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NIST Community Resilience Planning Guide for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems

October 29, 2015

The National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) Community Resilience Planning Guide details a six-step process for community leaders to develop and implement a resilience plan, primarily focusing on planning for recovery of community functions after extreme weather events. The guide provides a methodology for communities to develop long-term plans by engaging stakeholders, establishing performance goals for buildings and infrastructure systems, and developing an implementation strategy.

Related Organizations: National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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California SB 379: Land use; general plan; safety element; climate adaptation

October 8, 2015

California SB 379 requires all cities and counties to include climate adaptation and resiliency strategies in the Safety Elements of their General Plans upon the next revision beginning January 1, 2017. The bill requires the climate adaptation update to include a set of goals, policies, and objectives for their communities based on the vulnerability assessment, as well as implementation measures, including the conservation and implementation of natural infrastructure that may be used in adaptation projects.

Related Organizations: State of California

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Vermont Economic Resiliency Initiative and Final Report

September 30, 2015

Developed by the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, the Vermont Economic Resiliency Initiative (VERI) evaluated and ranked Vermont communities where economic activity and the associated infrastructure are at high risk of flooding. The goal of the project is to help communities recover quickly from disasters, minimize interruptions to businesses and the local economy, and reduce flood recovery costs.  The Initiative was designed to provide a foundation to develop community-tailored action plans to reduce the loss of jobs, inventory, revenue, as well as the cost to repair roads, bridges, and other key infrastructure.

Related Organizations: Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Reimagining New Orleans Post Katrina - A Case Study in Using Disaster Recovery Funds to Rebuild More Resiliently

August 26, 2015

A decade after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, a new case study by the Georgetown Climate Center examines some of the lessons learned from state and local efforts to use disaster relief funding to rebuild New Orleans' public schools and stormwater systems.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Author or Affiliated User: James DeWeese

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Model Protocols for Assessing the Impacts of Climate Change on the Built Environment under NEPA and State EIA Laws

August 14, 2015

The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School published these model protocols for government agencies assessing climate change impacts to determine categorical exclusions (CEs), and while preparing environmental assessments (EAs) and environmental impact statements (EISs). The protocols recommend a precautionary approach to assessing and disclosing impacts and suggest evaluating and disclosing climate change impacts when conducting environmental reviews, using multiple projection scenarios when assessing potential impacts of climate change, having appropriate scope and depth of analysis for the magnitude of risk of a project, and assessing climate impacts in the contexts of a future baseline, the purpose and need of a project, and the potential vulnerability of a project to climate change impacts.

Related Organizations: Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Assessing the Impacts of Climate Change on the Built Environment under NEPA and State EIA Laws: A Survey of Current Practices and Recommendations for Model Protocols

August 12, 2015

The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law has developed a set of model protocols for assessing the impacts of climate change on the built environment under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and similar state and local laws, including those for environmental impact assessments (EIAs). This paper summarizes the legal and empirical research used for the development of these protocols.

Related Organizations: Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School

Author or Affiliated User: Jessica Wentz

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Green Streets, Green Towns, Green Jobs Grant Initiative

June 16, 2015

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Chesapeake Bay Trust, in partnership with Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources, announced $727,500 in 2015 grants to be awarded to 15 organizations through the Green Streets, Green Towns, Green Jobs Grant Initiative (G3 Grant Program). The G3 program was piloted in the Chesapeake Bay area in 2011 to encourage local jurisdictions to use “green” techniques when pursuing necessary “gray” infrastructure projects.  Its purpose is to improve local, grassroots-level greening efforts by towns and communities in urbanized watersheds that reduce stormwater runoff through the creation of “green streets,” the increase in urban green spaces, and the reduction of impervious surfaces.

Related Organizations: Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Chesapeake Bay Trust, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Funding

 

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EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative: Shoreline Cities Green Infrastructure Grants

June 5, 2015

In June 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Shoreline Cities grants totaling more than more than $1.8 million to fund green infrastructure projects to improve water quality in 11 cities across the Great Lakes Basin.  

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

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Florida SB 1094: “An act relating to the peril of flood”

May 21, 2015

On May 21, 2015, Governor Rick Scott signed into law Florida Senate Bill 1094, “An Act relating to the peril of flood. ”  SB 1094 requires consideration of future flood risk from storm surge and sea level rise in certain portions of local government comprehensive plans.  In accordance with SB 1094, Florida Statute section 163. 3178(2)(f)1 now includes sea-level rise as one of the causes of flood risk that must be addressed in the “redevelopment principles, strategies, and engineering solutions” to reduce flood risk.

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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New Orleans Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance, Article 23: Landscape, Stormwater Management, and Screening

May 2015

In 2015, the New Orleans City Council adopted a new Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO). Article 23 of the CZO addresses landscaping and stormwater management with the intended purpose of reducing the urban heat island effect, decreasing flooding and strains on the existing drainage system, improving water conservation, and protecting public health, safety, and welfare. Article 23 of the CZO does not directly mention climate change or climate adaptation, but does specify regulations that can improve the cities ability to manage stormwater in the face of increased precipitation and mitigate heat in the face of rising temperatures though green infrastructure.

Related Organizations: City of New Orleans, Louisiana

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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