Mapping Resilience: A Blueprint for Thriving in the Face of Climate Disaster

There is a need to better characterize and promote the notion of community resilience as part of broader adaptation strategies toward a vision that is deeply rooted in climate justice and equity. Various sectors are already implementing climate adaptation programs, but these efforts are often siloed and focus on protecting natural resources or built infrastructure.

Minority Community Resilience and Cultural Heritage Preservation: A Case Study of Gullah Geechee Community

The Gullah Geechee community of the south-eastern United States endures today as a minority group with a significant cultural heritage. However, little research has been conducted to explore this community’s resilience in the face of climate change and other environmental impacts. The database Web of Science was searched and 109 publications on the Gullah Geechee community were identified. Using quantitative and qualitative methods, we analyzed the publications to identify patterns and primary research themes related to the Gullah Geechee community’s resilience.

Mobilizing the Workforce to Address Climate Change: Los Angeles County Public Health Department

Under the leadership of Dr. Jonathan Fielding, former Director of Public Health and Health Officer, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) took steps to position itself to address the serious public health challenges that climate change will bring. Seeking a strategic and organized approach, an intradepartmental workgroup was convened to provide input into the development of a department-wide plan.

Raising Community Awareness on Climate Change and Health: San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department

San Luis Obispo County (SLO) is in the Central Coast Region with just under 300,000 residents. Climate change is projected to increase the risk of heat waves, air pollution, wildfires, water insecurity, economic pressure from damage to agriculture industry, severe storms, and flooding from sea level rise and storm surges.

Built Environment and Transportation Connections to Climate Change: San Diego County Public Health Services

In San Diego County, governments collaborate with universities, philanthropic institutions, nonprofits, and businesses to develop policies, plans, and programs that address climate change. San Diego County Public Health Services (SDCPHS), a division of the Health and Human Services Agency, began working to identify strategies to address climate change and started to raise awareness through its existing planning and activities for chronic disease prevention, health equity and emergency preparedness.

Planning for Climate Change and Public Health: Santa Clara County Public Health Department

The Santa Clara County Public Health Department (SCCPHD) has a multi-pronged approach to climate change that emerged from its Center for Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention. Initially, department staff were exposed to climate issues through programs, organizations, and collaboratives that focus on the upstream determinants of health. Early work included strategies to increase active transportation and food access, which have co-benefits for improving community health and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Monitoring and Evaluating Climate Adaptation Activities: A Reference Guide for City Managers

This reference guide is for city managers and other city staff who are creating a citywide climate adaptation monitoring and evaluation (M&E) program.The guide details essential components of an adaptation M&E framework and provides a structure for cities to plan and implement an adaptation M&E framework.

This should not be considered a sequential step-by- step guide; components need to be planned for and developed in parallel, as many are interdependent.

Understanding Rural Attitudes Toward the Environment and Conservation in America

Rural Americans matter—a lot—to the fate of U.S. environmental policy. Not only do farmers, ranchers, and forest owners manage huge portions of American lands and watersheds, but rural voters also have an outsized impact on national policy. While rural Americans express support for natural resource conservation, they and their elected officials often voice less support for existing federal environmental policies and laws. Congressional action on a variety of environmental issues has been impeded by opposition from rural stakeholders.

The power of place in disaster recovery: Heritage-based practice in the post-Matthew landscape of Princeville, North Carolina

This article examines shortcomings and possible improvements to standard post-disaster recovery processes through the lens of recovery in Princeville, North Carolina, the oldest black town in the United States. Princeville has faced existential challenges since it was settled in the Tar River floodplain in 1865, most recently in 2016 with flooding caused by Hurricane Matthew. The article describes the power of place attachment and the trauma caused by place-based disaster. It points out that significant rebuilding typically begins a full three years into a standard recovery timeline.