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El Instituto de Connecticut para la Resiliencia y la Adaptación al Clima (CIRCA)

What is Resilient Connecticut?

CIRCA, in coordination with state agencies, regional councils of governments (COGs) and municipalities, has initiated Resilient Connecticut, as part of the HUD National Disaster Resilience Competition. Resilient Connecticut provides the state with a Planning Framework piloted in the Superstorm Sandy impacted regions of New Haven and Fairfield Counties. The project focuses on regional resilience and adaptation planning through engagement and risk assessments that inform municipal to regional scale initiatives and pilot projects. Resilient Connecticut’s guiding principle is to establish resilient communities through smart planning that incorporates economic development framed around transit-oriented development, conservation strategies, and critical infrastructure improvements. read more...

Planning Tools

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Innovative planning that incorporates technical knowledge & leads to policy development & project implementation.

Technical Tools

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Developing map viewers, storymaps, datasets, & guidance documents to inform planning & decision-making.

Field Research

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Deploying instruments, analyzing data, & developing models to better understand site conditions & demonstration projects.


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Working with stakeholders to build capacity & partnerships through events, outreach, & tool development.

Highlights and Features

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Phase II – Identifying Resilience Opportunities

The Resilient Connecticut Phase II report is available along with an executive summary and a series of vulnerability maps focused on topics of transit oriented development, affordable housing, wastewater treatment, and public water supply. Want to see maps in your community and better understand local heat and flood vulnerability? Visit the Phase II webpage to review products in both English and Spanish.

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10 Steps to Municipal Resilience

CIRCA describes “10 Steps to Municipal Resilience” in a new fact sheet to help CT towns and cities adapt to the growing impacts of climate change. Along with the fact sheet are two additional resources: 1) a website that describes both CIRCA’s and other organizations’ resources and tools to help communities implement the 10 steps and 2) a video featuring Professors Jim O’Donnell  and Joe MacDougald who provide informal commentary and added insight for each of the 10 steps.  

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New Information Series

CIRCA is embarking on a new information series designed to package fact sheets, case studies, and white papers over the next year. To launch this effort, we are releasing a new fact sheet describing our Institute and Resilient Connecticut. Complementing this general fact sheet is a case study on Branford's Coastal Resiliency Reserve Fund. Check out these new "Information for a More Resilient Connecticut" products: