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GCC: Rebuilding with Resilience - Lessons from the Rebuild by Design Competition After Hurricane Sandy

GCC: Rebuilding with Resilience - Lessons from the Rebuild by Design Competition After Hurricane Sandy

November 15, 2016

This Georgetown Climate Center report analyzes the six winning Rebuild by Design competition projects that were awarded funding after Hurricane Sandy to demonstrate innovative approaches for rebuilding disaster-affected communities in ways that will enhance physical, social, economic, and environmental resilience. This report includes detailed case studies of each of the six winning projects two years into their implementation, and the report summarizes the important lessons that are being learned by officials at all levels of government as they work to design and construct these cutting-edge infrastructure projects in ways that will deliver multiple community benefits and prepare these communities for future impacts from climate change.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center, The Rockefeller Foundation, Rebuild by Design

Author: Jessica Grannis

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Norfolk Vision 2100

November 22, 2016

The City of Norfolk’s “Norfolk Vision 2100” sets out a high-level strategy to adapt to sea-level rise and flooding through the end of the century. By taking this long-term approach, Norfolk hopes to begin making planning and investment decisions now that will help ensure it remains a “dynamic, water-based community” as climate impacts become increasingly acute in the future.

Related Organizations: City of Norfolk, Virginia

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Climate Adaptation: The State of Practice in U.S. Communities

November 16, 2016

Looking at 17 communities engaged in adaptation, this report examines what communities are doing to address climate risks. It finds that communities are often motivated by extreme climate event and are more focused on reducing their current vulnerabilities to extreme events, compared to addressing future climate impacts. Despite this, there is encouraging evidence that communities can begin addressing climate change risks and overcome barriers to action and implementation.  The 17 case studies provide insights into the key components of a well-adapted community.

Related Organizations: Abt Associates, The Kresge Foundation

Authors: Jason M. Vogel, Karen Carney, Joel B. Smith, Charles Herrick, Missy Stults, Megan O'Grady, Alexis St. Juliana, Heather Hosterman, Lorine Giangola

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Climate Ready DC: The District of Columbia’s Plan to Adapt to a Changing Climate

November 15, 2016

The District Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) has released the Climate Ready DC climate adaptation plan, charting a city-wide course to respond to burgeoning impacts, including longer, more frequent heatwaves; more frequent intense storms; and increasing sea levels and riverine flooding.

Related Organizations: District Department of Energy and the Environment (DDOE) - Washington DC

Resource Category: Planning

 

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GCC: Rebuilding with Resilience - Lessons from the Rebuild by Design Competition After Hurricane Sandy

November 15, 2016

This Georgetown Climate Center report analyzes the six winning Rebuild by Design competition projects that were awarded funding after Hurricane Sandy to demonstrate innovative approaches for rebuilding disaster-affected communities in ways that will enhance physical, social, economic, and environmental resilience. This report includes detailed case studies of each of the six winning projects two years into their implementation, and the report summarizes the important lessons that are being learned by officials at all levels of government as they work to design and construct these cutting-edge infrastructure projects in ways that will deliver multiple community benefits and prepare these communities for future impacts from climate change.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center, The Rockefeller Foundation, Rebuild by Design

Author: Jessica Grannis

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Rhode Island: STORMTOOLS for mapping coastal flooding

2016

STORMTOOLS is a set of comprehensive mapping tools providing a series of maps and data sets that depict the sea level rise and storm surge in Rhode Island. The site now features a set of data layers for municipalities. STORMTOOLS is intended as a way to make the data outputs of a complex set of modeling processes freely available, and is designed to help homeowners and municipalities in Rhode Island better understand their risks from coastal storms and flooding, and to plan for sea level rise.

Related Organizations: Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council, University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Sea Grant

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Los Angeles County Safe, Clean Neighborhood Parks and Beaches Measure of 2016

November 8, 2016

The Los Angeles County Safe, Clean Neighborhood Parks and Beaches Measure of 2016 (Measure A) supports the protection, enhancement and maintenance of Los Angeles, California’s neighborhood parks, open space, trails, beaches, natural habitat, rivers, streams, and the urban tree canopy - by implementing an annual parcel tax of 1.5 cents per square foot of development. Measure A is expected to generate approximately $94 million per year for local parks, beaches, and open space areas, replacing expiring dedicated funding from Propositions A of 1992 and 1996.

Related Organizations: City of Los Angeles, California

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Opportunities to Enhance the Nation's Resilience to Climate Change

October 2016

From the U.S. Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, this report outlines opportunities for federal agencies to guide resilience action by supporting science and research on climate change impacts, ensuring federal operations and facilities are resilient to climate change, protecting critical infrastructure and other public goods, and facilitating community-based resilience efforts.

Related Organizations: U.S. Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience

Resource Category: Planning

 

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National Park Service Coastal Adaptation Strategies Handbook

October 31, 2016

The National Park Service (NPS) has developed the Coastal Adaptation Strategies Handbook to support coastal area park responses to the climate change effects associated with coastal storms and sea level rise. This handbook reviews climate change impacts on coastal parks; identifies useful resources and adaptation strategies; provides examples of approaches to address coastal vulnerabilities from NPS as an agency and for individual parks; and offers policy and decision-making guidelines. The report provides guidance for NPS managers, partners, and other practitioners in selecting and implementing climate change adaptation strategies in estuarine and coastal areas, including the Great Lakes.

Related Organizations: National Park Service (NPS)

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Resilience Dialogues

October 31, 2016

Officially launched by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in October 2016, the Resilience Dialogues is an online public-private collaboration that aims to provide facilitated consultations to organizations and communities working on vulnerability assessments and resilience planning. The tool provides access to scientists, resilience practitioners, and other experts who can help answer questions and provide needed feedback.

Related Organizations: White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Thriving Earth Exchange

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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EPA Environmental Justice 2020 Action Agenda

October 27, 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmental Justice 2020 Action Agenda (EJ 2020) is the Agency’s environmental justice strategic plan for 2016 to 2020. The plan focuses on the environmental and public health issues for the nation’s minority, low-income, tribal and indigenous populations - and includes information on EPA’s climate justice initiatives. The goals of the agenda are to further integrate environmental justice considerations in all of the Agency’s programs; strengthen EPA’s collaboration with federal, state, tribal, community, and industry partners partners; and demonstrate progress on significant national challenges facing minority and low-income communities.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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