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Paying it Forward: The Path Toward Climate-Safe Infrastructure in California

September 2018

From California’s Climate-Safe Infrastructure Working Group (CSIWG), this report provides a framework for planning for and developing climate resilient infrastructure. The report details the accelerating climate impacts on California’s infrastructure systems and offers short- and long-term recommendations for buildings, water, transportation, and energy infrastructure. Comprehensive guidance is given on the infrastructure design and implementation process that supports climate change mitigation and adaptation, nature-based solutions, and social equity measures.

Related Organizations: California Climate-Safe Infrastructure Working Group

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Managing Drought in a Changing Climate: Four Essential Reforms 

September 6, 2018

This Public Policy Institute of California report examines climate change impacts on water resources in California, and the state’s capacity for adaptation to water scarcity and drought. California’s 2012–2016 drought - which was the hottest in the state’s recorded history and one of the driest - is used to assess water management and responses from that time in four sectors: cities and suburbs, irrigated agriculture, rural communities, and freshwater ecosystems. Policy and management reforms are recommended for drought planning, water infrastructure and operations, water rights administration, and funding.

Related Organizations: Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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CA EO B-54-18: Safeguarding California plants, wildlife and ecosystems from climate change

September 7, 2018

California Governor Brown’s Executive Order (EO) directs the state Department of Food and Agriculture and Department of Fish and Wildlife to work together to protect ecosystems, plants and wildlife while restoring and building climate resilience in habitats across the state. The order also supports the state's new California Biodiversity Initiative, an action plan to protecting the state's ecosystems and diversity of wildlife and plants. The Executive Order and Initiative will improve understanding of the state’s biological diversity, and identify and implement strategies to protect the state’s biodiversity from climate change.

Related Organizations: State of California, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California Department of Food and Agriculture

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin Framework for Green Infrastructure Plan, Ordinance

September 12, 2018

The City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin has approved the Framework for a Green Infrastructure Plan with goals of supporting climate change adaptation and resilience. According to the Framework and Ordinance which updates Milwaukee's stormwater management regulations, large developments will be required to capture the first 1/2 inch of rainfall using green infrastructure. The plan also increases funding for green infrastructure projects in Milwaukee’s streets, schoolyards, and parking lots. The City expects to publish the final Green Infrastructure Plan based on this Framework by February 2019.

Related Organizations: City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District (MMSD)

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Environmental Resilience Institute Toolkit

September 13, 2018

The Environmental Resilience Institute Toolkit (ERIT) is a publicly-accessible online tool designed primarily for communities of Indiana and midwestern states to assess, prepare for, and respond to “environmental change. ” ERIT has a special emphasis on Midwestern communities but includes resources for small to mid-sized communities in both rural and urban areas across the U. S. The toolkit includes case studies, adaptation strategies, adaptation planning tools, and potential funding sources.

Related Organizations: Indiana University Environmental Resilience Institute

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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CA SB 1072: Regional Climate Collaborative Program: technical assistance.

September 13, 2018

California SB 1072 establishes a program to build and support existing regional climate collaboratives across the state that will assist "under-resourced communities" to access state funding for climate change mitigation and adaptation projects. California’s Strategic Growth Council is required to develop best practices and technical assistance guidelines, and will award annual grants to collaboratives for capacity building.

Related Organizations: State of California, California Strategic Growth Council

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Climate Ready Boston Coastal Resilience Tracker

September 2018

The City of Boston, Massachusetts is implementing many coastal resilience projects through the Climate Ready Boston program. This project tracker maps and describes a number of these progressive approaches to coastal resilience. The projects included in this tool are recommendations from the coastal resilience solutions plans for East Boston, Charlestown and South Boston.

Related Organizations: City of Boston, Massachusetts

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Special Post Disaster Information: Build Back Safer & Smarter

September 2018

Prepared by the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association (NHMA), this briefing provides quick but essential tips for communities and residents rebuilding after a disaster. While communities affected by a disaster can be in a rush to immediately build back to their pre-disaster state, NHMA implores decision makers to rebuild "safer and smarter" with climate resilient planning. This guide offers nine steps to take when rebuilding to increase resilience and reduce risks from future disasters. This resource was featured in the September 20, 2018 ASAP Newsletter with the following description:  "In the aftermath of Florence and any disaster, what communities want more than anything is to be able to return to their lives and a sense of normalcy.

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Massachusetts Statewide Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Plan

September 17, 2018

Massachusetts has integrated climate change impact assessments and planning into its Statewide Hazard Mitigation Plan. The natural hazards assessment conducted for this plan determines how hazard risks and vulnerabilities are made more severe or uncertain by climate change. The plan outlines climate change impacts and adaptation strategies for five key sectors including - Populations, Government, Built Environment, Natural Resources and Environment, and Economy.

Related Organizations: State of Massachusetts

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Iowa City Climate Action and Adaptation Plan

September 18, 2018

Iowa City’s Climate Action Plan identifies strategies for city-wide greenhouse gas reductions, and climate change adaptation. The plan summarizes what Iowa City government has done in recent years to build climate resilience and to convert to renewable energy, and outlines 35 actions to be taken by the community and City to achieve the goal of reducing GHG emissions by 80% by 2050. The report provides general information about past and projected climate change effects on the region, and presents strategies to adapt to these impacts while incorporating social equity.

Related Organizations: Iowa City, Iowa

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