Regional Resilience Primer

August 27, 2015 | Online Resource

Institute for Sustainable Communities

Regional approaches to climate challenges are a powerful, effective way to catalyze local action, build community and climate resilience and connect, strengthen and support local leaders. This is the first of several publications designed to share our understanding of the critical components of successful regional approaches, what’s happened to date and the promising practices we’ve seen as we work with regional climate change adaptation partners throughout the U.S.

The second publication of this series is titled Regional Governance for Climate Action, which explores strategies emerging from 12 regional collaboratives to build or expand governance structures for regional climate action.

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Regional approaches to climate challenges are a powerful, effective way to catalyze local action, build community and climate resilience, and connect, strengthen and support local leaders. At the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC), we have spent four years focusing on regional efforts in the United States. This is the first of several publications designed to share our understanding of the critical components of successful regional approaches, what’s happened to date, and the promising practices we’ve seen as we work with regional climate change adaptation partners throughout the US.

This document draws on ISC’s collective experience to date in working with regional climate initiatives. Our core principle is that regional resilience efforts should emerge naturally from each place and therefore may differ markedly in design, as do the efforts profiled in this report. One size doesn’t fit all, but regions can learn a great deal from one another to advance and accelerate this emerging and vital approach to climate adaptation.