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The Climate Planner
Overcoming Pushback Against Local Mitigation and Adaptation Plans

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ISBN 9781032020204
August 26, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
384 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Climate Planner is about overcoming the objections to climate change mitigation and adaption that planners face at a local level. It shows how to draft climate plans that encounter less resistance because they involve the public, stakeholders, and decisionmakers in a way that builds trust, educates, creates consensus, and leads to implementation. Although focused at the local level, this book discusses climate basics like Carbon Dioxide levels in the atmosphere, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the Paris Agreement of 2015, worldwide energy generation forecasts, and other items of global concern in order to familiarize urban planners and citizen planners with key concepts they’ll need to know in order to host climate conversations on the local level. The case studies from around the United States show how communities encountered pushback and bridged the implementation gap, the gap between plan and reality thanks to a commitment to substantive public engagement. The book is written for urban planners, local activists, journalists, elected or appointed representatives, and the average citizen worried about climate breakdown and working to reshape the built environment.

Table of Contents


Part One. Why are we doing this? Local planning and the call

Chapter 1. "Climate change is a lie. It can’t be proven. The climate change myth is a political maneuver."

a. Notes from the Field: Engaging Southeast Florida in climate planning

b. Notes from the Field: Resilient, multi‐modal improvements for Florida State Road A1A

in Fort Lauderdale

Chapter 2. "We don’t have the will. We don’t have the money."

a. Notes from the Field: Preaching common sense, humility, and politeness on climate

issues in San Francisco

b. Notes from the Field: Funding protective levees in Jean Lafitte, Louisiana

Chapter 3. "Climate change is not that bad. It’s only a few degrees. It’s just an attention‐getter. Scientists are using the issue to get their research funded."

a. Notes from the Field: Gathering data in the Tarutao Islands of Thailand

Chapter 4. "All change brings both good and bad. Besides, the climate change cure would probably be

worse than the disease."

a. Notes from the Field: Reducing risk with the Virginia Key Boulevard Levee. Maybe.

b. Notes from the Field: Risk analysis in Miami Beach. Wait, where did my house go?

Chapter 5. "We have bigger problems than climate change and other priorities."

a. Notes from the Field: Adding water conservation and reuse to Plan El Paso’s Sustainability Element

b. Notes from the Field: Failing (almost) to discuss climate with a vulnerable population

in the Mission Valley of El Paso, Texas

c. Notes from the Field: Conversations with skeptics

Chapter 6. "Retreat is not an option. Besides, everywhere in the world is prone to some kind of disaster."

a. Notes from the Field: Planning for in‐migration due to climate change in Hammond,


b. Notes from the Field: Stormwater and flooding management in Miami Beach

c. Notes from the Field: Local food and energy production at Sandywoods Farm, an agri-art community in Rhode Island

Chapter 7. "It’s a lost fight. It’s too late."

a. Notes from the Field: Returning to the Florida Keys to plan for a changing climate

catastrophic future

Chapter 8. "Someone will fix this. Some new technological invention will save us."

a. Notes from the Field: Fighting heat island effects in Laredo, Texas

b. Notes from the Field: Discussing drought in Lubbock, Texas

Chapter 9. "The future can’t be predicted. Climate models are unreliable."

a. Notes from the Field: Disaster planning for my own home during Hurricane Dorian.

b. Notes from the Field: Cost-based decision-making; South Miami’s septic tank problem and the switch to solar

Chapter 10. "I’ll be dead when this happens."

a. Notes from the Field: Planning compact urban form and Knight Kiplinger’s legacy at Newfield in Martin County, Florida

Part Two: Creating Climate Plans

Chapter 11. Identifying the problem

Chapter 12. Co‐authoring the plan with the public

Chapter 13. Dealing with setbacks

Part Three: Two American Cities in 2050 and 2100

Chapter 14. Miami and Southeast Florida

Chapter 15. El Paso, Texas

Conclusion: The Way Forward

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Jason King, AICP, is a city planner who has directed multidisciplinary teams around the U.S. and world and has served as the project director and prime author on over 200 plans for cities, towns, neighborhoods, and corridors. From the first plan he worked on for the Tarautao Islands of Thailand, to the multiple plans he authored in Coastal Louisiana, Southeast Florida, and the American Southwest, Jason’s work has focused on social, economic, and climate change resilience. He is a Principal at Dover, Kohl & Partners.


"The Climate Planner is a very accessible and pragmatic book that helps readers navigate the challenging political landscape of climate change and find solutions. At the same time, the book is holistic and marries the disciplines of climate science, effective communication theory, and local climate planning to achieve the local cohesiveness required for climate action plan implementation. The Climate Planner empowers citizens, urban planners, and local elected leaders with solutions. The material is well-timed and opportune. I believe this book will become a classic in the field of planning." —Diana Pena, founding partner, Able City

"In these uncertain times we are living in, Jason King provides us with real and practical solutions to the climate crisis.  The Climate Planner is a great resource for anyone seeking to affect change in their communities. Offering the latest data and research in climate change and sustainability planning, The Climate Planner also provides a local perspective from cities and communities from across the world. Readers will come away empowered to fight for a better future, to answer the call to make a difference during these perilous times." —Carlos Gallinar, former planning director for El Paso and Principal at Gallinar Planning & Development, LLC.