Geos Institute Offers Free Planning Guide and Low-Cost Climate Resilience Support

Pilot Program Open for Applications through March 15

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Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 1:33 pm | Updated: 1:51 pm, Wed Feb 14, 2018.

In an effort to help local leaders build climate resilience at an affordable cost, the Geos Institute is launching its new Climate Ready Communities program. The goal of the program is to ensure that communities of all sizes and wealth in the U.S. and Canada have effective climate resilience programs in place to protect their people, natural resources, infrastructure, and culture.

The Climate Ready Communities program includes a free, comprehensive climate resilience planning guide. This guide is based on 10 years of experience helping communities understand and adapt to changing climate conditions, and the institute's Whole Community framework.

This framework uses a cross-sector, multi-stakeholder approach that is adaptive over time and creates multiple benefits across the community. Communities can use the framework to develop a climate resilience action plan and strengthen local capacity to adapt to changing conditions.

In addition to the free climate resilience planning guide, the Climate Ready Communities program includes a suite of support services available as a low cost, annual subscription that includes:

  • Tutorials for each step in the guide
  • Templates designed to help you complete each step
  • Monthly 60 minute live call in forum to ask questions specific to your situation
  • Email support
  • On-line community forum
  • Two hours of phone consulting per year

Add-on services, such as local climate projections, additional blocks of consulting time, on-site facilitation, report writing, and customized training webinars are also available.

Initial reaction from pre-beta reviewers has been positive:

  • “I was one of the pre-beta reviewers for this program in September 2017, and was impressed by the breadth and detail of the information provided in the guide," said Dena Winslow, tribal planner and grant writer, Aroostook Band of MicMacs, (Presque Isle, Maine)
  • “We had a team from my non-profit organization, the city, and county do the review, and we felt the program material was on track to be very useful for communities like ours,” said Amy Cilimburg, Executive Director, Climate Smart Missoula (Missoula, Mont.)

The commercial pilot phase of this new program begins in mid-April 2018. The Geos Institute is accepting applications now through March 15 from communities interested in becoming one of the 15 communities in this pilot program.

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