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Identification and Engagement of Socially Vulnerable Populations in the USACE Decision Making Process

This primer, by the U. S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) Institute for Water Resources, provides guidance on better identifying and engaging with individuals and groups of people who are more vulnerable to floods based on socioeconomic factors such as lack of access to education, adequate housing, economic resources, health care, and strong social networks. The primer provides strategies, tools, and examples of how to work with these vulnerable populations, stressing how active community engagement can actually lead to better decision making around water resources.

Related Organizations: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Chris Baker, Seth Cohen, Gigi Coulson, Susan Durden, Ed Rossman

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Climate Action through Equity: The Integration of Equity in the Portland/Multnomah County 2015 Climate Action Plan

July 12, 2016

Climate Action through Equity, produced by the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, provides an overview of how equity in Portland and Multnomah County was integrated in the City’s 2015 Climate Action Plan. The case study educates users on city and county initiatives to serve communities of color and low-income populations, what actions the city took to support equity in the 2015 plan, and lessons learned from that process.

Related Organizations: City of Portland, Oregon

Authors or Affiliated Users: Desiree Williams-Rajee, Taren Evans

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Newark, New Jersey Environmental Justice and Cumulative Impact Ordinance

July 7, 2016

The Newark Municipal Council passed the Environmental Justice and Cumulative Impacts Ordinance to address long standing health disparities among Newark’s poorest communities. While the ordinance is not specifically about climate change, it does provide a mechanism to address cumulative environmental impacts that lead to the disproportionate climate risks on low-income residents and people of color. This ordinance requires industrial and commercial development proposals to include information about cumulative environmental impacts that will allow decisionmakers and the public to make an informed decision if the development meets the city’s sustainability goals.

Related Organizations: City of Newark, New Jersey

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Populations at Risk Tool

Populations at Risk is an online tool that can be used to determine socioeconomic information about populations more likely to experience adverse social, health, or economic outcomes, due to their race, age, gender, poverty status, or other potential risk factors.

Related Organizations: Headwaters Economics

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Climate Change and Environmental Justice: Considerations for Transportation Decision-making

June 2016

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) produced this overview describing how the impacts of climate change in the transportation sector can disproportionately affect environmental justice (EJ) communities.  The report recommends considerations for transportation providers to ensure that climate adaptation measures do not exacerbate these impacts. The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) policy statement on climate change previously specified that USDOT will address inequalities and EJ issues related to climate change and adaptation efforts.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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California Disadvantaged Communities Mapping Tool

June 2016

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has developed a web-based application to assist in evaluating disadvantaged community status throughout the State. This publicly available mapping tool shows disadvantaged communities of California, in funding areas as recognized pursuant to California Proposition 1 and Proposition 84. 

Related Organizations: California Department of Water Resources

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Next Generation - New York City Housing Authority Sustainability Agenda

April 22, 2016

This report outlines New York City’s Housing Authority (NYCHA) plan to support safe, clean, and connected communities that reverse the downward spiral of disinvestment. The plan specifically includes climate change as a risk to the community, public health, and public housing - noting that if Hurricane Sandy is predictive, climate will disproportionately impact low-income people and public housing residents.

Related Organizations: New York City Housing Authority, City of New York, New York

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Seattle, Washington Equity and Environment Agenda

April 22, 2016

The City of Seattle, Washington released an Equity and Environment Agenda in 2016 - a plan that lays out policy goals and strategies for addressing race and social justice in environmental programs and ensuring benefits are shared by all residents equally.

Related Organizations: City of Seattle, Washington

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Resilient Midwestern Cities Improving Equity in a Changing Climate

April 2016

Developed by the Center for American Progress, Resilient Midwestern Cities Improving Equity in a Changing Climate provides users with guidance on how to concurrently address climate change and equity issues by implementing climate change resiliency measures in low-income areas.  The report showcases  existing initiatives employed in 5 Midwestern cities, and draws out recommendations for further action.  This report is primarily geared towards decision makers of Midwestern cities, but the lessons learned and recommendations apply to a much wider audience.

Related Organizations: Center for American Progress

Authors or Affiliated Users: Miranda Peterson, Cathleen Kelly, Erin Auel, Philine Qian, Gwynne Taraska

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Neighborhoods First Engagement Model

April 2016

This training tool, while not focused on climate change adaptation specifically, offers useful insights into community engagement at the neighborhood level. It describes what is called the “Neighborhoods First Engagement Model” (NFEM), a resident-led method of creating positive community change. This model encourages widespread participation in advocating for a better quality of life in all neighborhoods and improving communications among neighborhood groups, community development organizations, city officials, institutions and businesses.

Related Organizations: Eastside Community Network

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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