Action starts at the local level.
We get that it can be hard to take action when you don’t know where to start.
Our advocacy workshops are designed to activate people from all walks of life so that making a positive impact on the region’s climate and housing crises is easy and effective. By participating in a workshop, you will gain a base-line understanding of the local planning processes that guide long term decisions that set the direction for how our communities address housing and climate needs.
What to Expect:
- Each workshop is a 60-minute interactive session led by a policy expert
- We work with you to ensure that content is based on specific goals and/or interests of the attendees
- Attendees will receive an advocacy toolkit that includes sample letters, talking points, and example policies
- We offer two workshop options on climate described below
How to Impact Climate Policy in Your Community
Climate change has presented an opportunity to reimagine our relationship to the natural world and to each other. While the climate crisis is a complex, global problem that requires bold action from government leaders—community members possess the power to greatly impact environmental decisions being made at the local level. This includes building resilience to natural disasters, reducing greenhouse gasses, environmental justice, and more. During this workshop, you will work with an environmental policy and advocacy expert to understand how cities engage in long-term planning.*
- Understand what a General Plan is and how it impacts local decision making
- Learn about Climate Action Plans and if your city or county has one
- Understand the environmental case for housing and how housing can be part of the climate solution
- How to advocate around climate change at the local level in your community
- Advocacy best practices for: letter writing, petitions, and making public comment
Leveraging Nature as a Climate Solution
Nature-based solutions are a suite of actions or policies that harness the power of nature to address societal issues like climate adaptation. These solutions include benefits like better stormwater management, reduced urban heat effects, buffers from sea level rise, improved air and water quality, and better health outcomes. Through this workshop, you will learn how to leverage nature to ensure our lands and communities are resilient to a changing climate. You will also learn how to advocate for nature-based solutions in policy and planning documents at the local level—ensuring your city or county is prepared for the impacts of climate change.*
- Understand the role nature plays in climate change adaptation and how to use nature based solutions as a tool to mitigate climate-related impacts
- Understand a variety of key local planning processes and how they shape climate adaptation in your city, town, or county
- Learn the most effective advocacy strategies to make a positive impact in your community
- Leave with the tools and knowledge to make an immediate impact on climate change at the local level