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National Equity Atlas

The National Equity Atlas, created by PolicyLink and the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, is an online tool that allows users to find information on demographic changes, racial and economic inclusion, and potential economic gains from racial equity. Data is available for the largest 100 cities, 150 metropolitan regions, and all 50 states in the United States. While this resource does not address climate change, it can provide useful information to frame environmental justice and equity challenges that may be exacerbated by climate change.

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Surviving and Thriving in the Face of Rising Seas: Building Resilience for Communities on the Front Lines of Climate Change

November 2015

From the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), this report explores the increased risks faced by socially vulnerable populations to sea-level rise.  Building on prior research finding that elderly, minorities, and poor populations will be disproportionately affected by climate change, the paper presents an analytical framework for identifying “climate equity hotspots,” or places where socially vulnerable people live that are also at high risk for coastal flooding.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Rachel Cleetus, Ramon Bueno, Kristina Dahl

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NAACP Equity in Building Resilience in Adaptation Planning

January 26, 2015

From the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), this report contains a list of equity based indicators that are measures of vulnerability and resilience to climate change impacts. The indicators were developed for both pre-existing vulnerabilities and assets, as well as for processes and results of resiliency planning. The aim of this resource is for city planners, community organizations, elected officials, and other decision-makers to consider these equity based indicators as they design climate adaptation plans.

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

From the U. S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) Institute for Water Resources, this primer 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 report 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.

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

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Find Your Frontlines

August 2014

This document outlines a short community-engagement activity aimed at making climate change personal and helping people make the connections between issues of inequity and climate change.

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One Storm Shy of Despair: A Climate-Smart Plan for the Administration to Help Low-Income Communities

July 17, 2014

This Center for American Progress report assesses how low-income communities in the U.S. are disproportionately vulnerable to climate change effects. The report offers recommendations for policymakers to build community resilience to extreme weather events, environmental hazards, and economic security for low-income communities.

Author or Affiliated User: Cathleen Kelly

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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.

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Social Vulnerability to Climate Change in California

July 2012

The objective of this project was to identify geographic areas within California with heightened risk to projected climate change impacts, to be applied as a guide to policymakers and affected communities on where to focus climate adaptation efforts. This study from the Pacific Institute addresses social vulnerability, or the susceptibility of a given community to harm, to climate change across the state. 

Authors or Affiliated Users: Heather Cooley, Eli Moore, Matthew Heberger, Lucy Allen

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Adapting to Rising Tides - Addressing Social Vulnerability and Equity in Climate Change Adaptation Planning in the San Francisco Bay Area

June 2012

Designed to inform the Adapting to Rising Tides project (ART) being led by the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, the purpose of the white paper is to integrate social equity into adaptation planning for sea level rise and storm events. The report describes a social vulnerability assessment completed for the study area and the results; presents case studies which integrate equity into adaptation planning; and provides decision support tools and recommendations to inform social equity and coastal planning for the San Francisco Bay Area of California.

Author or Affiliated User: Heidi Nutters

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Social Vulnerability Index (SoVI)

The Social Vulnerability Index (SoVI), developed by the Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute at the University of South Carolina, is a publicly available tool for assessing social vulnerability. County-level socioeconomic and demographic data collected from 2006 to 2010 were used to construct the index of social vulnerability to environmental hazards for the United States.   

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