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Embracing Change: Adapting Conservation Practices to Address a Changing Climate

March 2018

From the Wildlife Conservation Society, this report contains case studies on conservation organizations that are “strategically altering their approaches to keep pace with climate change.” 12 featured organizations are examined for their climate informed strategies, and innovative long-term goals that are ready to evolve with the impacts of climate change. Wildlife Conservation Society is calling the examples in this report “the hopeful side of climate change.” 

Related Organizations: Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)

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Resilience Hubs: Shifting Power to Communities and Increasing Community Capacity

March 28, 2018

This report describes an initiative of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) to encourage the creation of resilience hubs, which are defined as community-serving facilities meant to both support residents and coordinate resource distribution and services before, during or after a natural hazard event. While these are primarily meant to address vulnerability and risk, this report explains how resilience hubs can also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support social equity. The report draws on lessons from Washington, DC, and Baltimore, Maryland, two cities that are actively exploring the resilience hub concept.

Related Organizations: Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kristin Baja, Kristin Baja, CFM

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New York City Climate Resiliency Design Guidelines

April 2018

In April 2018, New York City released new Climate Resiliency Design Guidelines that apply to all City capital projects, aside from coastal protection projects. The guidelines direct planners, engineers, architects, and others involved in project delivery on how to use regionally-specific future climate projections in the design of City facilities.

Related Organizations: New York City Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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City of Whitefish, Montana Climate Action Plan

April 2018

Whitefish, Montana has committed to climate change mitigation and adaptation measures in this Climate Action Plan. Drafted by a mayor-appointed committee with extensive public involvement, the plan describes the actions that Whitefish can take to transition to a clean energy economy, reduce GHG emissions, and strategically build resilience to climate change impacts. The report outlines nearly 100 specific actions to implement 26 climate adaptation and mitigation strategies across six chapters for six focal sectors: City Buildings and Energy; Transportation and Land Use; Water and Wastewater; Forests and Watersheds; Consumption, Food and Waste; and School District.

Related Organizations: City of Whitefish, Montana

Resource Category: Planning

 

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DOT BUILD Grant Program

April 2018

In 2018 the U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT) replaced the the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program with the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) transportation grant program. BUILD is a discretionary grant program that makes federal funding available on a competitive basis to surface transportation projects that meet "merit criteria. " Since 2009, DOT has provided $7. 1 billion in grants through this program to support 554 projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

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Green Cincinnati Plan

April 2018

The Green Cincinnati Plan is a roadmap to build “a more sustainable, equitable, resilient future” for the City of Cincinnati, Ohio. The plan outlines 80 climate mitigation strategies to reduce carbon emissions in Cincinnati 80% by 2050. It also establishes broader goals and recommendations focused on climate change resilience, growing the city’s green economy, and improving conditions for frontline communities.

Related Organizations: City of Cincinnati, Ohio

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Blackfeet Climate Change Adaptation Plan

April 2018

The Blackfeet or Amskapi Pikuni Nation integrated their tribal government priorities, traditional values and ecological knowledge, climate change impact science, and a collective vision of the future to build this climate change adaptation plan. The plan is oriented around eight focal tribal resource management sectors of: Agriculture, Culture, Forestry, Fish, Wildlife, Land and Range, Water, and Human Health in northern Montana. Projected climate impacts were analyzed with experts within the Blackfeet Nation for each sector to create climate adaptation goals, strategies, and actions.

Related Organizations: Blackfeet Nation, Center for Large Landscape Conservation

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Austin, Texas Climate Resilience Action Plan for City Assets and Operations

April 2018

The Climate Resilience Action Plan for Austin, Texas provides an assessment of extreme weather impacts to City-owned assets and operations, and outlines strategies for the City of Austin’s long-range planning in response to current and projected climate change. The plan describes climate adaptation strategies for the City’s Utility Infrastructure (electric, water, wastewater and telecommunications), Transportation Infrastructure, and Community Facilities. 

Related Organizations: City of Austin, Texas

Author or Affiliated User: Marc Coudert

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Climate Change in the Sierra Nevada: California's Water Future

April 4, 2018

From UCLA’s Center for Climate Science, this report describes the findings on how climate change will impact the Sierra Nevada snowpack, the water cycle in the Sierra, and the larger implications for California's water resources. The project primarily focused on changes in climate averages: average springtime temperatures, snowpack at April 1st, and timing of runoff.

Related Organizations: UCLA Center for Climate Science

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Maryland HB 1350/ SB 1006 - Sea Level Rise Inundation and Coastal Flooding - Construction, Adaptation, and Mitigation

April 5, 2018

Effective July 1, 2018, Maryland will expand and strengthen its "Coast Smart" siting and design criteria to better manage sea level rise and improve coastal adaptation efforts. The legislation also requires the state to establish a plan to adapt to saltwater intrusion, and to build criteria for hazard mitigation funding for sea level rise and coastal flooding. Additionally, by July 1, 2019, local jurisdictions that experience nuisance flooding must submit a plan to address this climate impact.

Related Organizations: Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Department of the Environment, Maryland Department of Planning, State of Maryland, Maryland Department of Agriculture, Maryland Emergency Management Agency

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