University of Wisconsin–Madison

Building Resiliency Through Green Infrastructure: A Community Wealth Building Approach

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Policy Areas Community Development, Environment & Natural Resources
Those most vulnerable to the effects of climate change are those without living wages or access to political power. As a result, it is necessary for climate resiliency strategies to adopt a framework of community wealth building. Cities have recently integrated more green infrastructure strategies into their climate resiliency planning; a buildout of green infrastructure projects could create new opportunities for social enterprises and worker cooperatives, which play critical roles in building community wealth, to thrive. This report investigates the state of worker cooperatives and social enterprises in the green infrastructure field, in order to understand the possibilities and strategies for these community wealth building enterprises to seize the opportunity to provide positive jobs in their communities.

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