Resilient Silicon Valley is a project of the San Francisco Estuary Institute to build the science-based framework needed to guide the design of and investments in regional ecosystem health. Drawing on resilience science, regional data, and local expertise, we will develop the vision and tools that will allow stakeholders in the region ensure that local actions contribute toward the creation of a high-functioning and resilient Silicon Valley ecosystem.
About the Project
The Resilient Silicon Valley project draws upon SFEI’s extensive regional expertise, data, and partnerships to lay the scientific groundwork needed to guide investments in regional ecosystem health. In the first phase of the project, SFEI is collaborating with Google’s new Ecology Program to apply the framework in support of adaptation and restoration strategies with real benefits for the Silicon Valley. The vision developed through the project will provide a strategic basis to inform local design and planning efforts and allocate resources that support a holistic vision of healthy ecosystems. We hope it will ultimately become a shared guide across Silicon Valley for those looking to contribute to regional resilience.
The Resilient Silicon Valley project has three main components:
We have developed a framework and vision that identify important components of ecosystem health and resilience based on scientific literature and input from a panel of expert resilience advisors.
We are applying the Landscape Resilience Framework through two related projects focused in Silicon Valley — Re-Oaking Silicon Valley and A Vision for Landscape Resilience — where, in each, we identify the specific ways to promote resilience in the region.
The following demonstration projects are being supported through a local awards program funded by Google to inspire collaborations across local environmental groups in alignment with the science and vision of the Resilient Silicon Valley Framework.