Learning Guide

Sowing the Seeds for Local Climate Leadership: A Learning Guide for Resident Engagement Using a Connected Communities Approach

A learning guide by the Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA) and the Centre for Connected Communities (C3). 

This learning guide aims to highlight the importance of meaningful resident climate engagement, share lessons that we’ve learned from our partners and community members, and encourage other organizations and individuals to adopt resident-led approaches to their climate work.

Please consider this learning guide as a starting point. This document summarizes some good practices from the field of community development, explores the application of these practices to local climate work, and presents a model for resident-led climate action. We hope that this offers a helpful framework and useful tools that can be adapted and customized to work in different local settings and contexts.

Throughout this learning guide, there are spotlights on the Centre for Connected Communities’ 10 keys framework, how the keys relate to local climate action work, and how they can be applied to better engage with communities.


This guide is for organizations and individuals undertaking work to engage residents on climate change issues and/ or support resident-led climate action, specifically:

  • Environmental non-profits and charities
  • Grassroots climate / green groups or community groups with environmental goals
  • Policymakers with environmental, planning or related portfolios
  • Environmental funders

This guide aims to help the reader to reflect on how their organization and/or work can apply these resources and insights to deepen their climate engagement practice and support authentic community-building processes.



The Toronto Environmental Alliance and the Centre for Connected Communities

Thank you to The Atmospheric Fund for their support in producing this guide.