BayCAN Equity Program

BayCAN is committed to helping advance climate justice and equity in resilience-building across the Bay Area. We do so by supporting peer learning, developing region-specific resources and working across sectors to shift towards a culture of equity.


Launched in partnership with West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project and EcoEquity Consulting, the BayCAN's Equity Program found its beginnings through the foundation of the Equity Work Group. The work group serves as a “Community of Practice” for members to help one another embed equity within their own adaptation work, as well as a space for members to collaboratively determine how to further advance equity as a network and a region. 

If you are a BayCAN member and are interested in joining the work group, email BayCAN Project Manager Yeshe Salz at

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Equity Work Group in the News!

The Equity Working Group is getting coverage! Estuary News interviewed Equity Work Group Co-Lead, Yeshe Salz among 3 other Climate Equity leaders in the Bay Area for their Estuary Voices Podcast. Listen here!

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Our Current Projects

COVID and Climate Equity

We are convening members for a series of calls and webinars to explore the intersections of COVID, community resilience and climate equity. 

To get involved, contact us

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Equity Trainings

The Equity Work Group will be hosting a June training for all BayCAN members providing key tools and frameworks for operationalizing equity in adaptation work, tailored to our member's needs. 

To view a recording of our most recent training, including follow-up materials and resources, click here.

Regional Collaboration

The Equity Work Group is partnering with jurisdictions across the Bay Area to co-produce joint projects to advance equity across our region. Some projects include: partnering with members on an "Advocacy and Education on State Funding for Equity" letter to legislators and policymakers, publishing joint articles on equitable funding structures, and working with BCDC to help develop their new Adaptation Guidance.

Equitable Adaptation Resource Guide 

The BayCAN Equity Work Group recently published the Equity Resource Guide which compiles and curates a phase-by-phase list of the best equitable adaptation resources available, specifically for the use of local government staff in the Bay Area. For more information or to collaborate, contact

Advancing a Just and Resilient Recovery

BayCAN is working in collaboration with members and partners to develop regional strategy to advance a Just and Resilient Recovery in the Bay Area.  Through the formation of a "Just and Resilient Recovery Sub-Committee," BayCAN members are working to produce a set of recommendations for the Bay Area to be published soon!

To learn more or get involved, contact

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Program Resources

Equity Resource Guide

The Equity Resource Guide compiles and curates a phase-by-phase list of the best equitable adaptation resources available, specifically for the use of local government staff in the Bay Area.

BayCAN Equity Definition

How we define equity, and understand what it means to embed equity into adaptation work. 

Work Group Foundational Document

The document describing the context and process of our foundation, our mission and objectives

Embedding Equity Into Climate Resilience Planning  - Resources from February 14th, 2019 Meeting

Follow up resources from the panelists, examples from BayCAN, guides and toolkits, relevant reports and legislation.