Pilot Program

In March of 2016, community leaders from five U.S. communities (Coral Gables, FL; Dubuque, IA; Knoxville, TN; Minneapolis, MN; and the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) / Kansas City Metro Area) participated in a pilot version of the Resilience Dialogues. Scientists and leaders from more than 22 public and private organizations worked with these communities in a set of three dialogues. These dialogues helped each community define its resilience challenges, explore the economic, social and environmental impacts of increasing climate variability and change, and identify the resources it can use to address its unique challenges. Based on the successes and lessons learned from the pilots, the leadership team is now building the next version of the Resilience Dialogues.

The following communities participated in the pilot program:

  • Coral Gables, Florida
  • Dubuque, Iowa
  • Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) / Kansas City Metro Area
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota

The following Federal agencies contributed subject matter experts during the pilot program:

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • U.S. General Services Administration
  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • U.S. Global Change Research Program

The following organizations contributed subject matter experts or facilitators during the pilot program:

  • Boston Museum of Science
  • Cadmus Group
  • Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions, Arizona State University
  • Climate Access
  • Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes, Arizona State University
  • Four Twenty Seven Climate Solutions
  • Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments
  • ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability
  • Institute for Water Resources
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Meridian Institute
  • National Center for Atmospheric Research
  • Northeast Climate Center, US Department of Interior
  • Old Dominion University
  • Oregon Climate Change Research Institute
  • Pearce Global Partners
  • Second Nature
  • Southeast Climate Center, US Department of Interior
  • Thriving Earth Exchange - American Geophysical Union
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Stockholm
  • Urban Resilience Strategies
  • Yale Project on Climate Change Communication