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A roadmap to climate resilience

The Woods Institute joins an effort to inform implementation of federal climate policies.

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The Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment is joining the Resilience Roadmap – a nonpartisan, independent project hosted by the Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability at Duke University – to collaborate with other academic and nonprofit organizations working to inform federal policies targeting climate change resilience.

The Resilience Roadmap was originally created to provide recommendations on resilience actions at the federal level and to ensure that resilience was emphasized alongside climate mitigation efforts. Whereas climate mitigation alone aims to reduce carbon emissions to prevent future harm, climate resilience focuses on how those most impacted by climate change can respond, rebuild, and thrive.

Local entities can address specific climate impacts within their communities, such as building flood-resilient infrastructure or providing housing for those displaced by extreme weather events. However, the federal government plays a critical role in passing laws, establishing policy, setting agency standards, and allocating funding to support nationwide climate resilience. The Resilience Roadmap was created to inform and advance those efforts at the federal level.

The project produced reports and provided resources and technical assistance as part of that work. Given the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to  resilience through such historic investments as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Inflation Reduction Act and the release of a first ever National Climate Resilience Framework, the focus of the Resilience Roadmap has evolved. A new effort under the Roadmap umbrella, National Climate Resilience Framework: From Ideas to Action, is bringing together original and new partners, like the Woods Institute, to engage nonprofit organizations, think tanks, academic scholars, and federal agencies to move from policy development to implementation.

“Joining the collaborators at the Resilience Roadmap project is an exciting opportunity for us to bring Stanford expertise into the conversation and make new connections at the interface of science and implementation.” said Lea Rosenbohm, director of Policy and Engagement at the Woods Institute.

In the lead up to the May 2024 National Adaptation Forum– a large biannual meeting of climate resilience professionals – the Woods Institute will join other Resilience Roadmap collaborators in hosting a series of webinars that will highlight components of the national climate resilience framework. These sessions will bring together Stanford scholars and leaders from the public and private sector to discuss climate resilience on land, water, and in communities. The Resilience Roadmap partners will also co-host a panel session at the 2024 National Adaptation Forum on May 15.

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