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Homeowners' Insurance Changes in Coastal Virginia: Causes and consequences for shoreline communities

July 2013

This study reviews the extent to which the private insurance industry may influence adaptation to climate change along Virginia’s tidal shoreline through homeowners insurance. Homeowners insurance is becoming more costly along the Atlantic Coast and coverage is changing, especially for wind damage. This year-long study by Wetlands Watch explored the private sector perceptions on sea level rise and climate adaptation, examines the specific drivers behind increasing insurance rates, and provides plausible adaptive actions in response to these increasing rates.

Related Organizations: Wetlands Watch

Authors or Affiliated Users: Skip Stiles, Shannon Hulst

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin Regional Green Infrastructure Plan

June 2013

Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) has established a 2035 Vision for “zero basement backups, zero overflows, and improved water quality. ” To achieve these goals, MMSD has transformed its approach to managing stormwater by utilizing green infrastructure technologies in its urban watershed management plan. By implementing widespread use of green infrastructure (GI) to complement the region’s grey infrastructure, the Regional Green Infrastructure Plan documents how to meet the 2035 goal by capturing the first 0.

Related Organizations: Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District (MMSD), City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Resource Category: Planning

 

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New York City Green Roof Property Tax Abatement Program

December 18, 2013

The Green Roof Property Tax Abatement provides a one-year tax abatement for the construction of a green roof on residential and commercial buildings in New York City. The City of New York and New York State passed legislation in 2008 to provide a one-year tax abatement, or tax relief, of $4.50 per square foot (up to $100,000 or the building's tax liability, whichever is less). Amended in 2013 by New York State’s AB 7058, the tax abatement is now available through March 15, 2018. 

Related Organizations: City of New York, New York

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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New York City Flood Resilience Zoning Amendment

October 9, 2013

In October 2013, New York City adopted zoning amendments to encourage flood-resilient construction of buildings in designated flood zones.  The amendments were put in place to remove regulatory barriers that hindered reconstruction of storm-damaged structures after Hurricane Sandy and to allow reconstructed buildings to comply with higher flood elevations issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) after the storm.  The amendments were designed to ensure that new development and redevelopment would be less at-risk to damages from future flood events and to avoid increased flood insurance premiums.

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

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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City of Boulder, Colorado Floodplain Overlay Districts

2014

The City of Boulder, Colorado’s Land Use Code (Boulder, Colorado Revised Municipal Code Title 9, Chapter 3) includes provisions to establish and implement Floodplain Overlay Districts that provide restrictions or additional requirements for all development in areas of the city subject to flooding. This includes the 500 and 100-year floodplains, Conveyance Zones, preserved corridors that allow flood waters to travel to creeks, and High Hazard Zones, areas with the greatest threat of human loss.

Related Organizations: City of Boulder, Colorado

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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National Infrastructure Advisory Council: Strengthening Regional Resilience - Final Report and Recommendations

November 21, 2013

The National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) resilience research examined the characteristics of a resilient region, increasing climate risks and infrastructure interdependencies, and how resiliency can be built into critical infrastructure sectors. The study focuses on the resilience of “lifeline sectors” (energy, communications, water, and transportation) within regions that have complex multi-state, multi-jurisdictional, and cross-sector interdependencies - and which would have large national impacts if they were to fail.

Related Organizations: National Infrastructure Advisory Council

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Resilient Coastal Development Through Land Use Planning: Tools and Management Techniques in the Gulf of Mexico

April 11, 2013

This toolkit identifies ways to strengthen community resilience through land use planning, focusing specifically on options for the Gulf Coast and the unique considerations related to state laws. The resource also discusses the side benefits of resiliency, like participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and a preferred score on the Community Rating System to achieve discounts on flood insurance premiums in qualifying communities.

Related Organizations: University of Mississippi , Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium

Author or Affiliated User: Niki L. Pace

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Looking Up: How Green Roofs and Cool Roofs Can Reduce Energy Use, Address Climate Change, and Protect Water Resources in Southern California

June 2012

This report shares the results of a new study from the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA School of Law, on the many benefits of green roofs and cool roofs for communities in southern California.    Some of those benefits are quantified, including building cooling energy savings, greenhouse gas emissions reductions, and, for green roofs, stormwater volume reduction. Policy recommendations to achieve these benefits are provided as well.

Related Organizations: Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Noah Garrison, Cara Horowitz, Chris Ann Lunghino

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Necanicum River - Highway 101 Flood Mitigation

2013

A flood mitigation and habitat restoration project led by the North Coast Land Conservancy (NCLC) and funded by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) removed a levee built in the 1960s and reestablished the Necanicum River floodplain, mitigating flooding of Highway 101.

Related Organizations: Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), North Coast Land Conservancy

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan

June 15, 2012

The City of Austin, Texas adopted the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan in 2012 and established “sustainability” as the central policy direction of the 30-year plan. Austin recognizes the impacts of climate change, and has incorporated broad climate adaptation planning goals along with many other sustainability, conservation, and green infrastructure focused strategies into this plan.

Related Organizations: City of Austin, Texas

Resource Category: Planning

 

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