Rural Climate Policy Priorities

The intent of this working document is to describe climate change concerns specific to rural communities in the United States and identify...

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As printed in the Des Moines Register on June 13, 2015:

As political candidates begin traveling across Iowa, they will no doubt be asked what action they will take on climate change. It’s important to help them remember that low-income, rural Americans are extremely vulnerable to the economic and health effects of a changing climate, and stand to benefit the most from investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Rural communities feel the direct impacts of a changing climate. Farmers and ranchers adapt to extreme weather by necessity, rural grocery stores have higher electricity bills during heat... read more

The Center for Rural Strategies has produced numerous news stories and opinion pieces on the transition away from extractive energy in Appalachia. This booklet is a compilation of these stories.

The Center for Rural Strategies hosts the National Rural Assembly. Can you provide some history about the National Rural Assembly and tell us about this year’s gathering?

The Center for Rural Strategies was founded in 2001 in Whitesburg, Kentucky, a small town in the Appalachian coalfields. Rural Strategies seeks to improve economic and social conditions for communities in the countryside and around the world through the creative and innovative use of media and communications. By presenting accurate and compelling portraits of rural lives and cultures, we work to... read more

Across the country, local and regional agencies are finding new ways of building resilience through their day-to-day decisions.  By applying a new lens to not only disaster recovery but also to planning, zoning, capital investment, lending, and other routine services, they are making their communities better able to withstand and bounce back from natural disasters and the impacts of climate change.

On May 19-20, the NADO Research Foundation and the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), with support from the ... read more

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