Climate Guidance

Completed Resilience Assessments

Completing an initial Campus-Community Resilience Assessment is the second step in implementing the Climate and Resilience Commitments. This document compiles a list of schools that have completed their Campus-Community Resilience Assessments. The outcomes from these assessments may be helpful for schools beginning the Resilience Assessment process for their own campuses. The reports are also publicly available in the Reporting Platform.

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How to Report on Resilience Goals in a Climate Action Plan

Second Nature recommends a Climate Action Plan (CAP) including both carbon neutrality and climate resilience goals. An integrated CAP will help campuses think comprehensively about addressing climate change, and may highlight synergies between mitigation and adaptation strategies. This guidance document outlines how to set measurable resilience goals and targets, and how to complete the resilience portion of the CAP report in the Reporting Platform (Step 3 of the Climate and Resilience Commitments).

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How to Conduct a Campus-Community Resilience Assessment

The resilience assessment is meant to provide a baseline of current campus and community resilience activities, develop initial indicators of resilience through a multi-stakeholder process, and identify current vulnerabilities related to climate change. This guidance document outlines the key steps in completing a Campus-Community Resilience Assessment (Step 2 of the Climate and Resilience Commitments) and links to resources to assist with the process.

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Implementation Liaison: The Institution’s Chief Climate Change Officer

This document identifies how implementation and communication processes occur within the Climate Leadership Network, from The Climate Leadership Steering Committee, and from Second Nature as the non-profit facilitator. It also provides detailed information to help select a staff person for the Implementation Liaison (IL) role.

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Working with the Community on Resilience: Campus-Community Structures

The unique characteristics of the campus and community may determine how to create a joint structure and the best relationships. These may evolve and change over time. In general, these types of campus characteristics provide a starting point for consideration: Urban or Rural, Large or Small, Public or Private, and 4-year or 2-year.

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Eastern Connecticut State University Town of Windham Community Resilience Building Workshop Summary of Findings | May 2017

This resource is a detailed Summary of Findings compiled by Eastern Connecticut State University following a Community Resilience Building workshop with the Town of Windham, Connecticut in 2017. This was an opportunity for stakeholders from the town and campus to come together and discuss climate resilience. The workshop was facilitated by The Nature Conservancy and Second Nature.

The Community Resilience Building (CRB) workshop is a tool developed by The Nature Conservancy, which guides communities through the process of organizing and executing a community resilience building workshop. During the workshop participants define climate hazards, identify strengths and vulnerabilities, and develop and prioritize actions to build resilience.

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