LCR: Advancing the Co-Benefits of Climate Action

This LCR Tool connects climate action with important co-benefits, advancing key community priorities relating to health, equity, biodiversity, and economies

Low carbon resilience, or LCR, is an integrated climate action planning and decision-making approach that “layers on top” of existing sustainability visions, plans, and decision frameworks to help organizations embed climate preparedness and sustainability throughout policy, planning, and decision making. 

The LCR approach acknowledges that adaptation and mitigation are two sides of the same coin: both aim to minimize climate change and build resilience; however, local governments must advance climate action in lockstep with other social, economic, and environmental goals. The flipside of advancing LCR is that risk and emissions reduction themselves become a co-benefit of other community decision processes, with an additional advantage in that new funding and economic opportunities emerge through making these connections. Put another way, an LCR approach builds climate actions that multi-task. 

The LCR Co-Benefits Tool is designed to illustrate and inspire systemic thinking through showcasing the multiple benefits of taking integrated climate action. This tool is designed to be used by local government staff to advance climate action in lockstep with other social, economic, and environmental goals; it can also be used in conjunction with the LCR Decision Tool for planning and communicating the benefits of an LCR approach to staff and decision-makers. 

LCR: Advancing the Co-Benefits of Climate Action

April 2021

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