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Case Study: Community Engagement in Austin, Minnesota

2016

In the summer of 2016, the City of Austin, MN surveyed minority, immigrant and refugee people to determine their knowledge of climate change and how it impacted them personally. Surveys were completed over a two-week period at a local non-profit called the Welcome Center, which helps new residents and immigrants transition into the city, find economic opportunities, and become part of Austin's multicultural community. Following the survey, the City compiled the results and convened a focus group with Karen women, primarily from southern and southeastern Myanmar.

Related Organizations: City of Austin, Minnesota, Great Plains Institute, The Welcome Center

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Elements of Effective Engagement

2016

This brief guide makes recommendations on how to improve community engagement during the planning process for implementing resilient infrastructure. Based on examples from the first seven projects sponsored by Rebuild by Design, this document highlights the best practices of community engagement among the projects as they were implemented. The guide asserts that the success of any project “depends largely on the degree, quality and continuation of community collaboration,” making its recommendations valuable for improving climate resilience in local communities.

Related Organizations: Rebuild by Design

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Neighborhoods First Engagement Model

April 2016

This training tool, while not focused on climate change adaptation specifically, offers useful insights into community engagement at the neighborhood level. It describes what is called the “Neighborhoods First Engagement Model” (NFEM), a resident-led method of creating positive community change. This model encourages widespread participation in advocating for a better quality of life in all neighborhoods and improving communications among neighborhood groups, community development organizations, city officials, institutions and businesses.

Related Organizations: Eastside Community Network

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Equity Foundations: USDN Capacity Building Program

2016

In September 2015, the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN), in partnership with the Government Alliance on Race and Equity and the Center for Social Inclusion, launched a professional development program for sustainability directors and their staff for advancing racial equity into sustainability planning and development. The program became available online and includes a holistic curriculum of five webinars, videos and worksheets to support local government staff in applying an equity lens to sustainability projects.

Related Organizations: Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN)

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Tribal Leaders Summit on Climate Change: A Focus on Climate Adaptation Planning and Implementation

November 2015

In November 2015, the University of Arizona Native Nations Climate Adaptation Program and Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions convened tribal environmental managers and leaders at a Tribal Leaders Summit to share experiences and build capacity in climate adaptation planning. Participants shared adaptation planning successes and lessons learned, discussed opportunities to supplement climate science with traditional knowledge, and offered feedback on the challenges to implementation.

Related Organizations: The University of Arizona Native Nations Climate Adaptation Program, Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions (CCASS)

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Here-Now-Us "OWL" Virtual Reality SLR Project

2015

Here. Now. Us. was a project launched in 2015 by the County of Marin, California, Climate Access, and the company Owlized to engage community members of the county to better understand local climate impacts, and begin to formulate solutions. To help visualize local sea level rise, OWL viewfinders were installed along a popular coastal multi-use pathway in Mill Valley, Marin County. These viewfinders are modeled after the classic coin-operated binoculars found at scenic viewpoints, but upgraded with 3D visualizations of how these places can be affected by sea level rise.

Related Organizations: Marin County, California, Climate Access

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Game of Floods

May 2015

The County of Marin, California's “Game of Floods” is an interactive game on sea level rise climate adaptation for Marin and the San Francisco Bay Area. The game is a model for public engagement and education on coastal adaptation - with information on climate impacts and adaptation options, encouraging discussions on the benefits and tradeoffs of adaptation measures. 

Related Organizations: Marin County Community Development Agency

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Coastal GeoTools Conference Series

April 2, 2015

Coastal GeoTools provides a network for sharing technical information relevant to the nation's coastal programs. The Abstracts and Presentations from the most recent Coastal GeoTools Conference in 2015 is a database of conference materials, providing information on geospatial data, tools, technology, and information for coastal resource management professionals. 

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The Preparation Frame: A Guide to Building Understanding of Climate Impacts and Engagement in Solutions

March 2015

The Preparation Frame offers guidance on climate change communication methods and strategies, and focuses on helping communities to prepare for and reduce the risks of climate disruption. The guide describes how to strategically frame the climate conversation, and effectively convey vulnerabilities and the need to plan for and reduce associated impacts. The report presents guiding principles for solutions-based messaging around both the challenges and opportunities for climate mitigation and adaptation.

Related Organizations: Climate Access

Authors or Affiliated Users: Cara Pike, Sutton Eaves, Meredith Herr, Amy Huva, David Minkow

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Equity Checklist

2015

This one-page Equity Checklist was designed for planners and funders to ensure the leadership of disadvantaged communities in projects that impact them. This checklist was designed to serve as a purposefully simple framework to a) identify vulnerable populations, b) think through the equity implications of their work, and c) promote respectful collaborations with community groups. Funders can use the checklist as criteria for their grant giving, and agencies can use it as a helpful guide to plan projects.

Related Organizations: Rooted in Resilience, Communities for a Better Environment, Bay Localize

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