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Harlem Heat Project, New York City

2016

The Harlem Heat Project is a community-based initiative that began in New York City in the summer of 2016. It combines crowd-sourcing, data reporting, and narrative journalism to tell the story or urban heat islands in New York City. Non-profit journalism and community-based organizations came together to provide low-cost heat sensors to homeowners in "heat-vulnerable" areas of Harlem in New York City. The data was used to tell the story of disproportionate risks to extreme heat for lower-income and communities of color as a result of increasing temperatures from climate change.

Related Organizations: WE ACT for Environmental Justice, AdaptNY, I See Change

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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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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Climate Adaptation: The State of Practice in U.S. Communities

November 16, 2016

Looking at 17 communities engaged in adaptation, this report examines what communities are doing to address climate risks. It finds that communities are often motivated by extreme climate event and are more focused on reducing their current vulnerabilities to extreme events, compared to addressing future climate impacts. Despite this, there is encouraging evidence that communities can begin addressing climate change risks and overcome barriers to action and implementation.   The 17 case studies provide insights into the key components of a well-adapted community.

Related Organizations: Abt Associates, The Kresge Foundation

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jason M. Vogel, Karen Carney, Charles Herrick, Missy Stults, Megan O'Grady, Alexis St. Juliana, Heather Hosterman, Lorine Giangola, Joel B. Smith

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Metro Boston Regional Climate Change Adaptation Strategy Report

June 30, 2014

The Boston Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) has developed this adaptation strategy in response to research on the current and projected climate change impacts for the 101 cities and towns of the Metro Boston area of Massachusetts. A Vulnerability Assessment was conducted in developing this strategy and finds that the region is expected to experience an increase in frequency and severity of rain and snow storms, and an increase in heat waves, and sea level rise as a result of climate change.

Related Organizations: Boston, Massachusetts Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Resource Category: Planning

 

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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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Linn County, Iowa Comprehensive Plan - A Smarter Course: Building on the Past and Embracing the Future of Rural Linn County

July 19, 2013

The 2013 Linn County Comprehensive Plan, effective July 19, 2013, broadens the scope of previous comprehensive plans beyond land use planning to include a broad range of goals such as economic development, sustainability, hazard planning, and renewable energy. While climate adaptation is only briefly mentioned, the plan does describe the expected risk from climate change to the county (including increased floods, heat waves, and other severe weather events).   Additionally, the plan encourages the use of green infrastructure to achieve sustainability and hazard mitigation goals.

Related Organizations: Linn County, Iowa

Resource Category: Planning

 

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District of Columbia Department of Transportation: Climate Change Adaptation Plan

February 2013

The District of Columbia Department of Transportation’s (DDOT) Climate Change Adaptation Plan describes the impacts that the District is likely to experience due to climate change, outlines a framework for identifying priority assets, and sets forth a series of action items for implementing the Plan. The target audience for this framework plan is decision makers, engineers, designers, planners, and other transportation professionals in DDOT. The plan focuses only on transportation and was developed based on the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) research and guidance.

Related Organizations: District of Columbia Department of Transportation

Resource Category: Planning

 

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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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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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FHWA - Regional Climate Change Effects: Useful Information for Transportation Agencies

May 10, 2010

Developed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), this report is intended to provide the transportation community (including highway engineers, planners, NEPA practitioners) with transparent, regional information on projected climate changes and effects that are most relevant to the U. S. highway system. This information is designed to inform assessments of the risks and vulnerabilities facing the current U. S. transportation system, and support planning and project development activities.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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