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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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California Heat Assessment Tool (CHAT)

2019

The California Heat Assessment Tool (CHAT) was developed to help state and local public health officials understand how heat vulnerability will change with increasing temperatures due to climate change. The tool helps users identify heat vulnerable areas based upon changes in high heat days under different climate scenarios and social, health and environmental vulnerability factors. The study defines "Heat Health Events" (HHEs) as heat events that cause negative public health impacts - and the study found that vulnerable groups may be more sensitive to high-heat days by as much as 6 to 8 degrees Fahrenheit as compared to the general population.

Related Organizations: California Natural Resources Agency, Four Twenty Seven

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Strong, Prosperous, And Resilient Communities Challenge - SPARCC

The Strong, Prosperous, And Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC) is an initiative of Enterprise Community Partners, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, the Low Income Investment Fund, and the Natural Resources Defense Council that supports equitable and resilient regional development policies and investments. SPARCC supports innovative, local efforts in six major cities throughout the country (Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Memphis, and the San Francisco Bay Area) to help change the way metropolitan regions grow, invest, build, and prepare for climate change.

Related Organizations: Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Low Income Investment Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Making Nashville a More Livable and Sustainable City for All

March 9, 2017

This report summarizes efforts, under Mayor Megan Berry, to make Nashville the “greenest city in the Southeast. ” The authors argue that, while recent planning by the Nashville-Davidson Metropolitan Planning Commission are likely to enhance environmental quality, more must be done to address poverty and historical inequities. Specific to climate adaptation, the report delineates how regional climate change will disproportionately impact low-income communities in Nashville, and describes how proposed initiatives can be expanded or adjusted to enhance equitable outcomes.

Related Organizations: Center for American Progress

Authors or Affiliated Users: Miranda Peterson, Cathleen Kelly

Resource Category: Planning

 

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California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool - CalEnviroScreen 3.0

January 30, 2017

Developed by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment at the request of the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA), CalEnviroScreen is a science-based tool that identifies the California communities most burdened by pollution from multiple sources and most vulnerable to its effects. The tool uses existing environmental, health, demographic and socioeconomic data to create a screening score for communities across the state. Specifically, the tool uses data on 20 indicators covering pollution and population characteristics to create scores for each of the state’s 8,000 census tracts.

Related Organizations: California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Climate Adaptation Investment and the Community Reinvestment Act

June 2019

This report was conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and Harvard University to explore the connection between climate adaptation and resilience and the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), which encourages banks to invest in and address the credit needs of low- and moderate-income areas and underserved rural areas. The CRA was enacted in 1977 and, according to the Federal Reserve, “requires the Federal Reserve and other federal banking regulators to encourage financial institutions to help meet the credit needs of the communities in which they do business, including low- and moderate-income (LMI) neighborhoods.

Related Organizations: Harvard University, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jesse Keenan, Elizabeth Mattiuzzi

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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USDN Guide to Developing Resilience Hubs

October 2019

The Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) is supporting the development of Resilience Hubs, which are described as community-serving facilities that aid and educate residents, and coordinate resource distribution and services before, during or after a natural hazard event. The USDN Resilience Hub guidance document is a living framework designed to assist communities in planning for, implementing and operating a community Resilience Hub - geared towards local governments, community-based organizations, and other practitioners.

Related Organizations: Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN)

Author or Affiliated User: Kristin Baja

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Resilient Boston: An Equitable and Connected City

July 13, 2017

The Resilient Boston plan focuses on racial equity, social cohesion and resilience strategies for Boston, Massachusetts. The report outlines visions, goals and actions that support climate change adaptation measures and solutions targeting the most vulnerable residents in the city. Resilient Boston is part of the city’s participation in the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative. 

Related Organizations: City of Boston, Massachusetts, 100 Resilient Cities

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Making Charlotte a Climate-Ready and Just City

August 2, 2017

From the Center for American Progress, this report presents an analysis on climate change adaptation and resiliency in Charlotte, North Carolina. The report describes how the city is advancing climate action, primarily in building resilient communities prepared for extreme-weather events. The Center also provides recommendations for Charlotte, which focus on engaging working-class communities and integrating social equity considerations into resiliency planning and preparedness. 

Related Organizations: Center for American Progress

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Metropolitan Washington Council of Government’s Environmental Justice Toolkit

July 27, 2017

Prepared by the Air and Climate Public Advisory Committee of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG), this toolkit provides an overview of environmental justice principles and outlines a series of approaches to better achieve environmental justice goals in the Washington, DC metro area. For each approach, the toolkit lists a number of additional resources that can be used to operationalize the recommendation.

Related Organizations: Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG, COG)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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