What We Do


Climate Innovation (formerly Community Climate Solutions) has been a powerhouse supporting vibrant movements across the country using a community-driven approach to lift up grassroots communities as leading solution makers on the frontlines, in government, philanthropy, and beyond. We bring a whole systems approach to movement building, cultivating a strong culture of designing transformative solutions that restore and regenerate healthy earth systems and built environments for all. Our approach emphasizes the need for solutions that are community-driven, interconnected, and intervene at multiple levels.

Goals


  • To increase capacity for whole systems thinking, cross-sector collaboration, and community-driven solutions while building the field of climate resilience planning and extensions of the larger movement building ecosystem toward just transition and just recovery.
  • To ensure climate solutions meet the real needs of climate-impacted communities by centralizing and resourcing frontline, BIPOC leadership.
  • To create opportunities for strategic alignment among leaders in the climate movement ecosystem to scale community-driven solutions and accelerate the rate of change.
  • To incubate place-based efforts to grow and support models for replication and evolution.

Services


Another world is possible. Climate Innovation supports governments, institutions, and funders in becoming more effective game-changers by centering equity and justice in their climate, resilience, and sustainability work. Simultaneously, we support grassroots and frontline communities and organizations to build capacity and networks to support their leadership and vision for a more beautiful, just, and sustainable world. We facilitate planning processes that ultimately make climate efforts more successful and seamless, with deeper community partnerships and frontline leadership for the immediate and long-term. We focus on uplifting the brilliance and on-the-ground knowledge of our frontline and historically disenfranchised communities. Our Black, Brown, immigrant, LGBTQ, differently abled, single-parent, underemployed, and low-income communities all have a wealth of brilliance and strategies of resilience to share.

The Climate Innovations team is Black-led and made up of a diverse group of leaders who have first hand experience of their voices and expertise being sidelined in planning processes. Our leadership possesses decades of experience in design and facilitation across the country drawing from permaculture, ancestral wisdom, and community organizing pedagogy. Our approach to community-driven processes and decision making is all about increasing capacity and relinquishing control in order for power to be shifted to communities so they may be the designers of their own community and future.

Our Work


Purpose

Young Black Climate Leaders (YBCL) program is a cohort of twenty-five youth leaders who receive training to grow, connect, and advance their leadership, work, and role in the climate movement individually and collectively as a network. This leadership development work is rooted in AfroIndigenous principles and practices to heal generational harms and restore connection to Earth as a framework for deep lasting change that can enable all systems and people to thrive in relationships. Our core outcome and impact will provide young Black climate leaders with the tools to tackle the complexities of the climate crisis and the diversity of our environmental ecosystem, as well as centering on Black liberation in the field. An initial cadre of five young Black leaders will receive intensive coaching and training and then lead a cohort of 20 additional Black youth. We have also assembled an amazing partner network of leading-edge thinker-practitioners to support the program and the young leaders.

Goals

  • Provide intensive and ongoing youth organizing support and capacity building.
  • Introduce youth to community-driven planning and principles and enacting those principles.
  • Support leadership of core cadre in leading additional 20 youth nationwide.
  • Cultivate a culture and ethic within youth organizing that promotes inclusivity, intersectionality, and mind-body-spirit integration and wellness.
  • Envision a climate movement led by young Black leaders.
  • Grow networks of support, mentorship, thought leadership, and action for Black climate organizers.

For more information contact Corrine Van Hook-Turner and Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish

Purpose

The National Association of Climate Resilience Planners (NACRP) is a multi-stakeholder, peer-learning, resource, and referral network that fosters effective, place-based climate resilience planning and implementation. Learn more

In 2021, the NACRP, in partnership with Facilitating Power, and the NAACP is launching VISION POWER SOLUTIONS, a 12-workshop series to build capacity for community-driven planning among facilitators, organizers, leaders, and educators who are accountable to Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities. This training is part of a larger effort to foster a facilitator’s community of practice and referral network within the field of community-driven planning. Learn more

Goals

  • Center the expertise of grassroots and frontline organizations who are working to assert community vision, power, and solutions and intervene on public planning processes by shining a light on expertise and stories, while working to direct resources to the work.
  • Cultivating a community of practice that builds the field of community-driven climate resilience planning to support a Just Transition.
  • A referral network that supports local and state governments to contract with facilitators, that is rooted in community, and who can facilitate community-driven planning.

