AACC-SEED-COWS / Sarah White, Todd Cohen / 2014
The point is not to bounce back, but — particularly in low-income communities already battered by high unemployment, chronic disease, and environmental decay — to leap forward. So while we write about disaster preparedness, response, and recovery, we are at the same time addressing demands for something larger: vision and leadership and empowerment. Hence the critical role of community colleges — in related curriculum and career pathways, in community leadership and networking, in campus creativity and practice.
Institutions and communities around the country are joining together to create local food systems, urban forests, solar gardens; to redefine land use, integrate transit, green infrastructure, and improve community health networks; to reinvent education by building career pathways that move workers of all skill levels into family sustaining jobs while improving the climate resilience of the neighborhoods in which they live.
This Guide is designed to help college and community leaders establish a framework for dialogue and action on local climate resiliency.