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FCOP Selection Process

In order to ensure participants for the community of practice represent our primary audience, Antioch has established guidelines to ensure participation from these targeted groups. The purpose of this event is to identify climate solutions for the New England region; as such, priority will be given to applicants from that region. Additionally, the primary audience for this event are decision-makers already engaged in regional decision making. This includes but is not limited to:

Priority for selections will be based on applicants from the New England area, who are working in the capacities listed above.

Our commitment to representation includes government officials from all six New England states, as well as an explicit effort to bring the voices of vulnerable populations to the Community of Practice. We define vulnerable populations according to the current characteristics of climate vulnerability. This includes populations that are exposed, sensitive, and lack adaptive capacity in the face of climate impacts.

In order for this community of practice to be diverse and inclusive, applicants will be asked to list in the notes section how they represent vulnerable populations in their communities. In addition, we strive to reserve space for members of traditionally marginalized communities that extend beyond our limited definition of vulnerable populations. Grave injustices of the past, which have been allowed to perpetuate today, have created an unjust and inequitable society. Climate change exacerbates these inequities, as those who are the least responsible for climate change are often the most impacted — this includes Black people, Indigenous Peoples, people of color, and people with low incomes, and from low-income backgrounds. Therefore, the field of climate change adaptation must include professionals who can meaningfully represent the concerns of people with these identities and backgrounds. As such, we strongly encourage applications from people who hold these identities.

Upcoming Events


Policy Advocacy: Climate Change

This course will provide participants with step-by-step skills in utilizing the tools of democracy to take meaningful civic action on climate change. Participants will learn the levers for building political will and the essentials of climate change communication. You will apply your learning by taking action in collaboration with a local environmental organization, and further your learning with your peers via Antioch’s online learning platform and optional one-on-one meetings with the instructor.
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Climate Impacts: Vulnerability and Adaptation Planning

Local and regional governments are leaders in climate change due to their unique position to make a wide range of decisions that can mitigate and adapt to our changing climate. Because they are on the frontline, many communities have conducted vulnerability assessments and engaged in adaptation planning. This module will enable participants to assess impacts to a business, community, or sector based on specific climate projections for a specific locale.
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Climate Impacts: Communication, Facilitation, and Stakeholder Capacity Building

Collective actions at the societal level (civic or political action behaviors) include involvement and support of policies, plans, and funding for implementation of municipal projects that could increase local climate resilience. Community engagement with the issue of climate change typically is lacking at the local level. How individuals feel about climate change, how much they know about the issue, and how they act are all types of engagement that are needed for societal change.
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