Implementing the Steps to Resilience | A Practitioner's Guide
This guidebook offers a set of procedures to accompany each phase of the Climate Resilience Toolkit's Steps to Resilience.

Getting Started

Before beginning climate resilience work, one must form a team and agree on the project’s scope given the knowledge and interests of those who can affect or will be affected by adaptation actions. In this section, practitioners will coordinate with community champions to assemble a planning team and establish goals for the project.

    Instructor
    Matt Hutchins (Fernleaf)
    25 minutes

    Key considerations:

    • Engage stakeholders who are in a good position to identify community concerns or assets of interest.
    • Consider how to deepen or broaden that engagement to ensure long-term success and buy-in with any decisions or outcomes.
    • Be transparent at all stages, including how the scope and objectives of the resilience planning process was or will be agreed upon.
    Introduction
    0:00:00
    0:01:36
    (1.5 minutes)

    This section provides a brief overview of the "Getting Started" chapter and accompanying resources.

    Assemble a Planning Team
    0:01:36
    0:03:10
    (1.5 minutes)

    Form a planning team that will remain closely engaged with the process. Evaluate whether any important perspectives that may be missing and whether additional involvement is critical before moving forward.

    Community Participation
    0:03:11
    0:08:10
    (5 minutes)

    Meaningful community participation is essential for equitable public planning. Particular emphasis should be placed on the experience, knowledge and expertise of frontline communities in understanding strengths, values, and vulnerabilities; shaping goals and strategies; and determining priorities for building resilience.

    Understand Community History
    0:08:10
    0:09:20
    (1 minute)

    As stated in the principles of Equity in Climate Resilience, the practitioner should understand the historical legacies of racism, colonization, and socioeconomic differentiation that shaped the community.

    Pre-existing plans and Resilience Efforts
    0:09:21
    0:10:25
    (1 minute)

    Comprehensive plans and hazard mitigation plans are common in most communities and can be used in lieu of vulnerability assessments in some cases. Utilizing and improving such plans saves costs and minimizes duplication. Practitioners should document previous plans and initiatives.

    Define equity-centered goals
    0:10:27
    0:12:20
    (2 minutes)

    During goal-setting, be sure to address the equitability of desired outcomes. What social equity goals need to be adopted as part of the resilience planning effort to achieve the long-term community vision?

    Project Kickoff
    0:12:31
    0:13:18
    (1 minute)

    Although internal meetings have been held with the full planning team, the kickoff meeting is meant to be held with the larger community. This meeting will provide a broad overview of the project plan, timeline, and project goals. This is also an opportunity to introduce the team working on the project to community members.

    Implementing the Steps to Resilience | A Practitioner's Guide

    Implementing the Steps to Resilience | A Practitioner's Guide
    Instructor
    Mark Wilbert & Matt Hutchins
    6 Sections
    45 minutes
    Foundational information to consider before you begin your resilience journey.
    Instructor
    Matt Hutchins (Fernleaf)
    6 Sections
    25 minutes
    Coordinate with the community champions to assemble a planning team and establish goals for the project.
    Instructor
    Jim Fox, Aashka Patel, Kim Rhodes (Fernleaf)
    5 Sections
    1 hour
    Evaluate community assets and their exposure to climate-related hazards.
    Instructor
    Matt Hutchins (Fernleaf)
    6 Sections
    35 minutes
    Evaluate the vulnerability of community assets by enumerating qualities of sensitivity and adaptive capacity.
    Instructor
    Jim Fox (Fernleaf), Karin Rogers (NEMAC)
    6 Sections
    78 minutes
    List options to reduce the greatest climate-related vulnerabilities and risks to vulnerable populations and community assets.
    Instructor
    Jim Fox (Fernleaf)
    5 Sections
    81 minutes
    Design an implementation plan for the strategies that are mostly likely to reduce vulnerability and risk.
    Instructor
    Jim Fox and Mark Wilbert (Fernleaf)
    4 Sections
    66 minutes
    Implement and communicate the plan. Identify funding sources. Monitor. Iterate.