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Smart Growth Self-Assessment for Rural Communities

July 2015

This self-assessment tool from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency is a checklist of “smart growth” strategies for local governments and planners that can help inform the development of healthier and more resilient communities. This “yes”/“no” checklist is organized by eleven goal areas common to rural communities, each including examples of associated strategies from around the country with related resource links. The self-assessment allows rural communities to identify strengths and gaps in policies, plans, programs, codes, and zoning regulations which can help inform subsequent identification of high- and medium-priority strategies to address a community’s unique goals and needs.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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U.S. HHS 2017 Environmental Justice Implementation Progress Report

January 2017

This report summarizes the progress of activities outlined in the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) 2012 Environmental Justice Strategy, which complies with Executive Order 12898, Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations (Clinton, 1994). The report identifies priority focus areas for HHS, one of which is climate change. The agency's accomplishments to advance the 2012 Strategy as of 2016 are detailed, including the progress status of 37 actions related to environmental justice that HHS committed to in 2012.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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A Linkage Network for the California Deserts

February 2012

From the Science and Collaboration for Connected Wildlands and Northern Arizona University, this report presents the findings of a comprehensive, multi-jurisdictional habitat connectivity assessment for 44 focal species of the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts in southern California. This study aimed to identify “least-cost” land corridors and linkages essential to maintain or restore in order to promote the adaptive capacity of species movement and ecological processes under changing climatic conditions.

Related Organizations: Northern Arizona University

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kristeen Penrod, Paul Beier, Emily Garding, Clint Cabanero

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Sustainable Franklin County, Massachusetts

June 2013

Sustainable Franklin County is a comprehensive, regional sustainable development plan for rural Franklin County, Massachusetts. The plan provides recommendations and strategies for local governments, businesses, organizations, and individuals to build long-term sustainability and climate change resiliency throughout the county. The report is focused on Housing, Transportation, Economic Development, Energy, Natural Resources, Cultural Resources, and Land Use and Infrastructure sectors, and integrates social equity and climate change adaptation strategies.

Related Organizations: Franklin County Regional Council of Governments

Authors or Affiliated Users: Peggy Sloan, Jessica Atwood, Ryan Clary, Alyssa Larose, Stacy Metzger, Mary Praus, Megan Rhodes

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a scientific agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce focused on the conditions of the oceans and the atmosphere. NOAA predicts dangerous weather, charts seas and skies, guides the use and protection of ocean and coastal resources, and conducts research to improve stewardship of the environment.