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Surviving and Thriving in the Face of Rising Seas: Building Resilience for Communities on the Front Lines of Climate Change

November 2015

From the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), this report explores the increased risks faced by socially vulnerable populations to sea-level rise.  Building on prior research finding that elderly, minorities, and poor populations will be disproportionately affected by climate change, the paper presents an analytical framework for identifying “climate equity hotspots,” or places where socially vulnerable people live that are also at high risk for coastal flooding.

Related Organizations: Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Rachel Cleetus, Ramon Bueno, Kristina Dahl

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The Cleveland Tree Plan

October 20, 2015

In 2015, the City of Cleveland, Ohio published 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 identifies 25 indicators for assessing the health of the city's urban forest. 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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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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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

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Urban Lands Institute: Returns on Resilience Initiative - the Business Case

May 2016

The Urban Land Institute’s Returns on Resilience project features case studies on real estate developments that incorporate resilient design measures while maintaining positive business outcomes.

Related Organizations: Urban Land Institute

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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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Using Smart Growth Strategies to Create More Resilient Communities in the Washington D.C. Region

November 2013

This publication from EPA's Smart Growth Program examines climate resiliency planning and policy options for local governments in the metropolitan Washington area. The guide describes smart growth approaches that can reduce climate change-related risks to the land use, transportation, water, and buildings sectors. The report was developed as part of a technical assistance project that EPA conducted with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG, COG)

Author or Affiliated User: Megan Susman

Resource Category: Planning

 

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VIMS Recurrent Flooding Study for Tidewater Virginia

January 14, 2013

In March 2012, the Virginia Legislature passed House Joint Resolution No. 50, which directed the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) to study the impacts of recurrent flooding in Tidewater and the Eastern Shore, and to identify adaptation strategies. The Recurrent Flooding Study makes projections for recurrent flooding due to sea-level rise, storm surge, and heavy rainfall, addressing all localities in Virginia's coastal zone.

Related Organizations: Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) Center for Coastal Resources Management

Authors or Affiliated Users: Molly Mitchell, Carl Hershner, Julie Herman, Dan Schatt, Pam Mason, Emily Eggington

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