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Adapting to Urban Heat: A Tool Kit for Local Governments

August 2012

This tool kit is designed to help local governments reduce the effects of increased heat on their communities and citizens. It provides an analytic tool for policy makers to consider a combination of four built-environment changes (cool roofs, green roofs, cool pavements, and urban forestry), providing clear criteria for selecting among these approaches. 

Related Organizations: Harrison Institute, Georgetown Climate Center

Author or Affiliated User: Sara Hoverter

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Protecting the Public Interest through the National Coastal Zone Management Program: How Coastal States and Territories Use No-Build Areas along Ocean and Great Lake Shorefronts

May 2012

This report provides an overview of policy options for limiting new construction in vulnerable coastal areas, and a summary of existing laws and regulations in states with federally approved coastal management programs (CMPs). To better understand and communicate how state CMPs manage ocean and Great Lake shorefront development, NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) conducted this study to look specifically at where states are employing shorefront strategies to protect the public interest and natural resources.

Related Organizations: NOAA Office for Coastal Management

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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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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Adapting to Sea Level Rise: A Guide to California's Coastal Communities

January 2012

'Adapting to Sea Level Rise: A Guide for California’s Coastal Communities'  was created to serve as a guide for California’s coastal managers and community planners to develop adaptation plans for sea level rise that are suited to their local conditions and communities. The Guide begins with background information about climate change and sea level rise and an explanation of why planners in coastal communities should begin to plan for sea level rise and the associated coastal hazards. The remaining sections describe the processes of performing sea level rise vulnerability assessments and risk analysis for the development of adaptation plans that can be tailored specifically to individual communities.

Related Organizations: University of California, Santa Cruz, California Energy Commission

Authors or Affiliated Users: Nicole Russell, Gary Griggs

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) Innovation Fund

2011

The Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) Innovation Fund is a financial-investment resource governed by USDN members to promote collaboration among cities to develop, test, and spread high-impact solutions for advancing urban sustainability.  The goals for the Fund are to spur active collaboration among members, accelerate on-the-ground impact of key practice fields, and position local government leaders as “go to” sources for sustainability innovation.

Related Organizations: Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN)

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Climate Change Handbook for Regional Water Planning

November 2011

Developed cooperatively by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, Resources Legacy Fund, and The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, the “Climate Change Handbook for Regional Water Planning” provides a framework for considering climate change in water management planning. Key decision considerations, resources, tools, and planning options are presented to guide resource managers and planners as they develop means of adapting their programs to a changing climate.

Related Organizations: Resources Legacy Fund, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), California Department of Water Resources

Resource Category: Planning

 

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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 or Affiliated User: Jessica Grannis

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Thirsty for Answers: Preparing for the Water-related Impacts of Climate Change in American Cities

August 2011

In this report the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has compiled local and regional research findings about the water-related impacts of climate change in 12 U. S. cities. NRDC examined more than 75 scientific studies, as well as data and reports generated by government agencies and nonprofit organizations. The report makes clear that some of the most profound effects of climate change are water-related, such as sea-level rise, increased rain and storms, flooding, and drought, and that these kinds of events are likely to increase in the coming years as a result of climate change.

Related Organizations: Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Mark Dorfman, Michelle Mehta, Ben Chou, Steve Fleischli, Kirsten Sinclair Rosselot

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Climate Change: Mastering the Public Health Role Guidebook

April 2011

This guidebook is a translation of a six-part webinar series hosted by the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2009-2010, and is intended to be a useful tool for the public health community in preparing for the challenges of climate change.

Related Organizations: American Public Health Association (APHA)

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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And the People Shall Lead: Centralizing Frontline Community Leadership in the Movement Towards a Sustainable Planet

2011

This paper summarizes a workshop held as part of the February 2011 Coal Retirement Conference that focused on how environmental organizations and frontline communities could more effectively work together. The report highlights several challenges that have stymied mutual collaboration in the past, and some core actions that can support more effective partnerships going forward. While not specific to climate adaptation, these lessons are certainly applicable to those working on equitable adaptation planning.

Related Organizations: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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