What’s hot this summer? Regional resilience.
Local action is an essential component of effective climate action – but we’re pretty excited about the all of the ways that regional action – local leaders working together – can have even more impact. Our team is documenting the effectiveness of regional approaches to resilience challenges presented by climate change. Regionalism allows communities to share their knowledge and resources, avoid duplication of efforts, and increase their ability to communicate regional needs to state and federal government in a unified voice.
Over the past several years, we’ve been supporting the implementation of the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Compact, giving us a first-hand look at the opportunities and challenges that regional leaders are tackling. Last fall, we hosted a Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy, Think Resiliently, Act Regionally, on the topic, bringing together a dozen teams from around the U.S. We’re digging into some of the challenges that a fledgling regional collaborative might face, and starting to put together some tools to help folks who are ready to move forward.
We’ve just published the Regional Resilience Primer, a guide that explains the benefits and challenges of approaching resilience regionally. It also outlines some forms of regionalism in the US, and provides some context on how the regional climate collaboratives that attended our Alexandria event came into existence, and how they’ve evolved over time. This is the first in a Regional Resilience series by ISC that will share best practices and lessons learned in effective regional approaches.
Check out the Primer and stay tuned for more tools and resources supporting regional resilience!