Communities across the U.S. already are facing challenges associated with the impacts of climate change. Extreme weather events, impacts on health and vulnerable communities, and adverse effects to infrastructure and economies strain the social fabric. Since 1997, ICLEI has understood the risks facing communities but also the steps toward resilience, providing technical assistance to cities, towns, and counties in their efforts to adapt to climate change. We do this with resiliency techniques tailored to the local context. The services and programs described here show ICLEI’s range offer a few of the ways we can help your community plan for lasting, equitable resilience.
Our Climate Adaptation and Community Resilience Work
We provide capacity building and technical assistance to local governments in climate adaptation and resiliency planning. The fee-for-service package includes expert guidance annually from staff for developing a climate adaptation plan, providing preliminary climate impact analysis and resources to conduct a comprehensive risk and vulnerability assessment, planning guidance for setting adaptation objectives and targets, implementation assistance, progress reports and check-ins, and recognition throughout our network of more than 1,500 local governments globally. Additional services are available for local government staff training, equitable community outreach and stakeholder engagement, performance-based resilience planning, and climate science research.
Evolving, thriving in the face of continual change
The increasing frequency, intensity, and unpredictability of shocks and stresses affecting urban areas today, compels local and regional governments around the world to prepare, anticipate, and react to events decisively, in order to provide a livable, safe, healthy, resilient, and sustainable future for their communities. These shocks and stresses are related to a multitude of (often) interdependent and mutually-reinforcing challenges, such as climate change impacts, socio-political conflicts, socio-economic inequalities, biological threats, rapid demographic changes, and technological and environmental pressures that increase the vulnerability of the urban populations. Urbanization exacerbates those risks by concentrating people and assets in areas of potential damage and disruption. Therefore, since over half of the world’s population today lives in urban areas and expecting to reach 70% by 2050, the need to build and enhance urban resilience in cities, towns, and regions is pressing.
A partnership between ICLEI USA, the City of Hayward, and Hayward Promise Neighborhood, Unite2Green is a program designed to identify strategies for how to meaningfully engage underserved populations on climate change. Unite2Green trains youth and adults to become leaders and advocates through climate resiliency actions. In a series of workshops and a neighborhood challenge, the Unite2Green Team is helping residents in their neighborhood to save money and resources; safeguard their families’ health; and protect their community from the effects of climate change.
Resilient Cities Congress is the Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation. Hosted by ICLEI each year in Bonn, Germany, the Resilient Cities Congress is the premier global platform for urban resilience and climate adaptation bringing hundreds of local leaders together to share ways they can make their cities better able to handle shocks. The Congress connects local governments with climate adaptation experts to discover challenges facing urban environments around the globe and forging partnerships for lasting impacts for cities.
Commitments to Resilience
The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy is the world’s largest coalition of city leaders addressing climate change by pledging to reduce their GHG emissions, tracking their progress and preparing for the impacts of climate change.
ICLEI’s Climate Adaptation Publications
- Building Climate-Resilient Cities Guidebook
- Building Climate-Resilient Cities Toolkit
- Climate Extremes Communication Guidebook
- Preparing for Climate Change: A Guidebook for Local, Regional, and State Governments
- Solar Energy & Resilience Planning Guidebook
- Resilient Communities for America Federal Policy Initiative: Recommendations to the President’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience
- Fact Sheet: Solar Energy and Resilient Communities
- Case Study: San Diego County Hazard Mitigation Plan
- Integrating Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Planning: Case Studies and Lessons Learned
- Sea Level Rise Adaptation Strategy for San Diego Bay Executive Summary
- Sea Level Rise Adaptation Strategy for San Diego Bay Full Report
- Training Workshop: Climate Change and Hazards in San Diego