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Rural Resilience: A Framework for Working with Communities to Adapt in Place

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Recording from live webinar on 2/28/23

Rural Resilience: A Framework for Working with Communities to Adapt in Place

Rural communities in the U.S. face a wide range of steadily increasing climate threats, yet they often lack the financial and technical capacity to properly prepare for and recover from natural disasters. Federal hazard mitigation and disaster relief policies often fail to fill these gaps and do not address real-life, community-specific challenges, often relying on more drastic options like wholesale climate migration. 

The second LAF Research Grant in Honor of Deb Mitchell was awarded to “Developing a Disaster Adaptation Framework for Rural Resilience,” an 18-month study of geographic mobility, buying power, and capacity gaps in rural communities. Through a series of mapping and capacity studies, the research generated a set of recommendations for planners and designers to help communities adapt-in-place or micro-migrate so that they maintain their social networks and connection to place. 

In this webinar, the Principal Investigators share their research process, present findings, and introduce a Rural Resilience Framework with concrete actions planners and designers can take to work with under-resourced rural communities that are preparing for or recovering from natural disasters. The research underscores the potential for landscape architects, whose expertise and skill sets are particularly suited to rural adaption, to take a stronger leadership role.



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Learning Objectives

  1. Describe trends in rural disaster preparation and recovery
  2. Identify barriers to climate migration and adaptation for rural residents related to buying power, geographic mobility, and community capacity 
  3. Explore concrete strategies that planners and designers can use to work with under-resourced rural communities to prepare for or recover from natural disasters


Continuing Education Credits

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This course is approved for 1.0 Professional Development Hour (PDH) through the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) and meets the health, safety and welfare requirements (HSW). To earn 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW):

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LAF website: Research update articles and final report

NC State Coastal Dynamics Design Lab: Project summary and final report



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Travis Klondike, PLA
Assistant Research Professor, North Carolina State University
Travis is a licensed landscape architect and an Assistant Research Professor in the Coastal Dynamics Design Lab (CDDL) and Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning. His work focuses on helping communities better adapt to natural hazards and climate change by leveraging contemporary methods of geospatial analysis, public engagement, visual narration, and grant-writing as catalysts for public good.

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Andrew Fox, FASLA, PLA
Professor, North Carolina State University 
Andrew is a Professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, University Faculty Scholar, NC State Community Engaged Faculty Fellow, and a founding co-director of the NC State Coastal Dynamics Design Lab (CDDL). His teaching, scholarship, and engagement activities focus on people/water relationships, with expertise in green infrastructure, high-performing public landscapes, and resilient community design.

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