Planning Guides

The resources in this database provide legal mechanisms, innovative policies, and best practices that planners can use to help their communities adapt to climate change, protect green infrastructure, and carry out sustainable land and water use practices.

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Having the Climate Conversation: Strategies for Local Governments

ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability
Published: 2012
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Climate change can be a difficult issue to communicate, due to the scale and complexity of the problem, and the long time horizon between cause and effect. This guide was designed to assist municipal staff in communicating about climate change with their communities. It outlines the WHY, WHEN, WHAT, WHO, and HOW municipal practitioners can best inform and educate the stakeholders in their community. It focuses on the importance of identifying the target audience and assists in tailoring a message to reach that audience, including considerations of timing and appropriate communication tools.  It also outlines common challenges to climate communication, and addresses how these may be overcome.
Subject Areas:
  • Climate Change
Applications:
  • Climate Change Adaptation Plan
  • Community Energy and Emissions Plan
  • Flood Management Plan
  • Official Community Plan
  • Parks and Protected Areas Plan
  • Regional Growth Strategy
  • Sustainability Plan
  • Wildfire Protection Plan
Tools:
  • Background Information
  • Best Practices
  • Case Studies
  • List of Resources
  • Mapping
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