Green Works for Climate Resilience: A Community Guide to Climate Planning

Ryan Kingston
Created: 5/23/2014 -


The intent of this guide is to provide communities with an overview of the kinds of nature-based approaches that can be used to respond to and prepare for the impacts of climate change, and provide descriptions and examples of the ways in which communities are already working to implement them, ranging from streamlining adaptation into existing zoning to the development of holistic, multi-sector adaptation plans. Nature-based approaches rely on enhancing, protecting, and restoring natural infrastructure, such as coastal wetlands, parks, and tree canopies, as well as features that mimic natural processes, such as rain gardens or green roofs that are used in low-impact development (LID).

Green Works for Climate Resilience outlines the nature-based approaches that communities can use to prepare for and respond to the following climate impacts:

  • Coastal Impacts: Sea Level Rise, Coastal Flooding, and Erosion
  • Drought and Increasing Aridity
  • Extreme Heat/Urban Heat Island Effect
  • Inland Urban Flooding and Stormwater Management
  • Inland Wetland and Waterway Management
  • Landscape and Habitat Change

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Sector Addressed
Conservation / Restoration
Development (socioeconomic)
Land Use Planning
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Air temperature
Flow patterns
Habitat extent
Sea level rise
Water supply
Sociopolitical Setting