The Climate Adaptation Guidebook for Municipalities in the Chicago Region (PDF) is a resource for communities interested in adapting their planning and investment decisions to a changing climate developed by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP). Essentially, this means improving resilience to future weather impacts. The central reason for considering climate change is that, in many instances, it will be cheaper and less disruptive to plan for anticipated conditions than to retrofit or rebuild later. Since it is meant for municipalities, this guidebook concentrates on sectors and services that are typically under their jurisdiction.
Appendices available with this resource include: Primary Impacts of Climate Change in the Chicago Region, Self-Assessment to Address Climate Change Readiness in Your Community, and Financing Opportunities for Climate Adaptation.