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New York City Zoning Code - Permeable pavement requirements

2007

Since 2007, New York City’s zoning code has required parking lots for community facilities to allow permeable pavements where appropriate. Parking lots with more than 18 spaces or more than 6,000 sq ft must capture stormwater through perimeter plantings and planting islands. The lot must be properly graded to drain runoff to those plantings. Both types of plantings must include trees of a certain diameter and spacing, and all vegetation must be from a list of pre-approved species. The objectives of these zoning requirements are to better manage stormwater on parking lots and reduce urban temperatures by providing shade.

Related Organizations: City of New York, New York

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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District of Columbia's RiverSmart Program

2006

Washington D. C. ’s Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) administers a variety of "RiverSmart" programs to fund projects that reduce stormwater runoff and water pollution. The programs provide financial incentives, in the form of grants and rebates, to fund green infrastructure projects that reduce and treat stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces. Although the RiverSmart program was developed to help the District address water pollution from stormwater runoff, it also supports climate resilience by diverting rainwater from the city’s stormwater system to manage increasingly heavy rainfall events.

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EPA Smart Growth Implementation Assistance Program

2005

The Smart Growth Implementation Assistance Program, run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), helps communities explore opportunities for and barriers to smart growth and pilot innovative ideas that create more sustainable communities.

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

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Land Use Impacts and Solutions to Sea Level Rise in East Central Florida

November 2004

The East Central Florida Regional Planning Council (ECFRPC) was contracted through a grant from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to participate in this study, which included all coastal states along the eastern seaboard - analyzing present and future land use and various coastal policies. This report's focus is on sea level rise and implications for Brevard and Volusia counties of Florida. The maps that accompany illustrate the areas that planners within this region expect will be protected from erosion and inundation in the coming decades.

Related Organizations: East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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City of Chicago Tax Increment Financing and Green Roof Improvement Fund

February 2002

Chicago, Illinois, has successfully used tax increment financing (TIF) to fund public infrastructure and development projects. The city has established more than 120 TIF districts, and has leveraged its public investment to attract over $6 billion in private capital investment in TIF districts over two decades of development. 

Related Organizations: City of Chicago, Illinois

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Cool Surfaces and Shade Trees to Reduce Energy Use and Improve Air Quality in Urban Areas

2001

This article, published in Elsevier in 2002, outlines how cool surfaces (cool roofs and cool pavements) and urban trees can have a substantial effect on urban air temperature and, hence, can reduce cooling-energy use and smog. Using a dozen metropolitan cities as case studies, this paper demonstrates an estimate of about 20% of the national cooling demand can be avoided through a large-scale implementation of heat-island mitigation measures. This amounts to 40 TWh/ year savings, worth over $4B per year by 2015, in cooling-electricity savings alone.

Related Organizations: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Authors or Affiliated Users: H. Akbari, M. Pomerantz, H. Taha

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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King County, Washington Flood Buyout and Home Elevation Program

Any structure located in a flood-prone area of unincorporated King County, Washington may be eligible for the Flood Buyout or Home Elevation Program grant funds. Structures covered by flood insurance with a history of repetitive flooding and those properties identified as part of a project in the Flood Hazard Management Plan will be more likely to be given priority for available program and grant funds. 

Related Organizations: King County, Washington

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HUD Community Development Block Grant Program

The U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant program (Entitlement Communities Grants and State Program Grants; CFDA Number: 14. 218, 14. 228) is designed to help cities and states provide affordable housing and expand economic opportunities; CDBG funds must go to principally benefit persons of low and moderate income.  The CDBG program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs.

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

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Local Land Use Response to Sea Level Rise

This report summarizes selected local land use ordinances and regulations that include specific mention of sea level rise or that incorporate appropriate policy responses that may be used to address sea level rise. While developed for The Nature Conservancy Long Island, it is a useful resource for any coastal state.

Related Organizations: Pace University School of Law, Land Use Law Center, The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Public Assistance Grant Program

The objective of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) Grant Program is to provide assistance to state, tribal, and local governments, and certain types of private nonprofit organizations to enable communities to quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President.

Related Organizations: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Resource Category: Funding

 

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