Centering Those at Risk: The Power of Community-Led Research for Climate Resilience Investments

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Community-led research is a powerful approach to gather and apply community generated data to inform climate resilience decisions such as green infrastructure plans and watershed restoration priorities.  In the hands of those community members who are at greatest risk from climate change, CLR is a way to capture their wisdom and experiences and build an advocacy platform to ensure efforts to build community resilience address issues of justice and advance solutions that are based on community needs. Recorded on November 15, 2023, we highlight River Network’s Community-Led Research tool and hear from local organizations that have deployed CLR as a tool for climate equity.


  • Diana Toledo, Senior River Program Director, River Network
  • David Southgate, Advisor to Un Nuevo Amanecer / Senior Research Associate, Robert Schalkenbach Foundation (Playa Ponce, PR) 
  • Evelyn Thillet, Community Field Researcher, Un Nuevo Amanecer (Playa Ponce, PR) 
  • Brian Midkiff, Senior Program Manager, Groundwork San Diego – Chollas Creek (San Diego, CA) 

*Note that the video recording includes both English and Spanish. Access language interpretation in the Zoom recording available here. Click the globe at the bottom of the screen to select preferred language. A document with highlights from the meeting chat–including questions, answers, comments, and links–can be found here.

Additional Resources:

Tools for Equitable Climate Resilience – River Network

Storymap with other CLR case studies: Nothing About Us Without Us