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Cleveland Climate Resiliency and Urban Opportunity Initiative

September 28, 2015

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, in partnership with the University of Buffalo and the Cleveland Office of Sustainability, initiated a project in 2015 to improve climate resilience in Cleveland neighborhoods. The project seeks to take an asset-based approach to adaptation planning, building upon existing partnerships, programs, the work of community organizations and residents, and a large inventory of vacant land. With support from the Kresge Foundation, a team of trained Climate Ambassadors began work in four neighborhoods to recruit participants for community workshops and to identify projects, programs, policies, and future research.

Related Organizations: Cleveland Neighborhood Progress

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Resilience for Free: How Solar+Storage Could Protect Multifamily Affordable Housing from Power Outages at Little or No Net Cost

October 14, 2015

This report from the Clean Energy Group uses project data for buildings in New York, Chicago, and Washington, D. C. , to examine the financial case for installing solar photovoltaics (PV) and battery storage systems (“solar+storage”) to support multifamily affordable housing. With the right market structures and incentives, solar+storage systems can provide an economic return, on par with energy efficiency or stand-alone solar. They can also help make affordable housing energy resilient by guaranteeing power for common area lighting, water, and communications.

Related Organizations: Clean Energy Group

Authors or Affiliated Users: Lew Milford, Robert Sanders, Seth Mullendore

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Multifamily Flood Insurance Affordability Study

April 2016

In order to help preserve the affordability and stability of New York City’s waterfront neighborhoods, this report seeks to develop meaningful policy recommendations for flood insurance for multifamily and mixed-used buildings. The authors note the importance of this analysis given recent reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and increasing flood risk due to extreme weather events and sea level rise. The study’s findings quantify the number of multifamily and mixed-use buildings in high-risk areas; determine the extent of flood insurance coverage; and seeks to understand potential rising costs and perceptions around future flood risk and attitudes toward investing in mitigation.

Related Organizations: Arup, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.

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Tehama County, California Preliminary Resiliency Framework: Forest and Water Resources

February 2015

In 2014, the Model Forest Policy Program (MFPP), Climate Solutions University (CSU), and the Resource Conservation District of Tehama County (RCDTC) worked together to create a climate adaptation framework for the forest and water systems in Tehama County, California. The RCDTC took the local leadership role to engage with CSU’s Forest and Water Strategies program to initiate the discussion of local climate resilience. The framework addresses specific climate risks based on local environmental and socio-economic conditions, and provides detailed guidance and strategies for adaptive planning.

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Presidential Executive Order 13690 - Establishing a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard and a Process for Further Soliciting and Considering Stakeholder Input

January 30, 2015

President Obama's Executive Order 13690 directs federal agencies to adopt new flood risk reduction standards for the siting, design, and construction of federally funded projects. The new rules will ensure that flooding from climate change will be taken into account in the development of federal projects and are expected to save taxpayers money in the long run by reducing federal disaster assistance spending following extreme weather events.

Related Organizations: Executive Office of the President of the United States

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Recommendations of the Build America Investment Initiative Interagency Working Group

January 16, 2015

In July 2014 President Obama launched the Build America Investment Initiative to increase infrastructure investment and spur economic growth.  In January 2015, as part of that Initiative, the U. S. Treasury Department and Department of Transportation have issued a set of Recommendations of the Build America Investment Initiative Interagency Working Group, with a focus on expanding public-private collaboration in U. S. infrastructure development and financing. Some of the priority strategic opportunities addressed in the report include increasing infrastructure resilience where new infrastructure investments present opportunities to “increase the nation’s climate preparedness and ecosystem resilience by incorporating projected future climate conditions into their placement and design.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), U.S. Department of the Treasury

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Boston Greenovate Plan

January 15, 2015

The 2014 Boston Greenovate Climate Action Plan describes Boston’s progress towards reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 25% by 2020 and 80% by 2050, and preparing for the impacts of climate change. There is a marked focus on adaptive strategies and solutions and less emphasis on climate impacts, across five sections of the Plan: Neighborhoods, Large Buildings and Institutions, Transportation, Climate Preparedness, and 80x50 (Boston’s 80 percent by 2050 GHG reduction goal). 

Related Organizations: City of Boston, Massachusetts

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DOE Ultrascale Visualization Climate Data Analysis Tool (UV-CDAT)

January 14, 2015

UV-CDAT is a powerful and complete front-end to a rich set of visual-data exploration and analysis capabilities well suited for climate-data analysis problems. This project seeks to advance climate science by fulfilling computational and diagnostic/visualization capabilities needed for the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) climate research.

Related Organizations: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Massachusetts Coastal Erosion Commission: Volume 1 - Report and Recommendations (Draft)

January 7, 2015

This draft report issued in January 2015 presents the work, findings, and recommendations of the Massachusetts Coastal Erosion Commission. Organized into two volumes, Volume 1 contains the body of the report with seven chapters and appendices and Volume 2 contains the technical reports of the Commission’s three Working Groups of Science and Technology, Legal and Regulatory, and Erosion Impacts.

Related Organizations: Massachusetts Coastal Erosion Commission

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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World Economic Forum Report: Global Risks 2015 – 10th Edition

January 2015

The 10th Annual World Economic Forum Global Risks Report highlights the most significant long-term risks worldwide, and “failure of climate change adaptation," is one of the top risks determined that the world faces in terms of both impact and likelihood. "Extreme weather events" - a separate category - is the second likeliest cause of global risk (behind international conflict).

Related Organizations: World Economic Forum

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