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EPA: Enhancing Sustainable Communities With Green Infrastructure Guide

October 2014

This report from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is subtitled A Guide to Help Communities Better Manage Stormwater While Achieving Other Environmental, Public Health, Social and Economic Benefits.  The report summarizes green infrastructure approaches for stormwater, and the integration process into planning for and developing sustainable communities. The guide is designed to help stakeholders understand how green infrastructure can enhance their communities, and to develop a plan that can overcome technical, regulatory, financial, and institutional obstacles that can limit the implementation of green infrastructure.

Author or Affiliated User: Melissa Kramer

Resource Category: Planning

 

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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.

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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U.S. GAO report: Climate Change - Future Federal Adaptation Efforts Could Better Support Local Infrastructure Decision Makers (GAO-13-242)

April 12, 2013

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) was asked to examine issues related to infrastructure decision making and climate change. The performance audit was conducted from October 2011 to April 2013.

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Building Resilience in Boston: Best Practices for Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience for Existing Buildings

August 7, 2013

This report was prepared for the Boston Society of Architects and the Boston Green Ribbon Commission Climate Preparedness Working Group, and discusses how to better incorporate climate change, preparedness, and resiliency into Boston’s building practices. The report addresses Boston’s population and built environment and, specifically, their vulnerabilities such as variations in the age and construction of the city’s building stock and the populous communities built on infill land and in other low-lying areas.

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Using Smart Growth Strategies to Create More Resilient Communities in the Washington D.C. Region

November 2013

This publication from EPA's Smart Growth Program examines climate resiliency planning and policy options for local governments in the metropolitan Washington area. The guide describes smart growth approaches that can reduce climate change-related risks to the land use, transportation, water, and buildings sectors. The report was developed as part of a technical assistance project that EPA conducted with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

Author or Affiliated User: Megan Susman

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Seattle, Washington Department of Transportation (Seattle DOT) Elliott Bay Seawall Project

November 2013

The City of Seattle (City), through its Department of Transportation (SDOT), began a project to replace an aging seawall in Elliott Bay that protects and supports critical transportation infrastructure from coastal storms and shoreline erosion.   The original seawall was built between 1916 and 1934 atop timber piles and is at risk of failure in the event of an earthquake due to years of deterioration of the timber caused by waves and tidal forces. The updated seawall will have a minimum 75-year lifespan, provide protection for critical infrastructure (taking sea-level rise into consideration), meet current seismic standards, and improve natural habitat and salmon migration pathways.

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Shore Up Connecticut Loan Program

October 29, 2013

Shore Up Connecticut (previously the Shoreline Resiliency Fund) is a low-interest loan program to provide financing to retrofit structures to be more resilient to impacts from flooding and extreme storms. The program was designed to provide financial assistance for flood-resilience retrofits for property owners that were not eligible for federal disaster aid after Sandy. Both home and business owners are eligible for loans under the program. In announcing the program, Governor Malloy noted that it would help residents prepare for and adapt to the changing environment.

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Coastal Climate Resilience: Designing for Flood Risk

June 2013

Designing for Flood Risk provides key design principles to guide flood resistant construction in urban areas. Recommendations are given for regulations and individual project design to incorporate the distinct needs of higher-density urban environments in the design of new buildings in flood zones. This report has also identified several key proposed changes to New York City’s zoning that will promote practical, flood-resistant buildings that may differ from earlier, less resilient construction, but are sensitive to the existing context and heritage of neighborhoods.

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Urban Climate Adaptation - From Risk Barriers to Results - Managing the Social, Political, Environmental and Financial Risks of Urban Infrastructure: A Resource Guide for Local Leaders

August 2013

The Urban Climate Adaptation Resource Guide represents a synthesis of information selected for the local leaders participating in the Institute for Sustainable Communities Climate Leadership Academy on Urban Climate Adaptation and Infrastructure, held in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2013. The Resource Guide is designed to help practitioners in cities and metropolitan areas resolve local challenges related to climate adaptation and urban resilience, by showcasing promising practices and by providing efficient access to some of the very best information and resources available.

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Homeowners' Insurance Changes in Coastal Virginia: Causes and consequences for shoreline communities

July 2013

This study reviews the extent to which the private insurance industry may influence adaptation to climate change along Virginia’s tidal shoreline through homeowners insurance. Homeowners insurance is becoming more costly along the Atlantic Coast and coverage is changing, especially for wind damage. This year-long study by Wetlands Watch explored the private sector perceptions on sea level rise and climate adaptation, examines the specific drivers behind increasing insurance rates, and provides plausible adaptive actions in response to these increasing rates.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Skip Stiles, Shannon Hulst

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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