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Washington State DOT (WSDOT) Guidance for Project-Level Climate Change Evaluation

January 2017 Update

The Washington State DOT (WSDOT) issued this guidance to assist the agency’s project planners in considering climate change impacts, which is required for all WSDOT projects subject to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Washington’s State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). In addition to obligations under NEPA and SEPA, WSDOT’s 2011-2017 Strategic Plan directs the agency to evaluate future climate-related risks and identify strategies to reduce risk. The guidance provides a standard process for analysis and template language to enable planning-level consideration of Washington’s projected climate impacts.

Related Organizations: Washington State Department of Transportation

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Lessons in Regional Resilience: Case Studies on Regional Climate Collaboratives

January 19, 2017

The Georgetown Climate Center report, Lessons in Regional Resilience, documents lessons learned from regional climate collaboratives, which are bringing together local governments and other stakeholders to coordinate climate change initiatives at a regional level. This synthesis report shares lessons from each of the collaboratives in individual case studies, and offers insight to their goals, planning processes, and funding sources. The report is intended to help local governments consider models for coordinating at the regional level to facilitate planning and action to prepare for the impacts of climate change and draws on examples from six regional collaboratives from around the country.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Authors or Affiliated Users: Annie Bennett, Jessica Grannis

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A Greater LA: Climate Action Framework

December 2016

"A Greater LA: Climate Action Framework," known as the "Framework," was developed by the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC) to help leaders in the LA region identify and implement the most promising and effective measures for reducing emissions and increasing resilience to climate change. It was designed to prioritize issues and actions that can have the most regional impact and that require more cross-county coordination.

Related Organizations: Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC)

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A Greater LA: Climate Action Framework - Transportation and Land Use

December 2016

The Transportation and Land Use section of the "A Greater LA: Climate Action Framework" (Framework) identifies regional-scale priorities for the Los Angeles County region to reduce emissions and improve public health, air quality, and climate resilience through transportation and land use decisions. The Framework, which also contains sections for four other sectors, was developed by the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC) to support more coordinated and collaborative regional policies relating to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Related Organizations: Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC)

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A Greater LA: Climate Action Framework - Water

December 2016

The Water section of the "A Greater LA: Climate Action Framework" (Framework) identifies climate change impacts on water resources in the Los Angeles County region, and regional-scale priorities for improving the reliability of the region's water supply under future conditions. The Framework, which also contains sections for four other sectors, was developed by the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC) to support more coordinated and collaborative regional policies relating to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Related Organizations: Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC)

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Modernizing HUD’s Consolidated Planning Process to Narrow the Digital Divide and Increase Resilience to Natural Hazards

December 16, 2016

This final rule updates the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) Consolidated Plan planning process to require states and local governments to consider two additional concepts: 1) the availability of broadband access, and 2) the vulnerability of housing occupied by low- and moderate-income households to natural hazards risks, many of which may be increasing due to climate change. Consolidated Plans are used by state and local governments receiving HUD funds to assess their affordable housing and community development needs, so that they may make place-based investment decisions.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

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Roadmap to Support Local Climate Resilience: Lessons from the Rising Tides Summit

December 2016

The World Resource Institute released a report discussing actions that the federal government can take to promote local resilience initiatives on December 15, 2016.  The report describes the federal actions that have been taken to promote state and local resilience initiatives by the Obama administration and describes ways that the new administration can build upon and enhance these efforts.  The report also includes case studies from around the country about ways that cities, states and tribal governments are preparing for the impacts of climate change.

Related Organizations: World Resources Institute (WRI)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Claiborne Tompkins, Nathan Cogswell

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Executive Order: Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience

December 9, 2016

President Obama’s Executive Order establishes the Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience Area in response to requests from the native coastal tribes in this region for the Federal Government to take action to protect the health of the marine ecosystems, while maintaining sustainable fishing and economic development opportunities. The subsistence practices of these communities, along with inter-related marine ecosystem stability are threatened by warming ocean temperatures, sea ice loss,  sea level rise, increasing maritime traffic, and oil and gas leasing.

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The time to start is now: How implementing natural infrastructure solutions can improve and protect our coasts

2016

This article discusses the value of integrating natural coastal hazard defense solutions - beaches, dunes, reefs and mangroves for example - to manage climate impacts such as sea level rise, flooding, or generally, wave attenuation.  Natural infrastructure engineering guidelines that include performance evaluation are called for in order to begin to integrate these cost-effective methods into resilient coastal community planning.   

Related Organizations: Environmental Defense Fund

Author or Affiliated User: Shannon Cunniff

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D.C. Act 21-539: Commission on Climate Change and Resiliency Establishment Act of 2016

November 18, 2016

In November 2016 the District of Columbia Council passed legislation to establish a  new Commission on Climate Change and Resiliency to act in 2017. (Act B21-0369 established the first Commission on Climate Change and Resiliency for DC in 2015). The 2016-2017 Commission is responsible for identifying best practices in resiliency, conducting vulnerability assessments for critical infrastructure and systems, and making recommendations for legislative or regulatory changes needed to reduce vulnerabilities, among other duties.

Related Organizations: District of Columbia

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