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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

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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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

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Climate Change and Agriculture, Including Aquaculture and Fisheries, in New Jersey

January 2016

The Rutgers Climate Institute put together this fact sheet to provide a brief and accessible summary of the impacts of climate change on agriculture in New Jersey, which includes climate effects that will impact crops, livestock, aquaculture, and fisheries. It explores the primary climate change risks to agriculture and fisheries in the state, and provides short summaries on how these sectors can both adapt to climate risks and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Related Organizations: Rutgers University, U.S. Forest Service (USFS)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit

November 17, 2014

The U. S. Climate Resilience Toolkit, as called for in President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, is a website developed by a partnership of federal agencies and organizations led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Toolkit will enable decision-makers to take action to improve their climate resilience using data-driven tools, information, and subject-matter expertise. The comprehensive site is designed to serve interested citizens, communities, businesses, resource managers, planners, and policy leaders at all levels of government.

Related Organizations: NOAA Climate Program Office, U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Author or Affiliated User: Nina Hall

Resource Category: Adaptation Websites

 

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Climate Change Adaptation Strategies for Focal Resources of the Sierra Nevada, California

February 2014

In collaboration with the U. S. Forest Service and California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (CA LCC), EcoAdapt has identified a suite of priority climate change adaptation strategies for focal ecosystems and wildlife species of the Sierra Nevada region of California including: Alpine and Subalpine Systems, Mountain Yellow-Legged Frogs, Yellow Pine/Mixed Conifer Systems, Red Fir Systems and Marten, Wet Meadows and Fens, and Oak Woodlands. After a vulnerability assessment process, draft implementation plans were developed for each of the focal resources, incorporating the priority adaptation actions.

Related Organizations: EcoAdapt, Department of the Interior (DOI): California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Climate Extremes Communication Guidebook

January 2014

From the World Wildlife Fund, ICLEI, and Resilient Communities for America, this guidebook is designed to help local governments communicate about weather and climate extremes in the context of climate change. This guide is intended to help mainstream climate preparedness into local government planning processes, and/or build support for any existing climate preparedness efforts that have been already undertaken by local governments.

Related Organizations: Resilient Communities for America, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Climate Resilience Webinars: Farming for Success in the 21st Century

2014

Farming for Success in the 21st Century climate resilience webinars are provided online by CalCAN, the California Climate and Agriculture Network. This series of three webinars provides tools to help growers cope with a changing climate and extreme weather events. The webinars highlight the importance of building healthy soils, increasing biodiversity, and employing water stewardship strategies.

Related Organizations: California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN)

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Farming in a Changing Climate

The State of Maryland predicts growing economic uncertainty in agriculture, the state’s largest commercial industry, due to climate change. Published by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, this brochure summarizes climate change related risks for the agriculture sector and potential adaptation strategies. For example, increased temperatures and precipitation variability could translate into greater production costs, as farmers may require additional water for irrigation, or more frequent pest treatments.

Related Organizations: Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Climate Communications and Behavior Change: A Guide for Practitioners

2010

Drawing on extensive global warming, behavior change, communications research and practitioner expertise, the 'Climate Communications and Behavior Change' guide distils information into tools and recommendations that climate leaders can easily apply.   It illustrates the challenges with existing communication efforts and provides tips on how to frame and deliver outreach efforts in a way that motivates changes in thinking and behavior.   The guide also offers detailed advice and tips on how to frame global warming communications and promote behavior change in ways that resonate with a range of audience segments.

Related Organizations: The Resource Innovation Group, University of Oregon, Climate Leadership Initiative

Authors or Affiliated Users: Cara Pike, Bob Doppelt, Meredith Herr

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Climate Solutions University (CSU)

The Model Forest Policy Program's Climate Solutions University (CSU): Forest and Water Strategies is an on-line educational campus.  CSU provides a framework to assist rural forested communities with on-the-ground solutions to the climate crisis. This 10-month educational program teaches local communities in resource rich areas to develop climate action plans relevant to local forest, water and economic issues.

Related Organizations: Model Forest Policy Program

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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