The Colorado Climate Network works with its members and other organizations to support actions by local governments and others in Colorado to make the state's communities more resilient to the possible impacts of climate change.
A major initial CCN program on climate change resilience and preparedness is the Colorado Local Resilience Project, convened by CCN and the Colorado Municipal League (which itself is a CCN member), in which 78 local officials and program staff and others, representing 30 local governments of all sizes and types in Colorado and six allied governmental and nonprofit organizations, developed a comprehensive, detailed path forward for local governments, and others, to assess and address climate-related risks.
The report of the Local Resilience Project, representing the first phase of this program, has now been released. A second phase of the program will focus on implementation of the recommendations in the report. For more details and links to the report and other information, please go to the next page.
As one outgrowth of the Colorado Local Resilience Project, the Colorado Climate Network expects to soon launch a Northern Front Range Resilience Project, to provide information on local climate-change-related risks in Boulder and Larimer counties, the two Colorado counties most impacted by the recent federally designated disasters in the state. Major flooding in September 2013, the most costly disaster in the state's history, affected those two counties more than any others. Also, the High Park wildfire in Larimer County in 2012 was one of four recent wildfires that prompted federal disaster designations. In this new project, the Colorado Climate Network will provide analyses, information, and a workshop to help local governments in these two counties better prepare for the possibility that climate change will magnify the extent of similar disasters in the future.
Check back soon for more details on the Northern Front Range Resilience Project. More information on the project is available from Tom Easley, the director of programs at RMCO.