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Designing with Water: Creative Solutions from Around the Globe

August 1, 2014

Developed by The Boston Harbor Association (TBHA) and Sasaki Associates, this report focuses on urban design solutions to sea level rise resulting from climate change. Designing with Water provides Boston-relevant case studies and innovative designs for city planners and developers to adapt to flooding and enhance urban resiliency. The report is the second in the Preparing for the Rising Tides series, which the TBHA first released in 2013, assessing the neighborhood-level sea level rise flooding risk to Boston.

Related Organizations: The Boston Harbor Assocation

Author or Affiliated User: Julie Wormser

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Planning for Flood Recovery and Long-Term Resilience in Vermont: Smart Growth Approaches for Disaster Resilient Communities

July 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have partnered to provide Vermont with technical assistance in planning for long-term flood resilience. The goal of the collaboration is to incorporate smart growth principles into local policies, development regulations, and hazard mitigation plans. The project is a product of EPA's year-long Smart Growth Implementation Assistance project in Vermont.

Related Organizations: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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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

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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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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