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Guide to Equitable, Community-Driven Climate Preparedness Planning

May 2017

From the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN), this guide is aimed at local government and outlines a framework for designing and implementing a community-driven, equitable climate preparedness planning process. Community-driven planning empowers those experiencing the greatest climate risks to co-define the solutions. Rather than treating equity as a component of climate preparedness planning, this guide suggests that equity should be at the center of any adaptation approach. It outlines why traditional planning falls short of supporting equity, describes why climate change vulnerability is not evenly spread, and identifies how typical adaptation strategies can be reframed to focus on equity. Throughout the document, examples from cities are presented to showcase real-world applications.

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Related Organizations: Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Tina Yuen, Eric Yurkovich, Beth Altshuler, Lauren Grabowski

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Resilient By Design - Bay Area Challenge

May 31, 2017

Resilient by Design is a collaborative design challenge for the San Francisco, California Bay area to develop 10 innovative community-based solutions that will strengthen the region’s resilience to sea level rise, severe storms, flooding and earthquakes. The Resilient by Design - Bay Area Challenge was modeled on New York's Rebuild by Design, a successful program pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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HI SB 559: Hawaii Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission

June 1, 2017

The Hawaii Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission will lead the state’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve resiliency in line with goals set out in the Paris Agreement. (Notably the bill states: “Regardless of federal action, the legislature supports the goals of the Paris Agreement to combat climate change and its effects on environments, economies, and communities around the world. ”) The Commission will assess vulnerability to sea level rise as well as other climate impacts on sectors across the state, and assess the ability for Hawaii to meet their adaptation goals.

Related Organizations: State of Hawaii

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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USFWS Coastal Program - Ecosystem adaptation grants

November 3, 2016

The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced funding to provide direct technical assistance and financial assistance to coastal communities and landowners to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat on public and private lands, with a priority on climate adaptation and mitigation. FWS will favor conservation activities and projects that incorporate ecosystem adaptation.  Total funding for this program is $14,000,000 with an award ceiling of $500,000. Applications due September 30, 2017.

Related Organizations: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)

Resource Category: Funding

 

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My RainReady

2017

My RainReady is a free, online tool that helps building owners diagnose the flooding risks of single-family homes and small apartment buildings, and find the best means of reducing the risk of damage from urban flooding.  After the user answers a series of guided questions, My RainReady provides a tailored flood mitigation and preparedness measures, such as landscaping and construction improvements. My RainReady provides a customized report that suggests a mix of home maintenance and DIY improvements, landscaping and construction options, and flood preparedness actions.

Related Organizations: Center for Neighborhood Technology, RainReady

Author or Affiliated User: Marcella Bondie Keenan

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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The RainReady Approach: Linking Municipalities and Residents to Manage Urban Flooding with Distributed Green and Grey Infrastructure

2017

This paper presents approaches to residential flood mitigation through the RainReady program, developed by the non-profit Center for Neighborhood Technology. Urban flood mitigation programs may be designed in a number of ways, as illustrated by two case studies that each offer unique outcomes for flood risk analysis and reduction; community participation; and distributed stormwater infrastructure design.

Related Organizations: Center for Neighborhood Technology, RainReady

Authors or Affiliated Users: Marcella Bondie Keenan, Anna Wolf

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Comparing Sea Level Rise Adaptation Strategies in San Diego: An Application of the NOAA Economic Framework

June 2017

The San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative worked with local jurisdictions to analyze the costs and benefits of different coastal resilience strategies in two San Diego, California jurisdictions (the cities of Del Mar and Carlsbad). This report presents the quantified economic value of properties at risk from sea-level rise impacts, and the evaluation of the costs and benefits of a range of adaptation strategies, including protection, accommodation and retreat. The study found that all of the adaptation strategies evaluated had a positive return on investment given sea-level rise projections, some delivering over $70 of benefits for a $1 investment.

Related Organizations: San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Climate Resilient and Equitable Water Systems Capital Scan

June 2017

The Kresge Foundation’s Environment Program has developed a strategy to address climate change impacts on water systems while prioritizing the needs of low-income communities. The report describes a set of integrated strategies for how grants and investments can best support climate-resilient and equitable water systems. Recommendations are focused on scaling up green infrastructure, water efficiency, and climate planning to address flooding, storm damage and drought impacts. 

Related Organizations: The Kresge Foundation

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Planning for Climate Resilience City of Asheville, North Carolina: Phase I Assessment

June 1, 2017

The City of Asheville, North Carolina has identified climate-relate threats and hazards in this assessment to inform Asheville's climate resiliency planning efforts. The city used the information from the Assessment in updating its comprehensive plan, "Living Asheville," which was adopted in June 2018.

Related Organizations: UNC Asheville's National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center (NEMAC), City of Asheville, North Carolina

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Chester City, Pennsylvania Green Stormwater Infrastructure Plan

June 2017

The City of Chester, Pennsylvania Green Stormwater Infrastructure Plan presents a framework for using green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) solutions to improve the City's stormwater management and enhance community resilience. The plan is designed to help the City address stormwater pollution and flooding risks that will increase with climate change. The plan is intended to influence the investment of $50 million in green infrastructure projects in the City of Chester by the City's Stormwater Authority through a community-based public private partnership (CBP3) with Corvias.

Related Organizations: Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, Pennsylvania Sea Grant

Resource Category: Planning

 

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