This pre-organised session seeks to bring practitioners and scholars from Europe and America into a conversation about inclusive climate action planning. Cities across the globe are examining ways to better engage their communities in climate action planning to develop an inclusive response to climate change. An inclusive climate action planning process involves many steps requiring community partnership and collaboration.

These may include but are not limited to empowering the community to identify their needs, priorities, and concerns; examining innovative opportunities; addressing potential barriers to action; analysing the distributional impacts of climate impacts and policies on disadvantaged and advantaged communities; implementing strategies to mitigate GHG emissions and help communities adapt to climate impacts; and tracking progress toward goals.

This pre-organised session brings practitioners who are working in the climate planning space together with researchers who explore the best practices of inclusive climate planning to discuss challenges and opportunities to develop and implement inclusive climate action plans. Papers may focus on the following: 


  •     Assessing community-led projects to help advance climate equity, such as active transportation, renewable energy, urban greening, and more. 
  •     Exploring innovative local or regional action to engage frontline communities in climate action.
  •     Measuring and addressing climate impacts, such as heat waves, wildfires, and flooding, on vulnerable and disadvantaged communities.
  •     Examining how the benefits of cap-and-trade and/or carbon taxation are distributed among advantaged and disadvantaged communities.
  •     Analysing community access to energy incentive programs, clean mobility options, affordable housing near transit and employment centers, and more. 
  •     Investigating how local and community-led actions align with regional, state or national level climate policy and emissions reduction targets.
  •     Reflecting on best practices of incorporating local communities into climate planning processes


If you are interested in participating, please email your paper (draft or similar paper) or extended abstract of 500+ words to Serena Alexander, San Jose State University, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by June 30th, 2022.