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Rural Climate Dialogues: Minnesota State Convening

September 2016

This brief report summarizes “Dialogues” or discussions between Minnesota state agencies and local community members to begin planning for climate change and resilience in rural Minnesota.  The Jefferson Center and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy convened three Rural Climate Dialogues - in Stevens, Itasca, and Winona Counties - generating “deliberative public engagement” and a shared community response to address climate change. A common priority expressed by all three communities was the need to support local initiatives through state agencies and programs.

Related Organizations: Jefferson Center, The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

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Fostering and Communicating Sustainable Lifestyles: Principles and Emerging Practices

December 2016

This report provided by the UN Environment Program outlines operating principles to guide the design, adaptation, and evaluation of “sustainable lifestyle” campaigns and initiatives. The report identifies strategies for developing community level sustainability projects, and provides guidance for effective communication, framing and engagement approaches. It includes 16 unique global case studies that represent various aspects of sustainable living - from compact communities, an agro-ecological marketplace, to a non-profit saving sharks from shark fin soup.

Related Organizations: United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), Climate Access

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Greening Your Community through Cost-Effective LID

This series of five fact sheets explain Low Impact Development (LID), Green Infrastructure (GI), and sustainable design in order to help communities understand and adopt smart land use. This information describes how LID and GI not only help to manage stormwater and improve groundwater supplies, but also can reduce flooding, improve water quality, lower maintenance costs, and increase property values. MassAudubon suggests that preserving existing GI is a first line of defense against climate impacts such as increased storm intensities, while achieving long-term cost savings.

Related Organizations: Massachusetts Audubon Society

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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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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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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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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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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. 

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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White House Climate Education and Literacy Initiative

December 3, 2014

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy launched a Climate Education and Literacy Initiative in December 2014 to help connect American students and citizens with the best-available, science-based information about climate change. The Initiative is designed to increase student learning opportunities; equip educators with science-based information and resources; enhance climate-related professional development and training; and engage citizens through place-based and informal climate education.

Related Organizations: White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Department of Energy

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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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