SEMM Seminar: Building a More Resilient San Francisco

Seminar | January 27 | 12-1 p.m. | Davis Hall, 502 Davis Hall

 Danielle Hutchings Mieler, Office of Resilience and Capital Planning, City and County of San Francisco

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Cities face a myriad challenges from rising seas, aging infrastructure, increasingly extreme weather, housing shortages and chronic homelessness. As we look to the future we ask, how will these challenges be exacerbated by a large earthquake? What will San Francisco be like with 160,000 new residents? How will climate change impact vulnerable populations? San Francisco is working to address the challenges of tomorrow while building a stronger, more equitable city today. The San Francisco Office of Resilience and Capital Planning promotes the preservation and long-term sustainability of the City’s capital assets and the city's overall resilience to acute shocks and chronic stresses. This talk will focus on the City’s efforts to improve the seismic resilience of San Francisco’s public and private buildings and infrastructure, including the Earthquake Safety Implementation Program, Tall Buildings Strategy, Lifeline Restoration Performance Plan and Downtown Disaster Recovery Strategy.

Danielle Hutchings Mieler has a MS and BS in Civil Engineering from UC Berkeley and a BA in Sociology from UC Santa Cruz. Danielle has deep experience performing analysis and providing trusted policy advice to elected officials, agency staff, and the public on the seismic and climate resilience of the natural and built environment. Danielle currently serves as Principal Analyst for the City of San Francisco Office of Resilience and Capital Planning. She also served as Resilience Program lead for the Association of Bay Area Governments, Interim Deputy Resilience Officer for the City of Oakland and Risk Engineer for GNS Science in New Zealand, and worked as a consulting engineer. Danielle is active in the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) and served on the board of directors from 2015-2019.

 CA, pong@berkeley.edu, 510-664-5249