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New York State Climate Smart Communities Grant Program

2018

The New York State Climate Smart Communities Grant Program, administered by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, was established in 2016 and provides a matching grant to towns, villages, counties, and boroughs of New York City to implement projects related to climate change adaptation or mitigation or, more specifically, to work towards Climate Smart Communities Certification by undertaking eligible planning actions. Although all municipalities in the state are eligible to apply for these grants, Climate Smart Communities receive extra points in the application process (dependent on their certification level) in order to financially incentivize participation in the program.

Related Organizations: New York City Department of Environmental Protection

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Finance Guide for Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge Design Teams

December 1, 2017

This guide was designed to assist design teams that are part of the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge.  Resilient by Design is a collaborative design challenge for the San Francisco Bay area of California, to develop 10 innovative community-based solutions that will strengthen the region’s resilience to sea level rise, severe storms, flooding and earthquakes.  The report describes strategic funding and financing options for developing hazard-ready infrastructure in California, and can be useful for decision makers and designers outside of the Bay area challenge.

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Resource Guide for Planning, Designing and Implementing Green Infrastructure in Parks

December 2017

This Resource Guide provides basic principles and innovations in green stormwater infrastructure in support of implementation into parks and park systems nationwide. Written as a starting point for planners, designers, and decision-makers, the guide provides a design and management framework for integrating these green practices into park design, construction and maintenance. The report also offers quantifiable water quality benefits from green infrastructure, best practices in adaptation, and encourages integrated social equity goals.

Related Organizations: National Recreation and Park Association

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: 2017 Interim Report

December 2017

This National Institute of Building Sciences report highlights the benefits of implementing natural hazard mitigation strategies, concluding that a $1 investment in hazard mitigation saves $6 in future disaster costs (updating past estimates of a $4 savings). As part of the analysis, the report considers the benefits of mitigating future costs from sea-level rise and increasing flood risks.   In addition to the losses avoided, the report estimated that 600 lives could be saved and 1 million non-fatal injuries avoided with common sense investments in hazard mitigation.

Related Organizations: National Institute of Building Sciences

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Planning for Hazards: Land Use Solutions for Colorado

November 2017

From  the Colorado Department of Local Affairs this guide is intended to help Colorado communities better protect residents and property by integrating resilience principles into their plans, codes, and policies. Detailed example strategies are provided for counties and municipalities to address hazards, which are occurring more frequently in the state, in part due to climate change. The guide is also available in an online format with enhanced navigational features that make it more easily accessible.

Related Organizations: Colorado Department of Local Affairs

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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California AB 733 - Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts for Climate Adaptation

October 11, 2017

The California legislature passed AB 733 specifically authorizing the creation of enhanced infrastructure financing districts for climate change adaptation projects, and the legislation was signed into law by Governor Brown on October 11, 2017.

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Rhode Island H 5042/S 1005 2017: Flooding and Sea Level Rise Training for Municipal Planning Boards and Commissions

September 27, 2017

Rhode Island has approved legislation that requires all members of local planning boards and commissions to participate in a training program on the impacts of flooding and sea level rise to the state. One of the priorities is to help ensure that local decision makers can calculate the effects of sea level rise and flooding on development and land use in flood plains. The training is a free two-hour course required once every two years, for both coastal and inland municipalities - as flooding is expected on inland rivers and waterways as sea level rises as well.

Related Organizations: State of Rhode Island

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Keep America Beautiful - Community Restoration and Resiliency Fund

September 6, 2017

In quick response to the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma arriving back to back in August and September 2017, the nonprofit organization Keep America Beautiful launched the Community Restoration and Resiliency Fund. The fund will provide financial aid, technical support, in-kind donations, and other resources to affiliates and community partners whose residents are facing the widespread and long-term impacts of these climate fueled extreme weather catastrophes. The funds will go to green infrastructure projects to improve resiliency, and to building community engagement through social programs.

Resource Category: Funding

 

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New Orleans Climate-Smart Cities Decision-Support/Mapping Tool

2017

In collaboration with the Trust for Public Land, the Office of Resilience and Sustainability in New Orleans, Louisiana has completed a publicly accessible Climate-Smart Cities climate risk mapping and planning tool. This decision support tool is designed to guide green infrastructure planning for climate adaptation in New Orleans - through heat mitigation, social equity, flood control, and more. The tool identifies priority areas for multi-benefit green infrastructure investments based on climate impacts, and the location of vulnerable populations in New Orleans.

Related Organizations: Trust for Public Land, City of New Orleans, Louisiana

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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STAR Climate Change Guide

June 28, 2017

The STAR Communities online Climate Change Guide was developed to help communities address climate change within their sustainability planning process. The guide utilizes the STAR Community Rating System to offer user-friendly guidance to advance local government efforts toward climate change mitigation and adaptation. The STAR Community Rating System is a leading framework and certification program in the U. S. for evaluating local sustainability through economic, environmental, and social performance measures.

Related Organizations: STAR Communities

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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