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CalBRACE Adaptation Toolkit

The CalBRACE Adaptation Toolkit was developed by the California Department of Public Health Office of Health Equity as part of the California Building Resilience for Climate Effects (CalBRACE) project. This database is a collection of tools, reports, guides, and data to help local health departments assess, plan, and monitor in their efforts to reduce and prevent the health risks of climate change. This toolkit is designed for California, but can serve as a useful guide to health departments elsewhere.

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EDGe$ - Economic Decision Guide Software Tool

January 2018

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) EDGe$ (Economic Decision Guide Software) Tool is a software application for community resilience planning. EDGe$ provides a methodology for evaluating investment decisions for adaptation, resilience and recovery from disruptive events or disasters. The tool is focused on supporting the planning process around the implementation of resilient, economically viable infrastructure in communities. by identifying the cost of investing in  resilience, and the benefits of new community level capital investments.

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Resilience Roadmap - A Collaborative Approach to Multi-Jurisdictional Planning

From the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Resilience Roadmap is an online tool offering guidance on the step-by-step process of multi-jurisdictional resiliency planning for critical infrastructure. The tool is designed for local, state, federal, and non-governmental representatives involved in regional adaptation planning and strategy development. Three major steps are identified:

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Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals Adaptation Planning Toolkit

Developed by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP), this Toolkit offers resources and templates to support tribes in climate adaptation planning. In an introductory document, ITEP provides an overview of adaptation planning fundamentals including guiding principles, frameworks, assessment basics, and strategy development. The Toolkit includes templates created by ITEP for tribes to develop adaptation guidance, policy resolutions, and an adaptation plan. Primary adaptation resources and tools are summarized and linked in a comprehensive Excel spreadsheet.

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Landmark at Risk: Protecting the Historic Seaport of Annapolis, Maryland

October 2017

Utilizing GIS tools to overlay flood risk maps with Annapolis’ many historical sites, the interactive web-based resource help users to understand the threat to their community through images and story mapping.  Spurred by the state’s 2008 Climate Action Plan, which assessed what approach  (protecting, retreating, or abandoning) was most appropriate for coastal communities threatened by sea level rise, this tool brings together experts in planning, architecture, engineering, and historic preservation.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts Flood Viewer

2017

The Cambridge FloodViewer is an interactive mapping tool developed by the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts to help the Cambridge community visualize flood scenarios, assess flood risk in a given area, and prepare for climate impacts associated with sea level rise and storm surge. The tool allows users to explore flooding impacts from the community level to the parcel level, and to what extent inundation is projected to occur.

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New Orleans Climate-Smart Cities Decision-Support/Mapping Tool

2017

In collaboration with the Trust for Public Land, the Office of Resilience and Sustainability in New Orleans, Louisiana has completed a publicly accessible Climate-Smart Cities climate risk mapping and planning tool. This decision support tool is designed to guide green infrastructure planning for climate adaptation in New Orleans - through heat mitigation, social equity, flood control, and more. The tool identifies priority areas for multi-benefit green infrastructure investments based on climate impacts, and the location of vulnerable populations in New Orleans.

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Resilience Dividend Valuation Model: Framework Development and Initial Case Studies

August 1, 2017

This paper summarizes a framework developed by the RAND Corporation and the Rockefeller Foundation for valuing the benefits of an adaptation intervention. The framework is meant to allow practitioners to compare options and assess the value of policies more comprehensively than is possible using indices or scorecards. The paper outlines the technical elements of the “Resilience Dividend Valuation Model (RDVM)” and concludes with examples of how the model was applied in Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Vietnam, and the United States.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Craig Bond, Aaron Strong, Nicholas Burger, Sarah Weilant, Uzaib Saya, Anita Chandra

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Metropolitan Washington Council of Government’s Environmental Justice Toolkit

July 27, 2017

Prepared by the Air and Climate Public Advisory Committee of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG), this toolkit provides an overview of environmental justice principles and outlines a series of approaches to better achieve environmental justice goals in the Washington, DC metro area. For each approach, the toolkit lists a number of additional resources that can be used to operationalize the recommendation.

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STAR Climate Change Guide

June 28, 2017

The STAR Communities online Climate Change Guide was developed to help communities address climate change within their sustainability planning process. The guide utilizes the STAR Community Rating System to offer user-friendly guidance to advance local government efforts toward climate change mitigation and adaptation. The STAR Community Rating System is a leading framework and certification program in the U. S. for evaluating local sustainability through economic, environmental, and social performance measures.

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