New Adaptation Mavens Column on CAKE: Don't Forget to Pay Attention

Dear Adaptation Mavens,

A massive heat wave struck our community a decade ago leaving several people dead and many more hospitalized. We had extended power outages, severe water restrictions, and lots of environmental problems. Thanks to this wake-up call, we’ve started to incorporate climate savvy actions into our regional planning and management schemes. We’ve planted more trees for shade, put in place water and energy conservation strategies, and created emergency action plans. Most folks are happy with the changes—property values are up and crime is down in our newly greened-up neighborhoods, and a number of businesses have commented that they’ve noticed significant financial savings thanks to using less water and energy—but a few people are asking whether the changes we have made are making any difference. How can we know if adaptation is working?

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