i-Three Issue Corps 2016 – Borrow, Adapt, Adopt: Local Government Policies for Climate Resiliency

Alicia Betancourt

UF-IFAS County Director

University of Florida 

What is the change you are designing to achieve?

Increased community resilience to climate change impacts

How will you measure that change?

Local government adoption of climate related policies, procedures and management directives

What is the innovative component or strategy you will implement as a result of the design-a-thon?

Extension in-reach through a course and tool kit access on eXtension Campus, Zoom meetings and webinars with stakeholders

How did the design-a-thon help you?

I learned about resources and design approach to engagement


Climate change is felt at the local level, small governments often do not have the staff, expertise or time to devote to climate change preparation. Local governments are often not proactive but reactive  to increasing climate impacts as they occur such as increased nuisance flooding. This project enables local governments to increase resiliency.
This project provides easily editable tools for adoption at the local government level to implement best practices and procedures which increase climate resiliency. The tools consist of 10, 1-2 page policy and procedure documents which allow communities to be more resilient and less reactive to the effects of climate change.

Project outcomes will be measured by the number of communities using the tools to adopt local policies and procedures, number of communities, adopted number of policies.
Through the adoption of these best practices communities can prioritize; capital improvements, future investments and reduce risk for vulnerable areas.
Preparing for climate impacts has been a proven strategy in reduction of risk and increasing cost effectiveness at the local level.

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