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Cool Roofs and Cool Pavements Toolkit

January 2012

From the Global Cool Cities Alliance, this toolkit provides online access to a comprehensive set of resources for initiating cool roof and pavement programs.  Cool, reflective roofs and pavements are readily available, pay back beyond their investment, and help cities both mitigate and adapt to climate change while making them more desirable and comfortable places to live. Replacing roofs and pavements with more reflective materials also helps to reverse the 'urban heat island effect.' 

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A Practical Guide to Cool Roofs and Cool Pavements

January 2012

The Practical Guide to Cool Roofs and Cool Pavements is a component of the Global Cool Cities Alliance's (GCCA) Cool Roofs and Cool Pavements Toolkit. This Guide is intended to aid a variety of stakeholders in their efforts to implement cool roofs and pavements initiatives. As such, the Guide includes a range of technical and policy advice. Some of the information in this guide is designed for city leaders and policymakers - focusing on decision tools, city wide costs and benefits, and case studies.

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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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VA Dept of Conservation and Recreation: Guidance for Local Floodplain Ordinances in Virginia

October 2011

In October 2011, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) developed the document “Guidance for Local Floodplain Ordinances in Virginia.”

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Policy Guide on Planning and Climate Change

April 11, 2011

This Climate Change Policy Guide from the American Planning Association recommends a policy framework to assist communities in dealing with climate change and its implications. The guide provides planners, engaged citizens, and elected officials with strategies to slow the pace of climate change and adapt to its impacts.

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Washington D.C. Smart Roof - Roof Asset and Energy Management Program

Through the Smart Roof Program, the Washington D.C. Department of General Services (DGS) is successfully integrating roof asset and energy management projects to reduce its energy use by 20 percent across its entire municipal portfolio. The strategic approach to portfolio-based roof management is being applied across 435 buildings including schools, police stations, fire stations, parks and recreation centers, and office buildings that make up 321 acres of roof area in D.C.

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Regulatory Response to Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge Inundation City of Annapolis, Maryland

October 2011

The City of Annapolis, Maryland established projected sea level rise estimates for the area, and developed planning and regulatory responses to sea level rise impacts on the City. This report reviews the sea level rise projections, summarizes potential municipal responses to the increased flooding risks, and provides recommendations on revisions that should be considered to the City’s code.

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NADO Resilient Regions report

July 2011

The National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Resilient Regions report describes how regional planning and development organizations are helping local governments to re-build resiliently after natural disasters.  The report offers detailed case studies from Florida, Oklahoma, Mississippi, and Wisconsin. The strategies described demonstrate how land use planning can be adopted as a hazard mitigation tool to reduce vulnerability, promote economic growth, ensure natural resource protection, and adapt to climate change impacts.

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Urban Greening Strategy Report for the City of Bowie, Maryland

November 2011

The City of Bowie, Maryland assessed how it could enhance its urban tree canopy to improve environmental outcomes and adapt to the impacts of climate change. The report describes the current conditions of the City's tree canopy, and the ecosystem service benefits provided by the existing urban forest. Strategies are identified that Bowie could implement to enhance and preserve the urban tree canopy - to maximize these ecosystem services and climate adaptation.

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JFK Airport Runway 13R-31L Rehabilitation (John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York City, NY)

December 2010

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (“Port Authority”) renovated runway 13R-31L at JFK Airport with design features that will help mitigate the urban heat island effect and better manage stormwater. The renovation project featured a number of sustainable initiatives and climate change adaptation measures, designed to reduce the environmental impact of the airport over the lifetime of the runway. A life-cycle cost analysis led the Port Authority to utilize concrete pavement in place of asphalt.

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