Localities around the world are facing the
impacts of climate change today. Experts predict that continued shifts in the
global climate will result in widespread adverse effects, including sea level
rise, flooding, coastal erosion, drought, heat waves, wildfires and more
frequent and severe extreme weather events. Adaptation and resilience
refer to the adjustments that decision-makers can implement to stave off or
minimize the damages of these impacts.
Local governments can actively assess their
communities' vulnerability to climate change and begin to develop programs,
policies and strategies accounting for anticipated impacts on community
infrastructure, economy, health, safety and welfare.
Climate Change Adaptation Resource Center. Online compendium of EPA climate
adaptation resources. Provides links to financing resources, technical
training, case studies and state programs. Includes a regionally-tailored
search tool so users can find the resources most relevant to their locality.
Library for Climate Change Adaptation. Repository of EPA publications on climate
adaptation. Organized to include resources related to air quality, water
management, emergency response, public health and adaptation planning.
EPA Local Government
Climate Adaptation Training. Online, self-paced module discussing the basics of
climate change and vulnerabilities unique to local governments. Provides
strategies and resources for addressing these impacts through drought, fire and
flood management planning.
EPA Resilience and Natural Disaster Debris Workshops. Summary reports from an EPA workshop focused on preparing for climate change-related natural disasters. Provides key considerations for planning, including strategies for increasing community involvement in planning and ensuring environmental justice in debris disposal activities.
Center for Disease Control (CDC) Climate and
Health Program. Agency program focused on
helping state, tribal and local government health departments identify and
prepare for climate-related health impacts in their communities. Provides
grants, training and guidance materials for capacity-building.
Building Resilience Against Climate Effects
(BRACE) Framework. Five-step process that
allows public health officials to assess climate-related vulnerabilities and
develop strategies and programs to help communities prepare for climate-related
health impacts. Focuses on incorporating short- and long-term climate
projections into public health planning.
Resilient National Partnership Network (FEMA). Community of over 1500 organizations working together to inform, educate, and motivate communities to improve their localities' resilience to natural disasters. Provides access to virtual forum series, email newsletter, and guidance documents.
Resources for Climate Resilience (FEMA). Roadmap for emergency managers and government officials to build climate resilient communities. Outlines FEMA services, grants, tools and programs available for state, local and Tribal governments to make informed and equitable decisions.
DOI Branch of Tribal Climate Resilience. Program page focused on climate preparedness and resilience resources for federally-recognized Tribal Nations and Alaska Native Villages. Includes links to technical and financial assistance, scientific tools and educational opportunities.
Heat.gov. This new website provides the public and decision-makers with clear, timely and science-based information to understand and reduce the health risks of extreme heat. Heat.gov will provide a one-stop hub on heat and health.
Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation Tool. Tool compiling information from across the federal government to help people consider their local exposure to climate-related hazards and help local governments develop equitable climate resilience plans. The site also points users to federal grant funds for climate resilience projects, including those available through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
National Water Dashboard. Interactive map displaying provisional real-time stream, lake, reservoir, precipitation, water quality and groundwater data from USGS observation stations across the country.
U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit. A compilation of resources and tools by NOAA to help decision-makers across the US identify their local climate threats and vulnerabilities and reduce their risks from impacts of climate variability and change.
Resilience Project Funding Guide. Department of Defense (DOD) Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) program guide featuring key funding information and application dates for all federal and non-federal resilience and conservation programs.
Climate Center. An initiative of Georgetown Law School dedicated to creating and
accumulating resources for local, state and federal climate action. Includes
links to climate change databases, guidance documents, policy briefs and
toolkits for both mitigation and adaptation.
Clearinghouse. Repository of adaptation focused resources for policymakers.
Content focal areas include water, coastal, transportation, infrastructure and
public health sectors, concentrating on adaptation planning, policies, laws and
Climate. Park. Change. Climate change data accumulated to assist parks and recreation officials prepare for local climate impacts. Includes interactive map with locality-level data on climate impacts, adaptation strategies, case studies and a ready-to-use toolkit.
Resilient Water Utilities (CRWU). EPA initiative to provide drinking
water, wastewater and stormwater utilities with technical training, resources,
assessment tools, case studies and historical and projection data to help
improve the water sector's climate resilience.
Climate Adaptation Tools. Repository of online tools to help with adaptation
efforts related to air quality, water management, waste management, emergency
response and public health.
National Integrated Heat Health Information System. Center for Disease Control and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration database for understanding and combating the public health and safety concerns posed by extreme heat. Includes a suite of experimental mapping tools as well as topical news and events.
Ready-to-Fund Resilience Toolkit. American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP) toolkit targeted at small and mid-sized municipal governments seeking to improve resilience. Provides strategies for designing fundable projects by focusing on specific policy levers, identifying opportunities for partnership, improving accounting practices and rethinking internal processes.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Climate Change and Health Equity. Provides information regarding HHS actions on climate change adaptation and environmental justice such as their work with the Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice, the creation of their web pages detailing the nexus between climate change, environmental justice, and public health, and their newsletter sharing key news and events on related subject-matter. Includes links to ongoing programming as well as the HHS 2021 Strategic Plan for Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience.
