Inclusive Planning: Sharing Power to Build Resilience in Baltimore

Baltimore is pioneering a decision-making approach that seeks to proactively engage those most affected by public policies. This equity-driven model has been a hallmark of the city's recent work to become more climate resilient. Kristin Baja, former Climate and Resilience Planner for Baltimore Office of Sustainability, describes the city's vulnerability to climate impacts and discusses the importance of power sharing, public accountability, and continuous engagement. Baltimore’s climate action planning process is a model for other jurisdictions seeking to partner in a meaningful way with private citizens to advance shared priorities.

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Kristin Baja
Climate Resilience Officer, Urban Sustainability Directors Network (formerly Climate Resilience Planner, Baltimore Office of Sustainability)