American Public Opinion on Climate Change and Opinions in Arizona, Jon Krosnik (link to doc)
Presentation made to Arizona city and county representatives in October 2012
The Southwest Climate Change Network is designed to foster dialog and exchange of reliable science and policy information among climate experts and other scientists, natural resource managers, utility providers, policy- and decision-makers, community groups, the public, and the media about climate-change issues in the Southwest. Its goal is to improve our region’s understanding of climate change and help people figure out ways to respond and adapt to it.
The Successful Communities Online Toolkit information exchange (SCOTie) is a searchable database featuring case studies of innovative planning approaches on a variety of smart growth, climate adaptation and mitigation, and natural resource protection issues geared specifically for an intermountain western planning audience. The information contained within the toolkit is designed to inform counties and communities of best practices to assist them in crafting their own policies to preserve local identity, stimulate a healthy economy, and safeguard natural and cultural resources.
The Institute for Sustainable Communities has worked in 30 countries around the globe and has developed over 98 transformative projects in countries from Macedonia to Ukraine, Serbia to China, Russia, Bangladesh, India, and the US. ISC has a global staff of 85 and is headquartered in Montpelier, Vermont.
The National Adaptation Forum is a biennial gathering created by a group of professionals from the private and public sectors concerned about the need to respond to and prepare for the effects of climate change.
Over three days a team from the American Institute of Architects listened to more than 200 people discuss the city’s growth, water practices, energy and conservation programs, health, culture, social issues, and planning directions, then used that input to draft a report to provide additional direction for sustainable growth in the region.
Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University led a public policy research team in this project to provide insight into priorities and preferences of Arizona residential utility customers for the development of future energy resource alternatives. The project addressed four basic questions:
- What are the energy preferences and priorities of residential utility customers among the resource choices?
- What factors influence these preferences and priorities?
- How does energy education affect attitudes and opinions about energy and energy planning?
- Do changes in opinions and attitudes persist over time, or do they revert to their previous position?
In partnership with government leaders from several large counties and cities, the Center for Clean Air Policy launched the Urban Leaders Adaptation Initiative in 2006 to serve as a resource for local governments as they face important infrastructure and land-use decisions that will affect adaptation efforts and to empower local communities as they develop and implement their own climate resiliency strategies.
Progress and Challenges in the Urban Governance of Climate Change: Results of a Global Survey, 2014 (link to doc)
The survey results show both the evolution of urban responses to climate change and the significant challenges that cities still have before them. Cities are pursuing climate change planning in an integrated fashion and mainstreaming it across local government agencies. They are conducting their planning in a collaborative manner, enabled by strong leadership and support from local government networks.
Climate Action Handbook (link to doc)
The Climate Action Handbook offers examples of actions that local governments can take to reduce global warming emissions and implement the commitments for climate protection called out in the U.S. Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement.
Climate Extremes Communications Guidebook, January 2014 (link to doc)
A resource to help local governments communicate about weather and climate extremes in the context of climate change.
American Climate Values 2014: psychographic and demographic insights, March 2014 (link to doc)
The American Climate Values Survey 2014 was co-created by ecoAmerica and Strategic Business Insights (SBI). GfK Knowledge Networks fielded the survey. The survey employs SBI’s proprietary VALS methodology to identify psychological motivations that drive attitudes and behaviors in order to guide organizations in identifying, understanding and connecting with people.
Beyond Storms & Droughts: The Psychological Impacts of Climate Change, June 2014
This report divides the impacts of climate change on human well-being into three general categories: impacts on mental health, impacts on physical health, and impacts on community health. (link to doc)