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Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: 2017 Interim Report

Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: 2017 Interim Report

December 2017

This National Institute of Building Sciences report highlights the benefits of implementing natural hazard mitigation strategies, concluding that a $1 investment in hazard mitigation saves $6 in future disaster costs (updating past estimates of a $4 savings). As part of the analysis, the report considers the benefits of mitigating future costs from sea-level rise and increasing flood risks.   In addition to the losses avoided, the report estimated that 600 lives could be saved and 1 million non-fatal injuries avoided with common sense investments in hazard mitigation.

Related Organizations: National Institute of Building Sciences

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Sustainable Cleveland 2019

2018

Sustainable Cleveland 2019 is a 10-year initiative “to design and develop a thriving and resilient Cleveland that leverages its wealth of assets to build economic, social and environmental well-being for all.” Sustainable Cleveland was founded by Mayor Frank G. Jackson, is administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, and is funded by foundation, corporate and individual support. 

Related Organizations: City of Cleveland, Ohio, City of Cleveland, Office of Sustainability

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Climate Adaptation and Liability: A Legal Primer and Workshop Summary Report

January 31, 2018

The Conservation Law Foundation addresses the legal liability risks of decision makers if they fail to prepare for climate change impacts to infrastructure in this report. Theories of legal liability are described for design professionals (such as engineers and architects) or government entities (like a city or a water reclamation district) as related to climate adaptation and resilience of buildings, roads, and other critical infrastructure. The report was produced from workshops that took place in Boston, and has many references to specific laws and regulations in Massachusetts.

Related Organizations: Boston Green Ribbon Commission

Authors: Elena Mihaly, Deanna Moran

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Safeguarding California Plan: 2018 Update

January 30, 2018

California’s Climate Adaptation Strategy 2018 Update describes the state’s progress in climate adaptation, and presents an actionable plan for the near future. Building on the 2009 California Adaptation Strategy and the 2014 Safeguarding California Plan, the 2018 report is directed by Assembly Bill 1482 (2015-16) to update the state’s adaptation strategy every three years. Guided by the California Natural Resources Agency, 27 state agencies worked together to develop hundreds of actions and recommendations for this update.

Related Organizations: State of California

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FHWA Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Framework

January 2018

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA's) Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Framework is a guide for use in analyzing the impacts of climate change and extreme weather on transportation infrastructure, assessing adaptation options, and modifying decisionmaking processes. The framework is designed to help identify key considerations, questions, and resources that can be used to develop and implement a climate change vulnerability assessment. The processes, lessons learned, and resources outlined in the framework are geared toward State departments of transportation (DOTs), metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and other agencies involved in planning, building, or maintaining the transportation system.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Lenders’ Guide for Considering Climate Risk in Infrastructure Investments

January 17, 2018

Four Twenty Seven, in collaboration with Acclimatise and Climate Finance Advisers, published this guide to discuss the acute and chronic impacts of climate change on infrastructure, and the associated risks and liability for infrastructure investors. Once climate impacts and infrastructure resiliency are taken into account, loan and credit officers can structure lending that maximizes performance and minimizes risks. The guide includes ten “snapshots” or summaries of climate hazards and risks for the infrastructure sub-industries of: Airports; Marine Ports; Gas and Oil Transport and Storage; Power Transmission and Distribution; Wind-Based Power Distribution; Telecommunications; Data Centers; Commercial Real Estate; Healthcare; and Sport and Entertainment.

Related Organizations: Four Twenty Seven

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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.

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.

Related Organizations: Friends of the Earth

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Climate Chaos and Local Resiliency – Water Solutions in the American West 

December 2017

Carpe Diem West presents seven case studies of local water resilience/conservation initiatives across the western U.S. in this online resource.  The organization’s 10th year anniversary report is a presentation of successfully implemented solutions for adapting our water usage to the changing climate. These seven stories highlight strategies that are grounded on the principles of equity, collaboration and sustainability.

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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