Rural Resiliency Vision and Toolkit for Adaptation

Posted on: 10/26/2020 - Updated on: 8/18/2022

Posted by

Molly Johnson


This project made possible by generous funding by the Connecticut Institute for Resiliency and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA).  This project is grounded in actionable, and achievable, adaptation strategies with a particular emphasis on the unique vulnerabilities and opportunities of a predominantly rural region.  This project includes a vision of A Resilient Northwest Hills and a climate change adaptation toolkit for municipalities.

This project uses five primary categories, resembling the Connecticut Climate Preparedness Plan with the addition of cultural resources. This approach is designed to assist municipalities and partners to quickly identify actions for which there is political will, funding availability, and public interest. A number of resiliency actions qualify for multiple categories or deliver multiple co-benefits. The categories are Agriculture, Cultural Resources, Infrastructure, Natural Resources, and Public Health. The project consists of the following components:

  • downloadable version of the Resiliency Toolkit that contains:
    • A vulnerability overview for each category, potential partners, potential funding streams, and resiliency actions with potential informative resources
    • Resiliency/adaptation actions for each category
    • Two case studies for each topic
    • Links to implementation guidance for municipalities


Connecticut municipalities, policymakers and partners

Managing Organizations

Northwest Hills Council of Governments

Managing Organizations

The mission of the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) is to increase the resilience and sustainability of vulnerable communities along Connecticut’s coast and inland waterways to the growing impacts of climate change on the natural, built, and human environment.