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National Climate Change Adaptation Research Plan: Settlements and Infrastructure

April 2012

The National Adaptation Research Plan for Settlements and Infrastructure (Settlements NARP) identifies priority research questions for climate change adaptation issues relevant to Australia’s cities, towns and regions - but offers useful adaptive planning strategies and considerations applicable to practitioners elsewhere. The Settlements NARP was developed in 2010 to identify research required to provide decision makers within government, industry and communities with the information they need to effectively respond and adapt to the impacts of climate change on settlements and infrastructure.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Bruce Thom, Jennifer Cane, Ron Cox, Catherine Farrell, Peter Hayes, Robert Kay, Allen Kearns, Darryl Low Choy, John McAneney, Jan McDonald, Michael Nolan, Barbara Norman, Jonathan Nott, Tim Smith

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Banking on Green: A Look at How Green Infrastructure Can Save Municipalities Money and Provide Economic Benefits Community-wide

April 2012

Banking on Green describes the cost-effectiveness of green infrastructure (GI) for stormwater management, and the co-benefits of energy reduction, flood mitigation, and improved public health outcomes. American Rivers, Water Environment Federation, American Society of Landscape Architects, and ECONorthwest created this report to put information from GI performance research into the hands of decision makers. Detailing the benefits of green infrastructure, along with documented examples of successful GI practices, this document provides information on the economics and climate change adaptation benefits of GI for policymakers, municipal and utility officials, and the general public.

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Looking Up: How Green Roofs and Cool Roofs Can Reduce Energy Use, Address Climate Change, and Protect Water Resources in Southern California

June 2012

This report shares the results of a new study from the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA School of Law, on the many benefits of green roofs and cool roofs for communities in southern California.    Some of those benefits are quantified, including building cooling energy savings, greenhouse gas emissions reductions, and, for green roofs, stormwater volume reduction. Policy recommendations to achieve these benefits are provided as well.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Noah Garrison, Cara Horowitz, Chris Ann Lunghino

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Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan

June 15, 2012

The City of Austin, Texas adopted the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan in 2012 and established “sustainability” as the central policy direction of the 30-year plan. Austin recognizes the impacts of climate change, and has incorporated broad climate adaptation planning goals along with many other sustainability, conservation, and green infrastructure focused strategies into this plan.

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Climate Adaptation Plan

June 15, 2012

On February 7, 2013 35 federal agencies released their third annual Strategic Sustainability Performance Plans (SSPPs), which for the first time included Climate Change Adaptation Plans to help federal agencies reach climate change resilience goals.

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Louisiana Coastal Land Use Toolkit 2.1

August 2012

Developed by the Center for Planning Excellence (CPEX), the Louisiana Coastal Land Use Toolkit contains development standards that are designed to support hazard mitigation and natural resource protection in the coastal areas of Louisiana. The Toolkit offers a customizable regulatory framework for land use and development, in particular for those communities facing coastal and stormwater flooding. The Toolkit includes model zoning and subdivision codes that can be used to build more resilient coastal communities that are adaptive to these climate impacts and others, by adopting sustainable development and Smart Growth principles.

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California Cool Pavements Research and Implementation Act (AB 296, 2012)

September 27, 2012

Assembly Bill 296, the “Cool Pavements Research and Implementation Act,” was approved by California Governor Jerry Brown on September 27, 2012. AB 296 calls upon the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to develop a standard specification for sustainable or "cool" pavements that can be used to mitigate urban heat islands.

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Necanicum River - Highway 101 Flood Mitigation

2013

A flood mitigation and habitat restoration project led by the North Coast Land Conservancy (NCLC) and funded by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) removed a levee built in the 1960s and reestablished the Necanicum River floodplain, mitigating flooding of Highway 101.

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Rebuild By Design Competition after Hurricane Sandy

2013

In a one-time competition, the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) encouraged Sandy-affected communities to rebuild with climate change in mind through the Rebuild by Design competition.  Rebuild by Design was a unique design competition that was initiated in 2013 by the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force and HUD.  Through the competition, architectural and design professionals were asked to develop innovative design solutions for resilient rebuilding in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy Ten interdisciplinary design teams (planning, design, engineering, etc.

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Washington D.C./District of Columbia Stormwater Ordinance - 2013 Rule on Stormwater Management and Soil Erosion and Sediment Control

2013

In 2013, the District Department of the Environment (now D. C. Department of Energy and Environment, or DOEE) released an amended Rule on Stormwater Management and Soil Erosion and Sediment Control to require that major development and redevelopment projects  incorporate additional measures to retain stormwater and reduce runoff. The District offers compliance flexibility by allowing for some off-site retention, the ability for developers to pay an in-lieu fee, or the option to buy stormwater retention credits.

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