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Mapping Coastal Risks and Social Vulnerability: Current Tools and Legal Risks

April 27, 2015

From North Carolina Sea Grant, this publication is designed for local government officials considering social vulnerability in coastal communities dealing with extreme weather events and increased flooding. Mapping Coastal Risks and Social Vulnerability: Current Tools and Legal Risks outlines available data sets for social vulnerability, their current and potential use, and the associated legal risks in using that information for climate adaptation planning.

Related Organizations: North Carolina Sea Grant

Authors or Affiliated Users: Lisa Schiavinato, Heather Payne

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The Report of the Colorado Local Resilience Project

April 23, 2015

Jointly convened by the Colorado Climate Network and the Colorado Municipal League, the Colorado Local Resilience Project was established to develop an agenda to help make Colorado communities more resilient to possible climate change impacts. The Project, comprised of 78 representatives of 30 local governments in Colorado and six other governmental and nonprofit entities active at the local level, released a report in April 2015 with climate resiliency recommendations aimed at local governments.

Related Organizations: Colorado Climate Network, Colorado Municipal League

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One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City (One NYC)

April 21, 2015

The 2015 plan for New York City, One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City (OneNYC) was originally released in 2007, and again in 2011 under the name "PlaNYC. "  As in past iterations of this report, OneNYC addresses New York City’s economic growth, sustainability, and resiliency - but also seeks to address issues of equity, and provides a strategic plan for collectively achieving this goal. OneNYC lays out strategies for dealing with income inequality along with plans for managing climate change impacts, while establishing the platform for another century of economic growth and vitality.

Related Organizations: City of New York, New York, 100 Resilient Cities

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State of the Climate 2014

July 16, 2015

The "State of the Climate" is the authoritative annual summary of the global climate published as a supplement to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. An international, peer-reviewed publication released each summer, it provides a detailed update on global climate indicators, notable weather events, and other data collected by environmental monitoring stations and instruments located on land, water, ice, and in space. The State of the Climate report is compiled by NOAA’s Center for Weather and Climate at the National Centers for Environmental Information and is based on contributions from 413 scientists from 58 countries around the world.

Related Organizations: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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Marin County Climate Action Plan (2015 Update)

July 2015

The 2015 Marin County, California Climate Action Plan (CAP) updates the 2006 Marin County Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan. The majority of the plan focuses on mitigation, providing an update of GHG emissions in 2012, forecasts of emissions for 2020, and an assessment of actions that the County will take to further reduce emissions by 2020. In addition, Chapter 8 focuses on adaptation, providing an overview of Marin’s expected climate risks, a summary of actions-to-date, and recommended next steps.

Related Organizations: Marin County, California

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Hawaii HB 444 - An Act Relating to Beach Protection: Transient Accommodations Tax; Special Land and Development Fun; Appropriation”

July 1, 2015

Hawaii HB 444, passed June 16, 2015, authorizes the use of transient accommodations tax revenues for a beach restoration and conservation special fund. The bill was enacted to effectively develop and implement plans to slow the degradation of Hawaii’s beaches; as well as to restore beaches through the coordination of activities involving the counties and the formation of public-private partnerships.  The legislation expands the uses of the beach restoration fund to allow the Department of Land and Natural Resources to include studies about the effect of sea level rise when developing beach conservation plans.

Related Organizations: State of Hawaii, Hawaii Land and Natural Resources Department

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View from the Coast: Local Perspectives and Policy Recommendations on Flood-Risk Reduction in South Louisiana

July 2015

From the Center for Planning for Excellence (CPEX), “The View from the Coast” examines local perspectives and projects from across coastal Louisiana related to nonstructural flood risk reduction. The report discusses federal, state and local level decision making and policy implementation, while documenting community-level risk-reduction perspectives towards nonstructural efforts to build resiliency against coastal impacts such as recurrent flooding, sea level rise and storm surge.

Related Organizations: Center for Planning Excellence

Authors or Affiliated Users: Camille Manning-Broome, Pamela Jenkins, Jeannette Dubinin

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New York State Water Infrastructure Improvement Act Grant Program

July 2015

The New York State (NYS) Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) and the NYS Department of Health announced in July 2015 that $50 million in water infrastructure grants are available to local governments for critical water and wastewater infrastructure upgrades. For State Fiscal Year 2015-2016, $30 million of the funding will be available for clean water (wastewater) projects with priority given to the projects that increase resiliency to sea level rise and extreme weather events. 

Related Organizations: New York State Department of Health, New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation

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Progress Report: Highlighting Federal Actions Addressing the Recommendations of the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience

July 2015

The Obama Administration released a progress report detailing the federal agency initiatives that are being implemented in response to recommendations from the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. The report describes more than one hundred completed and ongoing initiatives that federal agencies have taken to support efforts, at all levels of government, to prepare for changing climate conditions. 

Related Organizations: Executive Office of the President of the United States

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Greenworks Philadelphia 2015 Progress Report

June 30, 2015

In June 2015, Mayor Michael A. Nutter released the 2015 Greenworks Philadelphia Progress Report, the sixth and final summary of the work completed under the City of Philadelphia’s comprehensive sustainability plan between 2009-2015. The 2015 report includes target specific achievements over the last year, cumulative metrics and trends, work that remains in progress, and specific recommendations including a framework for an updated sustainability plan in Philadelphia in the short-term.

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