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RainReady

RainReady

RainReady, an initiative of the Chicago-based nonprofit Center for Neighborhood Technology, helps communities manage urban flooding in a time of climate change. Urban flooding occurs when rain overwhelms urban drainage systems, causing flooding in buildings and streets. Urban flooding occurs outside of the mapped floodplain, and is distinct from coastal and riverine flooding. RainReady offers flood mitigation and adaptation solutions for individual properties and communities, through community plans, resident education, site assessments, implementation assistance, and linkages to available financing.

 
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Building Ecological Solutions to Coastal Community Hazards – A Guide for New Jersey Coastal Communities

December 13, 2017

From the National Wildlife Federation and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, this report outlines ecological or nature-based solutions to prepare for and adapt to hazards in New Jersey coastal communities. It describes measures to protect open space, enhance and protect coastal ecosystems (including beaches and dunes, coastal forests and shrublands, and tidal marshes) in ways that increase elevation and reduce erosion and flooding risks.

Related Organizations: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, National Wildlife Federation

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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EPA Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreement Grant Program

December 2017

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreement Program provides funding to support community-based organizations to develop and implement solutions that address environmental and/or public health issues for underserved communities. Cooperative agreements will be awarded to collaborative projects that partner with local stakeholder groups such as local businesses and industry, local government, medical providers, and academia. For the 2018 opportunity, the EJCPS program will give special consideration to high ranking proposals to be performed in rural areas. Many of the projects funded through this program in the past have also served to implement climate adaptation solutions. Ten awards will be made (one award per EPA region) in amounts of up to $120,000 per award for a two-year project period. Proposal packages must be submitted through Grants.gov by February 16, 2018.

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

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Implementing Nature-Based Flood Protection: Principles and Implementation Guidance

December 7, 2017

Developed by the World Bank, this report presents principles and guidance for planning, evaluation, design, and implementation of nature-based solutions for flood risk management. This report describes the Principles or key considerations for planning nature-based solutions and offers Implementation guidance, with step-wise actions needed to implement these strategies.

Related Organizations: The World Bank

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Meat of the Matter: A Municipal Guide to Climate-Friendly Food Purchasing

December 7, 2017

The research behind this report suggests that shifting institutional food procurement away from meat and dairy products and towards plant-based options would significantly reduce GHG emissions, and is more sustainable. Eating more plant-based foods is considered essential to meeting climate change goals - as well as plant-based foods offer quantifiable health and environmental benefits. This guide offers tools, strategies, and guidance on how cities and counties can advance climate-friendly food procurement. It provides step-by-step planning support for how municipalities can successfully implement climate-friendly and health-promoting policies and practices for food purchased by public institutions (e.g., hospitals, schools, childcare centers and correctional facilities) and served on municipal property (e.g., in airports, sports stadiums, parks, museums and office buildings).

Related Organizations: Friends of the Earth

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Case Studies of Natural Shoreline Infrastructure in Coastal California

November 27, 2017

This report describes natural infrastructure projects implemented in coastal California to support adaptive planning and solutions regarding climate-related coastal hazards. Five case studies of successful adaptation projects to address coastal issues are provided, demonstrating different strategies for varying coastal environments. The report makes the case that natural shoreline infrastructure is a better alternative to engineered structures such as seawalls that increase erosion. Natural infrastructure is more likely to preserve the benefits of coastal ecosystems which provide flood protection, recreation, wildlife habitat, water quality and more.

Related Organizations: The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Planning and Investing for a Resilient California - A Guidebook for State Agencies

November 15, 2017

The California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) developed this guidance document to support state agency planning and investment in the context of climate change - as directed by Executive Order B-30-15. The report guides agencies through a risk management process to determine how to integrate climate considerations into planning or investment decisions. The guidance offers an introduction to climate risks and how to start incorporating them; some common analytical practices; and principles to guide decision making around climate adaptation, community resilience, and social equity. 

Related Organizations: California Office of Planning and Research

Resource Category: Planning

 

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100RC - Strengthening the National Flood Insurance Program

November 7, 2017

Developed in collaboration with the Georgetown Climate Center, this 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) network report recommends ways to enhance urban resilience with reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The policy proposals offered here describe “how Congress could create a fiscally sound NFIP that provides affordable and actuarially responsible flood insurance and promotes proactive city-level actions to reduce flood losses.”

Related Organizations: 100 Resilient Cities

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Climate Science Special Report - 4th National Climate Assessment, Volume I

November 3, 2017

The Climate Science Special Report is Volume I of the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4). This technical document is the physical science foundation for the assessment, providing an updated analysis of climate change effects across the U.S. The National Climate Assessments are congressionally mandated to assess and inform the nation about the impacts of climate change. The third National Climate Assessment was released in 2014, and NCA4 builds upon this analysis with updated detail. 

Related Organizations: U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Climate Adaptation in the Agricultural Sector: Lessons from Vermont

November 2, 2017

This report from the Georgetown Climate Center describes climate-smart agricultural practices and efforts states can take to help farms prepare for climate change impacts. The report also includes a case study of how the State of Vermont supported adaptation in the agricultural sector after Hurricane Irene in 2011, which may be helpful to states and communities recovering from recent storms. The report was authored by Deborah Markowitz, former Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Author: Deb Markowitz

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Resilient Atlanta - Actions to Build an Equitable Future

November 2, 2017

The City of Atlanta, Georgia released its comprehensive urban resilience strategy, "Resilient Atlanta: Actions to Build a More Equitable Future- which offers a set of visions, targets, and actions that address social equity and climate change adaptation. The strategy was developed to support the prevention of, and resilience to, extreme climate events such as major floods or heat waves, and long-term chronic stresses such as income inequality, lack of affordable housing, and the effects of climate change.

Related Organizations: City of Atlanta, Georgia

Resource Category: Planning

 

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