Read Aheads for January 2017 convening

This select list of resources include those identified through the project teams research in preparation for the January 2017 convening of the RAC and literature identified in our interviews with city Chief Resilience Officers and RAC members.  

 

 

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City Resilience Framework

April 2014

Supported by The Rockefeller Foundation and developed by Arup’s International Development team, the City Resilience Framework is a holistic, evidence-based framework for understanding city resilience to inform urban planning and investment decisions. The Rockefeller Foundation is using the framework to create resilience-building agendas at city-level with current members of their 100 Resilient Cities Network. Presenting an inclusive method for articulating city resilience, the framework underpins and reinforces the City Resilience Index's full suite of indicators and variables.

Related Organizations: The Rockefeller Foundation, Resilient Communities for America, Arup

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Preparing Our Communities for Climate Impacts: Recommendations for Federal Action (GCC)

September 4, 2014

The Georgetown Climate Center released 100 recommendations to improve federal programs that could be used to prepare for climate change. The report will inform the White House State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Law, Georgetown Climate Center

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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President's State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience: Recommendations to the President

November 17, 2014

As part of his Climate Action Plan, in November 2013, President Obama issued Executive Order 13653 - 'Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change,' creating The State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. The Task Force was directed to advise the Administration on how the Federal Government can respond to the needs of communities nationwide in achieving climate change resilience. The Task Force members, which include governors, mayors, county officials, and Tribal leaders from across the country, met throughout the year and used their first-hand experiences in building climate preparedness and resilience in their communities to inform their recommendations to the Administration. In November 2014, the Task Force presented their recommendations to the President. 

Related Organizations: State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Strategy

August 19, 2013

The Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, established by President Obama's Executive Order 13632 on December 7, 2012, released this 200-page report with 69 recommendations, to help the Sandy-affected region continue to recover and rebuild. The Task Force included representatives of nearly two dozen federal departments and agencies, and the strategy incorporates additional contributions from state and local governments and key local constituencies.

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

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Financing High-Performance Infrastructure

July 8, 2016

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a fact sheet describing ways that state and local governments can finance climate resilience investments using green bonds and other innovative financing strategies.  Green bonds can be used to finance investments in and retrofits to infrastructure to increase community resilience, including investments in renewable energy and grid resilience, clean transportation, drinking and wastewater infrastructure, and more.  The fact sheet provides a high level summary of some financing options including green bonds, catastrophe bonds, resilience bonds, and social impact bonds.

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

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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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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Federal Funding Compendium for Urban Heat Adaptation

December 2013

From the Georgetown Climate Center, this compendium collects and analyzes federal programs with potential to pay for state and local government adaptation to urban heat islands.  This report analyzes federal funding programs providing funding for economic development, energy, environmental protection, public health and transportation to determine whether these purposes can be used to implement measures to reduce the the urban heat island effect in cities.  For each program, the report includes information on who can apply for the funds, what activities the funds can be used to fund, amount of money in the program and average size of grant, as well as potential for use in adaptation. 

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Author: Sara Hoverter

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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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: Claiborne Tompkins, Nathan Cogswell

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative

2012

Authored by the National Academies Committee on Increasing National Resilience to Hazards and Disasters and the Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy - this book focuses on how to increase the nation’s resilience to disasters. It argues that building resilience will involve a cultural shift in which disaster risk is taken more seriously, and resilience and disaster preparedness is valued at all levels of government.

Related Organizations: The National Academies

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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A Primer on Disaster and Emergency Appropriations

March 2, 2016

This issue brief from the Heritage Foundation explains three classifications of disaster and emergency spending including “regular appropriations,” “disaster designated appropriations,” and “emergency supplemental appropriations.” The paper argues that most events should be funded through regular appropriations. Additionally, Congress should establish higher thresholds for disasters so that funding is reserved for major events. This document does not directly address climate adaptation, but this resource is included in the Clearinghouse because disaster policy will be critical to the nation's ability to respond to climate change since climate will increase the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events and is likely to increase disaster costs.

Related Organizations: The Heritage Foundation

Author: Justin Bogie

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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