About Us

Our goal is to ensure that communities of all sizes in the US and Canada have effective climate resilience strategies to protect their people, natural resources, economy, infrastructure, and culture.

The Climate Ready Communities program is designed to bring Whole Community Resilience to local governments with an assisted “Do-It-Yourself” approach.

Whole Community Resilience is a proven framework, developed by the Geos Institute’s ClimateWise team. It is a cross-sector, multi-stakeholder approach. It can be adjusted over time and creates multiple benefits across the community.

The framework aims to develop a plan while also strengthening local capacity. This ensures communities have the skills necessary to continue building climate resilience over time.

The Climate Ready Communities program is an initiative of the Geos Institute, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in the United States.

Program Staff

We are a team of experienced climate adaptation planners, scientists, and GIS analysts who have helped many communities understand the local reality of changing conditions and create solutions that build resilience.

Tonya Graham

Tonya Graham

MA, Executive Director

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Marni Koopman

Marni Koopman

PhD, Climate Change Scientist

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Jessica Leonard

Jessica Leonard

BA, GISP, Spatial Analysis Manager

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Geoff Weaver

Geoff Weaver

BS, Business Manager

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Christina Mills

Christina Mills

JD, Operations and Program Manager

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Acknowledgements

The following organizations and individuals have generously contributed their funding or expertise to the development of the Climate Ready Communities program. We are deeply grateful for their assistance.

We are also indebted to the 7 communities around the US who reviewed and provided beta feedback of program materials in March 2018, and to Charles Leister and 6 communities around the US who reviewed and provided pre-beta feedback in September 2017. Both beta and pre-beta feedback have been critically important to our development of a program that is useful and relevant for communities interested in building local climate resilience.

 

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