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City of Keene, New Hampshire - Adapting to Climate Change: Planning a Climate Resilient Community

November 2007

This report provides an assessment of the community's vulnerability to climate change and presents goals and targets for adapting to climate change impacts. The recommendations outlined in the report include preparing for increased severe weather events, building more resilient ecosystems, improving water and food security, and improving public health infrastructure in reference to vector-borne diseases.

Related Organizations: City of Keene, New Hampshire, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

Resource Category: Planning

 

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City of Homer, Alaska Climate Action Plan

December 2007

The Climate Action Plan for the City of Homer, Alaska explains the measures the city has adopted to mitigate and adapt to climate change. The adaptation section focuses on strengthening the local economy, encouraging sustainable businesses, anticipating population increases due to migration, preparing for sea-level rise, and developing an emergency preparedness plan. The report also contains information on implementation of the plan. .

Related Organizations: City of Homer, Alaska

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Local Government Climate Change Adaptation Toolkit

2008

The Cities for Climate Protection (CCP) Adaptation Initiative in Australia has focused on planning for the impacts of climate change by developing local councils’ capacities to apply a risk management process. The objective of the CCP Adaptation Initiative in its first year was to examine internal processes that these councils rely upon to make decisions related to complex data used in climate change projections and scenarios. The result of the first year’s work by the initiative is this toolkit.

Related Organizations: ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

Resource Category: Planning

 

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City of Binghamton, New York Erosion Control Ordinances

2011

The City of Binghamton, New York’s erosion control ordinances require property owners seeking permits for construction to submit an Urban Runoff Reduction Plan (URRP) to demonstrate how they will manage stormwater after construction.   The URRP must show how the development will manage a 10-year, 24-hour storm event and include green infrastructure techniques.   Like Seattle Washington’s stormwater ordinance, the clear requirement to include green infrastructure takes the code beyond simple retention, specifying the best management practices (BMPs) that the city most wants to see, such as green roofs.

Related Organizations: City of Binghamton, New York

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Climate Change Adaptation Planning: A Handbook for Small Canadian Communities

March 2011

Recognizing that climate change adaptation is particularly difficult for small communities, the Canadian Institute of Planners published this climate adaptation Handbook for small towns and cities. While it was designed for Canadian communities, the processes described are applicable in the U.S. context.

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Deal Island Peninsula Project

2012

The Deal Island Peninsula, in Maryland, is vulnerable to flooding, erosion, storm surge, and changing sea levels.  Beginning in 2012, federal, state, and university funding has supported a collaborative effort to strengthen the ability of local communities to adapt to these changing conditions. Many residents in Deal Island identify strongly with the "watermen" lifestyle, relying on harvesting crab, oyster, and fish for their livelihood and supporting cultural traditions. This project aims to bring together community members, researchers, and environmental managers to learn from one another and support strategic adaptation plans.

Related Organizations: University of Maryland, Maryland Department of Natural Resources: Chesapeake and Coastal Program

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Marshfield, Massachusetts 2013 Master Plan: Climate Change Adaptation Chapter

December 2012

The Climate Change Adaptation Planning chapter of the Marshfield 2013 Master Plan is a case study and adaptation plan for Marshfield, Massachusetts. This report was prepared by students from the University of Massachusetts, Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning.

Related Organizations: University of Massachusetts, City of Marshfield, Massachusetts

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Vision 3030: Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana Comprehensive Plan

February 2013

The Louisiana Office of Community Development - Disaster Recovery Unit (OCD-DRU) awarded funding to 30 communities in Louisiana affected by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, to develop plans that address resiliency issues and local needs. These plans are the pilot projects around which much of the Louisiana Resiliency Assistance Program is based. 

Related Organizations: Louisiana Office of Community Development - Disaster Recovery Unit (OCD-DRU)

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Linn County, Iowa Comprehensive Plan - A Smarter Course: Building on the Past and Embracing the Future of Rural Linn County

July 19, 2013

The 2013 Linn County Comprehensive Plan, effective July 19, 2013, broadens the scope of previous comprehensive plans beyond land use planning to include a broad range of goals such as economic development, sustainability, hazard planning, and renewable energy. While climate adaptation is only briefly mentioned, the plan does describe the expected risk from climate change to the county (including increased floods, heat waves, and other severe weather events).   Additionally, the plan encourages the use of green infrastructure to achieve sustainability and hazard mitigation goals.

Related Organizations: Linn County, Iowa

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Adapting to Climate Change and Variability Marquette, Michigan

September 2013

This assessment outlines the climate concerns of the city of Marquette, Michigan - which is the largest city in the Upper Peninsula region. Marquette’s economy relies on tourism, timber, mining, health care, education, and high tech manufacturing. The city is already seeing climate impacts in Lake Superior’s warmer waters that has raised bacterial levels high enough to force Marquette to close a public beach. The plan drew on a series of public meetings and small group sessions where participants assessed strategies related to: Transportation, Tourism, Agriculture, Land Use, Forests, Natural Resources, and Public Health.

Related Organizations: City of Marquette, Michigan, Michigan State University

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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