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Seattle Extreme Heat Scenario-Based Pilot-Project in Frontline Communities - Racial Equity Mini Evaluation

December 2015

The Seattle, Washington Extreme Heat Scenario-Based Pilot-Project was commissioned by the City of Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment, funded in part by the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, and conducted by Equity Matters. It was commissioned as a pilot program to understand how municipal agencies, including Public Health - Seattle and King County, and the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, can better support low-income communities and communities of color during extreme heat events.

Related Organizations: Equity Matters, City of Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment, Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN)

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Sea Level Rise Strategy for Charleston, South Carolina

December 2015

The City of Charleston, South Carolina released a Sea Level Rise Strategy in 2015 with recommendations on actions the city can take to improve its long-term resilience to sea level rise (SLR) and recurrent flooding. The purpose of this document is to inform and provide an overall strategy and guiding framework to protect lives and property, maintain a thriving economy, and improve quality of life by making the City more resilient to sea level rise and recurrent flooding. The strategy includes current and proposed initiatives developed by a sea level rise task force.

Related Organizations: City of Charleston, South Carolina

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Resilient Cities Summary Report - Global developments in urban adaptation and resilience

2015

This report describes the proceedings of the 6th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation - the Resilient Cities forum on urban resilience and climate change adaptation that convened in Bonn, Germany in 2015. The outcomes presented in the report provide a snapshot of the state of urban resilience, including good practices, challenges, and innovations for creating more resilient cities. The report includes general messages from the congress discussions, city case studies, tools and solutions, which are also cross-referenced to additional information and online resources.

Related Organizations: ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

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Planning for Climate and Energy Equity in Maryland

December 2015

Funded by the Town Creek Foundation of Maryland, Skeo Solutions evaluated Maryland’s 2013 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act Plan - to determine the effects of the plan on state programs and disadvantaged communities. Aimed at enhancing social equity outcomes in Maryland’s climate planning, the programs were analyzed as to whether they benefit or reduce impacts on vulnerable communities - in order to identify programatic improvements, and the need for new initiatives. In addition, a number of long-term recommendations are offered to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance climate adaptation planning.

Related Organizations: Town Creek Foundation of Maryland

Author or Affiliated User: Marcus Griswold

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Rhode Island 2015 Climate Change and Health Resiliency Report

2015

The Rhode Island Department of Health’s Climate Change and Health Resiliency Report identifies the climate change impacts on public health in Rhode Island, and offers strategies that can strengthen the effectiveness of public health management for climate impacts in the state. The report describes the threats that climate change poses to the state and its vulnerable populations, and details ongoing and planned best practices to counter these threats and protect vulnerable groups. The Department of Health Climate Change Program (HEALTH) has implemented climate adaptation projects that are highlighted throughout the report, along with Rhode Island case studies, and examples of best practices from across the country.

Related Organizations: Rhode Island Department of Health

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San Diego, California Climate Action Plan

December 2015

The City of San Diego, California Climate Action Plan is a strategy to meet greenhouse gas reduction targets, and to achieve resiliency to climate change impacts. The CAP provides strategies for the City to collaborate with communities in assessing vulnerability to future climate change, developing overarching adaptation strategies and implementing measures to enhance resilience.  A chapter dedicated to climate change adaptation identifies climate impacts for San Diego, illustrates current climate adaptation efforts throughout the state, and provides a guide to adaptation and resiliency strategy development.

Related Organizations: City of San Diego, California

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Climate Smart Cities: Decision support tools for climate change planning

December 2015

The Trust for Public Land researched the current state of decision support tools being used for climate change planning, along with the needs of potential users within municipal governments and partner organizations for these types of tools. The report summarizes findings on tool availability and function, the readiness of cities for tool use, their capacity and capabilities, the availability of data for planning, and some cases of translating results to action. Appendix B provides a comprehensive list of 50 web-based publicly available decision support tools that could be useful for climate adaptation planning and development.

Related Organizations: Trust for Public Land

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Leveraging Catastrophe Bonds as a Mechanism for Resilient Infrastructure Project Finance

December 2015

From the re:focus partners RE. bound Program, this report offers a perspective on how cities and communities seeking to build resilience and mitigate disaster risk can monetize the benefits of resilient infrastructure through catastrophe models and other bond measures. The approach links catastrophe bonds and conventional project finance to support large-scale resilience projects. The report describes the RE. bound Program framework for catastrophe modeling, bond structuring, and bond sponsorship - while providing some key insights and lessons for extending the approach to a range of resilience applications.

Related Organizations: re:focus partners

Author or Affiliated User: Shalini Vajjhala

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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The Business Case for Responsible Corporate Adaptation: Strengthening Private Sector and Community Resilience

2015

This report details both the benefits of and barriers to responsible corporate adaptation. The report includes 17 case studies that provide examples of innovative solutions used by companies to overcome the most pressing challenges to responsible corporate adaptation such as information gaps, uncertain risk, planning challenges, and policy, regulatory and socio-cultural barriers (see an overview of the case studies on pages 25 – 27). The report includes recommendations for businesses and policymakers to enhance “responsible corporate adaptation, strengthen collaboration and incentivize the development of adaptation solutions.

Related Organizations: United Nations Global Compact, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Colorado State Wildlife Action Plan: A Strategy for Conserving Wildlife in Colorado

2015

Colorado’s State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) summarizes the most crucial aspects of biodiversity conservation in Colorado over the next 10 years. The plan aims to address the impacts to, and develop near and long-term strategies for, the state’s Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) - which are the species of highest conservation priority in Colorado. This SWAP was coordinated by Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) - who have chosen 55 of the SGCN to focus their efforts on, considering these species as “Tier 1” or as being in the most critical condition in terms of severity of threats and population decline.

Related Organizations: Colorado Parks and Wildlife

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