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Opportunities for Equitable Adaptation in Cities: A Workshop Summary Report

Opportunities for Equitable Adaptation in Cities: A Workshop Summary Report

February 15, 2017

This summary report describes the conversations and discussions of participants during a two-day workshop help in April 2016 focusing on on city-level actions that would support social justice goals and better prepare communities for the effects of climate change. The workshop convened nearly 50 thought leaders on equity and climate adaptation, including city officials, representatives of environmental justice and social justice organizations, state and federal partners, and funders who support this work. 

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Authors: Melissa Deas, Jessica Grannis, James DeWeese, Sara Hoverter

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Surging Seas - NFIP Community Rating System Guide

February 13, 2017

Surging Seas is a suite of free public web tools for sea level rise and coastal flood analysis from Climate Central. Climate Central has identified many ways the Surging Seas web tool could be used with FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)’s Community Rating System (CRS). CRS is a voluntary insurance rating program that recognizes communities for implementing floodplain management practices that exceed the Federal minimum requirements of the NFIP. (In exchange for flood risk reduction, policyholders can receive reduced flood insurance premiums.) Surging Seas and included web tools such as the Surging Seas Risk Zone Map and Risk Finder - could be used to support activities that receive points within this program.

Related Organizations: Climate Central

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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New York Regulation - Part 490 - Projected Sea-Level Rise

February 2017

New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) finalized this regulation establishing statewide science-based sea-level rise projections for the three distinct coastal regions of the state: Mid-Hudson, New York City/Lower Hudson, and Long Island. The projections, which were required by the 2014 Community Risk and Resiliency Act (CRRA), will be used and considered by state agencies and applicants in state permitting and other decisionmaking processes, as required by CRRA.

Related Organizations: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Case Study - City of Columbus, Ohio

January 31, 2017

The City of Columbus, Ohio is deploying an electrical vehicle charging network to support alternative modes of transportation, reduce greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles, and reduce waste energy emitted from vehicles that contribute to the city's urban heat islands.

Related Organizations: City of Columbus

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool - CalEnviroScreen 3.0

January 30, 2017

Developed by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment at the request of the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA), CalEnviroScreen is a science-based tool that identifies the California communities most burdened by pollution from multiple sources and most vulnerable to its effects. The tool uses existing environmental, health, demographic and socioeconomic data to create a screening score for communities across the state. Specifically, the tool uses data on 20 indicators covering pollution and population characteristics to create scores for each of the state’s 8,000 census tracts.

Related Organizations: California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA)

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FHWA Emergency Relief Program and Resilience

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) developed this document to clarify that program funds provided through the Emergency Relief (ER) Program may be used to rebuild more resiliently in ways that will prevent damage from future extreme weather events. The FHWA-ER program provides funding for the repair or reconstruction of Federal-aid highways that have experienced major damage from natural disasters or other externally-caused catastrophic failures.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Resource Category: Funding

 

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2016 U.S. Department of Energy Environmental Justice Strategy

January 2017

This strategy document is the culmination of a process that began in November 2007 to review and update the Department of Energy (DOE) 1995 Environmental Justice Strategy. The strategy describes DOE’s plan for complying with Executive Order 12898, Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Population (Clinton, 1994). The strategy outlines its objectives to integrate environmental justice into National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) implementation, minimize climate change impacts on vulnerable people, and comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

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Case Study on The San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative

January 18, 2017

This Georgetown Climate Center (GCC) case study on the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative (SDRCC) explores how local governments in the San Diego metropolitan region are coordinating across jurisdictional boundaries to prepare for climate change at the regional level.  This case study describes how the SDRCC was formed and has organized its decisionmaking, what local governments and other stakeholders are involved in the collaborative, what roles it is playing to support climate action in the San Diego metropolitan region, and how it funds its activities. These case studies 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

Author: Annie Bennett

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Case Study on The Capital Region Climate Readiness Collaborative

January 18, 2017

This Georgetown Climate Center (GCC) case study on the Capital Region Climate Readiness Collaborative (CRC) explores how local governments and other partners are coordinating at the regional scale to address climate change in the Sacramento-capital region of California. This case study describes how the CRC was formed and has organized its decisionmaking, what local governments and other stakeholders are involved in the collaborative, what roles it is playing to support climate action in the region, and how the collaborative funds its activities. These case studies 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

Author: Annie Bennett

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Case Study on The Sierra Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Partnership (Sierra CAMP)

January 18, 2017

This Georgetown Climate Center (GCC) case study on the Sierra Nevada Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Partnership (Sierra CAMP) explores how local governments in the 22-county rural Sierra-Nevada region of California are coordinating across jurisdictional boundaries to prepare for climate change.  This case study describes how Sierra CAMP was formed and has organized its decisionmaking, what local governments and other stakeholders are involved in the collaborative, what roles it is playing to support climate action in the Sierra-Nevada region, how the collaborative is influencing state decisionmaking and broadening connections between rural and urban adaptation efforts, and how the collaborative is funding its activities. This case study can be used by local and regional governments, particularly rural regions, to help them develop strategies for coordinating across jurisdictional lines to support climate action in their communities.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Authors: Annie Bennett, Hillary Neger

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Case Study on The Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC)

January 17, 2017

This Georgetown Climate Center (GCC) case study on the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative (LARC) explores how local governments and other partners are coordinating at the regional scale to address climate change in the Los Angeles metropolitan region. This case study describes how LARC was formed and has organized its decisionmaking, what local governments and other stakeholders are involved in the collaborative, what roles it is playing to support climate action in the region, and how the collaborative funds its activities. These case studies 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

Author: Annie Bennett

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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