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Community-Driven Climate Resilience Planning: A Framework

May 2017

Informed by community-based organizations from across the country,this report outlines a framework to meaningfully engage vulnerable and impacted communities in defining and building climate resilience. The guide seeks to use climate resilience activities to better build momentum for change, build a new economy and community-based financing, deepen democracy and improve governance, and activate ecological and cultural wisdom. In addition to describing guiding principles and elements of community-driven planning, the report provides examples of case studies where communities have taken a central role in resilience planning. The guide is primarily aimed at other community-based organizations, but it may also be useful for philanthropy and public sector officials.  

Related Organizations: National Association of Climate Resilience Planners, Movement Strategy Center

Author or Affiliated User: Rosa González

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Climate Action through Equity: The Integration of Equity in the Portland and Multnomah County 2015 Climate Action Plan

July 12, 2016

Climate Action through Equity, produced by the City of Portland, Oregon Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, provides an overview of how equity in Portland and Multnomah County was integrated in Portland’s 2015 Climate Action Plan. The case study educates users on city and county initiatives to serve communities of color and low-income populations, what actions the city took to support equity in the 2015 plan, and lessons learned from that process.

Related Organizations: City of Portland, Oregon

Authors or Affiliated Users: Desiree Williams-Rajee, Taren Evans

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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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)

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Harlem Heat Project, New York City

2016

The Harlem Heat Project is a community-based initiative that began in New York City in the summer of 2016. It combines crowd-sourcing, data reporting, and narrative journalism to tell the story or urban heat islands in New York City. Non-profit journalism and community-based organizations came together to provide low-cost heat sensors to homeowners in "heat-vulnerable" areas of Harlem in New York City. The data was used to tell the story of disproportionate risks to extreme heat for lower-income and communities of color as a result of increasing temperatures from climate change.

Related Organizations: WE ACT for Environmental Justice, AdaptNY, I See Change

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Climate Change & Community of Color: Key Poll Findings and Top Lines

2014

This report summarizes a 2014 poll that assessed people of color's views on climate change. It finds that climate change is a high profile issue for communities of color. It also finds that voters of color see economic benefits to investing in the green economy and see addressing climate change as a moral obligation. The poll  surveyed 800 registered African American, Latino, and Asian voters in the summer of 2014. 

Related Organizations: Green For All

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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And the People Shall Lead: Centralizing Frontline Community Leadership in the Movement Towards a Sustainable Planet

2011

This paper summarizes a workshop held as part of the February 2011 Coal Retirement Conference that focused on how environmental organizations and frontline communities could more effectively work together. The report highlights several challenges that have stymied mutual collaboration in the past, and some core actions that can support more effective partnerships going forward. While not specific to climate adaptation, these lessons are certainly applicable to those working on equitable adaptation planning.

Related Organizations: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Resilient Midwestern Cities Improving Equity in a Changing Climate

April 2016

Developed by the Center for American Progress, Resilient Midwestern Cities Improving Equity in a Changing Climate provides users with guidance on how to concurrently address climate change and equity issues by implementing climate change resiliency measures in low-income areas.  The report showcases  existing initiatives employed in 5 Midwestern cities, and draws out recommendations for further action.  This report is primarily geared towards decision makers of Midwestern cities, but the lessons learned and recommendations apply to a much wider audience.

Related Organizations: Center for American Progress

Authors or Affiliated Users: Miranda Peterson, Cathleen Kelly, Erin Auel, Philine Qian, Gwynne Taraska

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Guide to Equitable, Community-Driven Climate Preparedness Planning

May 2017

From the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN), this guide is aimed at local government and outlines a framework for designing and implementing a community-driven, equitable climate preparedness planning process. Community-driven planning empowers those experiencing the greatest climate risks to co-define the solutions. Rather than treating equity as a component of climate preparedness planning, this guide suggests that equity should be at the center of any adaptation approach. It outlines why traditional planning falls short of supporting equity, describes why climate change vulnerability is not evenly spread, and identifies how typical adaptation strategies can be reframed to focus on equity. Throughout the document, examples from cities are presented to showcase real-world applications.

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Related Organizations: Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Tina Yuen, Eric Yurkovich, Beth Altshuler, Lauren Grabowski

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Climate Survivor Workbook

April 2013

This guide is a compilation of activities and resources that were developed and piloted by the Pacific Institute at community meetings, events, and workshops. These activities can be replicated by others to engage a diverse and wide-rage of people in climate adaptation planning. The guide addresses the following topics: What is Climate Change. How does climate change affect us. What can we do to prepare. How can we create more resilient communities. The activities include objectives, directions, prompts, possible modifications, an appendix of pre-designed materials, additional resources, and questions for further discussion.

Related Organizations: Pacific Institute, Oakland Climate Action Coalition

Authors or Affiliated Users: Ariana de Leña, Catalina Garzón, Seth Mullendore

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Building a Community of Practice at the Intersection of Water, Climate Resilience and Equity

July 31, 2018

From The Kresge Foundation and American Rivers, this report presents the findings of an assessment conducted by the Meridian Institute on Kresge's Climate Resilient and Equitable Water Systems (CREWS) initiative. This report describes the challenges and opportunities for practitioners working at the intersection of water systems, climate resilience and social equity. 

Related Organizations: The Kresge Foundation

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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