Lessons Learned on Local Climate Adaptation from the Urban Leaders Adaptation Initiative

Josh Foster, Ashley Lowe, Steve Winkelman
Created: 2/27/2011 -


In partnership with government leaders from ten large counties and cities, CCAP launched the Urban Leaders Adaptation Initiative to serve as a resource for local governments as they face important infrastructure and land-use decisions that affect local climate adaptation efforts and empower local communities to develop and implement climate resilient strategies. Urban Leaders partners included: Chicago; King County (Washington); City of Los Angeles, Miami-Dade County (Florida); City of Milwaukee; Nassau County (New York); New York City; Phoenix; San Francisco; and Toronto. The goals of the project were exploring and catalyzing adaptation to climate change at the local level, spreading adaptation best practices from partners to other local and professional communities, and influencing national and state climate adaptation policies. This report provides an assessment of general lessons learned over the course of the project and thoughts about future directions for local climate adaptation.

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Adaptation Phase
Sharing Lessons
Community / Local
National / Federal
State / Provincial
Sector Addressed
Climate Justice
Development (socioeconomic)
Disaster Risk Management
Land Use Planning
Landscape Architecture
Transportation / Infrastructure
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Design or reform institutions
Increase / Improve public awareness, education, and outreach efforts
Create stakeholder engagement processes to develop and implement adaptation strategies
Create/enhance resources and tools
Infrastructure retrofitting and improvements
Stormwater systems: retrofitting and improvements
Sewage systems: retrofitting and improvements
Transportation: retrofitting and improvements
Water supply: retrofitting and improvements
Buildings: retrofitting and improvements
Make infrastructure resistant or resilient to climate change
Community Planning (developing climate-smart communities)
Develop disaster preparedness plans and policies
Create new or enhance existing policies or regulations
Maintain adequate financial resources for adaptation
Sociopolitical Setting
United States