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Massachusetts Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Grant Program

2019

Massachusetts’ Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness grant program (MVP) provides support for cities and towns across the state to begin the process of planning and implementing climate change resiliency projects. The state awards communities with funding to complete vulnerability assessments and develop resiliency plans. 

Related Organizations: Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)

Resource Category: Funding

 

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4th National Climate Assessment, Volume II: Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States

November 23, 2018

On November 23, 2018, the U. S. Global Change Research Program released Volume II of the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4) entitled Impacts, Risks and Adaptation in the United States. NCA4 includes sixteen chapters focusing on national topics and specific sectors, nine chapters focusing on different regions of the country, and two chapters focusing on both mitigation (reducing greenhouse gas emissions) and adaptation responses to climate change. NCA4 concludes that: “ [o]bservations collected around the world provide significant, clear, and compelling evidence that global average temperature is much higher, and is rising more rapidly, than anything modern civilization has experienced, with widespread and growing impacts.

Related Organizations: U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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A Guide to Community-Centered Engagement in the District of Columbia

October 2018

The Guide to Community-Centered Engagement was developed by the Georgetown Climate Center (GCC) in partnership with the District of Columbia's Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE). The guide synthesizes lessons from a year-long engagement process that GCC helped to lead in partnership with DOEE. GCC convened an Equity Advisory Group (EAG) of community leaders and residents in far Northeast neighborhoods of DC's Ward 7 to inform the implementation of the Clean Energy DC and Climate Ready DC plans.

Related Organizations: District Department of Energy and the Environment (DDOE) - Washington DC, Georgetown Climate Center

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Smart Policies for a Changing Climate: the Report and Recommendations of the ASLA Blue Ribbon Panel on Climate Change and Resilience

July 9, 2018

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) interdisciplinary Blue Ribbon Panel on Climate Change and Resilience has identified key planning and design strategies, and public policies to establish healthy, climate-smart, and resilient communities. The strategies are founded on core principles of design for natural systems, community development, vulnerable communities, transportation and agriculture.   Many of these policy recommendations focus on the integration of climate resilience and adaptation into land use planning and development.

Related Organizations: The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Financing Climate Resilience: Mobilizing Resources and Incentives to Protect Boston from Climate Risks

April 2018

Financing Climate Resilience was developed by the University of Massachusetts Sustainable Solutions Lab to help the City of Boston identify proactive strategies for financing investments in flood protection and other climate-related risks. The report details the scale of the climate resilience investments needed to reduce climate risks in Boston, estimating that between $1 and $2. 4 billion in investment will be needed in the medium-term to protect the City from climate change impacts. The report examines a range of financing mechanisms that the City could use including bonds, taxes, resilience fees (e.

Related Organizations: University of Massachusetts, Boston, Boston Green Ribbon Commission

Authors or Affiliated Users: David Levy, Rebecca Herst

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Austin, Texas Climate Resilience Action Plan for City Assets and Operations

April 2018

The Climate Resilience Action Plan for Austin, Texas provides an assessment of extreme weather impacts to City-owned assets and operations, and outlines strategies for the City of Austin’s long-range planning in response to current and projected climate change. The plan describes climate adaptation strategies for the City’s Utility Infrastructure (electric, water, wastewater and telecommunications), Transportation Infrastructure, and Community Facilities. 

Related Organizations: City of Austin, Texas

Author or Affiliated User: Marc Coudert

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Resilience Hubs: Shifting Power to Communities and Increasing Community Capacity

March 28, 2018

This report describes an initiative of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) to encourage the creation of resilience hubs, which are defined as community-serving facilities meant to both support residents and coordinate resource distribution and services before, during or after a natural hazard event. While these are primarily meant to address vulnerability and risk, this report explains how resilience hubs can also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support social equity. The report draws on lessons from Washington, DC, and Baltimore, Maryland, two cities that are actively exploring the resilience hub concept.

Related Organizations: Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kristin Baja, Kristin Baja, CFM

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Building a Better Norfolk: A Zoning Ordinance of the 21st Century

January 23, 2018

The City of Norfolk, Virginia adopted a new zoning ordinance to enhance flood resilience and direct new more intense development to higher ground; the ordinance was adopted on January 23, 2018 and became effective on March 1, 2018. The ordinance establishes a Coastal Resilience Overlay (CRO) zone, where new development and redevelopment will have to comply with new flood resilience requirements, and an Upland Resilience Overlay (URO), designed to encourage new development in areas of the city with lower risk of flooding.

Related Organizations: City of Norfolk, Virginia

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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100RC - Strengthening the National Flood Insurance Program

November 7, 2017

This 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) report recommends ways to enhance urban resilience with reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The policy proposals offered here describe “how Congress could create a fiscally sound NFIP that provides affordable and actuarially responsible flood insurance and promotes proactive city-level actions to reduce flood losses.”

Related Organizations: 100 Resilient Cities

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Guide to Equitable, Community-Driven Climate Preparedness Planning

May 2017

From the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN), this guide is aimed at local government and outlines a framework for designing and implementing a community-driven, equitable climate preparedness planning process. Community-driven planning empowers those experiencing the greatest climate risks to co-define the solutions. Rather than treating equity as a component of climate preparedness planning, this guide suggests that equity should be at the center of any adaptation approach. It outlines why traditional planning falls short of supporting equity, describes why climate change vulnerability is not evenly spread, and identifies how typical adaptation strategies can be reframed to focus on equity. Throughout the document, examples from cities are presented to showcase real-world applications.

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Related Organizations: Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Tina Yuen, Eric Yurkovich, Beth Altshuler, Lauren Grabowski

Resource Category: Planning

 

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