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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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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

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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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

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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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)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Cities Taking Action: How the 100RC Network is Building Urban Resilience

July 20, 2017

Developed by the Rockefeller Foundation, 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) is a non-profit dedicated to helping cities around the world become more resilient to climate change and other compounding stressors (e.g. high unemployment, aging infrastructure, social inequality). This report describes seven projects that exemplify urban resilience strategies supported by 100RC, and highlights 33 additional projects across 25 more member cities worldwide which are working on similar resilience challenges.

Related Organizations: The Rockefeller Foundation

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Resilient Boston: An Equitable and Connected City

July 13, 2017

The Resilient Boston plan focuses on racial equity, social cohesion and resilience strategies for Boston, Massachusetts. The report outlines visions, goals and actions that support climate change adaptation measures and solutions targeting the most vulnerable residents in the city. Resilient Boston is part of the city’s participation in the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative. 

Related Organizations: City of Boston, Massachusetts

Resource Category: Planning

 

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When Rising Seas Hit Home

July 12, 2017

According to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), hundreds of coastal communities in the U.S. have, or can expect to have, chronic and disruptive flooding inundation from sea level rise in the next few decades. This study identifies all of these communities that will experience enough severe flooding to require either large investments to defend or accommodate sea level rise, or, have to retreat and relocate. The analysis also identifies the “response time” remaining before such flooding occurs, and therefore gives affected communities perspective on the time they have to prepare.       

Related Organizations: Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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USFWS Tribal Wildlife Grants

May 2017

Administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Tribal Wildlife Grants program is a competitive grant program available to federally-recognized Indian tribes to conserve fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats. More than $60 million has gone to Native American tribes through the Tribal Wildlife Grants program since 2003, providing support for 350 conservation projects administered by participating Federally-recognized tribes. This wildlife conservation funding includes that for the focal species of Native American cultural or traditional importance, and species that are not hunted or fished. A number of projects funded through the program have focused on climate change impacts on wildlife on tribal lands.

Related Organizations: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)

Resource Category: Funding

 

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The Governance Gap: Climate Adaptation and Sea-Level Rise in the SF Bay Area

June 30, 2017

This report summarizes the results of a study of governance for climate adaptation to sea-level rise and coastal flooding in the San Francisco Bay Area (SF Bay Area) of California. The study focused on the “governance gap” that exists between the problem of sea-level rise and the implementation of adaptation solutions that increase resilience. From the research, possible solutions to those problems were identified, and a set of recommendations were developed that are “likely to receive stakeholder support, be feasible to achieve and take forward steps on the path towards adaptive capacity.” 

Related Organizations: University of California, Davis

Author: Mark Lubell

Resource Category: Planning

 

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STAR Climate Change Guide

June 28, 2017

The STAR Communities online Climate Change Guide was developed to help communities address climate change within their sustainability planning process. The guide utilizes the STAR Community Rating System to offer user-friendly guidance to advance local government efforts toward climate change mitigation and adaptation. The STAR Community Rating System is a leading framework and certification program in the U.S. for evaluating local sustainability through economic, environmental, and social performance measures.

Related Organizations: STAR Communities

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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