Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy: Climate and Economic Resilience

The Institute for Sustainable Communities - Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy (SCLA) program is a series of intensive, peer-learning and training workshops that advance, accelerate, and scale-up urban climate and sustainability solutions. Many resources for each workshop are provided on the SCLA website including videos, presentations, and toolkits. 

The SCLA Climate and Economic Resilience workshop was held in Boston, Massachusetts on March 23-25, 2015.  The workshop was designed and delivered for sustainability practitioners across the country that have received grants from the Partnership for Sustainable Communities. The workshop brought together 10 grantee teams, in the final stages of completing their HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Plans or Community Challenges and focused specifically on helping grantee communities build greater climate and economic resilience.

The Climate and Economic Resilience workshop resources available on the SCLA website include:


Introduction to the Climate and Economic Resilience SCLA by Chris Forinash of ISC which covers the purpose of the workshop, information about the participating teams, a summary of resources offered through the SCLN, and background information on ISC.

Using NOAA's Digital Coast Resources by Jamie Carter of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration and Jen Horton of the National Association of Counties.

Fortune Favors the Prepared Mind by Harriet Tregoning, Director of the Office of Economic Resilience at HUD. Using the example of Washington, DC, she articulates the importance of how a diversity of transportation choices can make communities more resilient to economic downturns.??

Small Town Resilience Building the Future, Surviving the Storm by John Robert Smith, Co-Chair of Transportation for America and former Mayor of Meridian, Mississippi.

Resilience in the Metro Boston Region by Marc Draisen of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council.??City of Cambridge, MA Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment by John Bolduc from the City of Cambridge, MA.?

In addition, a Toolkit: the Climate and Economic Vulnerability Worksheet is provided by Sascha Petersen - Senior Program Officer at ISC and Managing Director of the American Society of Adaptation Professionals. This toolkit can help communities identify climate and economic vulnerabilities in their region and begin to develop solutions to address them. The Climate Resilience Presentation and the video: 'Understanding Risk' explains how to use the Climate and Economic Vulnerability worksheet.

The Institute for Sustainable Communities is a nonprofit organization specializing in helping communities, government agencies, NGOs, and businesses accomplish their environmental, economic and social goals - with a particular focus on resource efficiency, governance, and climate mitigation and adaptation.


Publication Date: March 23, 2015

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  • National Association of Counties

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