Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge (RbD)




Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge (RBD) project is a year-long collaborative design challenge, which brings together local residents, public officials and local, national and international experts. This guide is one of several products from this project, which can be used in many parts of California. Specifically, this report is a funding and financing reference guide for resilient infrastructure along shorelines vulnerable to sea level rise. The guide describes the broad range of traditional funding sources and financing mechanisms used for infrastructure development in California, with a focus on the State’s unique constraints and approval requirements. The guide focuses on the need for support from local voters and landowners as a prerequisite for implementation. Additionally, this guide focuses on funding sources more than financing, borrowing, or investment mechanisms, such as bonds, subsidized lending pools, and private equity structures. Finally, the guide does include several alternative revenue sources, such as insurance based strategies and private philanthropy, that have not been used, or rarely used, to fund infrastructure in California.


Flooding Sea level rise

Resource Type

Data, tools, and research


Extent: Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Marin County, Napa County, San Francisco County, San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, Solano County, Sonoma County


Last updated: Nov. 19, 2019