Climate Resilience Project

What is climate resilience?

As we begin to experience increasingly significant effects of a warming planet—from obvious impacts like wildfire smoke and extreme heat, to less effects such as increased migration, shifts in precipitation patterns, and warming of rivers and streams—the concept of resilience becomes increasingly important. Climate resilience is the "the capacity of social, economic and ecosystems to cope with a hazardous event or trend or disturbance, responding or reorganising in ways that maintain their essential function, identity and structure as well as biodiversity in case of ecosystems while also maintaining the capacity for adaptation, learning and transformation."1  

Spokane Beat the Heat

Spokane Beat the Heat is an initiative of Gonzaga University’s Center for Climate, Society, and the Environment that is designed to help our community deal with the impacts of extreme summer heat.

Learn more about the Spokane Beat the Heat program. 

Spokane Climate Project

The Spokane Climate Project is a collaborative effort between the Pacific Northwest Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC) and the community of Spokane, Washington. The project’s goals are to identify climate and weather impacts faced by the Spokane community as well as resiliency actions designed to keep the community, its economy, and natural systems healthy and prosperous. Project participants include representatives from city and county entities, local universities, local nonprofits, and local businesses. Gonzaga University has been a proud support of the Project since its inception. 

Learn more about projected climate impacts on the Spokane region.  

Learn more with the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit

CDC's Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) Framework

The Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) framework is a five-step process to help develop strategies and programs to help communities prepare for the health effects of climate change. Part of this effort involves incorporating complex atmospheric data and both short and long range climate projections into public health planning and response activities. Combining atmospheric data and projections with epidemiologic analysis allows health officials to more effectively anticipate, prepare for, and respond to a range of climate sensitive health impacts.


Credit: Centers for Disease Control

1.  Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, (2022) Assessment Report Six, Summary for Policymakers