Engagement Tools 

The cohort of Resilient by Design projects offers innovative design concepts that respond to the challenge of a rising bay, as well as creative ways to involve community members in this work. The flexibility of the Resilient by Design process and the creativity of the design teams created a unique opportunity for education and engagement opportunities that go beyond a traditional public input process to build deeper community awareness and involvement in climate adaptation planning and design. 

These tools were created to achieve two primary goals 

The first goal was to raise awareness around the increasing flood risk in the Bay Area due to sea level rise, severe storms and rising groundwater. While Bay Area residents have a high level of understanding of the overall challenges of climate change, awareness about how our own communities will be affected is still emerging. The extent of flood risk we face, and the variety of tools available to mitigate these risks are not well known. Resilient by Design Teams created tools to raise awareness around the risks we face, and how nature based solutions can play a role in protecting and enhancing our communities. 

The second goal was to involve local community members in the design process. Local design solutions are enhanced by the on-the-ground knowledge that community members bring, and the involvement by a broad group of stakeholders early on in a design process can create significant momentum toward next steps and implementation. Resilient by Design Teams worked with local partners to develop creative ways to catalyze innovative design concepts through community participation to set these projects up for success.



Visual Images

The Design Teams used their design expertise to create compelling visuals to educate local stakeholders - these tools are easily adaptable to any educational effort.


Baylands Discovery Map



Alameda Creek Atlas


Games can create a casual, fun atmosphere for collaborative learning.

In It Together Game

The Resilient City Board Game

Native Plant Playing Cards

Interactive Models

3D models can create opportunities for community members to connect and learn through physical interaction.

Sponge Tub

Peg Map

Speaking Bay 

Flood Kit


Bay Model

Groundwater Flooding Model

Installations + Activities 

Sea Leveling Rods

Kinetic Sand Activity


Even the most effective events and activities won’t reach everyone in a community. To spread the word further, sometimes a mobile educational hub is the best option.

Flood Mobile (Flo-Mo)

Sponge Hub

Mobile Billboards


Public events can be a great way to provide a more immersive experience for stakeholders or get feedback and input from a broad group of people.

Flood Fair

Living With Water Series

Creek Crawl

Watershed Tour

Discovery Walk

Community Shopfront

Training Local Advocates

Developing strong local advocates for climate adaptation and resilience in their communities takes time. Resilient by Design developed and/or piloted various efforts to build a longer term network of local advocates ready to work to make their own communities more resilient to flood risks while addressing other challenges and concerns they are facing.

Designing Our Solutions Course

Community Resilience Investment Decision Making Tool




Speed Dating Style Workshops

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