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Local Government Commission (LGC)

Local Government Commission (LGC)

The Local Government Commission (LGC) is a nonprofit organization with a 35-year long history of connecting cutting-edge leaders from across the nation to advance transformative policies and implement innovative solutions for sustainable communities. With roots in California and a national reputation, LGC works to build livable communities and local leadership by connecting leaders via innovative programs and network opportunities, advancing policies through participation at the local and state level, and implementing solutions as a technical assistance provider and advisor to local jurisdictions.

 
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Georgetown Climate Center Green Infrastructure Toolkit

September 14, 2016

From the Georgetown Climate Center, the new Green Infrastructure Toolkit is a comprehensive guide presenting a wide array of best green infrastructure practices from cities across the country. The tool is integrated with the Georgetown Climate Center's Adaptation Clearinghouse to showcase some of the best examples available, whether you are just getting started, scaling up, determining how to pay for green infrastructure, or working to ensure that local policies are integrated with climate equity and environmental justice efforts in the community. The toolkit is intended to aid local governments nationwide in comparing best practices across cities, drawing lessons from different approaches, and crafting similar policies for their own jurisdictions.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

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California AB 2722: Transformative Climate Communities Program

September 14, 2016

California AB 2722 creates the Transformative Climate Communities Program, and requires the CA Strategic Growth Council to award competitive grants to specified eligible entities for the development of “transformative” climate community plans. Priority is to be given to projects that implement the community plans, improve air and water quality, contribute to the reduction of emissions of greenhouse gases and demonstrate potential climate, economic, workforce, health, and environmental benefits in disadvantaged communities. This program will help cities, local jurisdictions, and communities accelerate climate justice and sustainability planning, and help California meet its climate change goals.

Related Organizations: State of California

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Gulf South Rising 2015 - Final Report

September 5, 2015

Gulf South Rising (GSR) was a regional movement of coordinated actions and events in 2015, to highlight the impact of the global climate crisis on the U.S. Southern Gulf Coast region.  This report describes the movement and introduces many of the participants. GSR was a locally­-led grassroots effort that coordinated common narratives and goals from across the region, including frontline communities in Louisiana, Alabama, Texas, and Mississippi, through convenings, activism, and demonstration events. Gulf South Rising was a climate justice initiative that “demanded a just transition away from extractive industries, discriminatory policies, and unjust practices that hinder equitable recovery from disaster and impede the development of sustainable communities.”

Related Organizations: Gulf South Rising

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Adaptation Pathways 1.0: A Guide for Navigating Sea-Level Rise in the Built Environment

August 25, 2016

This report summarizes a May 2016 Sea-Level Rise Summit organized by the Florida Center for Environmental Studies at Florida Atlantic University. The goal of the Summit was to produce a first generation roadmap for adaptation, by translating knowledge and ideas into action. The resulting "Adaptation Pathways" - found in Section III of this report - synthesize the Summit’s dominant themes into sea-level rise resilience strategies.

Related Organizations: Florida Atlantic University (FAU)

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Identification and Engagement of Socially Vulnerable Populations in the USACE Decision Making Process

This primer, by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) Institute for Water Resources, provides guidance on better identifying and engaging with individuals and groups of people who are more vulnerable to floods based on socioeconomic factors such as lack of access to education, adequate housing, economic resources, health care, and strong social networks. The primer provides strategies, tools, and examples of how to work with these vulnerable populations, stressing how active community engagement can actually lead to better decision making around water resources.  In addition to the general guidance, it looks at how USACE’s Dam and Levee Safety Program can better address and engage socially vulnerable population.

Related Organizations: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

Authors: Chris Baker, Seth Cohen, Gigi Coulson, Susan Durden, Ed Rossman

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Managing Climate Change Refugia for Climate Adaptation

August 10, 2016

Supported by the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (CALCC) and the Southwest Climate Science Center, the study "Managing Climate Change Refugia for Climate Adaptation” provides specific steps to help identify and manage climate refugia - or resilient and climate-stable havens for plants, animals, and fishes.  Climate change refugia, here defined as “areas relatively buffered from contemporary climate change over time that enable persistence of valued physical, ecological, and socio-cultural resources” - need to be identified, managed, and conserved for at-risk species.

Related Organizations: Department of the Interior (DOI): California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC), Department of the Interior (DOI): Northeast Climate Science Center (CSC)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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NOAA Guide for Considering Climate Change in Coastal Conservation

August 2016

NOAA's Office for Coastal Management ‘Guide for Considering Climate Change in Coastal Conservation’ provides guidance on incorporating climate change information into new or existing coastal conservation plans. The step-wise process includes six iterative steps which draw from existing strategic conservation planning frameworks, while focusing on climate considerations and key resources relevant to the coastal environment, including coastal watersheds. According to NOAA, the guide is suitable for anyone working to manage or conserve lands in coastal areas including wetland, floodplain, or emergency managers; planners; or conservation organizations. A self-paced online training is provided along with the guide. 

Related Organizations: NOAA Office of Coastal Management

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Developing Urban Climate Adaptation Indicators

2016

The Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) in partnership with the Institute for Sustainable Communities evaluated seven existing sets of climate indicators to determine if any of these frameworks could be adapted to serve city-level needs for evaluating and reporting progress on climate adaptation goals.  This report summarizes their assessment.  They determined that none of the existing frameworks serve the needs of cities perfectly, but many offer insights that can guide USDN members as they develop their own sets of indicators.

Related Organizations: Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN), Institute for Sustainable Communities

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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State of the Climate 2015

August 2016

The State of the Climate report is an annual summary describing the global climate. The 2015 report is a collaborative effort of more than 450 scientists from 62 countries led by NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information, and published annually in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. This 300+ page report provides a detailed update on global climate indicators, describes notable weather events, and summarizes data collected by environmental monitoring stations and instruments located on land, water, ice and in space.

Related Organizations: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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City of Sacramento (CA) Tree Ordinance

August 4, 2016

On August 4, 2016, Sacramento’s City Council unanimously approved a revised tree ordinance that provides additional clarity on how the city manages trees on both public and private property. The ordinance describes trees as an essential part of the city - providing scenic beauty, increasing oxygen levels, promoting ecological balance, providing natural ventilation and air quality improvements, preventing erosion, increasing property values, and improving quality of life. The ordinance combines three prior ordinances into a single ordinance, and updates policies to more stringently protect Sacramento’s tree canopy.  

Related Organizations: City of Sacramento, California

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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