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White House Climate Data Initiative

March 19, 2014

On March 19, 2014 the White House announced the creation of a climate change data center, Climate.Data.Gov. Driven by NOAA and NASA, the new site brings together data from across several federal agencies, with the intention of helping to inform and prepare America’s communities, businesses, and citizens.

Related Organizations: The White House, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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Oregon Shores Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Project

The Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Project (CCCAP) is a program of the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition. Oregon Shores is dedicated to preserving the natural communities, ecosystems and landscapes of the Oregon coast while conserving the public's access. The coalition pursues these ends through education, advocacy, and engaging citizens to keep watch over and defend the Oregon coast.

Related Organizations: Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition

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Farming in a Changing Climate

The State of Maryland predicts growing economic uncertainty in agriculture, the state’s largest commercial industry, due to climate change. Published by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, this brochure summarizes climate change related risks for the agriculture sector and potential adaptation strategies. For example, increased temperatures and precipitation variability could translate into greater production costs, as farmers may require additional water for irrigation, or more frequent pest treatments.

Related Organizations: Maryland Department of Natural Resources

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Climate Resilience Webinars: Farming for Success in the 21st Century

2014

Farming for Success in the 21st Century climate resilience webinars are provided online by CalCAN, the California Climate and Agriculture Network. This series of three webinars provides tools to help growers cope with a changing climate and extreme weather events. The webinars highlight the importance of building healthy soils, increasing biodiversity, and employing water stewardship strategies.

Related Organizations: California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN)

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Building Public Support for Floodplain Management: Guidebook

February 2010

This document provides guidance to enable better communication by floodplain managers to community stakeholders in regard to changes in flooding conditions and regulations. This is a particularly challenging field because, as the authors explain, current (as of 2010) economic incentives created by the National Flood Insurance Program make mitigating hazards in flood-prone areas difficult. Consequently, the report explains how floodplain managers can better understand stakeholders' goals, explain flood hazards, provide explanations of new policies, and implement outreach and education programs.

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Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science - A Guide for Individuals and Communities

March 2009

From the U. S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), "The Essential Principles of Climate Science" presents important introductory information about the Earth's climate, impacts of climate change, and approaches for adapting and mitigating change. This climate science literacy guide identifies the essential principles and fundamental concepts for individuals and communities to understand the Earth’s climate system. It intends to improve the ability to make informed decisions about activities that increase vulnerability to the impacts of climate change, and to take the steps to reduce those vulnerabilities.

Related Organizations: U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)

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Elements of Effective Engagement

2016

This brief guide makes recommendations on how to improve community engagement during the planning process for implementing resilient infrastructure. Based on examples from the first seven projects sponsored by Rebuild by Design, this document highlights the best practices of community engagement among the projects as they were implemented. The guide asserts that the success of any project “depends largely on the degree, quality and continuation of community collaboration,” making its recommendations valuable for improving climate resilience in local communities.

Related Organizations: Rebuild by Design

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Climate Solutions University (CSU)

The Model Forest Policy Program's Climate Solutions University (CSU): Forest and Water Strategies is an on-line educational campus.  CSU provides a framework to assist rural forested communities with on-the-ground solutions to the climate crisis. This 10-month educational program teaches local communities in resource rich areas to develop climate action plans relevant to local forest, water and economic issues.

Related Organizations: Model Forest Policy Program

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Rural Climate Dialogues: Minnesota State Convening

September 2016

This brief report summarizes “Dialogues” or discussions between Minnesota state agencies and local community members to begin planning for climate change and resilience in rural Minnesota.  The Jefferson Center and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy convened three Rural Climate Dialogues - in Stevens, Itasca, and Winona Counties - generating “deliberative public engagement” and a shared community response to address climate change. A common priority expressed by all three communities was the need to support local initiatives through state agencies and programs.

Related Organizations: Jefferson Center, The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

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Fostering and Communicating Sustainable Lifestyles: Principles and Emerging Practices

December 2016

This report provided by the UN Environment Program outlines operating principles to guide the design, adaptation, and evaluation of “sustainable lifestyle” campaigns and initiatives. The report identifies strategies for developing community level sustainability projects, and provides guidance for effective communication, framing and engagement approaches. It includes 16 unique global case studies that represent various aspects of sustainable living - from compact communities, an agro-ecological marketplace, to a non-profit saving sharks from shark fin soup.

Related Organizations: United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), Climate Access

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