2019 Program Archive: Community Ownership, Community Resiliency: Moving Equitable Adaptation Into Action

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Community Ownership, Community Resiliency: Moving Equitable Adaptation Into Action

Jennifer W. Li
Georgetown Law
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Concurrent Sessions 5
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This session will explore how climate resilience planning processes across the country are prioritizing moving equitable adaptation ideas into action. Practitioners will share a range of strategies, case studies, and tools that have emerged from community-driven planning processes and actions cities and community-based organizations are taking to implement those solutions on the ground. Hear community members’ perspectives on the ways in which community engagement processes have contributed to their stewardship, as well as ideas for continued collaboration in their respective communities to help advance implementation of local adaptation plans.

Discussion will focus on how climate resilience planning is addressing the disproportionate climate risk “frontline communities” face and how planners and community-based organizations are creating accessible processes that allow for frontline community leadership to shape adaptation decision making from the early stages of planning through implementation. Panelists will discuss specific examples of programs and policies that have emerged from these processes, many of which address not only climate risks, but also pervasive stressors such as pollution and lack of educational and economic opportunity.

Panelists will discuss real-world examples and challenges of translating adaptation planning into community-based solutions. They will share examples of community-driven planning from around the country (D.C., Seattle, Portland, Providence); government and community perspectives on lessons learned from the D.C. engagement process and ongoing challenges for implementing community-centered policies; opportunities and challenges for incorporating equity in non-urban communities through the CivicSpark Fellows program; and lessons for ongoing engagement through Adapting to Rising Tide in California.

Cross-Cutting Themes: 
Introducing Case Studies to Current Climate Resilience Planning
Jennifer Li, Georgetown Climate Center
Community Engagement Lessons from D.C.’s Equity Advisory Group
Melissa Deas, D.C. Department of Energy and Environment
Ongoing Lessons from Engagement to Ownership Cities (Portland, Seattle, Providence, D.C.)
Corrine Van Hook-Turner, Movement Strategy Center
Civic Spark – Building Capacity in Underserved Communities
Julia Kim, Local Government Commission
Adapting to Rising Tides: Community Engagement in the Bay Area
Dana Brechwald, Association of Bay Area Governments
Community Engagement to Community Stewardship: Lessons from D.C.
Clyde Thompson, Equity Advisory Group