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Climate Ready Communities

Geoff Weaver
Geos Institute
Created: 7/11/2018 - Updated: 7/12/2018


Over the past 10 years of helping communities understand and adapt to changing climate conditions, the Geos Institute has developed a proven planning framework known as Whole Community Resilience - a cross-sector, multi-stakeholder approach that is adaptive over time and creates multiple benefits across the community. The framework aims to not only develop a plan, but also to strengthen local adaptive capacity, which ensures that communities have the skills necessary to update their climate resilience plans over time.

The Climate Ready Communities program brings Whole Community Resilience to local governments through an assisted “Do-It-Yourself” approach with 3 elements:

  1. The comprehensive Practical Guide to Building Climate Resilience for small to medium sized communities (free)
  2. Subscription service for support ($2499 for year one, $1500 per year after that)
  3. Additional support services ($500 - $15k)

The free resource “A Practical Guide to Building Climate Resilience” is built on the Geos Institute’s Whole Community Resilience framework and walks you through creating a climate resilience plan for your community. We have built it as a Do-It-Yourself guide, pointing readers to free resources where available and incorporating lessons learned from experts in the climate resilience field.

The Climate Ready Communities subscription service includes tools and support to help a community using the Guide:

  • Templates
  • Tutorials for key concepts in the templates and Guide
  • Monthly 60 minute, live call-in forum
  • 2 hours of phone consulting per year (5 hours for pilot program subscribers)
  • On-line community forum


Local governments and community organizations that seek to develop and implement climate resilience plans


Geoff Weaver
541-482-4459 x305, or 503-781-7888

The GEOS Institute is a nonprofit, science-based organization dedicated to helping both human and natural communities predict and prepare for a changing climate. To this end, the Geos Institute applies the best available science to natural resource conservation issues through its scientific publications and its ability to link respected scientists to decision makers.


Scale of Project: 
Community / Local
Tribal / First Nation
Sector Addressed: 
Type of Tool: 
Adaptation Planning / Decision Support
Adaptation Planning Frameworks / Toolkits
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Capacity Building
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Community Planning (developing climate-smart communities)
Governance and Policy
Tool Cost: 
Varies with application