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Planning for Equity in Parks with Green Infrastructure

October 2017

From the Natural Recreation and Park Association, this report summarizes research on the social and health outcomes related to the implementation of green infrastructure and parks in traditionally underserved communities. Findings suggest that while green infrastructure and green space can buffer climate impacts, they also enhance social equity by building social capital, improving health outcomes, and increasing economic opportunities.   

Related Organizations: Natural Recreation and Park Association

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Minneapolis Resolution Establishing "Green Zones"

April 28, 2017

On April 28 2017, the Minneapolis City Council approved a final Resolution establishing a Green Zones policy to facilitate community-led planning in socioeconomically vulnerable neighborhoods in Minneapolis, Minnesota with the goal of prioritizing city initiatives to combat a range of resiliency challenges. Within Green Zones pilot areas, city officials will work with the community to develop work plans, focused on specific neighborhoods, that will be designed to prioritize initiatives and link city policies on economic development, gentrification, racial equity, and climate resiliency, to achieve an equitable distribution of resources.

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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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

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Advancing Climate Justice in California: Guiding Principles and Recommendations for Policy and Funding Decisions

August 2017

Several environmental justice, public health and climate equity organizations in California convened to create a Climate Justice Working Group (CJWG). The working group provided recommendations to the state related to environmental justice and climate equity, as it updated the Safeguarding California climate adaptation plan earlier this year.

Related Organizations: California Climate Justice Working Group

Resource Category: Planning

 

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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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EPA Environmental Justice 2020 Action Agenda

October 27, 2016

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmental Justice 2020 Action Agenda (EJ 2020) is the Agency’s environmental justice strategic plan for 2016 to 2020. The plan focuses on the environmental and public health issues for the nation’s minority, low-income, tribal and indigenous populations - and includes information on EPA’s climate justice initiatives. The goals of the agenda are to further integrate environmental justice considerations in all of the Agency’s programs; strengthen EPA’s collaboration with federal, state, tribal, community, and industry partners partners; and demonstrate progress on significant national challenges facing minority and low-income communities.

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

Resource Category: Planning

 

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

July 12, 2016

Climate Action through Equity, produced by the City of Portland, Oregon Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, provides an overview of how equity in Portland and Multnomah County was integrated in Portland’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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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.

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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