Collaborative Action-Planning for Resilience
Thursday, September 28, 2017
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CDT
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If you want to prepare your community for climate change, you need to get out of the office. You need to meet with others outside the field of planning to help with the heavy lift of building in resilience.
In 2017, Freshwater Society led a community resiliency planning effort with a cohort of metropolitan communities. To capture expertise and application for this endeavor, Freshwater collaborated with Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District and Nine Mile Creek Watershed District, Barr Engineering, Metropolitan Council, University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The partners established a core planning team for a workshop series to educate participants about climate change effects in Minnesota, identify hazards impacting each community, determine vulnerabilities and strengths, prioritize community actions, and generate the framework of a community resilience action plan. Communities can integrate subsequent policies and strategies into the 2040 Comprehensive Plan Update. University of Minnesota students assisted in the framing, facilitation, and transcription of information gathered at the workshops. The students have produced recommendations on the workshop process and best practices. The Metropolitan Council will use this product to provide technical assistance to metropolitan communities. The partners learned much from the process and encourage other communities and planners to replicate this practice. We plan to reproduce this process for other communities in advance of the Comprehensive Plan Updates.
Staff from Freshwater Society and the Metropolitan Council will share lessons learned and anecdotal experiences of organizing and facilitating the workshops comprised of a diverse range of community stakeholders. While providing you with the tools needed to carry out a similar workshop in your community, the presenters will emphasize how to build capacity through collaboration, provide digestible data, stay engaged in areas outside your expertise, and remain steadfast in the communication conundrum of planning for climate change.
Jane Kansier, firstname.lastname@example.org