Learning Series: Building Water Equity and Climate Resilient Communities for ALL

07/19/2023 - 01/17/2024
All Day

Event Info

In this 6-part series, hosted by the Urban Waters Learning Network, we will highlight a variety of strategies that community-based organizations can use to help their communities anticipate, prepare for and respond to climate risks such as flooding, coastal storms and drought, with a focus on protecting community members who are most vulnerable to climate threats. 

At the end of this learning series, participants will: 

  • Understand the historical context of climate inequities and be able to initiate local conversations to help residents and stakeholders understand the relationship between historic land use/housing policies and predicted impacts of climate change, in particular with regards to water.
  • Understand and describe how climate change impacts are felt through water: riverine, urban and coastal flooding, drought and water scarcity, water pollution and more, and how restoration initiatives improve community resilience.
  • Identify key practices of community-driven climate resilience and gain tools for organizing community members and communicating local priorities to decision-makers more effectively. 

Building Climate Resilience: The Link Between Historic Policies and Today’s Risk

In this session, recorded on July 19, 2023, the presenters provided a brief overview of the disparate impacts of climate change in the U.S. and shared how communities participating in Groundwork USA’s Climate Safe Neighborhoods Program are connecting historic land use policies and today’s climate risks to inform resilience efforts.

Resilience Hubs as Community Superheroes of Climate Preparedness and Disaster Recovery

September 20 at 10 am PT / 1 pm ET

In this session, we will hear from national and local leaders experienced in establishing local Resilience Hubs. Resilience Hubs are central gathering places that bring community members together and provide residents with resources and support to prepare for and respond to climate emergencies. Climate Resilience Hubs are typically housed in community institutions – neighborhood centers, libraries, etc. – and are set up as one-stop-shops for essential services and supplies before, during and after a natural hazard event such as a flooding event or hurricane (e.g. clean water and food, shelter, power supplies, cleaning supplies, etc.). Participants will learn how they can advocate for and participate in the planning and establishment of Resilience Hubs in their own communities.


  • Samantha Paladini, Climate Resilience Hubs Coordinator at CREW (Communities Responding to Extreme Weather)
  • Stacey Henry, Founder of Delaware’s First Resilience Hub
  • Aubrey Germ, Climate and Resilience Planner, Baltimore Office of Sustainability

Register: https://rivernetwork-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0sfuGppj4oHNfafmrvuxZ-kSLzfeawAeDW

Investing in Local Leadership to Advocate for Equitable Climate Resilience

October 18 at 10 am PT / 1 pm ET

In this session, we will share examples of community-based organizations that are investing in developing community leaders to build momentum for local water equity and climate resilience.  We will highlight River Network’s Fostering Community Leadership tool, and hear from representatives of local organizations that are helping community members build their leadership capacities and put them to use through citizen advisory boards, climate ambassador programs and other avenues, with the ultimate goal of making lasting change in their communities.


Register: https://rivernetwork-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIvfu-hqz8oEtHZHp1g0dCn6nsf0dK0VAlT

Centering Those at Risk: The Power of Community-Led Research for Climate Resilience Investments

November 15 at 10 am PT / 1 pm ET

Community-led research is a powerful approach to gather and apply community generated data to inform climate resilience decisions such as green infrastructure plans and watershed restoration priorities.  In the hands of those community members who are at greatest risk from climate change, CLR is a way to capture their wisdom and experiences and build an advocacy platform to ensure efforts to build community resilience address issues of justice and advance solutions that are based on community needs.  We will highlight River Network’s Community-Led Research tool and hear from local organizations that have deployed CLR as a tool for climate equity.

Register: https://rivernetwork-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwucuyrrzgiHdzv77I8xf6vYvias7PW62oY

Equitable Resilience Planning Frameworks

December 13 at 10 am PT / 1 pm ET

In this session, we will discuss how to  engage and center the needs of the most vulnerable community members when  developing climate resilience plans.  We will share examples of community-driven plans that advance community priorities, drawing from the experience of members of the National Association of Climate Resilience Planners and the Community-Driven Climate Resilience Planning Framework

Register: https://rivernetwork-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUlcumprDkjGdL7kt1lxi7_9Z7Ssb0jFg-H

Building Climate Resilience: Transforming Communities through Green Workforce Development

January 17 at 10 am PT / 1 pm ET

Join us for an inspiring webinar on community-led environmental transformation through green jobs. Discover how communities have successfully built green workforce programs to transform vacant or contaminated lands while bridging communities’ climate and economic goals. We’ll hear from experienced practitioners and community leaders who have harnessed the power of green jobs to transform brownfields into community assets.

Register: https://rivernetwork-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMtcu-qrzwjHdYvS_s7dI7FQ24eKYk5LRW6