About the CRUO Initiative
In 2014, Kresge launched the CRUO initiative, a five-year, $29 million effort designed to strengthen the capacity of community-based non-profit organizations to influence local and regional climate-resilience planning, policy development, and implementation to better reflect the priorities and needs of low-income urban communities in U.S. cities. The initiative also sought to strengthen the field by supporting new equity-centered methodologies and approaches to climate-resilience policy and planning.
What We Learned from CRUO
We're proud to present the 2019 CRUO Evaluation Report. We began with one central question in mind: Would cities adopt different and more universally protective policies and practices to advance climate resilience (defined by Kresge to include climate change mitigation, adaptation, and social inclusion) if organizations deeply committed to equity were resourced to fully participate in the policy-formation process?
CRUO Key Findings
The CRUO evaluation affirms the significant value community-based organizations grounded in equity bring to climate-change work. Through the efforts of 15 placed-based project sites, CRUO brought attention to the needs and priorities of communities often underrepresented in conversations about climate change and resilience solutions and helped to elevate the voice of community members in local processes and policy change. Collectively, the organizations achieved meaningful policy wins in their local communities, regions and at the state level by contributing to a shift in how climate-resilience work is framed. They expanded the range of issues recognized as relevant to climate resilience and elevated the profile of equity within the climate resilience field.
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