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EPA Smart Growth Implementation Assistance Program

2005

The Smart Growth Implementation Assistance Program, run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), helps communities explore opportunities for and barriers to smart growth and pilot innovative ideas that create more sustainable communities.

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District of Columbia's RiverSmart Program

2006

Washington D. C. ’s Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) administers a variety of "RiverSmart" programs to fund projects that reduce stormwater runoff and water pollution. The programs provide financial incentives, in the form of grants and rebates, to fund green infrastructure projects that reduce and treat stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces. Although the RiverSmart program was developed to help the District address water pollution from stormwater runoff, it also supports climate resilience by diverting rainwater from the city’s stormwater system to manage increasingly heavy rainfall events.

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Washington D.C. Green Roof Program

2007

In 2003, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation initiated a green roof demonstration project funded under the terms of a consent decree negotiated by the D. C. Water and Sewer Authority. The money was used to issue grants for the installation of eight different pilot green roofs that would reduce the cost of each green roof cost to the building owner by up to 20 percent. The pilot roofs served as models that building owners could use for future green roof projects, by providing data on costs, construction methods, performance, and maintenance needs.

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New York City Zoning Code - Permeable pavement requirements

2007

Since 2007, New York City’s zoning code has required parking lots for community facilities to allow permeable pavements where appropriate. Parking lots with more than 18 spaces or more than 6,000 sq ft must capture stormwater through perimeter plantings and planting islands. The lot must be properly graded to drain runoff to those plantings. Both types of plantings must include trees of a certain diameter and spacing, and all vegetation must be from a list of pre-approved species. The objectives of these zoning requirements are to better manage stormwater on parking lots and reduce urban temperatures by providing shade.

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Urban Planning for Climate Change

2007

This resource offers an overview of climate change indicators, risks, and particular threats to urban centers. It also examines how cities can pursue sustainable design to moderate the effects of climate change, as well as recommendations for further policy research.

Author or Affiliated User: Edward J. Blakely

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Climate Change and Land Use in Florida: Interdependencies and Opportunities

June 30, 2007

This report outlines the components of a sample state climate action plan as they relate to land use, including mitigation and adaptation options. The plan addresses enhanced resiliency to climate impacts related to land use in Florida, and the development of the capacity to participate in carbon markets and support economic development of the state. Climate projections for Florida are detailed, with specific attention to drought and the related impacts on agriculture, sea-level rise, and hurricanes.

Author or Affiliated User: Stephen Mulkey

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Transfer of Development Rights in U.S. Communities: Evaluating Program Design, Implementation, and Outcomes

September 2007

In September 2007, Resources for the Future and the University of Maryland – Baltimore County partnered to evaluate the design, implementation, and outcomes of Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) programs in communities across the U. S. The report is the result of a comprehensive research study involving conversations with local planners, consultants, land-use attorneys, and land trusts in the case study of several communities. The report offers an overview of land preservation, zoning, and TDRs in the U.

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Boulder Green Building and Green Points Program - Boulder, Colorado Municipal Code Chapter 7.5, Ordinance 7565

February 1, 2008

Boulder, Colorado’s municipal building code integrated Ordinance 7565 (Green Building and Green Points Program), which was adopted by Boulder City Council on Nov. 13, 2007 and went into effect on Feb. 1, 2008. The Boulder Green Points Building Program was the nation’s first mandatory residential green building program that requires a builder or homeowner to include a minimum amount of sustainable building components based on the size of the proposed structure. 

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Adding Green to Urban Design: A City for Us and Future Generations

November 20, 2008

Adopted by the Chicago Plan Commission in November 2008, this urban planning document presents a detailed implementation strategy for economically sound and environmentally sustainable urban design.  Elements for consideration encompass all areas of the city exposed to the environment from the building exterior to the street - including roofs, facades, yards, landscapes, open spaces, parkways, driveways, sidewalks, alleys, and roadways.

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Maine Department of Transportation – Bridge Scour Management

Recognizing that climate change will cause changes in precipitation and stream flow, the state of Maine has taken several steps to evaluate the vulnerability of its bridges to scour and implement corrective actions to safeguard those most critical. Among the transportation infrastructure adaptation policies recommended in Maine DOT’s report Climate Change and Transportation in Maine were two scour-related goals: inspecting all bridges at least every two years, and conducting underwater inspections for scour and structural integrity every 60 months.

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