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2021 Local Solutions: Climate Preparedness Communities of Practice

Thank you to all of the participants in our 2021 Virtual Local Solutions: Climate Preparedness Community of Practice.

Please see the agenda for links to materials and documents from the convening.

AUNE, in partnership with NOAA and the Island Institute presented the
2021 Virtual Local Solutions: Climate Preparedness Communities of Practice

This facilitated community of practice (FCoP) started on March 16th, 2021 with our Keynote Speaker, Victoria Hermann and continued meeting 1-2 times a week until the final convening on May 6, 2021. Participants explored how to ensure the following community topics are equitable and climate resilient: Affordable and Accessible Housing, Sustainable Transportation and Mobility, Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy People, and Strong Local Economy and Green Workforce Development.

What is a Community of Practice

Communities of Practice are groups of people that share a concern, a set of problems, or a passion about a topic, and who deepen their knowledge and expertise in these areas by interacting on an ongoing practice (Wegner et al, 2002). It is based on the assumption that learning is a social process versus a passive transfer of knowledge between expert and participant. This type of learning relies on a two-way direction of learning and knowledge.

In order to implement equitable climate resilience, we need to work collaboratively to identify leverage points for transformational change. The community of practice model is based on cultivating relationships and social learning to support this type of change.


Everyone at the table had access to exceptional speakers and workshop leaders that they’ve come to expect, only this time content is adapted to our new FCOP format. This format was intentionally designed to empower participants with a regional roadmap that will guide actionable steps that center equity in local and regional climate decision making.

The format began with a large group keynote on climate migration in the northeast, followed by several modules within designated sub-topics. These groups met over the course of several weeks and then reconvened as a full group to share findings and participate in a panel discussion on financing.

FCOP Focus Topics:

Affordable and Accessible Housing

How can housing, including affordable housing, be made more resilient to extreme weather and better prepared for the consequences of climate change? This FCOP will highlight best practices and lessons learned on implementing climate resilience in affordable and accessible housing.

Sustainable Transportation and Mobility

Transportation is integral to the prosperity of all communities and highly influential on where people live, work, and spend their free time. A sustainable resilient transportation system allows for mobility despite climate impacts. This type of system also provides multiple options that are accessible to all levels of income, seniors, children and disabled populations.

Healthy Neighborhoods and Healthy People 

The overall health of a community is a key role when planning for a healthy, resilient, and sustainable community. Resilient neighborhoods and individuals are both physically and psychologically healthy. Good health prior to disasters supports greater resilience in the disaster setting. This FCOP will highlight best practices and lessons learned on implementing climate resilience for public health impacts.

Strong Local Economy and Workforce Development

Climate impacts will add to the economic challenged many communities already face. Having a climate-resilient economy is essential to a community’s well-being. This FCOP will highlight best practices and lessons learned on implementing climate resilience in your community’s local economy along with supporting a green workforce.

Who Should Attend?

Staff from local governments and regional planning councils, local elected and appointed officials, municipal committee members, and community-based organizations. In addition, organizations and service providers that support the target audience will need to be present.

What is an Equity Framework? 

Excerpted From: Climate Action Through Equity report from Portland, Oregon and Multnomah County. This frame includes the following nine considerations in all discussions involving climate engagement strategies, planning and implementation. The frame is presented below in summarized form:

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