded and what community resilience strategies have proved most successful?

In this episode of The Response, we explore some of the answers to these questions with two guest speakers

Lisa Beyer is an Urban Water Infrastructure Manager at World Resources Institute. As part of that role, she is responsible for developing and scaling financially innovative, environmentally sustainable municipal water management solutions in cities across the country.

Learn more about Lisa Beyer, World Resources Institute, and the Joint Benefits Authority (JBA) by visiting

Greg Kochanowski is a licensed architect, an aspiring landscape architect, and educator in the State of California. His new book, The Wild, explores the urban periphery of Los Angeles, where the city meets the mountains, a landscape inherently vulnerable to wildfire, and its secondary and tertiary effects, including flash floods and debris flows.

Learn more about Greg Kochanowski and his book, “The Wild,” by visiting

Listen to “Community Resilience Strategies in California” on The Response Podcast here (or on the app of your choice):

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Episode credits:

*This episode features the audio recording from a webinar that was co-hosted by American Institute of Architects San Francisco (AIASF) and Center for Architecture and Design. As a result, here are several references to images that were shared by our presenters. The video recording of this talk can be accessed by becoming a member of AIASF.

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