U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit. Comprehensive
online toolkit created by the federal government to provide cities with
step-by-step guidance, comprehensive data, regionally-tailored advice and case
studies to improve America's collective climate resilience.
Urban Cooling Toolbox. The Urban Cooling Toolbox provides guidance for municipalities on how to lower urban temperatures and reduce the impact of the urban heat island effect. It also includes advice to inform cities' actions to adapt to extreme heat as part of climate action planning. Each option is presented on a 'card' that is designed to be used as facilitation tools in planning workshops.
My Community Explorer. This U.S. Census Bureau arcGIS site includes community resilience estimates based as well as data on active hurricanes, cyclones & typhoons, current wildfires, temperature, and air quality. This interactive map is intended to be used to ensure equitable access to transportation and health care, as well as to understand regions potentially impacted by events.
Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation Assessment Tool. The Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation (CMRA) Assessment tool provides current and future climate hazard information to assist federal agencies and the recipients of federal funds with prioritizing, identifying, and implementing climate-informed infrastructure investments. As a single source of historical and future climate data, the app offers information that can support the planning and implementation of climate resilient projects down to the census tract level.
Killer Heat. UCS report including
for projected increases in extreme heat across the U.S. Includes discussion of
key adaptation measures including investment in heat-smart infrastructure and
climate-smart power systems.
National Climate Assessment. Interactive online
publication assessing the science of climate change and highlighting its
importance to the U.S. Provides regional climate outlooks and a comprehensive
review of important actions for American climate adaptation.
Principles for Locally Led Adaptation. Eight principles endorsed by 70 different organizations, led by the World Resources Institute, providing a framework for a bottom-up, inclusive and equitable approach to climate change adaptation planning.
Regional Climate Action Planning Framework. Provides methodology and other considerations for calculating the costs of implementing local climate action plans (CAPs) and performing CAP implementation cost-analysis. Developed by the Energy Policy Initiatives Center (EPIC) for the San Diego Regional Association of Governments with best practices applicable to cities across the U.S.
Sea Level Rise Technical Report. Provides sea level rise projections for each U.S. state and territory as well as different scenarios and probability for related hazards and extreme weather. Also includes use cases to assist decision-makers in staving off future negative impacts.
Status of Tribes and Climate Change (STACC) Report. Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) report on how Indigenous peoples across the U.S. are impacted by climate change and the innovative solutions they are implementing. Provides holistic, in-depth review of the unique experiences of and threats to Tribes, reviews resilience strategies spanning environmental media (air, water, soil, ecosystems and more), health and wellbeing, energy, economic development, cultural resources, emergency management and relocation; and provides recommendations for decision-makers and others supporting Tribal efforts.
Toward Climate Resilience. UCS report
framework of 15 key principles to help decision-makers prioritize investments
in climate adaptation efforts, emphasizing science, sustainability, social
equity and financial feasibility.
Planning for Urban Heat Resilience. This report, written by the American Planning Association and NOAA, provides practitioners guidance for increasing urban heat resilience equitably in the communities they serve. In addition to providing an in-depth overview of what contributes to urban heat and equity implications, the report presents a resilience framework and collection of strategies for mitigating and managing heat across a variety of plans, policies, and actions.
HUD Community Resilience Toolkit. The toolkit is intended to help recipients of HUD Community Planning and Development (CPD) funds learn how current and future natural hazard risks may impact their community and actions they can take to reduce those risks.
Tribal Climate Adaptation Handbook. This Guidebook is designed to support Tribes' efforts to proactively adapt to climate change and thrive for generations to come. It builds on existing climate-related work in tribal communities, provides a framework for climate change adaptation planning in the context of existing tribal priorities, and directly considers the unique issues facing Indigenous communities.
Resiliency Guidebook: Vulnerable Populations. This Guidebook describes how some populations are more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change than others. This report is a response to Executive Order B-30-15, which directed state agencies to integrate climate impacts into all planning and investment.
Urban Heat Island Mapping Campaigns. A set of high resolution air temperature and humidity data and report by CAPA Strategies that provides a detailed analysis of distribution of heat in the morning, afternoon and evening. Interactive, high resolution web maps of the modeled air temperature and heat index are also provided. Developed by NOAA and NIHHIS.
Traditional Knowledges - Tribal Climate Adaptation Guidebook (2023). Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI) guidelines and benchmarks to promote the integration of traditional knowledge (TK) into the development and execution of climate change initiatives for federal agencies, Tribes and Traditional Knowledge holders.
Cool Cities Podcast.
Podcast episode featuring a climate
scientist, a legal expert and a local elected official's discussion on local governments' use of air
conditioning mandates to
address extreme heat, along with this
strategy's associated advantages, disadvantages and
alternatives. (Environmental Law Institute)
Cool Cities Webinar. An expert
panel of municipal officials, public health experts and legal scholars discuss
innovative strategies localities can take to address the increasing
temperatures and more frequent heat waves associated with climate change.
(Environmental Law Institute)