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Social Equity and Climate Change

November 2015

Social Equity and Climate Change is a “discussion paper about community resilience” from the Washington State Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA). This Brief describes social equity issues specifically related to the impacts of climate change, and includes a broader examination of issues of social equity in planning and public policy at the community level. The paper consists of “Strategies to Promote Social Equity in Adapting to Climate Change Effects” which focus on five issues of particular importance for vulnerable populations:  Learn about communities and find a reading list that will help you think through resilient affordable housing strategies.

Related Organizations: American Planning Association (APA)

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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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Oregon Climate and Health Social Vulnerability Assessment

October 2015

The Oregon Climate and Health Program developed this social vulnerability assessment to inform climate resilience and adaptation planning in Oregon. It focuses specifically on social vulnerability as a way to integrate the concepts of social determinants and environmental justice into long-term planning. This first edition is a set of maps focused on social vulnerability indicators, and is limited to measures of population sensitivity.

Related Organizations: Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Community-Driven Climate Resilience Planning: A Framework (2015)

August 2015

The Community-Driven Climate Resilience Planning framework was developed to help community-based organizations define and build climate resilience, while meaningfully engaging vulnerable and impacted communities. The framework advocates advancing democratic practices at the local and regional levels, describes the principles and practices defining this emergent field, and offers resources for community-based institutions implementing community-driven planning processes. A new version of this resource has been published.

Related Organizations: Movement Strategy Center

Author or Affiliated User: Rosa González

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NIST Community Resilience Economic Decision Guide for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems

January 4, 2016

Prepared by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) economists, the Community Resilience Economic Decision Guide for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems provides a standard economic methodology for evaluating investment decisions aimed to improve the ability of communities to adapt to, withstand, and quickly recover from disasters. The economic guide provides a process for considering alternate methods for increasing community resilience through cost-effective investments in the built environment and other infrastructure systems.

Related Organizations: National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST)

Author or Affiliated User: Stanley W. Gilbert, David T. Butry, Jennifer F. Helgeson, Robert E. Chapman

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Maryland Coast Smart Community Scorecard

The Coast Smart Community Scorecard is a self-assessment tool for coastal communities in Maryland that offers a practical method to assess preparedness for coastal hazards and climate change impacts. The Scorecard provides a mechanism for planners, natural resource managers, emergency management professionals and other local officials to identify ways that they can integrate coastal hazard impacts into existing planning, management, and regulatory programs.

Related Organizations: Maryland Department of Natural Resources

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Trust for Public Land Climate-Smart Cities Program

The Trust for Public Land Climate-Smart Cities program helps cities nationwide plan for and implement strategies to slow climate change and reduce its impacts, by assisting cities to create public parks and to conserve land. Since 1972, the Trust for Public Land has protected more than 3.3 million acres and completed more than 5,400 park and conservation projects.

Related Organizations: Trust for Public Land

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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2015 California Climate and Energy Legislative Update

The Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation (ARCCA) released this fact sheet summarizing Climate and Energy related legislation in California passed in 2015.  The fact sheet provides a brief summary of each climate related law, including a brief description of the goals, key dates, and requirements. 

Related Organizations: Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation (ARCCA), Local Government Commission (LGC)

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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SB 379 Fact Sheet: Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Strategies

The Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation (ARCCA) released this fact sheet to explain the basic requirements of SB 379 for California communities. SB 379 will require cities and counties within California to integrate climate adaptation into their general plans by January 1, 2017 or January 1, 2022 depending on whether or not that city or county has adopted a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan. The fact sheet also describes a 3-step process cities and counties can use to meet the requirements.

Related Organizations: Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation (ARCCA), Local Government Commission (LGC)

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California SB 758 - Atmospheric Rivers: Research, Mitigation, and Climate Forecasting Program

October 9, 2015

California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 758 into law in October 2015, establishing the Atmospheric Rivers: Research, Mitigation, and Climate Forecasting Program in the Department of Water Resources (DWR). Led by DWR and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego (UCSD) the research aims to better manage water supply by expanding climate and weather research focused on the causes of drought and flood.   The legislation supports research in climate forecasting and the causes and impacts that climate change has on atmospheric rivers, to operate reservoirs in a manner that improves flood protection in the state, and to reoperate flood control and water storage facilities to capture water generated by atmospheric rivers.

Related Organizations: State of California, Scripps Institution of Oceanography , California Department of Water Resources

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