Implementing Climate Change Adaptation: Lessons Learned From Ten Examples

This paper presents ten examples of cities and counties around the country and the key lessons learned in the process of moving from planning to implementation on climate change adaptation.

Cities and counties are struggling to adapt to climate change. Mitigation efforts are essential but not enough. Communities now facing rising sea levels, extreme weather events, hotter summers, more flooding, and rising insurance costs must confront some hard questions: how to begin, how best to use climate science, how to determine the right policies, how to institutionalize them, and how to budget for them.

Our report, “Implementing Climate Change Adaptation: Lessons Learned From Ten Examples” (300K PDF) presents ten examples of cities and counties around the country. Each highlights key lessons learned as they planned for climate adaptation and implemented their plans. The goal is to inform and inspire other communities as they advance climate adaptation, and serve as an aid to organizations that help communities adapt to climate change.