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Case Study on The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact

Case Study on The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact

January 17, 2017

This Georgetown Climate Center (GCC) case study on the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact (Compact) explores how four counties in Southeast Florida formally established a collaborative to create close partnerships with municipalities and other entities in the region to prepare for the impacts of climate change. This case study describes how the Compact was formed and has organized its decisionmaking, what local governments and other stakeholders are involved in the collaborative, what roles it is playing to adapt to climate change, and how the Compact funds its activities. This case study can be used by local and regional governments to help them develop strategies for coordinating across jurisdictional lines to support climate action in their regions.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center, Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact

Authors: Sydney Menees, Jessica Grannis

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Institute for Sustainable Communities

Institute for Sustainable Communities

The Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) is an international nonprofit organization specializing in helping communities, government agencies, NGOs, and businesses accomplish their environmental, economic and social goals - with a particular focus on resource efficiency, governance, and climate mitigation and adaptation. ISC’s programs facilitate peer learning and engagement among local leaders charged with the work of making their communities more sustainable. In the U.S., ISC’s flagship program is the Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy (SCLA), which uses intensive peer-learning workshops to share best practices and accelerate learning on such topics as low-carbon transportation, food systems, adaptation and resilience, green/ local economy, and energy efficiency. ISC also provides implementation support to the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact - a regional collaborative of four counties and 108 municipalities that are working across jurisdictional lines to both reduce emissions and prepare for the impacts of climate change.

 
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Rhode Island Executive Order 17-10: Action Plan to Stand up To Climate Change

September 15, 2017

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo signed an Executive Order on September 15, 2017 establishing that the state will have a Chief Resilience Officer who will work collaboratively with partners to develop a statewide “Action Plan to Stand Up to Climate Change” by July 1, 2018.  The Order recognizes that Rhode Island and its 400 miles of coastline is highly vulnerable to climate change, particularly risks related to warmer weather and waters, sea level rise, more intense storms, and flooding.

Related Organizations: State of Rhode Island

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Keep America Beautiful - Community Restoration and Resiliency Fund

September 6, 2017

In quick response to the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma arriving back to back in August and September 2017, the nonprofit organization Keep America Beautiful launched the Community Restoration and Resiliency Fund. The fund will provide financial aid, technical support, in-kind donations, and other resources to affiliates and community partners whose residents are facing the widespread and long-term impacts of these climate fueled extreme weather catastrophes. The funds will go to green infrastructure projects to improve resiliency, and to building community engagement through social programs. In the future, the Fund will continue to support communities outside of those impacted by Hurricane Harvey and Irma.

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Advancing Climate Justice in California: Guiding Principles and Recommendations for Policy and Funding Decisions

August 2017

Several environmental justice, public health and climate equity organizations in California convened to create a Climate Justice Working Group (CJWG). The working group provided recommendations to the state related to environmental justice and climate equity, as it updated the Safeguarding California climate adaptation plan earlier this year.

Related Organizations: California Climate Justice Working Group

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Key Principles of Watershed Investment: Restoration Priorities

Carpe Diem West is a nonprofit dedicated to addressing “the profound challenge of increasing climate impacts on our water resources in the American West.” They developed this brief to offer an overview of watershed restoration initiatives in the western U.S. that demonstrate successful agency partnerships, investments, and climate adaptive and restoration projects for watershed resiliency - in order to support the creation of more actionable watershed investment plans.

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Harvesting the Value of Water: Stormwater, Green Infrastructure, and Real Estate

2017

The Urban Land Institute has found that real estate developers are incorporating green infrastructure stormwater management requirements into their business models. This report analyzes current stormwater policies and describes a variety of real estate development projects that have responded to them. The report details some of the latest advancements in stormwater management regulations cities are taking to address aging infrastructure, combined sewer overflows, and flood frequency, that is amplified by climate change. Case studies are included that demonstrate how innovative stormwater policies can also create opportunities for private-sector real estate developers.

Related Organizations: Urban Land Institute

Author: Katharine Burgess

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Upper Manhattan Climate Action Manual

2017

The Upper Manhattan Climate Action Manual describes building resilience to climate change in Upper Manhattan and greater New York City. The manual was designed to complement the Northern Manhattan Climate Action Plan produced in 2015, and further connects climate change resiliency, preparedness, and addressing social inequality in New York City. 

Related Organizations: Center for Social Inclusion

Author: Aurash Khawarzad

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New Orleans Climate-Smart Cities Decision-Support/Mapping Tool

2017

In collaboration with the Trust for Public Land, the Office of Resilience and Sustainability in New Orleans, Louisiana has completed a publicly accessible Climate-Smart Cities climate risk mapping and planning tool. This decision support tool is designed to guide green infrastructure planning for climate adaptation in New Orleans - through heat mitigation, social equity, flood control, and more. The tool identifies priority areas for multi-benefit green infrastructure investments based on climate impacts, and the location of vulnerable populations in New Orleans. 

Related Organizations: Trust for Public Land, City of New Orleans, Louisiana

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Making Charlotte a Climate-Ready and Just City

August 2, 2017

From the Center for American Progress, this report presents an analysis on climate change adaptation and resiliency in Charlotte, North Carolina. The report describes how the city is advancing climate action, primarily in building resilient communities prepared for extreme-weather events. The Center also provides recommendations for Charlotte, which focus on engaging working-class communities and integrating social equity considerations into resiliency planning and preparedness. 

Related Organizations: Center for American Progress

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Resilience Dividend Valuation Model: Framework Development and Initial Case Studies

August 1, 2017

This paper summarizes a framework developed by the RAND Corporation and the Rockefeller Foundation for valuing the benefits of an adaptation intervention. The framework is meant to allow practitioners to compare options and assess the value of policies more comprehensively than is possible using indices or scorecards. The paper outlines the technical elements of the “Resilience Dividend Valuation Model (RDVM)” and concludes with examples of how the model was applied in Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Vietnam, and the United States.

Related Organizations: RAND Corporation, The Rockefeller Foundation

Authors: Craig Bond, Aaron Strong, Nicholas Burger, Sarah Weilant, Uzaib Saya, Anita Chandra

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Metropolitan Washington Council of Government’s Environmental Justice Toolkit

July 27, 2017

Prepared by the Air and Climate Public Advisory Committee of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG), this toolkit provides an overview of environmental justice principles and outlines a series of approaches to better achieve environmental justice goals in the Washington, DC metro area. For each approach, the toolkit lists a number of additional resources that can be used to operationalize the recommendation.

Related Organizations: Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG, COG)

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