How do I help my community prepare for climate change effects?

This page offers toolkits and resources for community-scale climate change planning.


California Energy Commission's Cal-Adapt: Cal-Adapt provides a view of how climate change might affect California. In addition to volumes of climate impact research, here you will find tools, climate data, and resources to conduct your own research, develop adaptation plans and build applications.


Sierra Nevada Alliance’s  Sierra Climate Change Toolkit: This toolkit recognizes that the effects of global climate change will pose many challenges to the environment, economies, and communities of the Sierra Nevada region. It outlines and  explains how communities can plan ahead to adapt to the effects of climate change, emphasizing that importance of early planning to mitigate the impacts of climate change related effects.


NOAA’s U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit: These tools are available to help you manage your climate-related risks and opportunities, and to help guide you in building resilience to extreme events.


EcoAdapt Climate Adaptation Project for the Sierra Nevada: This project is intended to help guide and support a manager or planner in strategically integrating the challenges of climate change into their management of Sierra Nevada resources. The main products focus on understanding vulnerabilities to climate change and implementing adaptation actions


Climate Adaptation - The State of Practice in U.S. CommunitiesThis report provides a critical assessment of community-based adaptation to climate vulnerability and includes a series of in-depth case studies. These can provide insight to community-based champions to help reduce vulnerability in their own communities and make evidence-based proposals for adaptation professionals to advance the state-of-the-practice.


Adaptation Clearinghouse: The Georgetown Climate Center's online database and networking site serves policymakers and practitioners who are working to help communities adapt to climate change. 


ARCCA Learning Session (Recording) - Virtual Adaptation Tools Salon: This is an online video learning session organized by the Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation (ARCCA). The session features three tools which can help communities with adaptation planning: Cal-Adapt, the Atlas Marketplace, and the Adaptation Clearinghouse.

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Smart Growth Fixes for Climate Adaptation and Resilience: This EPA publication aims to help communities address at least some of the expenses and political challenges of preparing for and adapting to climate change. The strategies outlined can be worked into a community's regular processes and policies.

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The Wilderness Society’s Recommendations to the USFS - Managing the Risk of Climate Change to Wildlands of the Sierra Nevada: This is a research paper by the Wilderness Society intended to identify climate change related issues that should be accounted for as the Forest Service revises its forest management plans in the Sierra Nevada region.

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EPA's Adaptation Resource Center (ARC-X): ARC-X is an interactive resource to help local governments effectively deliver services to their communities as the climate changes. Once users select areas of interest, they will find information about: the risks posed by climate change to the issues of concern, relevant adaptation strategies, case studies illustrating how other communities have successfully adapted to those risks and tools to replicate their successes, and EPA funding opportunities.

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The California Natural Resource Agency’s Local Action page: Read about some of the many initiatives by the Natural Resources Agency and its partners in state government to help spur resilience to climate change at the local and regional levels.


Additional Resources

Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE) - EcoAdapt's CAKE tool serves as a library of reports, case studies, and resources. CAKE is somewhat more natural resource-focused than the Clearinghouse. It helps practitioners by vetting and clearly organizing some of the best information available, building a community via an interactive online platform, creating a directory of practitioners to share knowledge and strategies, and identifying and explaining data tools and information available from other sites.

Climate Adaptation Technical Support - ICLEI USA now offers a host of climate adaptation and resiliency services, including sector-specific training for local government capacity building, adaptation planning, inclusionary stakeholder engagement and connecting communities to climate science.

Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy - In January 2017, the Compact of Mayors and the Covenant of Mayors merged to form the new Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy. Join more than 621 communities around the world committed to ambitious climate action.

100% Renewable Energy Network - Join the network to advance your community's 100% RE goals — no matter how far down the renewable path you currently are.

Resilience Dialogues - This new online consultative service helps communities find, use, and understand information, tools, and programs to support your climate-resilience needs. Contact ICLEI USA to start or join a dialogue.

Improving California’s Forest and Watershed Management - Report by the Legislative Analyst's Office assessing the risks of forests in the state, and recommendations for improvement projects

Fire on the Mountain: Rethinking Forest Management in the Sierra Nevada - Findings and recommendations regarding California Forest Management provided by the Little Hoover Commission

Climate Change in the Sierra Nevada - A close look by the UCLA Center for Climate Science at the effects of climate change in he Sierra Nevada, when we feel feel the effects, and the actions that California can take

Sierra Nevada Meadow Restoration - National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's business plan that maps out a 10 year program to restore and conserve meadow habitat in the Sierra Nevada

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