Building Resilience

Cities and towns have firsthand experience with the social, operational, and financial challenges of extreme weather events, sea level rise, and other climate change impacts. In Rhode Island, cities and towns are leading the way by implementing solutions to build resilience. Using a variety of creative solutions, our communities are reducing risk to vulnerable populations, protecting key infrastructure, and planning for changing future conditions.

Providence, Newport, and Tiverton are engaging residents of public housing to help prepare for extreme heat and extended power outages. Warwick and Narragansett are building berms to protect their wastewater facilities from flooding and sea level rise. Cranston, Cumberland, Johnston, and Westerly have completed voluntary buyouts of flood-prone properties and returned land to the floodplain.

Community Resilience Resources

Prep-RI Providing Resilience Education for Planning in Rhode Island
US Climate Resilience Toolkit
RI Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan Website
Engage Newport Flood Protection
C2ES State and Local Climate Adaptation
20 Good Ideas for Promoting Climate Resilience
Achieving Resilience in Coastal Communities
Green Works for Climate Resilience
Urban Sustainability Directors Network: Climate Change Preparedness Products