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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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Rhode Island Socioeconomics of Sea Level Rise

2016/2017

A project from the Rhode Island Division of Statewide Planning, Socioeconomics of Sea Level Rise (SLR) identifies the demographic and socioeconomic makeup of the communities located within multiple sea level rise inundation scenarios in Rhode Island. Serving as a resource in sea level rise planning, the Division suggests that data included in this project can be used for capital improvement planning, transportation planning, and overall long-range planning in communities.

Related Organizations: Rhode Island State Planning Program

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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EPA Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreement Grant Program

December 2017

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreement Program provides funding to support community-based organizations to develop and implement solutions that address environmental and/or public health issues for underserved communities. Cooperative agreements will be awarded to collaborative projects that partner with local stakeholder groups such as local businesses and industry, local government, medical providers, and academia.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Funding

 

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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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From Community Engagement to Ownership: Tools for the Field with Case studies of Four Municipal Community-Driven Environmental and Racial Equity Committees

June 2018

Recognizing the importance of collaborative governance in reducing inequities as a result of climate vulnerability, the Urban Sustainability Directors Network gave the Innovation Fund Project grant to four municipal community-based committees for racial equity and environmental justice. They were funded to learn and evaluate the collaboration process between community-based committees and the local governments utilizing the spectrum of community engagement to ownership as a tool to analyze the case studies. The four case studies include the Equity Working Group in Portland, the Racial and Environmental Justice Committee in Providence, the Environmental Justice Committee in Seattle, and the Equity Advisory Group for Ward 7 in Washington DC. The four committees and groups contracted with Facilitating Power (FP), Movement Strategy Center (MSC), and the National Association of Climate Resilience Planners to establish an evaluation process of collaborative governance. After conducting surveys and in-person interviews, the research indicates that all four cases are still at level two (consult) on a scale of five on the spectrum. While some have shown the potential of moving toward level three (community involvement), none of these cases have arrived at level four (collaborative governance). Building on the findings and the spectrum, the project further suggests a learning and evaluation tool for assessing the process of collaborative governance.

 

Related Organizations: Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN), Facilitating Power, Movement Strategy Center, National Association of Climate Resilience Planners

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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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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Defining Vulnerable Communities in the Context of Climate Adaptation

July 2018

This resource guide was developed through the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program (ICARP). The guide supports planners and decisionmakers in defining or identifying vulnerable communities in a climate change adaptation context.  The report offers a summary of existing statewide climate vulnerability assessment tools to identify these frontline communities, and additional indicators that could be used to assess underlying vulnerability.

Related Organizations: California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Building a Community of Practice at the Intersection of Water, Climate Resilience and Equity

July 31, 2018

From The Kresge Foundation and American Rivers, this report presents the findings of an assessment conducted by the Meridian Institute on Kresge's Climate Resilient and Equitable Water Systems (CREWS) initiative. This report describes the challenges and opportunities for practitioners working at the intersection of water systems, climate resilience and social equity. 

Related Organizations: The Kresge Foundation

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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LA Green Zones Program: Groundtruthing

2018

The Los Angeles County, California, Department of Regional Planning (DRP) developed the Green Zones Program in 2015, to attain equitable development for the next 20 years, and to help update the Los Angeles County General Plan. Centering on environmental justice and community engagement, the program aimed to ensure that residents of all income levels can enjoy the development of the County under the changing climate and severe heat. The program addressed the contamination problems in the unincorporated communities, and also secured affordable housing to avoid displacement of the existing residents due to development. The Green Zones Program Framework contained four elements: land use policy, community engagement, environmental justice screening map, and prevention and mitigation. "Groundtruthing" was the main procedural tool utilized by the program to collect and study the potential environmental hazards information in the communities. It emphasized the importance of collaboration with community members and community-based organizations. Groundtruthing was not a one-time event, but a continuing effort between the government and the local communities. 

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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CA SB 1072: Regional Climate Collaborative Program: technical assistance.

September 13, 2018

California SB 1072 establishes a program to build and support existing regional climate collaboratives across the state that will assist "under-resourced communities" to access state funding for climate change mitigation and adaptation projects. California’s Strategic Growth Council (SGC) is required to develop best practices and technical assistance guidelines, and will award annual grants to collaboratives for capacity building.  After passing the law in 2018, the state immediately allocated funding for implementation.

Related Organizations: State of California, California Strategic Growth Council

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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