Regional Governance for Climate Action

February 5, 2016 |

Institute for Sustainable Communities

This publication explores strategies emerging from 12 regional collaboratives to build or expand governance structures for regional climate action.

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Over the past decade, several urban regions in the United States have started forging connections between governments, businesses, nonprofits, citizen groups, and other actors. The Institute for Sustainable Communities has been supporting these kinds of regional efforts, including direct support to the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact. In 2014, we launched the Resilient Regions Initiative (RRI) by convening 12 pioneering regional climate adaptation collaboratives at our Think Resiliently, Act Regionally Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy workshop in Alexandria, Virginia.

As part of the RRI, ISC is producing a guidance series to help practitioners through the practical considerations of building regional climate resilience. The first publication in this series, the Regional Resilience Primer, profiled the 12 regional climate adaptation collaboratives that attended the 2014 workshop and highlighted the importance of regional collaboration as a vehicle to address climate adaptation challenges.

This document is the second publication in ISC’s series. It explores strategies emerging from 12 regional collaboratives to build or expand governance structures for regional climate action.