For more information contact Tamira Jones Machado

Purpose

Envision a place where each year thousands of BIPOC communities reclaim their relationship to the Earth, their history, and their future. Black-led and operated, the EARTHseed Permaculture Center (EPC) will serve as a working farm and educational center to reconnect communities to AfroIndigenous principles and practices for living in our world today. Learn more

Earthseed Permaculture Center (EPC) is Sonoma County’s first black owned, Afro-Indigenous 14-acre farm and education center that:

  1. Heals cycles of systemic harm by reconnecting Black people with AfroIndigenous practices.
  2. Supports the Earth and community with food grown using restorative methods.
  3. Teaches people how to build resilience in their communities in the face of climate change.

Goals

  • Provide direct community support (including farm production to nourish our communities), plus teach how to honor wild tended areas, practical instruction in regenerative agricultural techniques, and modeling resilience practices.
  • Offer space for curriculum support so that outside groups and individuals can deepen the ecological and social justice lens for the workshops they host, such as courses in eco-therapy, doula training, climate justice activism, and community driven resiliency planning.
  • Host programming rooted in permaculture principles and design with a special focus on the legacy of these practices in AfroIndigenous communities.
  • Offer curriculum and programs that will honor the legacy and practices of indigenous communities in the places they call home.

For more information contact Pandora Thomas

Purpose

The Marin City People’s Plan (MCPP) began as a grassroots African American organization in 2018 and is an example of site-based adaptation of the CDCRP approach. Climate Innovation has partnered with the MCPP since its inception, as the role of co-facilitator of the CDCRP through People’s Planning. Learn more

For more information contact Pandora Thomas & Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish

Current Engagements

Strategic Growth Council

Climate Innovation has partnered with a team of organizations and governmental partners to build capacity and expand the networks of California’s frontline communities working to address climate inequalities. After months of preparation and outreach, 22 leaders representing California’s diverse communities have been selected as the 2021 inaugural cohort of the Partners Advancing Climate Equity Program (PACE). Learn more

Developed by Climate Innovation, Strategic Growth Council, the Local Government Commission, Climate Resolve, Urban Permaculture Institute, and Greenlining Institute, PACE advances community-driven, equitable climate solutions at the pace and scale demanded by climate change and ongoing racial, social, and environmental inequity.

The members of the inaugural cohort work on an array of issues at the intersection of climate and equity, including affordable housing, air quality, youth and resident empowerment, water and wildfire resilience, and urban greening. The program consists of two phases: A peer-to-peer learning cohort, and place-based technical assistance to support local capacity building to advance community-identified initiatives. A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Justice Grant enables SGC to provide participants, who represent under-served communities, with up to $8,000 to support their participation in the program.

Kapwa Consulting

Climate Innovation is partnering with Kapwa Consulting and a team of leading climate, racial justice, and community-driven planning experts to provide guidance for large funders in the climate sphere. Along with feedback, we are engaged in process design and pilot design for efforts to shift the field nationwide.

Recent Work


  • Community Driven Climate Resilience Planning: This initiative uplifts and supports the expertise and leadership capacity of grassroots groups currently building the field of community-driven climate resilience and equity. MSC convenes community based leaders to share best practices, create and compile tools, and align with a trans-local to influence a broader section of the field.
  • Resilience Strategy: MSC facilitates resilience strategy sessions, such as the Resilience Strategy Lab held at the National Our Power Convening in Richmond, California, where local Bay Area resilience leaders presented their models and campaigns to climate advocates from around the country.
  • Zero Cities Project
  • Boulder County Capacity Building for Climate Resilience
  • Pathways to Resilience: The P2R Bay Area project builds the Bay Area climate resilience movement through a community-driven resilience and just transition planning and action process. The planning process was piloted in Richmond, then evolved and replicated in other key Bay Area communities.

About Us


CORRINE VAN HOOK-TURNER | Director

MICHELLE GABRIELOFF-PARISH | Senior Program Manager

SARAH QUIROGA | Learning and Data Manager

BIANCA PILAR VERBERA | Program Coordinator

PANDORA THOMAS | Senior Fellow: Climate Innovation

TAMIRA JONES | Director of Operations

Resources


Community Driven Planning Framework: The CDP Framework brought together leading voices in community power building to create a toolkit for advancing community priorities. The framework advocates deepening democratic practices at the local and regional levels; puts forth principles and practices defining the emergent field of climate resilience; offers examples and resources for community-based institutions implementing community-driven planning processes; and is useful for a range of stakeholders, including community-based organizations, philanthropy, and the public sector.

Pathways to Resilience Dialogues (P2R): MSC, in partnership with the Kresge Foundation, the Emerald Cities Collaborative, and the Praxis Project, conducted a series of convenings, interviews, and conversations (called the Dialogs) to produce a vision of climate resilience grounded in the realities of low-income communities and communities of color, and pragmatic pathways to achieve it. The synthesis of these Dialogs and insightful articles were compiled into the Pathways to Resilience E-Book.

Partners