GCC hosts virtual roundtable to inform upcoming Equitable Adaptation Toolkit

March 19, 2020

The effects of climate change pose greater risks to people and communities that already face significant economic and social challenges, including racism, disproportionate exposure to pollution, and lack of economic opportunity. GCC’s upcoming Equitable Adaptation Legal & Policy Toolkit (Equitable Adaptation Toolkit) will feature case studies and resources that help communities and states address the cumulative effects of climate change impacts and social inequalities that put the health and well-being of communities at risk. Slated for release this summer, the toolkit will highlight emerging best practices in equity-centered approaches to adaptation planning and implementation championed by community-based organizations.

EAT better big group 1On March 19, 2020, GCC brought the authors and advisors working on the Equitable Adaptation Toolkit together for a virtual roundtable to discuss and inform the toolkit’s development. In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the planned in-person convening was adapted into a day-long video conference. Participants included community leaders; local, state, and federal adaptation practitioners; GCC staff; Georgetown Law faculty and students; and other experts. Discussions included considerations of the challenges and opportunities state and local governments encounter when taking an equity-focused approach to planning and engagement, public health, economic resilience, resilient affordable housing, and financing mechanisms, as well as other topics.

Among the participants were three Georgetown Law students who are drafting case studies for the toolkit: GCC Research Assistants Ju-Ching Huang (S.J.D. candidate) and Jamaldeen Tonzua (LL.M. candidate), and Harrison Institute of Public Law Clinical Student Alexandra Votaw (J.D. candidate). In collaboration with GCC staff and consultants, they are conducting research and analysis to inform case studies on community engagement, natural resilience, disaster preparedness response and recovery, resilient affordable housing, and more.

View the full participant list here.

Learn more: Developing an Equitable Adaptation Legal and Policy Toolkit

View photos from the convening on GCC's Facebook page.

GCC’s work on the Equitable Adaptation Toolkit is made possible through the generous support of the Kresge Foundation. Questions can be directed to Tiffany Ganthier, GCC Institute Associate, at Tiffany.Ganthier@georgetown.edu.

GCC Institute Associate Tiffany Ganthier discusses the development of the Equitable Adaptation Toolkit during last week’s virtual convening of authors and advisors. The screen is split with Tiffany speaking on one side and a title slide on the other.

A split screen image shows Nathaly Agosto on the left asking a question, and on the left, a powerpoint slide labeled, "discussion."A split screen image shows Vernice Miller-Travis on the right asking a question, and on the left, a powerpoint slide labeled, "discussion."

 A split screen image: On the right, Jamal Tonzua discusses case studies on equitable adaptation. On the left, a powerpoint slide is titled: "Access to Parks & Greenspace" and lists the following examples of greenspace case studies: Community Parks Initiative (New York City, NY); Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (Boston, MA); Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust -- People for Parks (Los Angeles, CA); Mid-South Regional GreenPrint (Greater Memphis Region). The slide also shows a picture of children playing in sprinklers at a small water fixture surrounded by grass and trees in Simeone Park, Queens, NYC (part of the Community Parks Initiative)