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Chicago Climate Action Plan Quick Guide to Adaptation


This resource is a guide for planners and practitioners to better understand climate change adaptation and how it can be addressed by local municipalities. This resource includes background information about climate change adaptation, global lessons on climate change adaptation including building adaptive capacity, provides guidance and methodology on risk assessment, outlines planning tactics for achieving risk reduction, and outlines several adaptation tactics.  Adaptation tactics covered in this resource include:

  • Reduce vulnerability to extreme heat events;
  • Reduce vulnerability to extreme precipitation events;
  • Reduce Vulnerability of Buildings, Infrastructure, and Equipment to Extreme Weather Conditions; and
  • Reduce Vulnerability to Future Ecosystem Degradation.

Primary Toolkit:

Climate Change Toolkit

Keyword Area:

Adaptation, Assessment, Climate, Environmental Health, Risk Communication, Vulnerable Populations


Institutional Author:

Julia Parzen





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5 Stars of 5 - Extremely Useful
Chicago Climate Action Plan Quick Guide to Adaptat
By Brendon Haggerty
For jurisdictions looking to emulate the Chicago model, this document is very helpful.  This is very similar to the Chicago “Lessons Learned” document, but provides more guidance on products rather than process.  Between the two, I find this document more helpful than the “Lessons Learned” companion document.

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