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Montana Climate Assessment 2017

September 2017

The Montana Climate Assessment (MCA) reports on climate change trends and in Montana, and climate impacts on three focal sectors of water, forests, and agriculture. The assessment concludes with an analysis of major knowledge gaps, related to the climate impacts identified for the three sectors. 

Related Organizations: University of Montana, Montana State University

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Rhode Island H-5042/S-1005 2017 - Flooding and Sea Level Rise Training for Municipal Planning Boards and Commissions

September 27, 2017

Rhode Island has approved legislation that requires all members of local planning boards and commissions to participate in a training program on the impacts of flooding and sea level rise to the state. One of the priorities is to help ensure that local decision makers can calculate the effects of sea level rise and flooding on development and land use in flood plains. The training is a free two-hour course required once every two years, for both coastal and inland municipalities - as flooding is expected on inland rivers and waterways as sea level rises as well.

Related Organizations: State of Rhode Island

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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U.S. Water Alliance - Water Equity Clearinghouse

September 2017

The Water Equity Clearinghouse is an online database of organizations working at the intersection of water and equity, and presents emergent practices in equitable water management. The clearinghouse highlights the work of utilities, community-based organizations, government agencies, philanthropic organizations, researchers, and others. Climate mitigation and adaptation is one of the “Issues Addressed” filters that returns a number of organizations involved in climate change planning and resiliency around water resources. 

Related Organizations: U.S. Water Alliance

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Caltrans Grant Application Guide: California SB 1 - Adaptation Planning grants

September 2017

California Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, was signed into law on April 28, 2017, to invest $54  billion over the next 10 years to repair roads, freeways and bridges in communities across California.  The new SB 1 planning grant funds include $20 million over three years for Adaptation Planning Grants to local and regional agencies for climate change adaptation planning. $7 million dollars are available for the FY 2017-18 grant cycle. 

The current round of grant applications is due October 20, 2017 by 5pm PT. 

Related Organizations: California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Rhode Island Executive Order 17-10: Action Plan to Stand up To Climate Change

September 15, 2017

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo signed an Executive Order on September 15, 2017 establishing that the state will have a Chief Resilience Officer who will work collaboratively with partners to develop a statewide “Action Plan to Stand Up to Climate Change” by July 1, 2018.  The Order recognizes that Rhode Island and its 400 miles of coastline is highly vulnerable to climate change, particularly risks related to warmer weather and waters, sea level rise, more intense storms, and flooding.

Related Organizations: State of Rhode Island

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Keep America Beautiful - Community Restoration and Resiliency Fund

September 6, 2017

In quick response to the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma arriving back to back in August and September 2017, the nonprofit organization Keep America Beautiful launched the Community Restoration and Resiliency Fund. The fund will provide financial aid, technical support, in-kind donations, and other resources to affiliates and community partners whose residents are facing the widespread and long-term impacts of these climate fueled extreme weather catastrophes. The funds will go to green infrastructure projects to improve resiliency, and to building community engagement through social programs. In the future, the Fund will continue to support communities outside of those impacted by Hurricane Harvey and Irma.

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Advancing Climate Justice in California: Guiding Principles and Recommendations for Policy and Funding Decisions

August 2017

Several environmental justice, public health and climate equity organizations in California convened to create a Climate Justice Working Group (CJWG). The working group provided recommendations to the state related to environmental justice and climate equity, as it updated the Safeguarding California climate adaptation plan earlier this year.

Related Organizations: California Climate Justice Working Group

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Key Principles of Watershed Investment: Restoration Priorities

Carpe Diem West is a nonprofit dedicated to addressing “the profound challenge of increasing climate impacts on our water resources in the American West.” They developed this brief to offer an overview of watershed restoration initiatives in the western U.S. that demonstrate successful agency partnerships, investments, and climate adaptive and restoration projects for watershed resiliency - in order to support the creation of more actionable watershed investment plans.

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Harvesting the Value of Water: Stormwater, Green Infrastructure, and Real Estate

2017

The Urban Land Institute has found that real estate developers are incorporating green infrastructure stormwater management requirements into their business models. This report analyzes current stormwater policies and describes a variety of real estate development projects that have responded to them. The report details some of the latest advancements in stormwater management regulations cities are taking to address aging infrastructure, combined sewer overflows, and flood frequency, that is amplified by climate change. Case studies are included that demonstrate how innovative stormwater policies can also create opportunities for private-sector real estate developers.

Related Organizations: Urban Land Institute

Author: Katharine Burgess

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Upper Manhattan Climate Action Manual

2017

The Upper Manhattan Climate Action Manual describes building resilience to climate change in Upper Manhattan and greater New York City. The manual was designed to complement the Northern Manhattan Climate Action Plan produced in 2015, and further connects climate change resiliency, preparedness, and addressing social inequality in New York City. 

Related Organizations: Center for Social Inclusion

Author: Aurash Khawarzad

Resource Category: Planning

 

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