Community Resilience Toolkit 2.0

The Community Resilience Toolkit 2.0 is a collection of online tools to help users understand local impacts of the climate and energy crisis in their region and what they can do about them. Created by Rooted in Resilience, the tools are designed for individuals, community and nonprofit groups, classrooms, businesses, and municipal planners.  The toolkit is comprised of four different documents. Each of these outline activities, and step-by-step instructions.

Use activities to engage local residents in resiliency planning. 

The four documents are:

  • Climate Risk and Job Opportunity Assessment: Assess local impacts of climate change, plan for preparedness, and identify jobs and business opportunities climate resilience can create
  • Local Resilience Assessment: Assess the resilience of local systems and identify priority areas for improvement. This tool offers a worksheet for people to assess their community’s resilience related to food, water, jobs and the economy, energy, transportation and housing, and governance.
  • Roots of Equity and Resilience: Identify examples of resilience from the community's past, the roots of local inequities, and how to address them.
  • Creating Your Plan for Change: Agree on your group's most strategic goals and strategies and build community support to make them happen. This guide walks users through deciding on the scope of the plan, setting a vision, analyzing the community, setting goals, assessing how to achieve these goals, setting objectives, identifying assets, developing strategies, building metrics into plans, and securing commitments.

In the Roots of Equity and Resilience Assessment, the author notes that “social equity is a key component of a resilient community....(c)ommunities that organize to address discrimination and inequities often have to develop a tenacious resilience” (p. 3). Focusing on race and class, the Assessment walks users through the demographics, historical shifts, past movements for social change, and actions to address current inequities in one’s city or town.

Equity, defined as guaranteed basic human rights for all regardless of race, gender, income, ability, and other factors, also features strongly in the Local Resilience Assessment. For each component of resilience, users rate their community’s level of equity.


Examples of activities include a resilience business concept competition and creating a “force field” diagram analyzing the forces working for and against a proposed change.


Publication Date: October 2012

Author or Affiliated User:

  • Kirsten Schwind

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Resource Types:

  • Engagement
  • Planning guides

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