Problem DescriptionOakland’s transportation network, utilities, and housing stock have helped it achieve a diverse and booming economy. Yet infrastructure, such as the storm drainage system and streets, is under strain and not keeping pace with the changes and challenges of the 21st century. Oakland needs to rethink its traditional approach to infrastructure, especially given the City’s strong commitment to renewable energy and efficiency goals, as well as green infrastructure projects. Oakland needs to think about digital infrastructure and how that relates to smart cities, the “internet of things,” and greater data collection through sensors, which can also help prioritize limited capital improvement dollars. Oakland envisions a transformative approach to creating vibrant, sustainable, and resilient infrastructure.
"Resilient and environmentally friendly infrastructure" is 1 of 3 goals of Oakland's Resilience Strategy. As a major city in the Bay Area, Oakland also sits within one of the most prosperous economic growth engines in the world. The benefits of this growth, as acutely felt in Oakland, are not equitably distributed. Today, particularly among low-income neighborhoods and communities of color, Oakland faces rapidly rising income inequality and housing displacement, disparate unemployment and education rates, and chronic violence. Aging housing stock and public infrastructure challenged by seismic and climate risk further threaten Oakland residents, particularly our most vulnerable communities. Resilient Oakland embraces Oakland’s strengths while tackling the daily and chronic stresses facing Oaklanders today and better preparing for tomorrow’s challenges.
- Kiran Jain, Chief Resilience Officer, Resilient Oakland
Solution StageOne of the 7 stages of an innovation. Learn more
|STAGE||SPECIALIST SKILLS REQUIRED||EXAMPLE ACTIVITIES||RISK LEVEL AND HANDLING||FINANCE REQUIRED||KINDS OF EVIDENCE GENERATED||GOAL|
|Developing and testing3||Mix of design and implementation skills|
|A stronger case with cost and benefit projections developed through practical trials and experiments, involving potential users||Demonstration that the idea works, or evidence to support a reworking of the idea|