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Avoiding Septic Shock: How Climate Change can cause Septic System Failure and Whether New England States are Prepared

February 2017

This white paper discusses climate change impacts on septic systems in New England, and whether states in the region are prepared for these impacts. The paper provides a state-by-state analysis of septic system regulations in New England and discusses how these regulatory frameworks are not fully considering climate change impacts, especially groundwater table rise. It also identifies challenges in septic system regulation, and suggests recommendations and best practices for how states and municipalities can work to change laws, amend rules, or adopt new policies or incentives to better construct, manage, and regulate septic systems to be resilient to climate change.

Author or Affiliated User: Elena Mihaly

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A Resilient Power Capital Scan: How Foundations Could Use Grants and Investments to Advance Solar and Storage in Low-Income Communities

February 1, 2017

This report identifies market barriers to deploying solar and energy storage technologies in low-income markets, and proposes more than 50 grant and investment opportunities that socially-minded investors can use to target those barriers. Solar and energy storage can further climate adaptation by helping communities avoid power outages.  The report includes a detailed analysis of the energy market and a matrix of interventions organized according to market participant, barriers, and difficulty.

Related Organizations: Clean Energy Group

Authors or Affiliated Users: Lew Milford, Robert Sanders

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Using Geographic Tools to identify industrial and commercial facilities for which pollution prevention efforts may reduce exposure to hazards associated with climate-related flooding

February 2017

This New Jersey focused report describes a Rutgers University project using geospatial analytical tools with environmental, flood, and climate data to inform state and federal program’s operations, local resilience planning, and public awareness. Rutgers researchers created a database of of 1,302 active industrial and commercial facilities in New Jersey and determined their vulnerability to flood impacts as climate conditions change, and the potential future exposures in communities where these facilities reside.

Related Organizations: Rutgers University

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jeanne Herb, Matt Campo, Jennifer Whytlaw

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Sabin Center for Climate Change Law Deregulation Tracker

2017

The Columbia Law School Sabin Center for Climate Change Law offers an online “Deregulation Tracker” to monitor efforts undertaken by the Trump administration and Congress to scale back or eliminate federal climate mitigation and adaptation measures. The new tracker is linked to the Center’s Climate Regulation Tracker - a database of regulations and other efforts undertaken by federal agencies to address climate change. 

Related Organizations: Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Updates to the Demographic and Spatial Allocation Models to Produce Integrated Climate and Land Use Scenarios (ICLUS Version 2)

2017

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s modeling tool, Integrated Climate and Land Use Scenarios (ICLUS) supports land use and change modeling based on nationwide modeled population, residential development, and impervious surface cover changes by decade to the year 2100. The second version (v2) of ICLUS released in 2017 includes updated population and land use data sets, and addresses limitations identified in ICLUS v1 in both the migration and spatial allocation models. The EPA suggests that improvements in ICLUS v2 facilitate the analysis of scenarios of climate change impacts, vulnerability, and adaptation options - including the use of ICLUS v2 outputs in models projecting emissions from developed land uses to determine consequences for water and air quality endpoints, as well as human health.

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

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for the Upper Snake River Watershed Tribes

February 2017

The Upper Snake River Tribes include the Burns Paiute Tribe, Fort McDermitt Paiute Shoshone Tribe, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation, and Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Reservation that together are represented by the Upper Snake River Tribes (USRT) Foundation. The USRT assessment focused on climate change vulnerabilities of their reservations in the 97,000 acre watershed in the Great Basin region - primarily in Idaho, with reservation lands extending into southwest Oregon and northeastern Nevada.

Related Organizations: Upper Snake River Tribes Foundation, Climate Impacts Group (CIG), Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI)

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Climate Change Adaptation through Local Comprehensive Planning: Guidance for Puget Sound Communities

February 2017

This guidance was developed to support local government decision-makers, planners and community members in the Puget Sound region of Washington to better understand the implications of climate change in the area, and to further climate adaptation planning.  The report includes detail on the projected climate change impacts for the region, and guidance on incorporating climate impacts and adaptation planning into local comprehensive plans. The report uses the Washington State Comprehensive Plan requirements under the Growth Management Act to inform the adoption of climate adaptation solutions within local planning elements.

Related Organizations: EcoAdapt

Authors or Affiliated Users: Lara J. Hansen, Stacey Nordgren, Eric Mielbrecht

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Oregon Climate and Health Resilience Plan

February 2, 2017

The 2017 Oregon Climate and Health Resilience Plan outlines a set of recommendations for the state’s Public Health Division, local and tribal health departments, and community partners. While past reporting on climate and health in Oregon focused on impacts and specifically vulnerable and frontline communities in the state, this plan looks more to existing community assets, resources, and networks to support climate adaptation planning. The plan outlines a set of actions that the public health workforce specifically can take to adapt to climate change.

Related Organizations: Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division

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New York Regulation - Part 490 - Projected Sea-Level Rise

February 2017

New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) finalized this regulation establishing statewide science-based sea-level rise projections for the three distinct coastal regions of the state: Mid-Hudson, New York City/Lower Hudson, and Long Island. The projections, which were required by the 2014 Community Risk and Resiliency Act (CRRA), will be used and considered by state agencies and applicants in state permitting and other decisionmaking processes, as required by CRRA.

Related Organizations: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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California Transformative Climate Communities Program

February 9, 2017

California Assembly Bill 2722 established the Transformative Climate Communities Program, to be administered by the Strategic Growth Council (SGC). The forthcoming Program will accelerate greenhouse gas reduction and advance local climate action in disadvantaged communities through an integrated, community-based approach. The Program intends to help realize the State’s vision of “Vibrant Communities and Landscapes,” demonstrating how meaningful community engagement coupled with strategic investments in transportation, housing, food, energy, natural resources, and waste can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollution, while also addressing growing equity issues and enhancing economic opportunity and community resilience.

Related Organizations: California Strategic Growth Council

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