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. Recent efforts include developing the capacity to deliver critical city services for seven days without outside power in the event the region experiences a major outage.

The city is also researching options for a distributed energy microgrid to power buildings should the electric grid fail. The city has a demonstrated ability to integrate solutions across silos and develop high-value partnerships with institutions like Lawrence Berkeley Lab and the University of California-Berkeley. Their continued work to improve resilience will emphasize performance tracking and reporting, thus making their programs replicable for cities around the world.
 

Resilience Challenges

  • Earthquake
  • Heat Wave
  • Wildfires

Meet The Chief Resilience Officer

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Timothy Burroughs is an Assistant to the City Manager and serves as the Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) for the City of Berkeley. In this role he is the City’s lead staff for advancing community readiness for a range of hazards, such as natural disasters and the impacts of climate change.
 
Prior to his appointment as CRO, Timothy led development and managed implementation of Berkeley’s ambitious Climate Action Plan. Berkeley’s efforts to achieve deep reductions in global warming emissions and to increase community readiness for the impacts of climate change have garnered national recognition for their high level of innovation and sustained community engagement.

Timothy has a master's degree in international environmental policy from American University in Washington, D.C. Timothy also served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in The Gambia, West Africa. He lives in Berkeley, California with his wife and two kids.

Snapshot of Berkeley

  • 115,403

    Population as of 2012

In The Media

CRO Will Help Oversee Berkeley's Emergency Readiness Strategy

The 6.1-magnitude quake that struck Northern California on August 24, 2014 makes the role of CRO Timothy Burroughs even more important for city and regional resilience.

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