Climate Change Adaptation: A Resilient Communities Project–GreenStep Cities Guide

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Climate Change Adaptation: A Resilient Communities Project–GreenStep Cities Guide

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Resilient Communities Project (RCP), University of Minnesota.




The impacts of climate change are already being seen throughout Minnesota in the form of warmer average annual temperatures, higher precipitation rates, and stronger storm events. Minnesota has the ability to adapt to the threats posed by climate change and communities throughout the state are already working to address climate change locally by adopting local climate change resilience strategies. One of the first steps in climate change adaptation is addressing the issue of climate change with local residents. This toolkit is designed to help Minnesota communities develop climate change education programs by assessing the current level of resident knowledge, attitudes, and engagement related to climate change issues. The toolkit features a survey that can be used to assess city residents’ knowledge of and attitudes toward climate change, as well as gather information on extreme weather event vulnerability. The toolkit includes additional resources to help guide survey implementation, information on collaborating with local community groups to conduct surveys or climate change education programs, as well as examples of climate change preparedness plans that have been developed by cities in Minnesota. This document has been prepared by the University of Minnesota’s Resilient Communities Project (RCP) for the Minnesota GreenStep Cities Program. This resource was adapted from student work completed in partnership with RCP and the City of Rosemount during the 2014–2015 academic year. Although the original report was developed for a specific community, students’ findings and recommendations have been synthesized and generalized, and additional research has been conducted where necessary, to produce a resource that is relevant to communities throughout Minnesota. The original student report can be found at


Report compiled and edited by Megan Butler, a graduate research assistant with the Resilient Communities Project.

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This project was supported by the Resilient Communities Project (RCP), a program at the University of Minnesota whose mission is to connect communities in Minnesota with U of MN faculty and students to advance local sustainability and resilience through collaborative, course-based projects. RCP is a program of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA). More information at Funding for the report was provided by GreenStep Cities, a program of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, through a grant from the McKnight Foundation. More information at

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Butler, Megan (editor). (2016). Climate Change Adaptation: A Resilient Communities Project–GreenStep Cities Guide. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy,

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