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In late December, River Network – a Kresge Foundation CREWS grantees – kicked off the release of its “Fostering Community Leadership – Tools for Equitable Climate Resilience. This is the first of two resources aimed at providing guidance and showcasing examples of two important strategies organizations can activate to promote equitable resilience. The second tool will be released later in January. Both spotlight case studies, including work done by other members of the Climate Resilient and Equitable Water Systems (CREWS) initiative of the Kresge Foundation – a key funder of the GI Exchange. Other CREWS grantees whose work and case studies are featured in this toolkit include EcoAction, West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition and others. 

River Network has partnered with 11 community-based organizations to begin applying these tools across various communities, offering assistance with funding and technical support as they strive to implement community-led research initiatives (often flooding-related) and create comprehensive, community-responsive leadership development programs. 

River Network plans to host a series of trainings on these tools in late January/early February. Dates are TBD.

Our heartfelt gratitude to our funders for their support of our mission, which makes our work possible.