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GCC: Rebuilding with Resilience - Lessons from the Rebuild by Design Competition After Hurricane Sandy

GCC: Rebuilding with Resilience - Lessons from the Rebuild by Design Competition After Hurricane Sandy

November 15, 2016

This Georgetown Climate Center report analyzes the six winning Rebuild by Design competition projects that were awarded funding after Hurricane Sandy to demonstrate innovative approaches for rebuilding disaster-affected communities in ways that will enhance physical, social, economic, and environmental resilience. This report includes detailed case studies of each of the six winning projects two years into their implementation, and the report summarizes the important lessons that are being learned by officials at all levels of government as they work to design and construct these cutting-edge infrastructure projects in ways that will deliver multiple community benefits and prepare these communities for future impacts from climate change.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center, The Rockefeller Foundation, Rebuild by Design

Author: Jessica Grannis

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Lessons in Regional Resilience: Case Studies on Regional Climate Collaboratives

January 19, 2017

This Georgetown Climate Center's report, Lessons in Regional Resilience, documents lessons learned from regional climate collaboratives, which are bringing together local governments and other stakeholders to coordinate climate change initiatives at a regional level. This report synthesizes lessons and themes explored in more detail in individual case studies of each of the collaboratives.  This report is intended to help local governments consider models for coordinating at the regional level to facilitate planning and action to prepare for the impacts of climate change and draws on examples from six regional collaboratives from around the country. It also explores the benefits that local governments are experiencing by coordinating.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Authors: Anne Bennett, Jessica Grannis

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Smart Growth Fixes for Climate Adaptation and Resilience: Changing Land Use and Building Codes and Policies to Prepare for Climate Change

January 2017

This report focuses on ways that local governments can prepare for climate change impacts through land use and building policies. The report focuses on smart growth strategies that offer multiple benefits beyond climate preparedness including cost-savings, energy efficiency, increasing transportation options, and building economic opportunities. The strategies presented in the report are categorized as modest adjustments, major modifications, and wholesale changes, in order to help local governments determine which options are most appropriate for their own community.

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

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Climate Action in Delaware: 2016 Progress Report

January 13, 2017

The State of Delaware released Climate Action in Delaware: 2016 Progress Report highlighting the state’s progress toward mitigating and adapting to climate change, and outlining some ongoing projects and next steps for state agencies.

Related Organizations: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Climate Change: Improved Federal Coordination Could Facilitate Use of Forward-Looking Climate Information in Design Standards, Building Codes, and Certifications (GAO-17-3)

November 2016 (Rel. Date January 3, 2017)

In this report the Government Accountability Office (GAO) urges the Commerce Department to create a program to share new climate data with organizations that set standards for contractors, architects, housing and highway developers and other construction and engineering groups. In their analysis, GAO found that design standards and building codes generally use historical climate observations rather than forward-looking climate information. In the long-run, this could cost the government billions of dollars in repairs, insurance, and disaster relief. Therefore, the federal government should facilitate and encourage these organizations to proactively take climate data into account.

Related Organizations: U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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OMB Standards and Finance to Support Community Resilience

December 21, 2016

The White House has been coordinating efforts in partnership with insurance and finance leaders on strategic objectives to increase community resilience and insurability since 2014. From the White House Office of Management and Budget, Standards and Finance to Support Community Resilience is designed to identify opportunities for continued collaboration and help ensure that “future investments will be climate smart from the start, that damaged communities build back smarter, and that both public and private sectors are poised to seize new opportunities to achieve resilience.”

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Roadmap to Support Local Climate Resilience: Lessons from the Rising Tides Summit

December 2016

The World Resource Institute released a report discussing actions that the federal government can take to promote local resilience initiatives on December 15, 2016.  The report describes the federal actions that have been taken to promote state and local resilience initiatives by the Obama administration and describes ways that the new administration can build upon and enhance these efforts.  The report also includes case studies from around the country about ways that cities, states and tribal governments are preparing for the impacts of climate change. 

Related Organizations: World Resources Institute (WRI)

Authors: C. Forbes Tompkins, Nathan Cogswell

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Modernizing HUD’s Consolidated Planning Process to Narrow the Digital Divide and Increase Resilience to Natural Hazards

December 16, 2016

This final rule updates the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) Consolidated Plan planning process to require states and local governments to consider two additional concepts: 1) the availability of broadband access, and 2) the vulnerability of housing occupied by low- and moderate-income households to natural hazards risks, many of which may be increasing due to climate change. Consolidated Plans are used by state and local governments receiving HUD funds to assess their affordable housing and community development needs, so that they may make place-based investment decisions. 

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

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Achieving Urban Resilience: Washington D.C.

December 12, 2016

Achieving Urban Resilience illustrates the environmental, health and economic benefits that Washington, D.C. could gain from citywide adoption of smart surface technologies such as cool roofs, green roofs, solar PV, porous pavements, bio-retention, rainwater harvesting, reflective pavements, permeable pavements, and urban trees. The report quantifies the benefits of adopting cost-effective strategies to manage sun and rainfall at a city level, and documents how the District could save at least $5 billion over 40 years with smart surface strategies. The benefits valued for this study include energy cost savings, improved air quality and public health, reduced stormwater runoff, climate change mitigation and resilience, as well as additional support for the economy through the creation of green jobs.

Related Organizations: District Department of Energy and the Environment (DDOE) - Washington DC, District Department of General Services - Washington DC, Capital E

Authors: Greg Kats, Keith Glassbrook

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Executive Order: Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience

December 9, 2016

President Obama’s Executive Order establishes the Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience Area in response to requests from the native coastal tribes in this region for the Federal Government to take action to protect the health of the marine ecosystems, while maintaining sustainable fishing and economic development opportunities. The subsistence practices of these communities, along with inter-related marine ecosystem stability are threatened by warming ocean temperatures, sea ice loss,  sea level rise, increasing maritime traffic, and oil and gas leasing.

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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USGS National Climate Change Viewer

December 9, 2016

The National Climate Change View (NCCV), a new tool from USGS, allows the user to visualize projected climate change at the national, state, or county level in the continental United States. The viewer provides a number of useful tools for characterizing climate change such as: climographs (plots of monthly averages), histograms that show the distribution or spread of the model simulations, monthly time series spanning 1950-2099, and tables that summarize changes in temperature and precipitation (e.g., extremes). The application also provides access to comprehensive, 3-page PDF summary reports for each states and each county.

Related Organizations: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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