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The Climate Gap: Inequalities in How Climate Change Hurts Americans and How to Close the Gap

July 2009

This assessment and policy report argues that climate change has important justice and human right implications because poor neighborhoods and people of color will suffer more than other segments of the population, creating what they call “the climate gap”. Using data from California, the authors write about how vulnerable populations will be adversely affected by climate change, exacerbating current inequities.  While the report includes policy recommendations for the whole nation, it is a reaction to public health, equity, and regulatory issues pertinent to The Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) in California that was implemented to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Rachel Morello-Frosh, Manuel Pastor, James Sadd, Seth B. Shonkoff

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Green Equity Toolkit

November 2009

This toolkit includes principles, goals, outcomes, strategies, indicators, and examples that can inform best practices for making race, gender, and economic equity a priority in green-collar job creation. While not specific to adaptation, this toolkit provides guidance for considering equity in green job initiatives more broadly. 

Related Organizations: Race Forward

Authors or Affiliated Users: Yvonne Yen Liu, Terry Keleher

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Sandy Regional Assembly SIRR Analysis

July 2013

This report compiles feedback from the Sandy Regional Assembly, a network of community, environmental, justice, labor and civic groups from New York assessing Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency (SIRR) Plan. Their analysis asks if the plan met community-defined priorities and recommendations compiled earlier in 2013.

Related Organizations: Sandy Regional Assembly

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Green Stormwater Infrastructure in Parks - Great Urban Parks Campaign

June 20, 2018

Through the Great Urban Parks Campaign, in 2018 the National Recreation and Park Association has provided grant funding totaling $2,000,000 to 10-12 communities in the U.S. to support green stormwater infrastructure projects in parks. The intention of the program is to improve environmental and social conditions in underserved communities through promoting and advancing green infrastructure stormwater management projects within parks. 

Related Organizations: National Recreation and Park Association

Resource Category: Funding

 

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NYSERDA - Population Vulnerability to Climate Change in New York State

October 2017

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) identified current and future vulnerability to extreme heat across New York State, focusing on community and individual health risk factors.  A heat-vulnerability index was developed, and a heat-health impact assessment was conducted using ClimAID climate projections.  The study included an assessment of the adequacy and accessibility of cooling centers, and the public’s awareness of cooling centers and heat warning systems or adaptation resources across New York.

Related Organizations: New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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NYC Climate Just Agenda 2018 - Midway to 2030: Building Resiliency and Equity for a Just Transition

April 18, 2018

The New York City Environmental Justice Alliance (NYC-EJA) has developed strategies for New York City and State decision makers to better integrate social equity measures into climate change mitigation and adaptation. The report focuses on four priority climate policy areas of: Extreme Heat and Community Preparedness, Air Quality, Green Infrastructure Equity, and Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency.

Related Organizations: New York City Environmental Justice Alliance (NYC-EJA)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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City of Miami, Florida Resolution on Climate Gentrification

November 5, 2018

On November 5, 2018, the Mayor of Miami signed a Resolution directing city staff to research the effects of “climate gentrification” on low-income communities that are inland at higher elevations, and to explore ways to stabilize property taxes to reduce displacement. The City of Miami, Florida is seeing high rates of sea-level rise and increasing incidence of nuisance flooding in low-lying parts of the city. As a result, higher elevation areas of the city, which house many of the city’s lower and moderate income communities, are seeing greater development pressures, which is affecting property values and taxes.

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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NAACP - Our Communities, Our Power: Advancing Resistance and Resilience in Climate Change Adaptation - Action Toolkit

April 29, 2019

From the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), this comprehensive Toolkit provides a series of modules to help NAACP chapters and other advocates mediate climate adaptation planning processes and ensure that adaptation plans and policies meet local needs, while focusing on frontline communities, environmental and climate justice, and equity. The Toolkit provides guidance to help community groups and advocates develop an Environmental and Climate Justice (ECJ) Committee to inform adaptation planning and policy through 19 different Modules.

Related Organizations: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

Author or Affiliated User: Jacqui Patterson

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Maryland Resiliency Hub Grant Program

November 1, 2018

The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) has created a $5 million Resiliency Hub Grant Program (for FY 2019) to provide funding for the construction of community resiliency hubs with solar power and battery storage. The program provides funding to microgrid developers to offset some of the costs to build a resiliency hub in high-density, low- and moderate-income neighborhoods in Maryland. The program defines “resiliency hubs” as community facilities “designed to provide emergency heating and cooling capability; refrigeration of temperature sensitive medications and milk from nursing mothers; plug power for charging of cell phone and computer batteries; as well as emergency lighting.

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Building Bridges: A Community-Based Stewardship Study for an Equitable East River Park

December 2018

Building Bridges reports on the findings and recommendations of the research conducted by The Trust for Public Land and James Lima Planning + Development to identify a new socially equitable and climate resilient stewardship model for the East River Park area along the Lower Manhattan waterfront in New York City. Under the East Side Coastal Resiliency (ESCR) project, the East River Park area is the first section of the large-scale BIG U project which will install infrastructure and remodel the landscape surrounding Lower Manhattan to protect it from sea level rise and other coastal climate hazards.

Related Organizations: Trust for Public Land

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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