Climate Resilient Communities Accelerator

Connecting public, private and federal leaders for climate-ready communities

The Climate Resilient Communities Accelerator supports neighboring local and regional jurisdictions and advances their climate and economic resilience by addressing critical climate hazards, engaging vulnerable communities, activating private sector leaders, and identifying policy and economic development opportunities. The Accelerator galvanizes regional partnerships and networks, engages business leaders, connects local communities to federal and private sector resources, and elevates local policy needs to federal lawmakers over a period of 1–2 years.

The Accelerator kicks off with a Resilient Economies Roundtable, followed by a curated Resources Connector Forum and ongoing engagement to identify key action areas, connect stakeholders with public and private resources, and uncover innovative local approaches to resilience building.

As the Accelerator progresses, activities focus on activating stakeholders around key action areas to build regional adaptive capacity and on amplifying local voices to federal policymakers.

Accelerator participants…

Jointly identify strategies for regional economic prosperity through climate resilience by engaging fellow leaders from public sector, community organizations, and the business community

Strengthen regional coordination and leadership by identifying opportunities and new, actionable commitments and gain new insights into existing climate resilience and economic development efforts, including nature-based solutions

Connect with key federal agencies to understand new opportunities and funding to address barriers and elevate local and regional policy needs to federal lawmakers

Spotlight on the North Front Range Accelerator

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C2ES launched the first Climate Resilient Communities Accelerator in the North Front Range of Colorado, a region spanning Fort Collins and Denver and home to a diverse and bustling economy. The area’s wildfire and extreme heat risks are intensifying under climate change, presenting significant risks across the region, in particular to vulnerable communities.

Building on existing climate resilience work in the region, the Accelerator works with local partners to host convenings in the North Front Range focused on strategies to advancing the region’s resilience to wildfires and heat.

Learn more about the North Front Range Accelerator.

Additional Program Details

What is the overall timeline and process for the program?

The Accelerator is designed as a 2-year program. The first year focuses on regional engagement and convenings to level-set participants on climate hazards, identify opportunities to accelerate resilience action, and connect with federal and private sector resources. The second year seeks to build greater momentum around 1-2 action areas with a focus on policy innovation and activating collaboration. C2ES hosted convenings in 2023 in the North Front Range of Colorado and is continuing efforts in 2024 as we identify where to launch the next Accelerator.

Who should participate in the Accelerator?

C2ES will invite senior-level representatives with decision-making authorities from public and private-sector and key non-profit and community organizations across the region to facilitate the acceleration of existing efforts and the development of new commitments. These leaders will represent their organizations in high-level convenings alongside resilience practitioners, technical experts, federal agency staff, and community stakeholders.

What is required of participants?

C2ES seeks to support and engage regional participants who are open to new ideas, solutions, and collaboration. Participating organizations are highly encouraged to consider and define tangible opportunities to enhance their own approaches and commitments and explore ways to support and complement other resilience efforts in the region. C2ES expects that each convening will constitute a full day of activities. In addition, C2ES will engage participants at several points outside of the meetings to understand organizational goals, share relevant information, and gather insights and feedback to support productive convenings.