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Rising Seas in California - An Update on Sea-Level Rise Science

April 2017

This report is a synthesis of the current state of the science on sea-level rise and updated projections for California - produced by a Working Group of the California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) Science Advisory Team, supported and convened by the California Ocean Science Trust. This report is intended to provide the scientific foundation for updating California’s statewide sea-level rise policy guidance - the State of California Sea-Level Rise Guidance Document, initially adopted in 2010 and updated in 2013. The update to this statewide guidance is scheduled for adoption by the OPC in January 2018, and will reflect recent advances in science around ice loss science and sea-level rise, as described in this report. Rising Seas in California, provides the scientific foundation for the update, while also intended to be used with policy recommendations to support coastal hazard resiliency planning, permitting and adaptation at state and local scales.

Related Organizations: California Ocean Protection Council

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Coastal Tourism, Sustainability, and Climate Change in the Caribbean

April 20, 2017

From The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) this 2 volume book examines climate change impacts on the coastal tourism environment, and discusses adaptive solutions that aim to help grow the tourism trade sustainably. Volume I is focused on impacts to Hotels and Beaches, and Volume II on “Supporting Activities” including Golf, Sustainable Food Sourcing, and Airlines and Airports. Both volumes offer essays and case studies by 33 different experts that discuss how tourism sectors in the Caribbean both contribute to, and are impacted by, climate change. The volumes also highlight innovative tourism businesses that are providing solutions to addressing climate change. 

Related Organizations: The Center for Responsible Travel

Authors: Kreg Ettenger, Martha Honey, Samantha Hogenson

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Using Nature to Address Flooding - Naturally Resilient Communities Website

April 6, 2017

The Using Nature to Address Flooding website provides a guide of nature-based solutions for managing coastal, riverine, and urban stormwater flooding. The site includes case studies of projects from across the country to help communities in adaptive planning for flooding by identifying with successfully implemented nature-based solutions.

Related Organizations: Naturally Resilient Communities

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Exploring the Green Infrastructure Workforce

March 27, 2017

This report describes current and future opportunities for the green infrastructure workforce, including educational, occupational, and equity considerations. Surging demand for green infrastructure across the country and the potential for a new national certification program could further professionalize the field and accelerate job growth, providing valuable opportunities for low-income, low-skilled workers to access entry-level jobs with competitive wages and some advancement potential. This report describes the current workforce and field, reviews projections for job growth, and offers recommendations for policymakers, employers, education and training providers, and other stakeholders interested in expanding job opportunities in direct installation, maintenance, and inspection (IMI) of green infrastructure (GI).

Related Organizations: Jobs for the Future

Author: Sara Lamback

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Flood Protection Pay-Offs: A Local Government Guide to the Community Rating System

March 2017

This comprehensive guide to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS) is compiled by Wetlands Watch. The NFIP CRS program provides flood insurance discounts, of up to 45%, to constituents within a localities where local governments pursue activities that mitigate flood risks. The guide is meant to help local governments determine which practices may earn credit under the CRS program, what adjustments they may need to make to receive credit, and if funding opportunities are available to assist local governments in meeting credit requirements.

Related Organizations: Wetlands Watch

Author: Mary-Carson Stiff

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Medical Alert! Climate Change is Harming Our Health

March 15, 2017

From the newly formed Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, this report discusses urgent and compounding public health impacts from climate change. The Consortium is composed of physicians from 11 medical societies, representing over half of the nation’s doctors, who determined a need to share their concern about the health consequences of climate change with the public. The opening summary concludes with this: “In sum, we are sounding the alarm that the ultimate danger of climate change is that it poses a danger to the health of every American now and in the future.”

Related Organizations: Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Resilience Strategy

March 2017

The City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania released its Resilience Strategy in March 2017 to provide a holistic strategy for helping the city to manage challenges from a changing environment, globalization, and urbanization. The Strategy sets goals, objectives, and action organized around a “P4” community-centered framework addressing resilience in terms of People, Place, Planet, and Performance.  The Strategy is intended to be a blueprint to help the city prepare for resilience challenges by helping the city improve coordination among government and non-governmental organizations, improve budgeting and capital coordination citywide, ensure the institutionalization of resilience practices, and increase resident engagement and empowerment. Development of this plan was supported by the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative.

Related Organizations: City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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A City With Global Goals Part I and Part II

2016

From the New York City Mayor’s Office for International Affairs, this report and info-graphics are designed to illustrate the connections between the United Nation’s global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established in 2015, and the visions, goals, initiatives and targets from New York City’s 2015 sustainability plan One New York: The Plan for a Just and Strong City (or OneNYC).” 

Related Organizations: New York City Mayor's Office for International Affairs

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From the ground up – How communities can collaborate to drive local adaptation and influence the national agenda

March 2017

The Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) has identified a series of strategies to help community-level organizations to increase climate resilience - which are reviewed in this policy brief. The analysis focusses on the Caribbean, but has widely applicable lessons for community-based adaptation elsewhere.

Author: Will Bugler

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Making Nashville a More Livable and Sustainable City for All

March 9, 2017

This report summarizes efforts, under Mayor Megan Berry, to make Nashville the “greenest city in the Southeast.” The authors argue that, while recent planning by the Nashville-Davidson Metropolitan Planning Commission are likely to enhance environmental quality, more must be done to address poverty and historical inequities. Specific to climate adaptation, the report delineates how regional climate change will disproportionately impact low-income communities in Nashville, and describes how proposed initiatives can be expanded or adjusted to enhance equitable outcomes.   

Related Organizations: Center for American Progress

Authors: Miranda Peterson, Cathleen Kelly

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