Centering the Community in Resilience Planning

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This is the second webinar in the Urban Waters Learning Network series on community resilience: community-based climate resilience planning. Community members who are most vulnerable to climate impacts are in the best position to make decisions about how to be better prepared – this webinar provides a framework for raising community voices and provides examples of resiliency plans that benefit the most vulnerable areas in our cities. Our expert speakers include:

Corrine Van Hook-Turner from Movement Strategy—who discusses the importance of community-based resilience planning and provides some insights on how to do it, drawing on her own experiences as well as highlighting local examples included in the National Association of Climate Resilience Planners guidebook, Community-Based Climate Resilience Planning: A Framework.

Drew Curtis from the Ironbound Community Corporation shares his experience in the South Ironbound community, a neighborhood of Newark, NJ. The South Ironbound community—already heavily impacted by industry, poor air and water quality, and stormwater flooding—was severely affected by Hurricane Sandy. In 2015, the Ironbound Community Corporation, in cooperation with the American Planning Association New Jersey Chapter Community Planning Assistance Program and community members, developed and implemented the South Ironbound Resiliency Action Plan.

Some resources highlighted within the webinar can be accessed below: 


This webinar is part of a series hosted by the Urban Waters Learning Network. This year, we are focusing on providing support to urban waters practitioners to help them build community and climate resilience through education, mitigation, and planning.  We will be addressing this topic in the coming months through this webinar series (see the first webinar on climate resilience here), blog posts, Impact Stories, and other resources.