Local Policy Scan on Climate Change Adaptation

This report reviews community-level activities and adaptation policy in the U.S. and Canada for addressing the impacts of climate change on public health, and provides a set of best practices and example case studies of local solutions. The report summarizes research findings that identify best practices for communicating about climate adaptation to the public, building local capacity, and establishing beneficial collaborations. According to the authors, this report should be useful to public health officials and community organizations; city and county public agencies, especially those involved in city planning and sustainability; and scholars in these fields.

The section “Strategies for Responding to Climate Change” offers examples of best practices for strategy development, organized into four themes:

- Getting Started: describes the critical steps and common stumbling blocks for communities initiating an adaptation strategy.

- Vulnerability Assessment: reviews guidance, best practice, and key examples for the assessment process designed to identify potential climate impacts and community adaptation needs.

- Strategy Development: describes the process of strategy development and identifies exemplary adaptation strategies in the categories of: surveillance, education, organization, and issue-specific.

- Implementation, Monitoring, and Evaluation: reviews ways to ensure long-term effectiveness of adaptation strategies, and discusses how monitoring tracks the effectiveness of developed strategies, in order to keep them updated and tailored to current needs.

The report includes eight detailed case studies, demonstrating some examples of communities that have taken concrete climate adaptation actions to address potential public health impacts. Case studies include:

  • City of Chula Vista, CA
  • City of Coachella, CA
  • Cook County, IL
  • City of Minneapolis, MN
  • Orange County, FL
  • City of Point Hope, AK, and ANTHC
  • San Luis Obispo County, CA
  • City of Windsor, Ontario



Publication Date: 2014

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  • ChangeLab Solutions


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