James DeWeese

James DeWeese

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Adaptation Toolkit: Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Land Use

October 31, 2011

The Adaptation Tool Kit explores 18 different land-use tools that can be used to preemptively respond to the threats posed by sea-level rise to both public and private coastal development and infrastructure, and strives to assist governments in determining which tools to employ to meet their unique socio-economic and political contexts.

Related Organizations: Harrison Institute, Georgetown Climate Center

Author: Jessica Grannis

Resource Category: Planning

 

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DC Water Environmental Impact Bond

September 29, 2016

DC Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water), the water utility in Washington, D.C., has announced the nation’s first Environmental Impact Bond (EIB), an innovative bond to fund the construction of green infrastructure to manage stormwater runoff and improve the District’s water quality. The $25 million, tax-exempt EIB was sold in a private placement to the Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group and Calvert Foundation to fund the initial green infrastructure project in its DC Clean Rivers Project, a $2.6 billion program to control stormwater runoff that pollutes the Anacostia River, Potomac River and Rock Creek. The linked case study from the US Environmental Protection Agency's Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center provides an overview of how the transaction was structured.

Related Organizations: District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water)

Resource Category: Funding

 

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State Hazard Mitigation Plans and Climate Change: Rating the States

November 2013

In accordance with federal law, all states must have an approved statewide hazard mitigation plan (SHMP) in order to receive federal disaster mitigation funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The 50-state survey considers to what extent and in what manner climate change related issues are incorporated into existing plans, with all states categorized and ranked. The SHMPs analyzed were all approved by FEMA during the period 2010 to 2012, with the exceptions of Indiana (the latest version available was from 2008), New Hampshire and Vermont (the 2013 draft versions were used).

Related Organizations: Columbia University

Author: Matthew Babcock

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Stronger Housing, Safer Communities: Strategies for Seismic and Flood Risks

March 2015

From the Association of Bay Area Governments, and the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), this report describes the characteristics of housing and communities vulnerable to earthquakes and sea level rise in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. Recommended strategies are provided with a focus on reducing housing and community vulnerability to help the region meet its resilience, sustainability, prosperity, and equity goals.

Related Organizations: Association of Bay Area Local Governments (ABAG), San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC)

Authors: Dana Brechwald, Cynthia Kroll, Wendy Goodfriend, Lindy Lowe

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Federal Action to Support State, Local and Tribal Leaders as They Prepare Communities for the Impacts of Climate Change

July 16, 2014

On July 16, 2014, President Obama announced this series of new climate change initiatives from across federal agencies - based on the recommendations of the State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness - to help state, local, and tribal leaders prepare their communities for the impacts of climate change by developing and rebuilding more resilient infrastructure.

Related Organizations: State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, Executive Office of the President of the United States, Bureau of Indian Affairs, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Energy, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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California 2013 State Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan

September 30, 2013

California’s 2013 Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan Update was approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in September 2013.  Prepared by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), this report is a comprehensive update of the 2010 State Hazard Mitigation Plan (SHMP) addressing the impacts of disasters caused by natural, technological, accidental, and human-caused hazards in California.

Related Organizations: State of California, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Author: Michael McCormick

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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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 University, Georgetown Climate Center

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Planning for Flood Recovery and Long-Term Resilience in Vermont: Smart Growth Approaches for Disaster Resilient Communities

July 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have partnered to provide Vermont with technical assistance in planning for long-term flood resilience. The goal of the collaboration is to incorporate smart growth principles into local policies, development regulations, and hazard mitigation plans. The project is a product of EPA's year-long Smart Growth Implementation Assistance project in Vermont.

Related Organizations: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Massachusetts Coastal Community Resilience Grant Program

On April 4, 2014 Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan announced nearly $1 million in funding through Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Coastal Community Resilience Grants Program. The program provides municipalities with financial and technical resources to advance new and innovative local efforts to increase awareness of climate impacts, identify vulnerabilities, and implement measures to increase community resilience. The 10 grant recipients are the communities of Barnstable, Boston, Brewster, Gloucester, Hingham, Hull, Oak Bluffs, Provincetown, Salem, and Weymouth.

Related Organizations: Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, StormSmart Coasts

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Baltimore's Disaster Preparedness and Planning Project (DP3)

October 15, 2013

The City of Baltimore Maryland’s Disaster Preparedness and Planning Project (DP3) was created by the Department of Planning as an effort to address existing hazards while simultaneously preparing for predicted hazards due to climate change. This project develops a program that integrates an All Hazards Mitigation Plan (AHMP), floodplain mapping, and climate adaptation planning. DP3 links research, outreach, and actions to create a comprehensive and new risk-preparedness system for addressing existing and future impacts.

Related Organizations: City of Baltimore, Maryland

Resource Category: Planning

 

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