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Sea Level Rise Adaptation Guide - Virginia

This comprehensive, web-based guide from Wetlands Watch compiles sea level rise adaptation resources for local governments in coastal Virginia.  The guide includes numerous case studies, both from Virginia and other coastal communities of the United States. It also highlights funding opportunities, costs and benefits of different approaches to adaptation, flags adaptation approaches eligible for receiving credit through the National Flood Insurance Program's Community Rating System, and explores means of public engagement.

Related Organizations: Wetlands Watch

Authors or Affiliated Users: Mary-Carson Stiff, Ross Weaver

Resource Category: Planning

 

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San Diego, California Climate Action Plan

December 2015

The City of San Diego, California Climate Action Plan is a strategy to meet greenhouse gas reduction targets, and to achieve resiliency to climate change impacts. The CAP provides strategies for the City to collaborate with communities in assessing vulnerability to future climate change, developing overarching adaptation strategies and implementing measures to enhance resilience.  A chapter dedicated to climate change adaptation identifies climate impacts for San Diego, illustrates current climate adaptation efforts throughout the state, and provides a guide to adaptation and resiliency strategy development.

Related Organizations: City of San Diego, California

Resource Category: Planning

 

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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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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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100 Resilient Cities - Resilience in Action

October 17, 2016

Resilience in Action, subtitled Early Insights into How Cities are Institutionalizing Resilience, profiles three cities – New Orleans, USA; Melbourne, Australia; and Semarang, Indonesia – for their efforts to institutionalize and mainstream resilience. Each city is a member of 100 Resilience Cities (100RC), a non-profit and global urban resilience initiative developed by the Rockefeller Foundation. The report highlights replicable best practices and lessons learned, as examples for others to utilize in developing urban resilience practices.

Related Organizations: 100 Resilient Cities

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Coastal Climate Resiliency - Resilient Retail (New York City)

July 2016

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, New York City (NYC) was left with significant damage to its urban retail corridors. In response, the NYC Department of City Planning launched the Resilient Retail study to address commercial-infrastructure flood resiliency, particularly in retail corridors located within the city’s floodplains. This report offers detailed case studies of affected areas, documents the challenges of increasing flood resiliency within retail corridors, and suggests potential solutions.

Related Organizations: New York City Department of City Planning, City of New York, New York

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Lessons on Climate Change and Poverty From the California Drought

August 19. 2015

This report describes how climate-related extreme weather events exacerbate existing socioeconomic inequalities. In this case, the report highlights the disproportionate challenges experienced by frontline communities during the California drought that began in 2012, which includes communities of color and low-income people living in tribal, rural, and farming communities. The report discusses the following topics: the causes and severity of California’s drought; the drought’s impacts on the national food system; demographics, water rights, and drought impacts in agricultural communities; and policy recommendations.

Related Organizations: Center for American Progress

Author or Affiliated User: Wendy Ortiz

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

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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

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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

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