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Living Asheville, North Carolina: A Comprehensive Plan for Our Future

June 2018

In June 2018, the Asheville City Council adopted an updated comprehensive plan, "Living Asheville: A Comprehensive Plan for Our Future" that incorporated considerations of climate-threats to the city, which were identified in the city's climate hazard Assessment, completed in June 2017. The Living Asheville Plan guides land use decisions in the city; it examines the long-term challenges posed by climate change and includes policies for enhancing the city's resilience.

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Green Infrastructure to Green Jobs in Savannah, Georgia

2017-2018

Savannah, Georgia’s Office of Sustainability and partners launched a green infrastructure initiative to restore the city’s urban forest, manage coastal stormwater flooding, and renew marginalized or lower-income neighborhoods. This project was funded through the Southeast Sustainable Communities Fund which supports local communities in the southeastern U.S. to advance climate adaptation and social equity in local government policy, plans and programs.

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Duck Hill on the Rise - Green Infrastructure case study in Duck Hill, Mississippi

2017-2018

The Southeast Sustainability Directors Network funded a project in the small town of Duck Hill, Mississippi, (population of approx. 1,300) to implement green infrastructure for repetitive flooding issues in the community. The Southeast Sustainable Communities Fund provided $300,000 to support flood water mitigation and creek restoration, community engagement and empowerment, youth conservationist training, and “creative place making. ” The Fund supports local communities in the southeastern U.

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New York City Climate Resiliency Design Guidelines

April 2018

In April 2018, New York City released new Climate Resiliency Design Guidelines that apply to all City capital projects, aside from coastal protection projects. The guidelines direct planners, engineers, architects, and others involved in project delivery on how to use regionally-specific future climate projections in the design of City facilities.

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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EPA: Storm Smart Cities - Integrating Green Infrastructure into Local Hazard Mitigation Plans

March 26, 2018

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers guidance on how green infrastructure could be incorporated into local hazard mitigation plans in this report. The guide is built around a case study of green infrastructure integration efforts in the City of Huntington, West Virginia and the West Virginia Region 2 Planning and Development Area.  The green infrastructure described addresses stormwater and will improve water quality and address flooding challenges - bringing greater resilience to climate impacts in Huntington.

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Trees and Stormwater Toolkit

March 2018

The Trees and Stormwater Tool can help communities better understand the benefits of tree-based green infrastructure and to incorporate trees into stormwater management plans. Use of this guidance can help inform local decision makers in communities across the U.S. of options and best practices for including trees in stormwater facility design regulations and policies to improve community resilience.

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Sustainable Cleveland 2019

2018

Sustainable Cleveland 2019 is a 10-year initiative “to design and develop a thriving and resilient Cleveland that leverages its wealth of assets to build economic, social and environmental well-being for all.” Sustainable Cleveland was founded by Mayor Frank G. Jackson, is administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, and is funded by foundation, corporate and individual support. 

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Delivering Urban Resilience: Costs and benefits of city-wide adoption of smart surfaces

2018

This report quantifies the benefits and costs of smart surface technologies and finds that the risks from extreme heat and weather can be offset by these technologies. It draws on  Washington D. C. , Philadelphia, and El Paso as case studies and considers five smart surface technologies: cool roofs, green roofs, solar PV, reflective pavements, and urban trees. The authors find that adopting these technologies can generate millions (or even billions) of dollars in net financial benefits at the city level and can generate half a trillion dollars in net financial benefits nationwide.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Greg Kats, Keith Glassbrook

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Lenders’ Guide for Considering Climate Risk in Infrastructure Investments

January 17, 2018

Four Twenty Seven, in collaboration with Acclimatise and Climate Finance Advisers, published this guide to discuss the acute and chronic impacts of climate change on infrastructure, and the associated risks and liability for infrastructure investors. Once climate impacts and infrastructure resiliency are taken into account, loan and credit officers can structure lending that maximizes performance and minimizes risks. The guide includes ten “snapshots” or summaries of climate hazards and risks for the infrastructure sub-industries of: Airports; Marine Ports; Gas and Oil Transport and Storage; Power Transmission and Distribution; Wind-Based Power Distribution; Telecommunications; Data Centers; Commercial Real Estate; Healthcare; and Sport and Entertainment.

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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.

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