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Encouraging Adaptation to Climate Change: Long-Term Flood Insurance

December 2009

This paper from Resources for the Future (RFF), is focused on flooding impacts in the U. S. as a result of climate change, and in particular, the increases in severity and frequency of hurricanes. The authors examine potential issues that may arise from climate change given the rising population density in coastal regions and the expected volatility of weather patterns. The report also provides an overview of the risks and impediments to effective insurance markets in the face of climate change and outlines the need for and advantages of long-term insurance planning.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Howard Kunreuther, Erwann Michel-Kerjan

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HUD Green Infrastructure and the Sustainable Communities Initiative

2010

From the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Economic Resilience, the Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI) Provides grants to improve regional and local planning efforts that integrate housing and transportation decisions, and that support sustainable development. The Green Infrastructure and the Sustainable Communities Initiative report provides case studies of 30 local governments who have used U. S. HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grants or Community Challenge Planning Grants to fund green infrastructure programs.

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Lenexa, Kansas Rain to Recreation Program

Lenexa, Kansas funded a robust green infrastructure program - "Rain to Recreation" - by pairing the city's Storm Systems Development Charge (a 1/8 cent sales tax) and a capital development charge, along with available sources of local, state and federal funding. Combining multiple sources of funding enables Lenexa to have more long-term and sustainable funding for this program. The Rain to Recreation Program stormwater management approach integrates the community by creating recreational opportunities, while addressing flood control and water quality issues.

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City of Phoenix, Arizona Tree and Shade Master Plan

2010

The City of Phoenix Tree and Shade Master Plan addresses urban forestry and the value of trees in Phoenix, Arizona. The urban forest, as described in the plan, is essential to creating a sustainable city because it solves many problems with one single solution.   By investing in trees and the urban forest, the city can reduce its carbon footprint, decrease energy costs, reduce stormwater runoff, increase biodiversity, address the urban heat island effect, clean the air, and increase property values.

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Building Public Support for Floodplain Management: Guidebook

February 2010

This document provides guidance to enable better communication by floodplain managers to community stakeholders in regard to changes in flooding conditions and regulations. This is a particularly challenging field because, as the authors explain, current (as of 2010) economic incentives created by the National Flood Insurance Program make mitigating hazards in flood-prone areas difficult. Consequently, the report explains how floodplain managers can better understand stakeholders' goals, explain flood hazards, provide explanations of new policies, and implement outreach and education programs.

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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NYC Green Codes Task Force Report

February 1, 2010

On February 1, 2010 the NYC Green Codes Task Force - led by the Urban Green Council - released a comprehensive analysis of building codes for the city.

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An Assessment of Decision-Making Processes: The Feasibility of Incorporating Climate Change Information into Land Protection Planning (Final Report)

March 2010

Because land protection decisions are long-term, hard to reverse, and resource intensive, these decisions are important to consider in the context of climate change. Climate change may directly affect the services intended for protection and parcel selection can exacerbate or ameliorate certain impacts. Therefore, when considering long-term acquisition strategies, land protection programs should be considering both the mitigation potential of land through carbon sequestration and the adaptation potential of the land for preserving wildlife migration routes, protecting water sources, and buffering infrastructure and development from storm events.

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City of Philadelphia Cool Roof Law and Building Code

May 2010

In May 2010, Mayor Nutter of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania approved legislation requiring all new construction in the city to use highly reflective roofing materials that meet or exceed Energy Star cool roof standards. The Cool Roof Law is a first step toward Philadelphia's anticipated adoption of green building standards.

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Design for Future Climate: Opportunities for Adaptation in the Built Environment

June 2010

This report provides an overview of climate change and outlines areas of innovation for the construction sector as related to three major areas: building comfort (heating/cooling), construction design, and water use. Although UK focused, there are detailed adaptive building strategies provided that are universal.  

Author or Affiliated User: Bill Gethig

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EPA Green Infrastructure Case Studies: Municipal Policies for Managing Stormwater with Green Infrastructure

August 2010

This report by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) describes the benefits of green infrastructure, and the most common and influential green infrastructure policies. A brief background on how each approach works, and examples from relevant case studies including results, barriers and processes for implementation are provided.   This report is meant to serve as a policy guide for municipalities that wish to create local policies and programs to allow, require and encourage green infrastructure.

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