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HUD Choice Neighborhoods Planning and Implementation Grants

November 6, 2014

The U. S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issues both planning and implementation grants through the Choice Neighborhoods program (CFDA Numbers: 14. 889, Implementation Grants / 14. 892, Planning Grants).  Planning grants can be used to develop comprehensive neighborhood transformation plans to identify strategies for revitalizing housing, coordinating and delivering support services, providing educational opportunities, and improving neighborhood assets.  Implementation grants support those communities that have undergone a comprehensive local planning process and are ready to implement their Transformation Plan to redevelop the neighborhood.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Retrofitting Buildings for Flood Risk (New York City)

October 8, 2014

‘Retrofitting Buildings for Flood Risk,’ from the New York City Department of City Planning, is a comprehensive guide for New York City homeowners living in new and existing flood zones. Along with a thorough assessment of applicable federal, state and city regulations relating to flood risk, the report provides retrofitting strategies that will enable property owners to adapt buildings for flood resiliency. 

Related Organizations: New York City Department of City Planning, City of New York, New York

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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EPA: Enhancing Sustainable Communities With Green Infrastructure Guide

October 2014

This report from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is subtitled A Guide to Help Communities Better Manage Stormwater While Achieving Other Environmental, Public Health, Social and Economic Benefits.  The report summarizes green infrastructure approaches for stormwater, and the integration process into planning for and developing sustainable communities. The guide is designed to help stakeholders understand how green infrastructure can enhance their communities, and to develop a plan that can overcome technical, regulatory, financial, and institutional obstacles that can limit the implementation of green infrastructure.

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

Author or Affiliated User: Melissa Kramer

Resource Category: Planning

 

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New York State Climate Smart Communities: Climate Smart Resiliency Planning Evaluation Tool

October 2014

Climate Smart Resiliency Planning is a non-regulatory self-assessment tool developed for local government decision makers in New York State to identify opportunities in municipal planning for climate change resilience. The tool is formatted as a “yes/no” questionnaire for local planners and managers to assess a community’s current plans, climate hazard risks, disaster preparedness, and public engagement. Results can be used to inform the development of integrated planning documents that incorporate adaptation strategies to address a community’s vulnerability to climate impacts such as flooding, storm surge, sea level rise, extreme heat, and drought.

Related Organizations: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Designing with Water: Creative Solutions from Around the Globe

August 1, 2014

Developed by The Boston Harbor Association (TBHA) and Sasaki Associates, this report focuses on urban design solutions to sea level rise resulting from climate change. Designing with Water provides Boston-relevant case studies and innovative designs for city planners and developers to adapt to flooding and enhance urban resiliency. The report is the second in the Preparing for the Rising Tides series, which the TBHA first released in 2013, assessing the neighborhood-level sea level rise flooding risk to Boston.

Related Organizations: The Boston Harbor Assocation

Author or Affiliated User: Julie Wormser

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Planning for Flood Recovery and Long-Term Resilience in Vermont: Smart Growth Approaches for Disaster Resilient Communities

July 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have partnered to provide Vermont with technical assistance in planning for long-term flood resilience. The goal of the collaboration is to incorporate smart growth principles into local policies, development regulations, and hazard mitigation plans. The project is a product of EPA's year-long Smart Growth Implementation Assistance project in Vermont.

Related Organizations: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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20 Good Ideas for Promoting Resilience

June 20, 2014

A number of states and local governments are already taking tangible actions to address their growing vulnerability to severe storms, persistent drought, worsening flooding, and devastating wildfires.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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North Carolina Flood Risk Information System

May 19, 2014

In North Carolina, the state developed a Flood Risk Information System to improve the accuracy and functionality of the state's floodplain maps, and to help local governments and state agencies make decisions about how to reduce flood losses (or mitigate flood risks). The state digitized the floodplain maps developed by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) using high-resolution LiDAR data for the entire state, and developed this System to make the maps more accurate and easier to use. This System incorporates additional data layers not included on FEMA floodplain maps - such as flood depth damage information determined from building footprints, parcel information, and first floor elevations.

Related Organizations: State of North Carolina

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Baltimore, Maryland Growing Green Initiative

May 14, 2014

Baltimore, Maryland Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake launched the Growing Green Initiative (GGI) on May 14, 2014. This City effort repurposes vacant lots to advance community priorities, including open space, growing fresh food, managing stormwater with green infrastructure, recreational space, and social resilience.

Related Organizations: City of Baltimore, Maryland

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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The Role of Buildings in Climate Adaptation

May 2014

With a focus on New Jersey, the report discusses considerations related to buildings that can be part of an adaptation strategy. Infrastructure vulnerability is discussed in terms of the social, economic, and environmental impacts that damaged buildings can create. The report describes the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy and the current state of preparedness, and makes a number of recommendations on how the state can improve building resilience.

Related Organizations: New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance

Author or Affiliated User: Wendy Ortiz

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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