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NAACP Releases Tool to Help City Planners Integrate Equity in Resilience Building

Baltimore, MD - On January 23rd, the NAACP will release “Equity in Resilience Building for Climate Change Adaptation Planning”, a document that catalogues indicators for integrating and measuring resilience building for climate adaption planning.  Starting with an introductory workshop at a convening hosted by the Kresge Foundation for its resilience grantees, the NAACP will follow up by conducting a series of webinars to introduce the document, its tools and how it can be used to ensure that climate change adaptation planning considers the needs and assets of all, particularly in our country’s most vulnerable communities.

“In light of President Obama’s most recent State of the Union remarks on the urgency to address climate change, this report is incredibly timely as it provides guidance on the vulnerabilities and inequities that must be considered as we plan for the impacts of climate change,” states Jacqui Patterson, NAACP Director of Environmental and Climate Justice. “The indicators will assist in measuring resilience in individuals and communities so that planning can account for population groups and circumstances that are often marginalized.”

The Kresge Foundation is one of the biggest and most consistent funders of climate change resilience work in urban communities. Their work aims to empower communities to adopt policy changes and create programs that address the impacts of extreme weather and climate change and rebuild affected areas to be better prepared for the future.

Starting with a webinar on January 30th, the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program will participate in another webinar on the equity in resilience indicators beginning on February 12th with EcoAdapt, and continue with conducting sessions in-person at the Wisconsin Sustainability Summit on March 4th in Milwaukee, WI, and during the Environmental Justice track at the Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Selma Bridge Crossing, on March 7th in Selma, AL.

City planners, advocates, community organizers and elected officials are invited to participate in the webinars and in-person events. For more information, visit


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