The Climate Ready Communities Program

Does your community need to build climate resilience? Are you having a hard time figuring out where to start? We can help.

As the intensity and frequency of hurricanes, floods, droughts, wildfires, heat waves, and other climate-driven disturbances increase, local leaders around the country are realizing they need to build resilience to protect their communities. But many community leaders do not know where to start and they do not have funding to hire a high-priced consultant.

Sound familiar? If so, Climate Ready Communities can help you address this challenge.

About the Program

Building on its experience helping communities develop climate resilience plans over the last 10 years through its ClimateWise® consulting services, the Geos Institute has launched the Climate Ready Communities program. This program enables small-medium sized communities to create climate resilience plans using an assisted “Do-It-Yourself” approach. The program consists of:

  1. The Practical Guide for Building Climate Resilience available to download for no cost
  2. Annual Support for assistance using the Guide
  3. Other Services to supplement the Guide and Annual Support as needed

The core element of the Climate Ready Communities program is the comprehensive Practical Guide to Building Climate Resilience. This Guide is structured as a task by task, step by step framework that includes many on-the-ground ideas and free resources for implementing each task. This framework is based on the Whole Community Resilience approach that the ClimateWise team has developed over its years of experience helping communities.

Reviewing the Guide is how most communities will start to evaluate the program.

Go here to learn more about the Guide and to request a download.

For communities that seek assistance using the Guide and access to the experts who wrote the Guide, the Climate Ready Communities program offers an Annual Support option at $2,499 for year one and $1,500 per year after that. Go here for more information on Annual Support.

Other Services may be used to supplement the Guide and Annual Support or may be used independently.

  • Blocks of additional consulting time
  • Local climate change projections
  • On-site facilitation, with optional documentation of workshop results
  • Webinars on climate and resilience-related topics
  • Final report writing

Go here for more information on Other Services.

About Us

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. Over the past 10 years of helping communities understand and adapt to changing climate conditions, our team has developed a proven planning framework known as Whole Community Resilience – 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 implement and update their climate resilience plans over time.

This framework has been tested in Oregon, California, Colorado, and Montana and is now being offered to communities across North America through the Climate Ready Communities program.

For a summary of the Climate Ready Communities program, download the program flyer.

For questions about the Climate Ready Communities program,
contact us by email at climate-ready@geosinstitute.org

Or call Geoff Weaver at 541-482-4459 x305, or 503-781-7888.

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