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This tab features resources that are rated highly by other members of the Local Government Professionals Network. Local Government Professionals members like you may influence this list by rating resources.  Just click on a resource and assign it a 1 (low) to 5 (high) star rating.  The highest ratings (4 and 5) should be granted to resources that you have found useful in your own work.  

 

 
 

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City of Portland and Multnomah County, Oregon Climate Action Plan 2015

June 2015

The City of Portland and Multnomah County, Oregon 2015 Climate Action Plan (CAP) presents a plan to reduce local carbon emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050 with specific objectives to achieve by 2030. The Plan also identifies over 100 strategies to both reduce local carbon emissions, and adapt to and prepare for climate change in the short-term. The CAP states that its success is dependent on ability to create jobs, advance social equity, improve public health, strengthen natural systems and enhance quality of life, as co-benefits of these mitigation and adaptation strategies.

Related Organizations: City of Portland, Oregon, Multnomah County, Oregon

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Climate Ready Water Utilities Adaptation Strategies Guide for Water Utilities

February 2015

EPA prepared this Guide as part of its Climate Ready Water Utilities Initiative. The Guide presents the projected climate change impacts and adaptation options for drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater utility, for nine regions across the U.S. Detailed examples of adaptation strategies are provided, including those from utilities which have successfully implemented adaptation strategies.

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

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Mapping Our Future: A Work Plan for Public Engagement and Equity in Climate Adaptation Planning in the San Francisco Bay Area

February 2013

This report presents a work plan for regional agencies to partner with community groups on climate adaptation, and support local governments in doing so as well. It also provides parallel recommendations for funders and community groups.

Related Organizations: Bay Localize, Rooted in Resilience, The Kresge Foundation

Author or Affiliated User: Kirsten Schwind

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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California King Tides Initiative

The California King Tides Initiative encourages members of the public to document (photograph) the highest seasonal tides (or king tides) that occur along the state’s coast. Seasonal high tide events can provide a preview of what might be experienced regularly in the future as a result of rising sea levels. King tide events are an opportunity to share what you see in your community with others.

Related Organizations: King Tides

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Chicago Community Climate Action Toolkit

The Field Museum's Chicago Community Climate Action Toolkit includes over 60 multimedia tools to help communities develop and carry out local climate action projects that build on community strengths and improve quality of life. The tools available document the experiences of community partners, present the basics of climate science as they relate to the Chicago, Illinois region, and provide ideas for local climate action.

Related Organizations: The Field Museum

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Local Land Use Response to Sea Level Rise

This report summarizes selected local land use ordinances and regulations that include specific mention of sea level rise or that incorporate appropriate policy responses that may be used to address sea level rise. While developed for The Nature Conservancy Long Island, it is a useful resource for any coastal state.

Related Organizations: Pace University School of Law, Land Use Law Center, The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Deal Island Peninsula Project

2012

The Deal Island Peninsula, in Maryland, is vulnerable to flooding, erosion, storm surge, and changing sea levels.  Beginning in 2012, federal, state, and university funding has supported a collaborative effort to strengthen the ability of local communities to adapt to these changing conditions. Many residents in Deal Island identify strongly with the "watermen" lifestyle, relying on harvesting crab, oyster, and fish for their livelihood and supporting cultural traditions. This project aims to bring together community members, researchers, and environmental managers to learn from one another and support strategic adaptation plans.

Related Organizations: University of Maryland, Maryland Department of Natural Resources: Chesapeake and Coastal Program

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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The Great American Adaptation Roadtrip: Lessons learned about how hometowns across the United States are building their resilience to climate change

January 2015

After visiting more than 30 communities across the U.S. that are preparing for climate change, two enterprising young authors identify six big lessons from ongoing adaptation work in this report released by the Georgetown Climate Center.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Authors or Affiliated Users: Allie Goldstein, Kirsten Howard

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Linn County, Iowa Comprehensive Plan - A Smarter Course: Building on the Past and Embracing the Future of Rural Linn County

July 19, 2013

The 2013 Linn County Comprehensive Plan, effective July 19, 2013, broadens the scope of previous comprehensive plans beyond land use planning to include a broad range of goals such as economic development, sustainability, hazard planning, and renewable energy. While climate adaptation is only briefly mentioned, the plan does describe the expected risk from climate change to the county (including increased floods, heat waves, and other severe weather events).   Additionally, the plan encourages the use of green infrastructure to achieve sustainability and hazard mitigation goals.

Related Organizations: Linn County, Iowa

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The Cleveland Tree Plan

October 20, 2015

In 2015, the City of Cleveland, Ohio the Cleveland Tree Plan to provide a comprehensive assessment of the city’s current urban forest and an actionable strategy to restore it.  In addition to identifying strategies for enhancing and restoring the city's urban tree canopy, the plan details the many benefits that trees provide in the urban environment and quantifies these benefits. 25 indicators for assessing the health of the city's urban forest are included also. The report describes restoration and maintenance of the city's urban tree canopy as a critical component of their efforts to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Related Organizations: City of Cleveland, Ohio

Resource Category: Planning

 

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