Centering the Community in Resilience Planning

DATE: Thursday, September 12, 2019

TIME: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT


Community members who are most vulnerable to climate impacts are in the best position to make decisions about how to be better prepared. This second installment of the Urban Waters Learning Network series on community resilience provides a framework for raising community voices and provides examples of resiliency plans that benefit the most vulnerable areas in our cities. Expert speakers include:

  • Corrine Van Hook-Turner of Movement Strategy Center will discuss the importance of community-based resilience planning and provide some insights on how to do it, drawing on her own experiences as well as highlighting local examples included in the National Association of Climate Resilience Planners guidebook, Community-Based Climate Resilience Planning: A Framework.
  • Drew Curtis of the Ironbound Community Corporation will share his experience in the South Ironbound community, a neighborhood of Newark, New Jersey. The South Ironbound community—already heavily impacted by industry, poor air and water quality, and stormwater flooding—was severely affected by Hurricane Sandy. In 2015, the Ironbound Community Corporation, in cooperation with the American Planning Association New Jersey Chapter Community Planning Assistance Program and community members, developed and implemented the South Ironbound Resiliency Action Plan.

This webinar is part of a series hosted by the Urban Waters Learning Network to help urban waters practitioners build community and climate resilience through education, mitigation, and planning. UWLN will address this topic in the coming months through this webinar series (see the first webinar on climate resilience here), along with blog posts, Impact Stories, and other resources.