2019 National Planning Conference

Integrating Climate Science into Local Planning

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 4:15 p.m. - Saturday, April 13, 2019, 5:30 p.m. PDT

CM | 1.25

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC198223

Location: 2009

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  • Learn how to incorporate local climate change projections into local planning processes.
  • Move beyond isolated hazard mitigation plans and climate adaptation plans and toward planning that is well-integrated.
  • Determine how to plan for climate uncertainty using tools and processes that are already familiar to them.


Communities are the front line in confronting climate change impacts. Yet planners often struggle in how to integrate national climate projections into their local planning efforts. Particularly in areas where sea level rise is not an immediate threat, the challenge in finding and using reliable climate change information is immense. The American Planning Association, The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, and the University of Illinois have partnered to develop a road-map to incorporating climate change information into local planning efforts. The partners worked with five pilot communities in the Chicago-area to develop planning techniques and technical resources that incorporate climate change projections and forecasting into their planning efforts. In the course of their work, the partners set out to answer two questions in particular. What climate data and information is most useful on the local level? How can we break through the traditional roadblocks that prevent communities from using climate change information in their planning efforts? Join the partners for an enlightening presentation where attendees will learn about the first-hand challenges and benefits of using climate science locally, how regional planning agencies can aid municipalities in their planning efforts, and how these lessons can best be used in your community.

Session Speakers

Veronica Fall
IL-IN Sea Grant/Midwestern Regional Climate Center with University of Illinois E
Champaign, IL

Joseph DeAngelis, AICP
American Planning Association
Chicago, IL

Brian Daly
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
Chicago, IL