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20 Good Ideas for Promoting Resilience

June 20, 2014

A number of states and local governments are already taking tangible actions to address their growing vulnerability to severe storms, persistent drought, worsening flooding, and devastating wildfires.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

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North Carolina Flood Risk Information System

May 19, 2014

In North Carolina, the state developed a Flood Risk Information System to improve the accuracy and functionality of the state's floodplain maps, and to help local governments and state agencies make decisions about how to reduce flood losses (or mitigate flood risks). The state digitized the floodplain maps developed by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) using high-resolution LiDAR data for the entire state, and developed this System to make the maps more accurate and easier to use. This System incorporates additional data layers not included on FEMA floodplain maps - such as flood depth damage information determined from building footprints, parcel information, and first floor elevations.

Related Organizations: State of North Carolina

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Baltimore, Maryland Growing Green Initiative

May 14, 2014

Baltimore, Maryland Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake launched the Growing Green Initiative (GGI) on May 14, 2014. This City effort repurposes vacant lots to advance community priorities, including open space, growing fresh food, managing stormwater with green infrastructure, recreational space, and social resilience.

Related Organizations: City of Baltimore, Maryland

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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The Role of Buildings in Climate Adaptation

May 2014

With a focus on New Jersey, the report discusses considerations related to buildings that can be part of an adaptation strategy. Infrastructure vulnerability is discussed in terms of the social, economic, and environmental impacts that damaged buildings can create. The report describes the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy and the current state of preparedness, and makes a number of recommendations on how the state can improve building resilience.

Related Organizations: New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance

Author or Affiliated User: Wendy Ortiz

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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NWF Green Works for Climate Resilience: A Guide to Community Planning for Climate Change

April 2014

This guide from the National Wildlife Federation is a primer on nature-based approaches that communities can use to respond and prepare for the impacts of climate change. It highlights common examples, profiles approaches that communities are already using, and describes strategies that communities can use to apply nature-based approaches.

Related Organizations: National Wildlife Federation

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kara Reeve, Ryan Kingston

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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2013 California Green Building Code - CALGreen

January 1, 2014

The 2013 California Green Building Standards Code, or CALGreen, established by the California Building Standards Commission, went into effect January 1, 2014. California first adopted CALGreen in 2010, becoming the first statewide mandatory green building code in the country. The Code establishes minimum green building standards through uniform regulations of most new residential and non-residential California buildings. The regulations are intended to reduce construction waste, make buildings more efficient in the use of materials and energy, and reduce environmental impacts during and after construction.

Related Organizations: State of California, California Building Standards Commission

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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NYC Cool Roofs Initiative (New York City, NY)

2014

The NYC °CoolRoofs initiative encourages building owners in New York City to cool their rooftops by applying a reflective white coating that reduces energy use, cooling costs and carbon emissions. The program not only combats the urban heat island effect, it supports New York City's goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030, as outlined in PlaNYC - the City's comprehensive sustainability plan. 

Related Organizations: City of New York, New York

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Smart Growth America State Resilience Program

Smart Growth America’s State Resilience Program offers state leaders and agencies resources, tools, and educational opportunities for hazard resiliency planning. The Program’s land use and engagement strategies are developed from the experience of peer agencies from across the country, the latest research on programs and activities that states control, and proven approaches for building municipal partnerships.

Related Organizations: Smart Growth America

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Sand Berm to Protect Del Monte Avenue in Monterey, California

The shoreline along southern Monterey Bay has historically been subject to strong surge during storm events. These surge conditions are predicted to worsen in the future due to climate change. Each year on November 1, the City of Monterey creates a temporary sand berm to provide flood protection for Del Monte Avenue and an adjacent bike path.   Del Monte Avenue is a low-lying road that runs adjacent to the public beach.   The berm is designed to reduce the likelihood that storm surge will inundate the road.

Related Organizations: City of Monterey, California

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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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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