Communities, working lands, and natural areas face unprecedented challenges from natural and environmental hazards, many of which are exacerbated by climate change. The interconnected systems and processes of climate change require solutions from different perspectives—addressing the hazards we face now, reducing the sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and designing our communities for resilience in the future.
PlaceWorks partnered with the State of California to prepare the Adaptation Planning Guide, the State’s “go-to” guidance for local climate adaption and resilience planning. Its four-phased approach emphasizes equitable community and stakeholder engagement in each phase. We partner with communities and regional agencies to identify climate hazards, risks, impacts, frontline communities, and vulnerabilities, such as the Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for Santa Barbara County. In the Eastern Sierra, we partnered with local agencies to analyze the effects of climate change, specifically, how they might affect outdoor recreation, tourism, and economic stability.