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Climate Preparedness, Adaptation, & Resilience

Climate Preparedness, Adaptation, & Resilience

All of us have seen the news. Floods, fires, storm surge. Weather and climate patterns are changing, and those changes are putting communities and their infrastructure at risk. This group was formed to bring climate change efforts from Arizona State University together with ICMA’s CityLinks program to broaden the discussion and to share knowledge and good practice about how communities around the world are addressing the impact of climate change.

ASU was a part of team that was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to establish a Climate Change Educational Partnership (CCEP) in collaboration with US National Academy of Engineering, Museum of Science-Boston, University of Virginia, Colorado School of Mines, and the Phoenix Union High School District. The award focused thematically on the impacts of climate change for engineered systems.

CityLinks (, funded by the Urban Programs Team of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), was awarded to ICMA in 2011. It is a 5-year program that enables municipal officials in developing and decentralizing countries to draw on the resources of their U.S. counterparts to find sustainable solutions to challenges of adapting to and mitigating the effects of climate change; increase food security; and improve access to water and sanitation services.

ICMA’s partners on CityLinks include the Institute for Sustainable Communities and Land O’Lakes International Development and five resource organizations: ICLEI, the American Public Works Association, Shack/Slum Dwellers International, the Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food SecurityFoundation, and the Urban Management Center.

We hope that joining forces we can share ideas and collaborate on climate change issues. Thanks for joining! If you have questions, please contact Laura Hagg, or Clark Miller,

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Josephine Lee

Hello all!

Please join us on a free interactive CityLinks webinar on global "Sub-national Approaches to Low Carbon, Climate Resilient Development"
Date: 4/14/2015
Time: 11 am EDT

Topics include:
 The new CityLinks Primer on Subnational Approaches to Low Emission, Climate Resilient Development
 International case studies highlighting the most promising approaches
 Examples in governance, financing, stakeholder engagement, and knowledge sharing

Click here to register!

Cory Misley


Under the "Calendar" tab there is a link to the upcoming:
Virtual Focus Group Meeting (November 10 – 14, 2014)
Revision to E210 and G270.4 - Recovery from Disaster: The Local Government Role
Meeting Name: E-210 Focus Group Meeting
When: 11/10/2014 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Conference Number(s): 800-320-4330
Participant Code: 529869

The participation code (above) is needed to participate via the virtual meeting or call-in number.

Please feel free to contact me for additional information:

Josephine Lee

My name is Josephine Lee, Program Manager in the international department at ICMA. I manage the ICMA flagship CityLinks program and had the pleasure of meeting many of you at the ICMA Annual Conference on different international sustainability opportunities for your community or organization.
Opportunities include
- CityLinks – CityLinks is a US federal government (USAID) funded city-to-city partnership program, partnering municipalities in developing and decentralizing countries with its international and U.S. counterparts.
In its most recent award, our focus has been on climate change and sustainability, food security, and water and sanitation.
Your role in the partnership can take shape in various forms including being a presenter on a webinar, a knowledge resource/technical advisor in any of the 3 areas, your city participating in short term international exchanges, etc .
• Durban Adaptation Charter (DAC)- The DAC is a global movement that showcases local governments’ actions and leadership in climate adaptation around the world. The Charter currently has more than 1000 signatories cities from 42 countries. Signing the charter entails no financial investment, but shows your commitment to local governments taking action.
• Expertise in Land Use Management – If you or your city/county have expertise in land use management planning as related to sustainability and climate change, please contact me. ICMA is currently preparing a proposal for a land use management project in the Dominican Republic . We are looking for knowledge resources and technical guidance on land use management planning to help inform the content of the proposal.
If you are interested in any of the programs above, please contact me at for more details. Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.

Laura Hagg
Laura Hagg said

You can email me for more information on the webinar!

Laura Hagg
Laura Hagg said

Want to learn more about how cities are learning to address critical urban issues? Join us online or in person (777 N. Capitol Street NE, 1st Floor Training room) and hear from Dr. Sean O'Donoghue (Manager of the Climate Change Adaptation Branch in eThekwini Municipality - Durban, SA), Tim Campbell (author of Beyond Smart Cities: How Cities Network, Learn, and Innovate), and Jeffrey Szuchman (AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at #USAID) on June 19 at 1:30 PM EST for a one hour presentation. #usaidurban

Emily Elledge

Please join us for the CityLinks Coastal Resilience Webinar on April 1 at 10 AM EST. Our panelists include Dr. Ben Strauss from Climate Central, Jonathan Cook from USAID - US Agency for International Development, and Lee Jay Feldman from the Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission. Register by clicking on the article below.

Emily Elledge

CityLinks seeks qualified U.S. cities with experience addressing climate change adaptation issues to partner with Southeast Asian cities over an eight-month period. Applications are due February 28, 2014. For more information:

Jessica Johnston

City Creditworthiness Academy in Seoul, Korea - January 20 - 25, 2014! The Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF) and the World Bank's Low-Carbon Livable Cities Initiative, in collaboration with the C40 Network, the Korea Development Institute (KDI) and the Korean Green Growth Trust Fund (KGGTF), are pleased to announce the second City Creditworthiness Academy to be held in Seoul, South Korea, January 20-25, 2014. The City Creditworthiness Academy will assist senior financial officials from sub-national governments and public enterprises across the East Asia Region to master the underpinnings of creditworthiness and to develop an action plan to improve their creditworthiness and access to finance for climate-related infrastructure. You can apply here This would be a great opportunity for our Climate Leadership Academy Participants!

Jessica Johnston

Check out the final report of the ASEAN Climate Leaderhsip Academy

Laura Hagg
Laura Hagg said

Have you heard about the Rockefeller Foundation helping cities hire Chief Resilience Officers - check it out http://www.businessi..

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