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EPA 2016 Workplan: National Water Program Response to Climate Change

April 2016

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Water Program Workplan describes the actions that the National Water Program was planning to take in 2016 to implement the National Water Program 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change.  The 2012 Strategy describes long-term goals for the EPA’s management of sustainable water resources under the impacts of climate change. The EPA states that the Workplan is intended to be a roadmap to guide program planning and inform decision-makers during the Agency’s planning and budgeting process.

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

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Tidewater Rising Resiliency Design Challenge

January 2016

Wetlands Watch, Hampton University, and Old Dominion University collaborated to develop flooding resiliency designs for Chesterfield Heights, a neighborhood in Norfolk, VA. The Norfolk region has been named the 10th most at risk from sea level rise of the world’s port cities by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. This design proposal emphasizes adaptation solutions that protect the region’s coastal ecosystems, as well as conducting flooding and sea level rise adaptation at the street and parcel level.

Related Organizations: Old Dominion University, Hampton University, Wetlands Watch

Authors or Affiliated Users: Skip Stiles, Mason Andrews, Mujde Erten-Unal

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NOAA Fisheries Climate Science Strategy Regional Action Plans

December 2016

NOAA Fisheries and its partners have developed six Regional Action Plans to guide implementation of the NOAA Fisheries Climate Science Strategy for each region (Northeast, Southeast, Gulf of Mexico, Alaska, Western, Pacific Islands).  The regional plans identify the priority actions that NOAA Fisheries and affiliated agencies plan to take over the next five years to implement the seven objectives of the Strategy. The actions are focused on tracking changing conditions including climate impacts, and identifying the best strategies to reduce impacts and sustain marine resources.

Related Organizations: NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service

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South Ironbound Resiliency Action Plan (Newark, New Jersey)

August 26, 2015

The South Ironbound Resiliency Action Plan lays out resiliency goals for a portion of the Ironbound neighborhood in the East Ward of Newark, New Jersey called South Ironbound, that will inform funding priorities and inform longer term climate mitigation and adaptation goals. The neighborhood is prone to flooding due to sewer back-ups, heavy rain storms, and storm surge. The report is organized into strategic components related to resilience. For each strategy, there is an in-depth review of major actions and implementation considerations.

Related Organizations: Ironbound Community Corporation, American Planning Association (APA)

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Cleveland Climate Resiliency and Urban Opportunity Initiative

September 28, 2015

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, in partnership with the University of Buffalo and the Cleveland Office of Sustainability, initiated a project in 2015 to improve climate resilience in Cleveland neighborhoods. The project seeks to take an asset-based approach to adaptation planning, building upon existing partnerships, programs, the work of community organizations and residents, and a large inventory of vacant land. With support from the Kresge Foundation, a team of trained Climate Ambassadors began work in four neighborhoods to recruit participants for community workshops and to identify projects, programs, policies, and future research.

Related Organizations: Cleveland Neighborhood Progress

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Resilience for Free: How Solar+Storage Could Protect Multifamily Affordable Housing from Power Outages at Little or No Net Cost

October 14, 2015

This report from the Clean Energy Group uses project data for buildings in New York, Chicago, and Washington, D. C. , to examine the financial case for installing solar photovoltaics (PV) and battery storage systems (“solar+storage”) to support multifamily affordable housing. With the right market structures and incentives, solar+storage systems can provide an economic return, on par with energy efficiency or stand-alone solar. They can also help make affordable housing energy resilient by guaranteeing power for common area lighting, water, and communications.

Related Organizations: Clean Energy Group

Authors or Affiliated Users: Lew Milford, Robert Sanders, Seth Mullendore

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Multifamily Flood Insurance Affordability Study

April 2016

In order to help preserve the affordability and stability of New York City’s waterfront neighborhoods, this report seeks to develop meaningful policy recommendations for flood insurance for multifamily and mixed-used buildings. The authors note the importance of this analysis given recent reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and increasing flood risk due to extreme weather events and sea level rise. The study’s findings quantify the number of multifamily and mixed-use buildings in high-risk areas; determine the extent of flood insurance coverage; and seeks to understand potential rising costs and perceptions around future flood risk and attitudes toward investing in mitigation.

Related Organizations: Arup, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Minnesota Climate and Health Profile Report

February 2015

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Climate and Health Profile Report 2015, “An Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on the Health & Well-Being of Minnesotans,” provides a comprehensive assessment of climate change impacts and potential health implications for the state. In addition to describing climate trends and projections, the report identifies datasets and the data gaps that could affect the development of quantitative measures of health outcomes. The report concludes with a brief discussion of next steps required for an effective response to the identified public health climate hazards.

Related Organizations: Minnesota Department of Health

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Tehama County, California Preliminary Resiliency Framework: Forest and Water Resources

February 2015

In 2014, the Model Forest Policy Program (MFPP), Climate Solutions University (CSU), and the Resource Conservation District of Tehama County (RCDTC) worked together to create a climate adaptation framework for the forest and water systems in Tehama County, California. The RCDTC took the local leadership role to engage with CSU’s Forest and Water Strategies program to initiate the discussion of local climate resilience. The framework addresses specific climate risks based on local environmental and socio-economic conditions, and provides detailed guidance and strategies for adaptive planning.

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Presidential Executive Order 13690 - Establishing a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard and a Process for Further Soliciting and Considering Stakeholder Input

January 30, 2015

President Obama's Executive Order 13690 directs federal agencies to adopt new flood risk reduction standards for the siting, design, and construction of federally funded projects. The new rules will ensure that flooding from climate change will be taken into account in the development of federal projects and are expected to save taxpayers money in the long run by reducing federal disaster assistance spending following extreme weather events.

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

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