ABSTRACT Current and future climate-related impacts such as catastrophic and repetitive flooding, intense heat and drought, and sea level rise necessitate a new approach to developing and managing infrastructure. Traditional “hard” or “grey” engineering solutions are proving both expensive and inflexible in the face of a rapidly changing coastal environment. Hybrid solutions that incorporate natural, nature-based, structural, and non-structural features may better achieve a broad set of goals such as ecological enhancement, long-term adaptation, and social benefits. However, broad adoption of these approaches has been slow, in part due to a lack of a relatively quick but holistic evaluation framework which places environmental and societal goals on equal footing with hazard reduction. To respond to this need, the Adaptive Gradients Framework was developed as a qualitative, flexible, and collaborative process to evaluate and potentially select more diverse, typically greener and more equitable, kinds of infrastructural responses. The Framework enables rapid expert review of project designs based on eight metrics called “gradients”; gradients include exposure reduction, cost efficiency, institutional capacity, ecological enhancement, adaptation over time, greenhouse gas reduction, participatory process, and equitable outcomes. These are customizable to the goals of the project and the agency. This technical guide presents the framework and examples of its application, along with resources to enable wider application of the framework by practitioners and theorists.