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Regional Resilience Project

The UC Irvine Regional Resilience Project (RRP) is a research and community engagement project focused on climate change impacts, social equity, vulnerabilities, and action in the Acjachemen and Tongva homelands now known as Orange County, California.

During 2016-2017, RRP sought to better understand the matrix of existing activities and budding opportunities to enhance equitable climate preparedness in Orange County. This work is documented, in part, in our December 2017 report on the equity profile of Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund investments here.

During 2017-18, RRP began collaborating with Orange County Environmental Justice (OCEJ) and others to identify research and policy allies, link with existing and emerging sustainability and climate networks in Orange County, and document the multiple worlds that exist in this relatively small geographic area. Our bridge-building activities aimed to co-generate ways to address the racial and class divides between communities ready for climate justice and those just beginning climate equity-focused work.

During 2018-19, RRP has focused on supporting a youth-led investigation into lead soil levels and environmental concerns in Santa Ana, California, through collaboration with OCEJ, the CRECE Cooperativa, and Jovenes Cultivando Cambios (Youth Cultivating Change). We are also active in bringing together UCI faculty, post-docs, and graduate student researchers who participate in engaged environmental justice research together with various communities.

Community-driven Climate Resilience

RRP is interested in supporting community-driven, equity-oriented regional climate resilience collaboration. In California, regional climate collaboratives are groups of diverse public, private, and/or non-profit entities representing a region and committed to preparing that region for the impacts of climate change (e.g., sea level rise, extreme storm events, food scarcity, wildfires, heat waves, and droughts). Inspired by the National Association of Climate Resilience Planners‘ 2017 Framework for community-driven climate resilience planning, RRP is interested in working together with regional actors who bring an equity-orientation to climate resilience collaboration. Contact us to get involved.

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UCI faculty and staff met with Orange County community members from OC Environmental Justice, Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples, and CRECE Community in Resistance Co-op during a 2017 Transitions Lab hosted by Movement Strategy Center.