Learn Lessons from Some of the Nation's Leading Regional Climate Collaborations 

January 10, 2017

Given the importance of state and local leadership and the uncertainty surrounding federal climate policy, regional adaptation collaboratives are becoming essential as communities strategize about how best to prepare for climate change impacts.

A new Georgetown Climate Center report, Lessons in Regional Resilience, documents lessons learned from regional climate collaboratives, which are bringing together local governments and other stakeholders to coordinate climate change initiatives at a regional level.

These collaboratives help communities overcome the limited resources and technical capacity that many cities face and enables them to share resources, leverage expertise, and develop coordinated plans and policy solutions to foster resilience and reduce carbon pollution. While many collaboratives have experienced significant benefits of working regionally, many are still grappling with challenges of identifying the right stakeholders to engage and developing a funding model that can sustain the collaborative’s work over the longer term. 

In the development of this report, the Georgetown Climate Center worked with local leaders in six regions to capture the roles and successes of regional collaboratives that are emerging across the country, and developed case studies.

CLICK HERE to view the case studies and learn more about this report.

The Center also hosted a webinar to share lessons from the report, which is posted below. Participants noted the important role that such collaboratives would play moving forward.

"While we had a lot of hope that we were going to see a lot of help at the national level, I don’t think we'll see that now, said Larry Greene, executive director of the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District and past chair of the Capital Region Climate Readiness Collaborative. "So I think cities and counties and regional efforts are going to be even more important."

Webinar participants included:

  • Larry Greene, Executive Director, Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, and Immediate Past Chair, Capital Region Climate Readiness Collaborative
  • Laura Engeman, Manager, San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative
  • Matt Kuharic, Senior Climate Change Specialist at King County, WA, and Co-Chair, King County-Cities Climate Collaboration
  • Michael McCormick, State of California - Governor's Office of Planning and Research (ex-officio member of ARCCA)
  • Julia Kim, Project Manager, Local Government Commission (facilitator for ARCCA)