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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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Central New Mexico Climate Change Scenario Planning Project and Long Range Metropolitan Transportation Plan

2015

The Mid-Region Council of Governments of New Mexico (MRCOG) is integrating climate change analysis into long-range transportation and land use planning through the Central New Mexico Climate Change Scenario Planning Project. MRCOG partnered with federal land management agencies, the U. S. Department of Transportation Volpe Center, and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to plan for a regional reduction in future greenhouse gas emissions, and to prepare for the potential impacts of climate change.

Related Organizations: John A. Volpe National Transportation System Center, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), National Park Service (NPS)

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Adapting to Shoreline Change: A Foundation for Improved Management and Planning in South Carolina

April 2010

The South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control's Shoreline Change Advisory Committee proposes policies for shoreline management and provides guidance in this report for future coastal planning in South Carolina. The report is intended to "help clarify longstanding policy, reduce community vulnerabilities, resolve conflicts, improve public and private planning, save money, enhance key resource protections, reduce liabilities, and improve public access; but more generally, to ensure the long-term health of coastal shorelines and vitality of the coastal economy.

Related Organizations: South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is the world's largest public engineering, design and construction management agency. Involved with dams, canals, and flood protection across the country, the USACE provides 24% of U.S. hydropower capacity. The USACE also provides a wide range of public works and outdoor recreation opportunities to the public, and supports the Department of Defense throughout the world.

 

 

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Life-Cycle Assessment and Co-Benefits of Cool Pavements

April 2017

Prepared for the California Air Resources Board and the California Environmental Protection Agency, this report describes the development of a “cool” pavement life-cycle assessment (pLCA) tool. The tool was created to help local officials in California cities to evaluate the environmental impacts of alternative pavement types - from extraction of materials through construction and use to removal and disposal or recycling of materials. This study aims to help California cities adopt pavement management strategies that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the urban heat island effect.

Related Organizations: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Suffolk County, New York Climate Action Plan

March 2015

The Climate Action Plan (CAP) for Suffolk County, New York (comprising the majority of Long Island) focuses primarily on climate change mitigation and energy efficiency measures within the county. A chapter is dedicated to the adaptation objectives, strategies, and projects aimed to address climate hazards in the region - such as coastal erosion, flood, drought, severe storm, and wildfire.

Related Organizations: Suffolk County, New York

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Community Rating System (CRS) Green Guide for Community Resilience

This guide is an online resource highlighting 25 “green” activities or elements from FEMA’s 2017 Community Rating System (CRS) Coordinator’s Manual. FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)’s CRS is a voluntary insurance rating program that recognizes communities for implementing floodplain management practices that exceed the Federal minimum requirements of NFIP. In exchange for flood risk reduction practices, policyholders can receive reduced flood insurance premiums. The guide was designed to give local planners and floodplain managers information to support more participation in CRS and to increase flood resilience by protecting and strengthening natural ecosystems.

Related Organizations: Association of State Floodplain Managers

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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South Carolina Hazard Mitigation Plan - 2018 Update

October 2018

The 2018 Update to the South Carolina Hazard Mitigation Plan identifies the major natural hazards affecting the state, analyzes risk and vulnerability, and identifies actions to minimize impacts of those hazards. Mitigation actions identified in the plan are based on the Risk Assessment of multiple natural and manmade hazards, including climate impacts, and on the Capability Assessment reviewing the state’s capacity to address the hazards. 

Related Organizations: State of South Carolina

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