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Lessons from the Storm: Climate Displacement Three Years After Hurricane Sandy

October 28, 2015

This report by the Center for American Progress assesses the recovery of New York’s and New Jersey’s middle- and low-income communities three years after Hurricane Sandy devastated the region in 2012. The report analyzes the challenges encountered by state and city leaders to help reduce displacement of people in the days and years following the storm, as well as innovative policies that emerged to prevent future extreme weather and climate displacement. The Center also highlights the important role that community groups play as citizen first responders, liaisons to government officials, and in long-term housing and recovery efforts.

Related Organizations: Center for American Progress

Authors or Affiliated Users: Danielle Baussan, Miranda Peterson

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NIST Community Resilience Planning Guide for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems

October 29, 2015

The National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) Community Resilience Planning Guide details a six-step process for community leaders to develop and implement a resilience plan, primarily focusing on planning for recovery of community functions after extreme weather events. The guide provides a methodology for communities to develop long-term plans by engaging stakeholders, establishing performance goals for buildings and infrastructure systems, and developing an implementation strategy.

Related Organizations: National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST)

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Regional Impacts of Climate Change and Issues for Stormwater Management

October 30, 2015

This report describes the stormwater management challenges that Southern Florida faces due to climate change and offers several recommendations for how these issues can be addressed. It discusses three basin scale strategies: Everglades restoration, adjusting regional water control practices, and small scale adaptation efforts. Local governments can also play a pivotal role by investing in green infrastructure and implementing financing strategies for stormwater management. This guidance document is one in a series of publications designed to assist county and municipal policymakers, administrators and program staff with implementation of the 110 recommendations contained within the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact’s 2012 Regional Climate Action Plan.

Related Organizations: Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, Institute for Sustainable Communities

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Building Resilient States: A Framework for Agencies

October 2015

This Framework from Smart Growth America provides governors and their administrations advice on how to undertake some initial steps towards integrating resiliency into state disaster preparedness planning, as well as examples of successful implementation. Specifically, this document is intended to introduce and integrate land use and transportation issues into states’ resilience planning. 

Related Organizations: Smart Growth America

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Growing Stronger: Toward A Climate-Ready Philadelphia

November 2015

Growing Stronger is a climate adaptation plan for the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The plan describes Philadelphia’s impacts from climate change and presents the City’s strategies to respond and reduce those impacts.  

Related Organizations: City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Author or Affiliated User: Sarah Wu

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Surviving and Thriving in the Face of Rising Seas: Building Resilience for Communities on the Front Lines of Climate Change

November 2015

From the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), this report explores the increased risks faced by socially vulnerable populations to sea-level rise.  Building on prior research finding that elderly, minorities, and poor populations will be disproportionately affected by climate change, the paper presents an analytical framework for identifying “climate equity hotspots,” or places where socially vulnerable people live that are also at high risk for coastal flooding.

Related Organizations: Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Rachel Cleetus, Ramon Bueno, Kristina Dahl

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Cambridge, Massachusetts Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment - Part I

November 2015

The City of Cambridge, Massachusetts completed a Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment (CCVA) which primarily focuses on the City’s vulnerabilities to increasing temperature and precipitation, while addressing risks from sea level rise and storm surge flooding through 2030. The CCVA report consists of a 36 page summary report and three supplemental technical reports. Cambridge also completed Part 2 of the CCVA which discusses sea level rise and coastal storm surge impacts projected for the area.

Related Organizations: City of Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Social Equity and Climate Change

November 2015

Social Equity and Climate Change is a “discussion paper about community resilience” from the Washington State Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA). This Brief describes social equity issues specifically related to the impacts of climate change, and includes a broader examination of issues of social equity in planning and public policy at the community level. The paper consists of “Strategies to Promote Social Equity in Adapting to Climate Change Effects” which focus on five issues of particular importance for vulnerable populations:  Learn about communities and find a reading list that will help you think through resilient affordable housing strategies.

Related Organizations: American Planning Association (APA)

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APA Washington Chapter - Climate Change Adaptation website

November 2015

The Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association offers a website focused on climate impacts, adaptation and resilience. The site links to many issue briefs which demonstrate detailed climate adaptation and mitigation strategies for local governments in Washington State. 

Related Organizations: American Planning Association (APA)

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GAO Report - A National System Could Help Federal, State, Local, and Private Sector Decision Makers Use Climate Information

November 2015

The U. S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) promotes a national system to provide climate information to U. S. decision makers in this report to Congress. The report examines the extent to which federal efforts meet the climate information needs of decision makers; how federal efforts could be improved; and the strengths and limitations of different systems to provide climate information. GAO reviewed government funded climate data sharing programs in three other countries - Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom - and describes their key characteristics.

Related Organizations: U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)

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