Rural Resiliency Vision and Toolkit for Adaptation

Created: 10/26/2020 - Updated: 11/17/2020


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; and,
    • Links to implementation guidance for municipalities.


Connecticut municipalities, policymakers and partners

Northwest Hills Council of Governments


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.


Scale of Project
Community / Local
Sector Addressed
Public Health
Rural / Indigenous Livelihoods
Transportation / Infrastructure
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Growing season
Habitat extent
Infrastructure damage
Invasive / non-native species, pests
Sea level rise
Storms or extreme weather events
Type of Tool
Adaptation Planning / Decision Support
Adaptation Planning Frameworks / Toolkits
Community Planning
Decision Support
Habitat/Biome Type
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Climate Type