Leading with Equity in Adaptation Practice Program

ASAP and HARC Bring Houston Community Leaders and Climate Adaptation Professionals Together for LEAP Kick-Off Event

On June 22, teams from the American Society of Adaptation Professionals (“ASAP”) and the Houston Advanced Research Center (“HARC”) met in Houston to officially kick-off the Leading with Equity in Adaptation Practice (LEAP) Program.

Upper Gulf Coast

Equitable and effective climate change adaptation and climate resilience projects are community-owned, center local priorities, and are guided by residents’ lived experience. 

Through the Leading with Equity in Adaptation Practice (LEAP) Program, ASAP is partnering with Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) to recruit, train, and support teams of community leaders and climate adaptation practitioners as they implement community-led adaptation projects together.

Contact ASAP's Acting Director, Rachel Jacobson (rjacobson@adaptpros.org), to learn more.

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During the Program Kickoff Event (June 2023), participants had an opportunity to:

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During the Team Building and Team Dialogue phase (July-Sep 2023), Community Teams collaborate to:

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During the Action Phase (Fall 2023-Summer 2024), Community Teams will implement a project in the community. Teams will receive ongoing support including:

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Participants will join a final Celebratory Event (Fall 2024) to share results and celebrate accomplishments with other LEAP teams and the broader community across the region and across the climate change field.

Get Involved

We have recruited volunteer adaptation practitioners who want to share their expertise and provide technical assistance to build stronger, more resilient communities. Volunteers will join Community Teams throughout the Upper Gulf Coast working on community-led climate adaptation planning and action.

Community Teams will be located in frontline communities across the 9-county region of the Texas Upper Gulf Coast (Montgomery, Waller, Harris, Liberty, Jefferson, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, and Brazoria counties).

Volunteering in the LEAP program is an opportunity to grow as a climate change adaptation professional and expand your network! You will:

  • Build the skills, knowledge, and experience to ensure your climate change adaptation practice supports just, equitable, community-defined outcomes.
  • Gain feedback to help your climate resilience products and services maximally support community-led climate change adaptation projects.
  • Build relationships with community leaders and community-based organizations, opening doors for potential future partnership and collaboration.

Volunteers will join a one-day kickoff meeting (in person or virtually) the week of June 19, 2023; engage an average of 2-4 hours/month in LEAP meetings and project implementation activities between July 2023-Fall 2024; and join a ½ day program celebration in Fall 2024. 

Thank You to Our Partners and Funders!

Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC): HARC provides independent analysis on energy, air, and water issues to people seeking scientific answers and operates as a research hub finding solutions for a sustainable future.

National Academies of Science Gulf Research Program: In supporting a safer, more resilient, and sustainable future for the Gulf and all those who call the region home, the Gulf Research Program uses science, engineering, and medical knowledge to empower its citizens and to enhance Gulf Offshore Energy Safety, Gulf Environmental Protection and Stewardship, and Gulf Health and Resilience.