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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 (SLR) that are suited to their local conditions and communities. The guide begins with background information about climate change and SLR, and an explanation of why planners in coastal communities should begin to plan for SLR and the associated coastal hazards. The remaining sections describe the processes of performing SLR vulnerability assessments and risk analysis for the development of adaptation plans that can be tailored specifically to individual communities.

Related Organizations: California Energy Commission, University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Nicole Russell, Gary Griggs

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Case Study on The Sierra Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Partnership (Sierra CAMP)

January 18, 2017

This Georgetown Climate Center (GCC) case study on the Sierra Nevada Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Partnership (Sierra CAMP) explores how local governments in the 22-county rural Sierra-Nevada region of California are coordinating across jurisdictional boundaries to prepare for climate change.  This case study describes how Sierra CAMP was formed and has organized its decision-making, what local governments and other stakeholders are involved in the collaborative, what roles it is playing to support climate action in the Sierra-Nevada region, how the collaborative is influencing state decisionmaking and broadening connections between rural and urban adaptation efforts, and how the collaborative is funding its activities.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Authors or Affiliated Users: Annie Bennett, Hillary Neger

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Seattle City Light Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan

2015

Seattle City Light is the city of Seattle’s publicly owned electric power utility. The Seattle City Light Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan researches and evaluates the impacts of climate change on the utility and develops strategic actions to maintain reliable, safe, low-cost, and environmental sustainable power to the Seattle region despite changing climate conditions.

Related Organizations: Seattle City Light, City of Seattle, Washington

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Resilient Coastal Development Through Land Use Planning: Tools and Management Techniques in the Gulf of Mexico

April 11, 2013

This toolkit identifies ways to strengthen community resilience through land use planning, focusing specifically on options for the Gulf Coast and the unique considerations related to state laws. The resource also discusses the side benefits of resiliency, like participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and a preferred score on the Community Rating System to achieve discounts on flood insurance premiums in qualifying communities.

Related Organizations: University of Mississippi , Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium

Author or Affiliated User: Niki L. Pace

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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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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NOAA Coastal Community Planning and Development (Training)

Offered by NOAA's Office for Coastal Management on the Digital Coast website, this training program covers planning processes, current coastal development patterns and trends, natural hazard resiliency, and alternatives to conventional patterns of growth and development. The 2-day course is designed for local elected officials, developers, land use planners, business leaders, floodplain managers, hazard mitigation planners, realtors, emergency managers, community groups, members of civic organizations, coastal resource managers, and concerned citizens.

Related Organizations: NOAA Office for Coastal Management

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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EPA Smart Growth: Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities

2011

EPA's Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities seeks to provide targeted technical assistance to communities to protect the environment, promote equitable development and help address the challenges of climate change using a variety of tools that have demonstrated results and widespread application. This technical assistance is designed to help selected local and/or tribal governments to implement development approaches that improve public health, create jobs, expand economic opportunity, and improve overall quality of life.

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

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Achieving Urban Resilience: Washington D.C.

December 12, 2016

Achieving Urban Resilience illustrates the environmental, health and economic benefits that Washington, D. C. could gain from citywide adoption of smart surface technologies such as cool roofs, green roofs, solar PV, porous pavements, bio-retention, rainwater harvesting, reflective pavements, permeable pavements, and urban trees. The report quantifies the benefits of adopting cost-effective strategies to manage sun and rainfall at a city level, and documents how the District could save at least $5 billion over 40 years with smart surface strategies.

Related Organizations: District Department of Energy and the Environment (DDOE) - Washington DC, District Department of General Services - Washington DC, Capital E

Authors or Affiliated Users: Greg Kats, Keith Glassbrook

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Floodplain Management and the Endangered Species Act (A Model Ordinance)

November 2013

This model ordinance for floodplain management was developed by FEMA under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  It is a template that cities, counties and tribes can customize and adopt which allows land users to comply with the NFIP and the ESA. This model case is enacted for the State of Washington, to be implemented at the local level.

Related Organizations: State of Washington, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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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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