Recent Webinar Series

Accelerate Climate Resilience with Local Planning, Policies, & Practices

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Proactive climate adaptation plans can reduce local climate impacts, but only if they are put into action. We asked and you told us – what you most want to know is how to get moving quickly by integrating climate resilience into existing plans, policies and practices. Implementing your strategies rapidly and efficiently is the clear goal. Comprehensive plans, land use codes and ordinances, water resource management plans, and hazard mitigation plans are all prime opportunities to activate your climate resilience strategies.

We’ve created a practical, 4 part short course to show you how to integrate climate plans and adaptation strategies into local plans, policies and practices.

You will learn to:

  • Identify opportunities to get your adaptation plan off the shelf and into action.
  • Frame your adaptation strategies for easy integration into local planning, policy and practice.
  • Apply practical adaptation solutions to comprehensive planning and land use codes and ordinances.
  • Bring climate resilience to an integrated water resource management approach.
  • Create or update a hazard mitigation plan with climate resilience strategies.


Session 1 – Acting on Resilience Opportunities with Existing Plans, Policies and Practices

Communities across the US are completing Climate Adaptation Plans (CAPs), but implementation is happening at a slow pace. Applying climate resilience principles to existing policies and practices can be a quick and effective way to move from planning into action. A wide variety of potential influence points includes decisions for local, state and tribal governance, plus various agencies, corporations, utilities, and organizations.

You will learn:

  • Framing climate strategies for easy integration and implementation.
  • Range of opportunities at local, state, regional and tribal level.
  • Applications to local government planning, policies and practices.
  • Integration into regional transportation planning and federal highway funding.
  • Integration into agency, organization, and resource management decisions.
  • Policy influence for business, corporations and financial management.
  • Education and outreach to build collaboration across sectors and jurisdictions.


Session 2 – Creating Lasting Resilience with Comprehensive Plans and Targeted Land Use Codes and Ordinances

Comprehensive plansand localland use codes and ordinances drive much of the climate resilience related decision making at the local level, and thus is one key target for climate integration. This session will examine real world examples from CSU communities to illustrate how to meld comprehensive planning, land use regulations, and climate adaptation, including relevant tools and resources to help practitioners make an impact.

You will learn:

  • Utilizing comprehensive and master planning process opportunities.
  • Assessing comprehensive plan status, gaps, and state law compliance.
  • Resilience objectives for master plans and land use management.
  • Targeting specific land use codes and ordinances for resilience strategies.
  • Middle Tennessee comprehensive planning at county and regional scale.
  • Sustainable Sandhills climate plan in Fayetteville, NC comprehensive plan.
  • Education and adoption processes for land use planning regulations.

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Session 3 – Climate Resilience for Integrated Water Resource Management

Drought, flooding, source water security, and changing precipitation patterns are climate risks that must be addressed on the path to resiliency. Putting climate into a framework of integrated water resource management is ever more critical. This session offers real world applications for cities, utilities, and other public / private influence points.

You will learn:

  • Elements of resilience for water resource management decisions.
  • Framing adaptation for water quality and quantity objectives.
  • Framing adaptation for extreme weather and hazard mitigation.
  • Opportunities for source water protection and water resource security.
  • Integration with government, utility, and business policies and practices.
  • Education and outreach to build collaboration across sectors and jurisdictions.

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Session 4 – Upgrade Your Hazard Mitigation Plans to Climate Ready and FEMA Funding Eligible

FEMA now requires states to consider climate impacts when drafting their Hazard Mitigation Plans (HMPs). However, guidelines for how to integrate climate are hard to find. This session will examine the HMP process opportunity, including real world examples of communities integrating climate and hazard mitigation planning. Tools and resources for practitioners will be shared for practical how to applications.

Planning researchers at Texas A&M University have developed a tool called the Resilience Scorecard, which assesses whether a community’s hazard plans actually target areas most vulnerable to natural hazards such as floods or hurricanes. It provides information that can be used to inform how plans might be updated or adapted to increase community physical and social resiliency to natural hazards.

You will learn:

  • HMP elements for climate integration
  • Framing adaption for the HMP process and products
  • FEMA coordination and funding eligibility
  • Rural Alaska community example in Alaska
  • Urban North Carolina community example

Guests on this webinar include:

  • Resilience Scorecard: Jaimie Masterson, Program Coordinator of Texas Target Communities at Texas A&M University
  • Best Practices & Lessons Learned: Jim Schwab, Manager, Hazards Planning Research Center, American Planning Association

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