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Green Streets, Green Towns, Green Jobs Grant Initiative

June 16, 2015

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Chesapeake Bay Trust, in partnership with Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources, announced $727,500 in 2015 grants to be awarded to 15 organizations through the Green Streets, Green Towns, Green Jobs Grant Initiative (G3 Grant Program). The G3 program was piloted in the Chesapeake Bay area in 2011 to encourage local jurisdictions to use “green” techniques when pursuing necessary “gray” infrastructure projects.  Its purpose is to improve local, grassroots-level greening efforts by towns and communities in urbanized watersheds that reduce stormwater runoff through the creation of “green streets,” the increase in urban green spaces, and the reduction of impervious surfaces.

Related Organizations: Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Chesapeake Bay Trust, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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EJSCREEN: EPA Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tool

June 10, 2015

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed a new environmental justice (EJ) mapping and screening tool called EJSCREEN. EJSCREEN allows users to access high-resolution environmental and demographic information for locations in the United States, and compare their selected locations to the rest of the state, EPA region, or the nation.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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Louisville Urban Tree Canopy Assessment

March 1, 2015

At the recommendation of the Louisville Metro Tree Advisory Commission, a countywide urban tree canopy (UTC) study was conducted in Louisville, Kentucky. The study was designed to determine the historic and current amount and location of tree cover, quantify the benefits, set realistic goals to expand the tree canopy, and make recommendations for achieving these goals.

Related Organizations: Louisville Metro Tree Advisory Commission

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Human Cost of Natural Disasters: A Global Perspective

March 2015

From the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), this report presents data about the global impacts of natural disasters on human and economic systems from 1994 to 2013. CRED focuses on all emergencies with a major human impact with special focuses on public health, epidemiology, and structural and socio-economic issues. The report focuses on trends and patterns of global natural disasters and their impacts, and how these vary regarding the income level or the geographical location.

Related Organizations: Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) of the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL)

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Building Regional Resilience to Climate Change Grants for San Diego, California

February 17, 2015

The San Diego Foundation, in partnership with the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative, announced the availability of $200,000 for the “Building Regional Resilience to Climate Change” grants on February 17, 2015, with the grant period beginning June 1, 2015.

Related Organizations: The San Diego Foundation, San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative

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Building the Knowledge Base for Climate Resiliency: New York City Panel on Climate Change 2015 Report

February 16, 2015

This report presents the work of the New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC) from January 2013 to January 2015. The report (also “NPCC 2015”) documents current climate trends and climate projections for the New York metropolitan region up to 2100. It provides the City of New York with climate projections to the end of the century, both static and dynamic coastal storm surge modeling, and next steps in the development of a monitoring system for climate change impacts and adaptation.  While specific to the New York City region, the approaches developed by the NPCC can contribute to efforts to enhance resiliency as they are undertaken in other locations.

Related Organizations: City of New York, New York

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EPA Stormwater Management Model Climate Adjustment Tool

February 13, 2015

As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan Climate Resilience Toolkit, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Climate Adjustment Tool (CAT) for EPA’s Stormwater Management Model - a downloadable online stormwater simulation model. The Climate Adjustment Tool allows engineers and planners to evaluate the performance of water infrastructure while considering future climate change projections, such as more frequent high-intensity storms and changes in evaporation rates of seasonal precipitation.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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Limiting the Federal Government's Fiscal Exposure by Better Managing Climate Change Risks

February 11, 2015

This assessment, prepared by the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO), is included in the GAO’s 2015 High Risk Report that identifies agencies and program areas that are high risk due to their vulnerabilities to fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement, or are most in need of transformation.

Related Organizations: U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience

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Beyond Traffic: Trends and Choices 2045

February 2, 2015

From the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Anthony Foxx and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Beyond Traffic discusses the effects of climate change over the next 30 years, including global mean sea level rise, temperature increases, and more frequent and intense storm events, as impacts on highways, bridges, public transportation, coastal ports and waterways. Released in Draft format, the DOT is asking for feedback with the intention of producing a final version later in 2015.

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

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Climate Change Research Plan for California

February 2015

The Climate Change Research Plan presents priorities for the next 3-5 years (from late 2014) for policy-relevant, California-specific climate change research, and determines California’s most critical climate-related research gaps. 

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