As a complex problem spanning multiple natural and social systems, climate change demands problem-solving approaches that are integrated. “Integrated solutions,” as defined by Climate Solutions New England (CSNE), are “sustainable solutions that solve more than one problem/challenge (e.g., they reduce greenhouse gas emissions, raise community resilience and create economic opportunity) by incorporating relationships and interactions across multiple sectors (e.g., agriculture, forests, water, infrastructure, economy, etc.) and scales (local, state, regional).” To learn more about integrated solutions read our white paper.
With the support of Janes Trust Foundation, CSNE has had an opportunity to identify and dive into in-depth exploration of some of these more integrated approaches being created and honed across New England. Our exploration is grounded by the working assumption: that approaches that are more integrate--that is to say, that have a strong connection to implementation, a systems approach, are participatory, contextualized, responsive to needs, and replicable and scaleable--have outcomes that offer greater promise in meeting the challenges that climate change poses to us as individuals, communities, and as a society.
Building off of this preliminary work looking at diverse solutions, the CSNE backbone team sees an opportunity, in partnership with our advisory team and the network we have begun to build, to take these solutions deeper and broader.
During the summer of 2016 our research team conducted in-depth case study analysis (including interviews and desk research) on the following five topics: