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Promising Practices for Environmental Justice Methodologies in NEPA Reviews

March 2016

The Promising Practices report was developed by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Committee and the Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice as a compilation of best practices that federal agencies can consider for conducting environmental justice analyses for NEPA reviews. These promising practices offer a variety of methodological approaches that may be suitable across various NEPA activities. The report provides recommendations, but is not formal agency guidance, and does not establish new requirements for NEPA analysis.

Related Organizations: National Environmental Policy Act Committee, Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice

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Tribal Climate Resilience Resource Guide

April 1, 2016

The Tribal Climate Resilience Resource Guide was prepared by the Bureau of Indian Affairs Tribal Climate Resilience Program. The toolbox provides a portal to find resources related to both Tribes and/or climate change in a single, consistent format across agencies, regions, Tribes, and groups. The links available on the website also include a user manual and training videos. 

Related Organizations: Bureau of Indian Affairs

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Our People, Our Planet, Our Power: Community Led Research in South Seattle

March 12, 2016

Our People, Our Planet, Our Power is a compilation of. ndings, stories, and recommendations from community discussions in South Seattle/King County, Washington, facilitated by Puget Sound Sage and Got Green’s Climate Justice Project. This project was run by a steering committing of people of color, who designed and implemented a survey to identify the perspectives of people of color living in South Seattle related to climate change.  Over nine months, the research team interviewed 175 people and 30 organizations to determine collective priorities and initiate a process of equitable planning.

Related Organizations: Puget Sound Sage, Got Green

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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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Neighborhoods First Engagement Model

April 2016

This training tool, while not focused on climate change adaptation specifically, offers useful insights into community engagement at the neighborhood level. It describes what is called the “Neighborhoods First Engagement Model” (NFEM), a resident-led method of creating positive community change. This model encourages widespread participation in advocating for a better quality of life in all neighborhoods and improving communications among neighborhood groups, community development organizations, city officials, institutions and businesses.

Related Organizations: Eastside Community Network

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Honor the Earth Grantmaking Program

October 22, 2015

Honor the Earth is currently funding its Building Resilience in Indigenous Communities Initiative. Funding is limited to Indigenous-led organizations only. Honor the Earth recognizes that Native grassroots groups remain on the frontlines of environmental protection in the U. S. , but there are ongoing disparities in philanthropy. According to Honor the Earth’s website, as of 2016, only 0. 07% of philanthropy goes to Native groups. Starting in 2011, Honor the Earth created the first and only grant-making partnership between a Native organization and a national charitable institution, the Native Communities Program.

Related Organizations: Honor the Earth

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Oregon EO 15-09: Directing State Agencies to Plan for Resiliency to Drought, To Meet the Challenge that a Changing Climate Brings

July 27, 2015

Oregon Governor Brown's 2015 Executive Order on drought and climate change sets a goal to reduce water consumption by 15 percent or more on average across all state-owned facilities on or before December 31, 2020. The EO also directs agencies to update the state's overall planning for drought, including potential new tools to help communities deal with the impacts of water shortages.

Related Organizations: State of Oregon

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Developing Socio-Economic Metrics to Measure DOI Hurricane Sandy Project and Program Outcomes

December 11, 2015

U. S. Department of Interior resilience projects developed in response to Hurricane Sandy were examined for their performance as related to goals and actual outcomes.  DOI has in turn developed metrics to measure changes in ecological resilience resulting from the DOI-sponsored projects, and determined that a separate analysis was needed for the development of socio-economic metrics.  This report summarizes the DOI investment portfolio; the process to develop socio-economic metrics for the habitat and activities of existing and future coastal resilience efforts; and reviews the application of the socioeconomic and ecological metrics from project, region, and programmatic scales.

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Lessons on Climate Change and Poverty From the California Drought

August 19. 2015

This report describes how climate-related extreme weather events exacerbate existing socioeconomic inequalities. In this case, the report highlights the disproportionate challenges experienced by frontline communities during the California drought that began in 2012, which includes communities of color and low-income people living in tribal, rural, and farming communities. The report discusses the following topics: the causes and severity of California’s drought; the drought’s impacts on the national food system; demographics, water rights, and drought impacts in agricultural communities; and policy recommendations.

Related Organizations: Center for American Progress

Author or Affiliated User: Wendy Ortiz

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U.S. DHS Casco Bay Region Climate Change Resiliency Assessment

March 2016

As a part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s Regional Resiliency Assessment Program (RRAP) - this research focuses on the local and regional impacts of climate change in the Casco Bay area, the most developed and populous region in Maine. The report focuses primarily on vulnerabilities that may affect the region’s ability to maintain its critical infrastructure systems, and provides corresponding Resilience Enhancement Options that DHS and other partners may utilize in climate adaptation planning.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

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