Connecticut Adaptation Resource Toolkit (CART)
The Connecticut Adaptation Resource Toolkit (CART) was developed by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA (ICLEI USA) - with funding from the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Climate Ready Estuaries program. CART was developed to help local government staff, committee members and active participants in Connecticut have instant access to climate change adaptation resources.
CART is an online resource for local climate change adaptation planning and action, with tools, resources, information, organizations, and funding for Connecticut municipalities. While focused on Connecticut, the site offers beneficial information for local planning or adaptation professionals in any state.
The website houses an extensive number of resources, searchable by profession in the 'Climate Adaptation for Municipal Professionals' area, and by sector including Agriculture, Built Environment and Infrastructure, Education, Natural Resources and Ecological Habitats. Users can also navigate the toolkit by working through synthesized specialty areas on the site such as 'Planning', to find resources based on a six-step climate change adaptation planning framework; 'Finance', to learn how to fund a local climate adaption planning effort; 'Legal', to learn about legal and policy tools for increasing local resilience to climate impacts; and 'Communication', to learn how to communicate climate change and future threats more effectively to the general public.
The toolkit is housed on the State of Connecticut’s official climate change website, administered by the Governor’s Steering Committee on Climate Change (GSC). The site is co-administered by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, under the direction of the GSC.
Beyond the introductory page, CART is a member based, password protected area of the website.
Publication Date: 2012
- Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP)
- U.S. EPA Climate Ready Estuaries
- ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability
- Agriculture and food
- Biodiversity and ecosystems
- Land use and built environment
- Public health
- Small communities