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Toward Climate Resilience: A Framework and Principles for Science-Based Adaptation

July 13, 2016

The Union of Concerned Scientists present a climate resilience framework with 15 principles that decisionmakers can use to inform their climate resilience planning and actions.  The 15 principles are divided into three categories: science-based decisionmaking, equitable outcomes, and common-sense approaches.  The 15 principles described by the report are summarized below.

Related Organizations: Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

Author: Erika Spanger-Siegfried

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Climate Action through Equity: The Integration of Equity in the Portland/Multnomah County 2015 Climate Action Plan

July 12, 2016

Climate Action through Equity, produced by the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, provides an overview of how equity in Portland and Multnomah County was integrated in the City’s 2015 Climate Action Plan. The case study educates users on city and county initiatives to serve communities of color and low-income populations, what actions the city took to support equity in the 2015 plan, and lessons learned from that process.

Authors: Desiree Williams-Rajee, Taren Evans

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State Innovation on Climate Change: Reducing Emissions from Key Sectors While Preparing for a “New Normal” (GCC)

July 2016

From the Georgetown Climate Center (GCC), this law review article describes innovative actions being taken by states to encourage mitigation and adaptation. The paper explains that some states have taken on a leadership role in adaptation and mitigation in the absence of federal drivers. The adaptation section of the paper (beginning on page 415), provides an overview of the state’s role in encouraging adaptation at the local level and in taking steps to integrate adaptation in state planning, programs, and asset management. This section also explores the opportunity for the federal government to learn from state examples, and collaborate with state actors to remove barriers to adaptation and catalyze adaptation action. 

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Authors: Melissa Deas, Vicki Arroyo, Kate Zyla, Gabe Pacyniak, Melissa Deas

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Financing High-Performance Infrastructure

July 8, 2016

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a fact sheet describing ways that state and local governments can finance climate resilience investments using green bonds and other innovative financing strategies.  Green bonds can be used to finance investments in and retrofits to infrastructure to increase community resilience, including investments in renewable energy and grid resilience, clean transportation, drinking and wastewater infrastructure, and more.  The fact sheet provides a high level summary of some financing options including green bonds, catastrophe bonds, resilience bonds, and social impact bonds.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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FHWA Case Studies on Resilience Pilots

FHWA supported the work of state Departments of Transportation (DOTs) and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) to develop and pilot approaches for assessing the vulnerability of transportation systems to climate change and develop strategies for building resilience in the transportation sector. Nineteen pilot projects were selected and the pilot jurisdictions worked with FHWA's Climate Change and Extreme Weather Vulnerability Assessment Framework. This FHWA website includes the individual pilot studies for the pilot projects funded in 2013-2015 and webinars of the pilot teams discussing their work and their findings. FHWA worked with ICF and others to develop case studies of each of the pilot projects that are also available on this website.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Arizona Department of Transportation, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT), Maine Department of Transportation, Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), California Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), Michigan Department of Transportation, Minnesota Department of Transportation, New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT)

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Climate Change and Environmental Justice: Considerations for Transportation Decision-making

June 2016

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) produced this overview describing how the impacts of climate change in the transportation sector can disproportionately affect environmental justice (EJ) communities.  The report recommends considerations for transportation providers to ensure that climate adaptation measures do not exacerbate these impacts. The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) policy statement on climate change previously specified that USDOT will address inequalities and EJ issues related to climate change and adaptation efforts.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

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NWF - Natural Defenses in Action: Harnessing Nature to Protect Our Communities

June 21, 2016

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) report, Natural Defenses in Action, discusses the role that nature-based approaches can play in reducing the impacts of weather and other climate-related hazards. The report contains 12 detailed case studies demonstrating how communities across the country are already successfully using nature-based infrastructure to protect against flooding, coastal storms, erosion, and wildfire. The report concludes that these nature-based approaches can be more cost-effective than traditional, man-made hazard-mitigation structures and measures, while offering additional environmental benefits.   

Related Organizations: National Wildlife Federation

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FEMA, NOAA Draft Interagency Concept for Community Resilience Indicators and National-Level Measures

June 2016

The Draft Interagency Concept for Community Resilience Indicators and National-Level Measures paper seeks to identify a common framework for communities to assess their resilience using federal data. The concept paper, published by the Mitigation Framework Leadership Group (MitFLG) - a federal workgroup led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - provides indicators aimed at helping local communities to gauge their own resilience capacity and federal agencies to determine the effectiveness of their actions.  

Related Organizations: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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New Hampshire SB 452: State agencies required to prepare for coastal flooding

June 13, 2016

New Hampshire SB 452 entitled: “Requiring certain state agencies to conduct an audit of laws governing coastal regions to enable authorities to take appropriate actions” is designed to help the state identify needs for improving resilience to climate impacts in coastal communities and Great Bay regions.  

Related Organizations: State of New Hampshire

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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New Hampshire SB 376-FN: An Act relative to wildlife corridors

June 10, 2016

New Hampshire Senate Bill 376-FN requires the Fish and Game Department to identify existing and needed wildlife corridors connecting wildlife habitats in the state, and to make recommendations for legislative changes. SB 376 is designed to help improve wildlife corridors and thereby support wildlife resilience in light of climate change and development pressures.

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