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Case Study of Efforts to Promote Resilient Affordable Housing in New Orleans

2016

The City of New Orleans is prioritizing efforts to provide safe, affordable housing as part of its resilience strategy.  In June 2016, the City released its Housing for a Resilient New Orleans: Five-Year Strategy, that lays out the City's approach for protecting and enhancing safe and affordable housing as the City continues to rebound from Katrina and other hurricanes.  Although the Strategy does not explicitly address climate change, it does talk about the resilience challenges posed by the lack of safe and affordable housing and it discusses the city's plan for preserving and enhancing existing affordable housing and building new housing.

Related Organizations: City of New Orleans, Louisiana

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Case Study of the Atlanta BeltLine - Adaptation Aspects

2016

The Atlanta BeltLine project demonstrates how cities can reuse underutilized sites and facilities to enhance city resilience to future climate impacts. (However, the BeltLine project is not being designed explicitly as a climate change adaptation project.) With the BeltLine project, the city is converting 22 miles of disused railway beds surrounding the city into a biking and pedestrian loop and a streetcar line, which will include 1,300 acres of new and 700 acres of restored greenspace.

Related Organizations: City of Atlanta, Georgia

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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New York City Green Infrastructure Grant Program

2016

New York City’s Green Infrastructure Program is a multi-agency effort led by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The NYC DEP offers a green infrastructure grant program for private property owners in combined sewer areas of New York City. The program provides funding for green infrastructure projects that manage the first inch of rainfall, including blue roofs, rain gardens, green roofs, porous pavement and rainwater harvesting. Private property owners in combined sewer areas are eligible for the grants of up to $5 million.

Related Organizations: New York City Department of Environmental Protection, City of New York, New York

Resource Category: Funding

 

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2015 Resilient Cities Summary Report - Global developments in urban adaptation and resilience

2015

This report describes the proceedings of the 6th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation - the Resilient Cities forum on urban resilience and climate change adaptation that convened in Bonn, Germany in 2015. The outcomes presented in the report provide a snapshot of the state of urban resilience, including good practices, challenges, and innovations for creating more resilient cities. The report includes general messages from the congress discussions, city case studies, tools and solutions, which are also cross-referenced to additional information and online resources.

Related Organizations: ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

Resource Category: Planning

 

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The Cleveland Tree Plan

October 20, 2015

In 2015, the City of Cleveland, Ohio the Cleveland Tree Plan to provide a comprehensive assessment of the city’s current urban forest and an actionable strategy to restore it.  In addition to identifying strategies for enhancing and restoring the city's urban tree canopy, the plan details the many benefits that trees provide in the urban environment and quantifies these benefits. 25 indicators for assessing the health of the city's urban forest are included also. The report describes restoration and maintenance of the city's urban tree canopy as a critical component of their efforts to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Related Organizations: City of Cleveland, Ohio

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Buffalo, New York, Green Code Unified Development Ordinance, Article 7.3.4 Best Management Practice

October 2015

The City of Buffalo, New York’s Unified Development Ordinance now includes a Green Code that requires use of green infrastructure best management practices (BMPs) wherever practical to achieve the Code’s performance-based stormwater retention standards. The ordinance, at Article 7. 3. 4 of Section 7 on Stormwater, specifies infiltration on-site using bioswales, rain gardens, and other strategies; or stormwater capture and reuse through cisterns, green roofs, and other strategies. The ordinance clarifies the order of preference for stormwater management facilities utilizing BMPs, prioritizing conservation of natural areas before on-site infiltration practices, and on-site infiltration practices before capture and reuse practices.

Related Organizations: City of Buffalo, New York

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Climate in the Heartland: Historical Data and Future Projections for the Heartland Regional Network

September 2015

Climate in the Heartland describes projected climate change impacts for five municipalities: Iowa City, Iowa; Columbia, Missouri; Lincoln, Nebraska; Lawrence, Kansas; and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The analysis finds that annual temperatures are projected to increase substantially for each municipality. The average temperature in coming decades will be higher than extremes that have recently occurred on average only once per decade. Additionally, frosts are projected to start later and end earlier for all five municipalities.

Related Organizations: Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Christopher J. Anderson, Jennifer Gooden, Patrick E. Guinan, Mary Knapp, Gary McManus, Martha D. Shulski

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Resilient New Orleans: Strategic Action to Shape Our Future City

August 25, 2015

In August 2015, the City of New Orleans released its Resilient New Orleans strategy outlining the city's vision and plan for building a more equitable, adaptable, and prosperous New Orleans that will serve the next generations of residents. The strategy was developed by the City of New Orleans as part of the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Initiative. Resilient New Orleans identifies a number of ongoing and supporting actions that the city is already taking, as well as 14 new strategies that New Orleans will implement in support of its resilience vision.

Related Organizations: City of New Orleans, Louisiana, 100 Resilient Cities

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Bounce Forward – Urban Resilience in an Era of Climate Change

May 2015

Island Press launched the Urban Resilience Project in 2013, with support from The Kresge Foundation. An output of the project, this report proposes a framework for planning and taking action on urban resilience - drawing on a literature review and a series of consultations of organizers, researchers, planners, and others actively involved.

Related Organizations: Island Press, The Kresge Foundation

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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A RainReady Nation: Protecting American Homes and Businesses in a Changing Climate

January 2015

With more intense storm and rain events putting stress on inadequate drainage systems in the U. S. , this report assesses urban flooding risks and describes why current efforts to respond are inadequate. It also outlines a climate change resilience strategy for addressing flood risks designed by The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) called RainReady. Urban flooding is defined as “the inundation of property in a built environment, particularly in more densely populated areas, caused by rain overwhelming the capacity of drainage systems, such as storm sewers.

Related Organizations: Center for Neighborhood Technology, RainReady

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