Virtual Hub for Climate Change Innovation

The following is a listing of local and International resources to support innovators working to address climate change. Resources include papers, documents, tools, case studies and podcasts. If you know of any more suitable knowledge hubs, especially any supporting climate change innovation, please contact the VHCCI Swinburne University Project Manager, Dr Matthew Parnell mparnell@swin.edu.au.

BuiltBetter is the low carbon living knowledge hub for a better built environment. It is an initiative of the Centre for Urban Transitions at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne and was funded by the Co-operative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living. The BuiltBetter Knowledge Hub assists built environment practitioners and innovators to make better policy and practice decisions. The hub can be accessed through www.builtbetter.org and has a database of resources, insights, projects and networks sourced from researchers, industry and the government. 

The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) has been at the forefront of adaptation research in Australia at nccarf.edu.au. They are funded through the Commonwealth Government. They have information on Victorian and Australian specific research, knowledge, case studies and tools on climate change adaptation. They maintain a full library of research and publications, the practical guidance information for local government and organisations (e.g. asset managers, finance managers, councillors, etc) and run conferences and webinars.

The Victorian Centre for Climate Change Adaptation Research (VCCCAR)  funded by the Victorian Government through the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), supported by a consortium of Victorian Universities, and hosted by the University of Melbourne. Although funding lapsed on this knowledge hub in 2014, the resources are still available on the VCCCAR website, but the longevity of this site is not known. All VCCCAR Resources have been transferred to the Knowledge Hub for Climate Change Innovation.

WeADAPT is a knowledge bank run by the Stockholm Environment Institute at  https://www.weadapt.org/ They have a wide array of resources, case studies and discussion forums to share ideas on adaptation. Members of the public can share and add case studies and information articles.

Climate-ADAPT is the European Union's knowledge bank for adaptation. It has links to official government information and climate science data, links to policy and legislation, and a knowledge bank that includes tools, case studies, and information to help people take action.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has resources, tools and case studies on climate change action.

The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) is a resource for climate change action in the built environment sector.  They run the Green Star sustainability rating system (which incorporates emissions reduction and adaptation) for buildings and urban precincts.

The Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia is similar to the Green Building Council except they focus specifically on infrastructure. They run events, training and courses to share ideas about sustainability and climate change action in the built environment sector.

America Adapts - The Climate Change Podcast  is a podcast by Doug Parsons, based in the USA with special focus on adaptation issues. They also have a website

The Momentum for Change Podcast is produced by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which includes case studies on climate change action across the globe.

ClimateX is an initiative run by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). While it is focused on climate science, they have a podcast that looks at climate change innovation in transport, energy and buildings.