Our goal is to ensure that communities of all sizes in the US and Canada have effective climate resilience programs in place to protect their people, natural resources, economy, infrastructure, and culture.
Building on its ClimateWise® consulting services, we are launching the Climate Ready Communities program to bring Whole Community Resilience to local governments by utilizing an assisted “Do-It-Yourself” approach. Whole Community Resilience is a proven planning framework developed over the past 10 years of helping communities understand and adapt to changing climate conditions and is a cross-sector, multi-stakeholder approach that is adaptive over time and creates multiple benefits across the community.
The framework aims to not only develop a plan, but also to strengthen local adaptive capacity, which ensures that communities have the skills necessary to update their climate resilience plans over time.
We are a team of experienced climate adaptation planners, scientists, and GIS analysts who have helped many different communities understand the local reality of changing conditions and create solutions that build resilience.
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.
- Davis, Hearn, Anderson & Turner, P.C.: Advice for Climate Ready Communities legal documents
- Derek Shetterly: Narration for Climate Ready Communities tutorials – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kresge Foundation: Support and funding for our on-the-ground adaptation work with communities that formed the foundation of the Climate Ready Communities program.
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.