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Status and Progress in Engaging Communities of Color to Advance Resilience to Climate Change: Experience of 15 U.S. Cities

December 2014

From the Texas Health Institute and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, this report documents a study of the progress made by major U. S. cities in engaging vulnerable communities of color in climate change planning and adaptation. A large variation was found in cities across the country, and lessons learned of the most socially equitable and progressive adaptation planning strategies are shared. The report offers community level “bottom-up” engagement strategies to inform national, state, and local policies and programs on socially equitable climate change planning.

Related Organizations: Texas Health Institute, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Pathways to Resilience: Transforming Cities in a Changing Climate

January 2015

From the Kresge Foundation, this report explores the strategies and policies for climate resiliency in urban areas, with a focus on social equity. The report distills a vision developed through interviews and independent research through the Pathways to Resilience (P2R) Initiative. The vision of climate resilience is grounded in the perspectives of low-income communities and communities of color - and comprised of the following core elements, including:

Related Organizations: The Kresge Foundation

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Social Cohesion: The Secret Weapon in the Fight for Equitable Climate Resilience

May 2015

From the Center for American Progress, this report discusses the role that social cohesion plays in preparedness and response to climate change induced extreme weather events, with a focus on the vulnerability of low-income communities. Methods to integrate community resilience into climate resilience are described, and specific recommendations to foster climate and social resilience are provided. In addition to the value of social cohesion in climate resiliency, the report details how addressing the unique housing, economic and health vulnerabilities of low income groups will in turn have benefits for the community at large.

Related Organizations: Center for American Progress

Author or Affiliated User: Danielle Baussan

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Delaware Valley Indicators of Potential Disadvantage Tool

2014

Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Greater Philadelphia/Delaware Valley nine county, two state region. In 2001, DVRPC developed the Indicators of Potential Disadvantage (IPD) - an Environmental Justice (EJ) technical assessment to identify direct and disparate impacts of its plans, programs, and planning process on defined population groups in the Delaware Valley region. DVRPC describes that the Commission is committed to making federal Title VI and environmental justice a part of their planning process, integrated in all programs and plans, and a guide for public participation efforts.

Related Organizations: Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Equity Checklist

2015

This one-page Equity Checklist was designed for planners and funders to ensure the leadership of disadvantaged communities in projects that impact them. This checklist was designed to serve as a purposefully simple framework to a) identify vulnerable populations, b) think through the equity implications of their work, and c) promote respectful collaborations with community groups. Funders can use the checklist as criteria for their grant giving, and agencies can use it as a helpful guide to plan projects.

Related Organizations: Rooted in Resilience, Communities for a Better Environment, Bay Localize

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Coastal Flood Risk and Climate Change Implications for New Jersey’s Senior Citizens

April 2015

This report, from the Rutgers Climate Institute, focuses on the social vulnerability and climate-related risks faced by the elderly population in New Jersey, defined as those over 65 years old. The authors focus on coastal flooding and storm surges, present-day impacts that are expected to intensify with continued climate change. The report describes the three characteristics of social vulnerability experienced by many seniors: limited mobility; compromised physical and mental health; and sometimes reduced resources, including income and assistance.

Related Organizations: Rutgers University

Authors or Affiliated Users: Ai Yamanaka, Jennifer Whytlaw, Jeanne Herb, Michael Greenberg, Marjorie Kaplan

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Populations Vulnerable to Climate Change in New Jersey: Update of a Statistical Analysis

June 2015

In order to characterize and locate frontline communities in New Jersey, this study examines the demographic and geographic attributes of socially-vulnerable groups and their exposure to flooding (the cause of nearly all past presidential declarations in the state). The research revealed that a disproportionate number of highly socially-vulnerable census tracts are located in flood hazard areas.

Related Organizations: Rutgers University

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kelly Pflicke (Bickers), Michael Greenberg, Jennifer Whytlaw, Jeanne Herb, Marjorie Kaplan

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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California SB 1000 -  Land use: general plans: safety and environmental justice

September 24, 2016

Senate Bill 1000 requires cities and counties of California to include an Environmental Justice element in their General Plans. The intent of the bill is to ensure that local governments proactively plan for and address environmental justice when developing their long-term goals, policies, and objectives for land use and any future growth. With this legislation, all cities and counties need to identify their “disadvantaged communities” and develop strategies to mitigate and reduce environment-related health risks.

Related Organizations: State of California

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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The Kresge Foundation Climate Resilience and Urban Opportunity Initiative: Evaluation Report

December 10, 2019

The Kresge Foundation established the Climate Resilience and Urban Opportunity (CRUO) initiative in 2014 to advance climate resilience by building capacity within low-income urban communities. Kresge believes that climate resilience requires a comprehensive approach which incorporates climate change mitigation, adaptation, and social cohesion. CROU offered $29 million over 5 years to 15 community-based nonprofit organizations (CBOs) across the U. S. to advance equitable climate resilience. This report reviews the impact of the initiative, outcomes and lessons learned from across the funded projects.

Related Organizations: The Kresge Foundation

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Guide to Equitable, Community-Driven Climate Preparedness Planning

May 2017

From the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN), this guide is aimed at local government and outlines a framework for designing and implementing a community-driven, equitable climate preparedness planning process. Community-driven planning empowers those experiencing the greatest climate risks to co-define the solutions. Rather than treating equity as a component of climate preparedness planning, this guide suggests that equity should be at the center of any adaptation approach. It outlines why traditional planning falls short of supporting equity, describes why climate change vulnerability is not evenly spread, and identifies how typical adaptation strategies can be reframed to focus on equity. Throughout the document, examples from cities are presented to showcase real-world applications.

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Related Organizations: Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Tina Yuen, Eric Yurkovich, Beth Altshuler, Lauren Grabowski

Resource Category: Planning

 

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