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Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Content Guidelines

January 2015

The U. S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) issued revised guidelines in 2015 that outline the federal requirements and guidance for writing a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS).  The CEDS guidelines now require regional economic development agencies to consider how climate change will affect economic development and to include strategies for increasing economic resilience. The guidelines acknowledge that a region’s long-term economic resilience will be defined by its ability to quickly recover from economic shocks and that climate change will increasingly cause economic disruptions.

Related Organizations: Economic Development Administration

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Chicago Zoning Ordinance 17-4-1015 Green Roofs Incentives

2015

Chicago’s zoning code awards a Floor-Area Ratio (FAR) bonus for green roofs that cover more than 50 percent of the roof area. The FAR is available for buildings in downtown mixed-use districts. This type of incentive does not cost the municipality any additional money beyond a small amount of staff time to assess the plans and grant the FAR bonus. For new buildings, developers can make more money by being able to build more square footage on the same plot, and the city gets more square footage of green roofs without large expense.

Related Organizations: City of Chicago, Illinois

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Kaua’i Shoreline Setback Ordinance (No. 979, Bill 2461, 2014)

December 5, 2014

The County of Kaua'i, Hawaii passed a Shoreline Setback Ordinance (effective December 5, 2014) that strengthens the county's shoreline setback requirements. The purpose of the updated bill is to "protect life and property, ensure the longevity and integrity of Kauai’s coastal and beach resources and strengthen current shoreline setback requirements by incorporating science-based erosion rates established in the Kauai Coastal Erosion Study, and current coastal hazard mitigation best practices and strategies.

Related Organizations: County Council of Kaua'i

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MD Executive Order 01.01.2014.14: Strengthening Climate Action in Maryland

November 19, 2014

The “Strengthening Climate Action in Maryland” Executive Order from Governor Martin O’Malley expands the Maryland Commission on Climate Change’s membership, mission, and responsibilities. The 2014 Executive Order builds upon O'Malley's 2007 EO which first established the Commission, stating that more must be done to achieve the State’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Maryland, and to prepare State and local governments as well as residents for the likely health, environmental and socio-economic effects of climate change.

Related Organizations: State of Maryland

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President's State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience: Recommendations to the President

November 17, 2014

As part of his Climate Action Plan, in November 2013, President Obama issued Executive Order 13653 - 'Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change,' creating The State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. The Task Force was directed to advise the Administration on how the Federal Government can respond to the needs of communities nationwide in achieving climate change resilience. The Task Force members, which include governors, mayors, county officials, and Tribal leaders from across the country, met throughout the year and used their first-hand experiences in building climate preparedness and resilience in their communities to inform their recommendations to the Administration.

Related Organizations: State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience

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California Proposition 1 - Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014, Water Bond

November 14, 2014

Proposition 1 - the Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 - is a $7.545 billion general obligation bond measure approved by California voters on Nov. 4, 2014 ballot. The measure will provide funding for needed investments as part of a statewide, comprehensive water plan for California. In part, the Act was passed to help the state address the drought and the impacts of climate change on water supplies and ecosystems.  

Related Organizations: State of California

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Florida Water and Land Conservation Initiative

November 4, 2014

The Florida Water and Land Conservation Initiative, Amendment 1, approved on November 4, 2014, dedicates state funds to acquire and restore Florida conservation and recreation lands. The measure is designed to dedicate 33 percent of net revenue from the existing excise tax to fund the Land Acquisition Trust Fund.

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Options for Adaptation and Loss and Damage in a 2015 Climate Agreement

November 2014

The Agreement on Climate Transformation 2015 (ACT 2015) is a consortium of the world’s top climate experts from developing and developed countries that have come together to "catalyze discussion and build momentum toward reaching a global climate agreement at the forthcoming UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) summit in 2015. " This report shares ACT 2015’s research on key elements of the 2015 climate agreement. The paper explores some of the primary issues relating to climate adaptation, incorporating loss and damage (L&D), and outlines options for addressing them in the 2015 agreement.

Related Organizations: Agreement on Climate Transformation 2015 (ACT 2015)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Chukwumerije Okereke, Prajwal Baral, Yamide Dagnet

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Executive Order 13677: Climate-Resilient International Development

September 23, 2014

This Executive Order was enacted in 2014 by President Obama to integrate climate resilience considerations into all United States international development work. The EO also established the Working Group on Climate-Resilient International Development.

Related Organizations: Executive Office of the President of the United States

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Guidance for Incorporating Sea Level Rise into Capital Planning in San Francisco

September 22, 2014

This Guidance presents a framework for considering sea level rise within the capital planning process for the City and County of San Francisco (CCSF). Adopted by the Capital Planning Committee (CPC) September 2014, the Guidance provides direction to all departments on how to incorporate sea level rise into new construction, capital improvement, and maintenance projects.

Related Organizations: City and County of San Francisco, California, SF Adapt (San Francisco Climate Adaptation Working Group)

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