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Partners for Places Funding Program

2012

The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities and the Urban Sustainability Director’s Network (USDN) co-founded the Partners for Places program (P4P). P4P is a matching grant program that supports initiatives with local government sustainability leaders and local funders to integrate climate preparedness, sustainability, and carbon reduction in U. S. and Canada communities.   The fund grants up to $1,000,000 annually; and grants range between $25,000 and $150,000. A 1:1 match is required from local place-based foundations.

Related Organizations: Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN), Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities

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Sea-Level Rise Adaptation Financing at the Local Level in Florida

October 2015

This white paper addresses multiple existing potential sources of revenue that local governments could use to pay for sea-level rise (SLR) adaptation in Florida. Specifically, analysis is provided for the use of Ad Valorem Taxes, Special Assessments and Municipal Service Benefit Units, Local Option Tourist Development Tax, Stormwater and Drainage Fees, Bonds, and Special Districts as funding mechanisms.

Related Organizations: Houston Endowment

Authors or Affiliated Users: Thomas Ruppert, Alex Stewart

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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NJADAPT

NJADAPT is an online tool to be used to understand how climate change is affecting various populations, places and assets in New Jersey - now an in the future. Through interactive maps, community planners can see how infrastructure, population and the environment are vulnerable to storm surges, coastal flooding, and sea level rise. Reports, videos, and additional resources are available for further information on climate change impacts in New Jersey. 

Related Organizations: Rutgers University

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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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

Resource Category: Planning

 

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New Jersey Energy Master Plan - Update

December 2015

In 2015 New Jersey updated its Energy Master Plan (EMP) to include a section on resiliency. The update describes how New Jersey has advanced on the 2011 Plan’s Five Overarching Goals and Plan of Action, and provides new strategies and goals for the energy sector. This EMP Update has increased priority on improving the resiliency of energy infrastructure to respond to and recover from severe weather events.

Related Organizations: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities

Resource Category: Planning

 

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A Roadmap for Climate Resilience in Sonoma County, California

April 2016

This plan provides a framework and recommendations for how Sonoma County, California should approach climate resilience. It emphasizes the importance of establishing a strong decision-making process which incorporates climate concerns into decisions at every level of the community. In addition to outlining adaptation goals, the Sonoma County plan also organizes its recommended actions by what type of actor is best placed to achieve them. The plan covers five categories of actors: individuals and households, businesses, government, working land managers, and civil society.

Related Organizations: North Bay Climate Adaptation Initiative

Authors or Affiliated Users: Caitlin Cornwall, Genevieve Taylor, Christine Walker

Resource Category: Planning

 

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New York State Wildlife Action Plan

September 2015

The New York State Wildlife Action Plan is a ten year plan designed to protect threatened and declining wildlife populations across the state, and to guide biodiversity conservation initiatives.  For the 2015 update, the NY Department of Environmental Conservation and agency partners completed assessments for nearly 600 wildlife species, and identified 366 Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) for immediate conservation action. Climate change, along with pollution, invasive species, and loss of habitat to development are the threats that are considered of highest concern to New York’s SGCN - and the plan includes many strategies to address climate impacts on these species.

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

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Resilient Jean Lafitte, Louisiana - A Flood Emergency Preparedness Plan

2016

The Town of Jean Lafitte, Louisiana sits at or below sea level on the Gulf of Mexico and is highly vulnerable to extreme flooding from storm events, while economically dependent on maritime industries. Their Flood Emergency Preparedness Plan (FEPP) presents flood risk reduction recommendations in response to the compounding impacts of hurricanes, storm surge, coastal erosion, subsidence, sea level rise, and climate change.  The FEPP's flood risk reduction initiatives were heavily informed by the 2013 Town Resiliency Plan “Jean Lafitte Tomorrow.

Related Organizations: Town of Jean Lafitte, Louisiana

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Resilient Jean Lafitte, Louisiana Flood Preparedness Toolkit

2016

The Jean Lafitte Flood Preparedness Toolkit developed by the Town of Jean Lafitte, Louisiana, provides information, guidelines and recommended regulations to reduce flood risk in the region. Jean Lafitte faces many climate related impacts including sea level rise, storm surge, hurricanes, with subsequent extreme flooding, erosion and permanent wetland loss - that in turn leads to more flooding. The toolkit provides best practices and guidelines to reduce flood risk on a Site and Building Scale as well as on Community Scale development.

Related Organizations: Town of Jean Lafitte, Louisiana

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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City of Alexandria, Virginia Floodplain Management Plan

2015

In 2012, the City of Alexandria, Virginia (by Council Resolution No. 2496) adopted the Northern Virginia Hazard Mitigation Plan Update, and received credit under the Community Rating System (CRS) program for Activity 510 to create a Floodplain Management Plan (FMP). Alexandria also received credit for two additional activities: Activity 430 for staff certification as a Certified Floodplain Manager, and Activity 502 for conducting a repetitive loss area analysis. As a result, Alexandria went from a Class 7 to a Class 6 under the CRS program (effective October 1, 2013), which saves policyholders in Special Flood Hazard Areas up to 20% on their flood insurance policies (a 5% savings increase from the previous 15% discount at Class 7).

Related Organizations: City of Alexandria, Virginia

Resource Category: Planning

 

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