Making Communities Stronger - Regardless of What they Face
Climate change and social inequity are major threats to community sustainability. Flooding, drought, and other climate-related issues increase risk to populations already vulnerable due to social inequity. Becoming more resilient – anticipating and addressing community threats – not only holds the potential to save lives – and billions in recovery dollars and economic losses – it also encourages social equity and connectedness, fostering communities that grow and recover in ways that make them stronger than before.
ISC is helping communities, cities, and supply chains increase their resilience through community-driven efforts led by local leaders. Together, we develop a complete picture of the social, environmental, and economic threats they face; engage with other local organizations and individuals who share the threat; learn about best practices; and then implement locally-led solutions that tackle immediate problems while strengthening the community overall.
“We look forward to sharing the creative solutions our community derives with other peer organizations across the country via ISC’s network.”
–Donna Givens, President and CEO, Eastside Community Network, Partnership for Resilient Communities
How ISC is Building Community Resilience
Strengthening Institutions and Leaders in Underserved Communities
To tackle the crumbling infrastructure and chronic underinvestment representative of social inequity and/or systemic racism, many neighborhoods are taking matters into their own hands. ISC is providing them with knowledge, strategic funding, and tools to accelerate their success.
Discovering New Approaches to Resilience
ISC is finding new ways to apply technologies like green infrastructure, solar, and living shorelines to bolster social, economic, and environmental resilience.
Bringing Regions Together
Moving beyond cities, ISC has found that taking regional approaches to challenges is highly efficient – saving limited time, money, and resources. We’re working with counties and cities to create these regional opportunities.
Building Partnerships Between Factories and Communities
ISC is connecting factories to their surrounding communities to increase resilience, particularly in the face of growing water shortages. This approach especially helps women in Asia who bear the brunt of water quality and scarcity issues.
Tackling immediate economic, social, or environmental problems builds bonds between neighbors and bridges long-standing social divides. ISC is working to foster these connections.
Helping local nonprofits shape and lead resilience projects borne from the voices and priorities of underserved communities.
Women + Water Alliance
Connecting factories with the means to build water resilience for sustainable business, stronger communities, and women.
Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact
Accelerating implementation of the bipartisan, four-county Regional Climate Action Plan, which tackles climate issues impacting more than 6 million residents.
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