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Workshop:  Community Resilience in Charleston

April 22, 2015
Charleston, SC

Workshop Agenda

Members of the ResilientAmerica Roundtable met with community stakeholders from across the public, private, nonprofit and academic sectors in Charleston, SC in April 2015 to:

  • Explore what community resilience looks like in each community
  • Hear from community members in the region about success stories and lessons learned in enhancing resilience
  • Begin to identify and prioritize the needs for resilience planning and implementation in the region
During the workshop, participants engaged in interactive activities and facilitated discussion to share ideas and provide feedback about resilience activities in the region, including successes and challenges in building resilience in Charleston.

The meeting began with a brief report out of a table top exercise that was held in Charleston in the summer of 2014 by the Department of Homeland Security. The exercise brought together diverse stakeholders and focused on addressing issues around climate change adaptation and critical infrastructure in the Charleston region.

Special guests and community leaders then talked about recent developments, accomplishments, and lessons learned in their communities. 


Finally, workshop participants discussed resilience challenges and priorities in six different components of community:
  • Physical/Built Environment
  • Social/Wellness Environment
  • Natural Environment
  • Human Environment
  • Economic/Financial Environment
Workshop participants also brainstormed ideas about what aspects of their community have the most impact on resilience in each of the six environments (pictured below).

Charleston workshop-Apr2015-Breakout session 1
Charleston workshop-Apr2015-Breakout session 2
Charleston workshop-Apr2015-Breakout session 3


Scientists, officials look at making a more resilient Charleston on Earth Day, April 21, 2015, The Post and Courier

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