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Wetlands Watch

Wetlands Watch

Wetlands Watch, based in Norfolk, VA, focuses on protecting wetlands statewide in Virginia. Wetlands Watch approaches this through both top-down approaches and grassroots activism. Related to climate adaptation, Wetlands Watch is working to implement adaptation strategies that address the risk of sea level rise to Virginia's coastal wetlands. 

Wetlands Watch created a Sea-Level Rise Adaptation Guide to help Virginia municipalities prepare for the impacts of sea-level rise, along with offering other resources and tools.

 
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Flood Protection Pay-Offs: A Local Government Guide to the Community Rating System

March 2017

This comprehensive guide to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS) is compiled by Wetlands Watch. The NFIP CRS program provides flood insurance discounts, of up to 45%, to constituents within a localities where local governments pursue activities that mitigate flood risks. The guide is meant to help local governments determine which practices may earn credit under the CRS program, what adjustments they may need to make to receive credit, and if funding opportunities are available to assist local governments in meeting credit requirements.

Related Organizations: Wetlands Watch

Author: Mary-Carson Stiff

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Medical Alert! Climate Change is Harming Our Health

March 15, 2017

From the newly formed Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, this report discusses urgent and compounding public health impacts from climate change. The Consortium is composed of physicians from 11 medical societies, representing over half of the nation’s doctors, who determined a need to share their concern about the health consequences of climate change with the public. The opening summary concludes with this: “In sum, we are sounding the alarm that the ultimate danger of climate change is that it poses a danger to the health of every American now and in the future.”

Related Organizations: Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Resilience Strategy

March 2017

The City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania released its Resilience Strategy in March 2017 to provide a holistic strategy for helping the city to manage challenges from a changing environment, globalization, and urbanization. The Strategy sets goals, objectives, and action organized around a “P4” community-centered framework addressing resilience in terms of People, Place, Planet, and Performance.  The Strategy is intended to be a blueprint to help the city prepare for resilience challenges by helping the city improve coordination among government and non-governmental organizations, improve budgeting and capital coordination citywide, ensure the institutionalization of resilience practices, and increase resident engagement and empowerment. Development of this plan was supported by the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative.

Related Organizations: City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Making Nashville a More Livable and Sustainable City for All

March 9, 2017

This report summarizes efforts, under Mayor Megan Berry, to make Nashville the “greenest city in the Southeast.” The authors argue that, while recent planning by the Nashville-Davidson Metropolitan Planning Commission are likely to enhance environmental quality, more must be done to address poverty and historical inequities. Specific to climate adaptation, the report delineates how regional climate change will disproportionately impact low-income communities in Nashville, and describes how proposed initiatives can be expanded or adjusted to enhance equitable outcomes.   

Related Organizations: Center for American Progress

Authors: Miranda Peterson, Cathleen Kelly

Resource Category: Planning

 

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California State Water Board - Resolution No. 2017 - Comprehensive Response to Climate Change

March 7, 2017

On March 7, 2017, California's State Water Resources Control Board adopted a resolution to integrate climate change comprehensively into its programs and decisionmaking, including drinking water regulation, water quality initiatives, and financial assistance. The resolution creates new requirements for divisions within the State Water Board that will help the agency achieve goals relating to adaptation, ecosystem resilience, water use and efficiency, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Related Organizations: California State Water Resources Control Board

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Caribbean climate adaptation – The role of government

March 2017

The Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) has been researching, advocating and publishing on climate change adaptation policy in the Caribbean for over ten years. Some of their findings and resulting resources are presented on this CDKN Caribbean climate adaptation website about the role of government - described as a “knowledge package.” This package which includes research papers, case studies, and decision-support tools, is the first of four planned knowledge packages on climate change in the Caribbean. The resources are aimed at Caribbean policy makers, researchers, and policy advocates, providing information about how national government can facilitate climate resilience in the region.

Author: Will Bugler

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PG&E Better Together Resilient Communities Grant Program

March 1, 2017

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) PG&E is offering a $1 million Better Together Resilient Communities grant program to help California communities better prepare for, withstand, and recover from extreme weather events and other risks related to climate change. PG&E will invest $1 million over five years – or $200,000 per year – in shareholder-funded grants. PG&E will award two individual grants of $100,000 in 2017 for wildfire preparedness and resiliency, and the first round of applications are due by May 12, 2017.

Related Organizations: Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Case Study: City of Portland, Oregon Ecoroof Incentive

February 23, 2017

In 2008, The City of Portland Oregon adopted an Ecoroof Incentive program to address the city's stormwater management problems and the incentive program was active through 2012. The program provided an incentive for the installation of green roofs and other innovative roofing methods to better manage stormwater runoff. Green roofs have the potential to help mitigate both the urban heat island effect, increase the energy efficiency of buildings, and manage stormwater. 

Related Organizations: City of Portland, Oregon

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Case Study: Harlem Heat Project

February 23, 2017

The Harlem Heat Project is a community-based initiative that began in New York City in the summer of 2016. It combines crowd-sourcing, data reporting, and narrative journalism to tell the story or urban heat islands in New York City. Non-profit journalism and community-based organizations came together to provide low-cost heat sensors to homeowners in "heat-vulnerable" areas of Harlem in New York City. The data was used to tell the story of disproportionate risks to extreme heat for lower-income and communities of color as a result of increasing temperatures from climate change. The project’s partners include local news stations, WNYC and WHCR, as well as community organizations, such as AdaptNY, WE ACT for Environmental Justice, and iSeeChange. 

Related Organizations: WE ACT for Environmental Justice, AdaptNY

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Case Study: Scottsdale, Arizona’s Cool Roofs Workshop

February 23, 2017

In 2015, the City of Scottsdale, Arizona hosted a Cool Roof workshop series, to promote the use of cool roofs as a strategy for increasing the energy efficiency of buildings and reducing urban heat islands.  Cool roofs are designed to reflect sunlight and heat away from a building, reducing roof temperatures and urban heat islands. Cool roofs also reduce energy use, ambient air temperature, air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, and improve human health and comfort.[ref title=""]US Environmental Protection Agency, Using Cool Roofs to Reduce Heat Islands, available at https://www.epa.gov/heat-islands/using-cool-roofs-reduce-heat-islands (viewed on October 20, 2016). [/ref] cool materials can significantly lower the surface temperatures of roofing shingle
and surface paving. Furthermore, large-scale implementation of cool materials can reduce air temperatures by more than 3°F at the urban scale.[ref title=""]Dr. Brian Stone, Louisville Urban Heat Management Study, Urban Climate Lab of the Georgia Institute of Technology (April 2016).[/ref] 

Related Organizations: Scottsdale, Arizona

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