Equitable Urban Flood Resilience: Lessons from Kresge’s Climate Resilient and Equitable Water Systems (CREWS) Initiative

Equitable Urban Flood Resilience: Lessons from Kresge’s Climate Resilient and Equitable Water Systems (CREWS) Initiative

Organizer: 
Brad Spangler
Meridian Institute
Time Slot: 
Concurrent Sessions 3
Session Type: 
Symposium
Abstract: 

This symposium will present and build on the findings of a July 2018 report produced by Meridian Institute for American Rivers, Building a Community of Practice at the Intersection of Water, Climate Resilience, and Equity: Insights and Opportunities from an Assessment of The Kresge Foundation’s Climate Resilient and Equitable Water Systems (CREWS) Initiative. The session will draw from the work of CREWS grantees and partners, to highlight the importance of strong, trusting partnerships to tackle procedural, distributional, and structural inequities associated with urban flooding in low-income communities and communities of color. In the context of climate resilience, water, and equity work, the session will explore lessons learned and best practices for forging partnerships to build local capacity for: community organizing; policy analysis and advocacy; understanding and using climate science in decision making; and fundraising. Ideas will be conveyed via a series of joint presentations and discussion with presenters.

Participants will:
● Learn about needs and opportunities in the emerging community of practice at the intersection of urban flooding, climate resilience, and equity;
● Hear case examples highlighting the key elements of strong partnerships aimed at addressing climate-driven flooding in low-income communities and communities of color; and
● Take away practical lessons about how to create capacity-building alliances with community leaders working to address equity dimensions of urban flooding.

This training is open to all NAF participants; those interested in or working on issues related to the intersection of urban flooding, climate resilience, and equity are especially encouraged to attend.

Presentations

Introduction to Kresge’s CREWS Initiative
Jalonne White-Newsome, The Kresge Foundation
Key Findings from "Building a Community of Practice at the Intersection of Water, Climate Resilience, and Equity"
Brad Spangler, Meridian Institute
Forging Effective National-Local NGO Partnerships to Build Urban Flood Resilience
Gary Belan, American Rivers
Forging Effective National-Local NGO Partnerships to Build Urban Flood Resilience
Kirsten Shead, Milwaukee Water Commons
Building Technical Capacity to Tackle Urban Flooding Problems from the Grassroots Up
Harriet Festing, Anthropocene Alliance
Building Technical Capacity to Tackle Urban Flooding Problems from the Grassroots Up
Sarah Wilkins, American Geophysical Union