Tools for Equitable Climate Resilience: Introduction to Community-Led Research and the NEW Community-Led Research Toolkit
Who Should Attend: Leaders of community-based organizations, watershed groups, and environmental justice groups doing grassroots, ground-up, community-led processes to better understand water issues, impacts, and threats in your community – and supporting advocacy efforts to address them.
What We’ll Discuss: The use of community-led research to center communities’ experiences and needs in assessing local climate risks and generating equitable solutions. We will hear real-world community-led research case studies from Paulina Lopez with the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition and Sara Canuel with the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council. We will also introduce and share River Network’s new Community-Led Research Toolkit. In this toolkit, you’ll find best practices from both researcher-led and community-led processes to gather and utilize community-generated data to effectively solve problems impacting communities.
Why You Should Attend: Communities across the United States are more and more frequently impacted by climate change and increasingly face problems like property damage and health and safety issues as a result of flooding and extreme heat. Inadequate wastewater treatment and lack of access to safe and affordable drinking water in many communities compound these threats.
The community-based organizations River Network supports work to address these impacts on residents and advocate for solutions to make their communities safer, healthier, and more resilient. These organizations have repeatedly emphasized that to equitably and successfully carry out climate resilience solutions, it’s imperative to directly engage with community members to deeply understand how the problems directly impact them. Likewise, to formulate solutions that are equitable and truly work— and to get utilities and city officials to prioritize equitable investments in under-invested areas— you must directly engage with members of the community when identifying solutions.
During this roundtable, we will share River Network’s new Community-Led Research Toolkit, hear real-world case studies, and explore the applications to your work. This new toolkit was developed for network members who asked for step-by-step guidance and lessons learned on how to effectively engage with community members to understand climate impacts and to develop climate resilience strategies.