Building Innovative Partnerships for Adaptation Work in Rural Communities

Building Innovative Partnerships for Adaptation Work in Rural Communities

Organizer: 
Troy J. Goodnough
University of Minnesota, Morris
Time Slot: 
Concurrent Sessions 6
Session Type: 
Symposium
Abstract: 

We will present an exciting case study about a community in rural west-central Minnesota and how partnerships at the state, national, and local level, work together in creative ways to catalyze progress. The city of Morris, the University of Minnesota Morris (UMM), Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), and Second Nature, are working together to advance community adaptation efforts. Rural communities are stewards of vast amounts of land in various forms of production that will be greatly impacted by climate change. There are also many institutions of higher education in rural locations.The partnership of cities and universities in rural locations to advance adaptation is critical. As a higher education leader, Second Nature has created a framework (through the Presidents’ Climate Commitment) that commits colleges to campus-community adaptation planning. IATP created the award-winning Rural Climate Dialogues (RCD) initiative in partnership with Jefferson Center. The RCD is helping communities make progress in climate adaptation planning. The first RCD event was held in Morris, MN, and now events have been held across the State. Taken together, we have created an ecosystem of adaptation effort, with each organization playing a role towards the larger goal. The city, UMM, and local partners, have created the Morris Model initiative. A key focus of the Morris Model (morrismodel.org) is climate adaptation framed as community-resilience building. The city and partners have earned recognition, including the Minnesota Climate Adaptation Partnership Award, the Environmental Initiative Award for Community Action, Local Government Innovation Award from the Humphrey Institute.

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Presentations

Building Innovative Partnerships for Adaptation Work in Rural Communities
Troy Goodnough, University of Minnesota Morris
Building Innovative Partnerships for Adaptation Work in Rural Communities
Ruby Woodside, Second Nature