Equitable Adaptation Legal & Policy Toolkit

Legal and Policy Tools & Programs for Implementing Equitable Adaptation

A man stands at a podium outside in front of a group of seated people and addresses the group. There are blue and white balloons tied to a sign next to him.
Groundbreaking celebration for an affordable housing complex in Atlanta, Georgia. (Credit: Westside Future Fund)

Substantive Equitable Outcomes are sought through implementing policy solutions and programs that seek to more fairly distribute access to the benefits of programs and investments and seek to remedy historic underinvestment in communities.

The following chapters explore promising practices and feature case studies and substantive policy solutions for achieving equitable outcomes in the relevant subject matter areas. Some case studies are in fact resources to guide practitioners in this work. Case studies are meant to be representations of the best emerging practices that present learning opportunities for other communities and local governments looking for local equitable climate adaptation solutions. Not all case studies are all-encompassing of the best-case scenario and no two municipalities or communities are alike. As a result, the toolkit seeks to take the lessons learned from case studies presented and apply them to individual situations. Collectively, these case studies present a suite, although not an exhaustive list, of legal and policy tools that can be used to facilitate equitable adaptation efforts.


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