Berkeley’s resilience journey

Berkeley is relatively small, but it is known across the globe as a pioneering city, research center, and innovation hub. California cities in particular look to Berkeley for best practices in hazard mitigation.

The city’s recent efforts include developing the capacity to deliver critical city services for seven days without outside power, in the event that the region experiences a major outage. Berkeley is also researching options for a distributed energy microgrid to power buildings should the electric grid fail.

Berkeley has a demonstrated ability to integrate solutions across silos and develop high-value partnerships with institutions such as Lawrence Berkeley Lab and the University of California-Berkeley.

The city’s continued work to improve resilience will emphasize performance tracking and reporting, making its programs replicable for cities around the world.

Meet the Chief Resilience Officer

Katie Van Dyke

Chief Resilience Officer

Katie Van Dyke serves as the Chief Resilience Officer and Climate Action Program Manager at the City of Berkeley, with over 10 years of experience in environmental sustainability policy and project management. She has worked for over five years to support the development of the city’s Resilience Strategy and to advance resilience and climate work with a focus on sustainability and equity.

Katie also led a grant-funded feasibility study on the design of a multi-building solar and battery storage microgrid as an energy assurance solution, which informed policy changes at the California Public Utilities Commission.

Prior to her role at the City of Berkeley, Katie worked for four years as a program manager at the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, Inc., a non-profit organization based in New York City implementing the country’s first cap-and-trade carbon emissions program for ten Northeast states. She holds bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a master’s degree in International Business and Law from the University of Sydney.

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