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City of Boulder, Colorado Floodplain Overlay Districts

2014

The City of Boulder, Colorado’s Land Use Code (Boulder, Colorado Revised Municipal Code Title 9, Chapter 3) includes provisions to establish and implement Floodplain Overlay Districts that provide restrictions or additional requirements for all development in areas of the city subject to flooding. This includes the 500 and 100-year floodplains, Conveyance Zones, preserved corridors that allow flood waters to travel to creeks, and High Hazard Zones, areas with the greatest threat of human loss.

Related Organizations: City of Boulder, Colorado

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Chicago’s Building Energy Programs

September 2013

The City of Chicago adapted energy efficiency policies for both commercial and residential buildings to support both its mitigation and adaptation goals. Waste heat from energy consumption has been estimated to account for about one-third of the urban heat island effect, in some US cities, and energy efficiency policies can be an effective strategy and mitigating these effects. [ref title=""]Dr. Brian Stone, Louisville Urban Heat Management Study, Urban Climate Lab of the Georgia Institute of Technology (April 2016).

Related Organizations: City of Chicago, Illinois

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Chicago's Energy Benchmarking Ordinance

September 2013

The City of Chicago adopted energy efficiency policies for both commercial and residential buildings to help reduce waste energy from residential and commercial buildings, which accounts for about one-third of the urban heat island effect, in some US cities. [ref title=""]Dr. Brian Stone, Louisville Urban Heat Management Study, Urban Climate Lab of the Georgia Institute of Technology (April 2016). [/ref] This ordinance in combination with the city's energy conservation code and utility cost disclosure ordinance seek to enhance energy efficiency in the city's building stock and reduce waste heat from buildings.

Related Organizations: City of Chicago, Illinois

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State of California Sea-Level Rise Guidance Document 2013 Update

March 15, 2013

The State of California Sea-Level Rise Guidance Document was developed by the Coastal and Ocean Working Group of the California Climate Action Team (CO-CAT), with scientific support from the CA Ocean Protection Council’s Science Advisory Team and the California Ocean Science Trust.

Related Organizations: State of California, California Ocean Protection Council, California Climate Action Team (CAT)

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Hawaii Act 286 - Climate Change Adaptation Priority Guidelines (HI SB 2745/HB 2483)

July 9, 2012

This Hawaii legislation integrates climate change adaptation priority guidelines into the current statewide planning system. The guidelines were developed through a collaboration between county, state and federal agencies, as well as businesses, community and native Hawaiian organizations. The policy identifies the challenges associated with rising temperatures, flooding, and coastal erosion - endorsing the 1998 Hawai'i Climate Change Action Plan.  

Related Organizations: State of Hawaii

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Climate Change and "Coast Smart" Construction (Maryland Executive Order 01.01.2012.29)

December 28, 2012

On behalf of the State of Maryland, Governor Martin O’Malley has signed the Executive Order (01. 01. 2012. 29) Climate Change and “Coast Smart” Construction on December 28, 2012 - a landmark initiative to increase the State’s long term resiliency to storm-related flooding and sea level rise. The Executive Order enacts a number of policy directives, including directing all State agencies to consider the risk of sea level rise, flooding and extreme weather to be taken into account in the construction or reconstruction of all state buildings and facilities - and structures to be elevated two or more feet above the 100-year base flood level.

Related Organizations: Maryland Department of Natural Resources, State of Maryland, Maryland Commission on Climate Change, Maryland Department of General Services

Author or Affiliated User: Governor Martin O'Malley

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Vermont Governor's Climate Cabinet and State Agency Climate Action Plan (Executive Order 15-12)

December 28, 2012

The Vermont Governor's Climate Cabinet was established by an Executive Order from Governor Shumlin in December 2012. The Climate Cabinet is charged with providing comprehensive leadership by coordinating climate change efforts, including the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and reliance on fossil fuels, providing outreach and education as well as implementing climate change adaptation efforts across all state agencies and departments.

Related Organizations: Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, State of Vermont

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Maryland Climate Change and "Coast Smart" Construction (Executive Order 01.01.2012.29) – Application to Transportation Infrastructure and Facilities

December 28, 2012

On December 28, 2012, then-Governor of Maryland, Martin O’Malley, Executive Order 01.01.2012.29, Climate Change and “Coast Smart” Construction, directing all state agencies to consider the risk of coastal flooding and sea level rise in the siting and design of state structures to avoid or minimize impacts. The order applies to all state facilities and structures, including transportation facilities.

Related Organizations: Maryland Department of Natural Resources, State of Maryland

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Connecticut Public Act 12-148: An Act Enhancing Emergency Preparedness and Response

July 1, 2012

Connecticut’s Public Act 12-148, ‘An Act Enhancing Emergency Preparedness and Response,’ was signed into law by Governor Malloy in July 2012 to improve the ability of the state, municipalities, and utility companies to better prepare for natural disasters and other emergencies. The legislation is designed to strengthen infrastructure, bolster local preparedness training, improve communication between state and local leaders, and to hold utilities accountable for preparedness planning. Public Act 12-148 will help improve emergency preparedness for natural disasters and intense weather events by: - Establishing standards for the utility, telecommunication, and cable companies during emergency events and establishing penalties in the event the companies do not meet these standards; - Requiring utility companies, telecommunication companies, and Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) Service Providers to submit emergency plans for restoring service; - Creating a microgrid pilot program to be administered by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection; - Studying the feasibility of requiring backup power for telecommunications towers and antennas; - Encouraging the coordination of underground infrastructure projects; and - Requiring the development of procedures to expedite the process of road-clearing following an emergency.

Related Organizations: Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP)

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Climate Change Adaptation: The Impact of Law on Adaptation in the Private Sector

July 2012

This resource summarizes a workshop from March 2012 among academics, non-profit and business representatives, and government officials addressing private sector adaptation to climate change that is influenced by law and public policy. The subset of private sector adaptation measures that are motivated, influenced, prevented, or constrained by government are the focus of the discussion.

Related Organizations: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Center for Progressive Reform, University of North Carolina

Authors or Affiliated Users: Victor B. Flatt, Yee Huang

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