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Impact Investing for Coastal Conservation: Bridging the Gap

This paper provides a framework for conservation financing in coastal areas that could leverage private sector interests with conservation needs. A few examples of successfully implemented private investments in conservation initiatives are included. Conservation investing is a subset of impact investing, and is defined as “investments in companies, funds, and organizations with the goal of generating a financial return and beneficial environmental impact. ” The paper describes the opportunities and challenges surrounding using private investment capital for natural and nature-based shoreline management approaches such as habitat restoration, conservation, and coastal resilience strategies.

Related Organizations: Restore America’s Estuaries

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California Senate Bill 1 (SB-1): Transportation Funding

May 1, 2017

In May 2017 California approved Senate Bill 1 which allocated $52.3 billion for a new Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Program, up to $20 billion of which was designated to support climate change adaptation planning at a local or regional level. While the law primarily focuses on reducing emissions, it also addresses the need for adaptation by requiring agencies and localities receiving funding to implement adaptive efforts, where cost-effective and feasible.

Related Organizations: State of California

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Voluntary Resilience Standards: An Assessment of the Emerging Market for Resilience in the Built Environment

May 2017

This report offers an analysis of 14 voluntary resilience standards by which buildings can be evaluated. The resilience standards addressed are based on guidelines and tools designed to help communities prepare for climate change and hazards - including certifications, benchmarking systems, planning frameworks, and design principles. Recognizing that the market for climate resilient infrastructure standards is nascent, the report discusses how existing programs can encourage medium-term and long-term planning, evaluating the programs using the following criteria: Target Audience - focuses on the type of facility, factors beyond those of the physical site, and the life cycle of the building Impact and Scope - considers social vulnerability and performance goals for certain situations including flooding, earthquakes, and high winds Standard Development Process - how community input was incorporated in the program design and the verification process The resilience standards analyzed were developed by various organizations including nonprofits, universities, U.

Related Organizations: The Kresge Foundation, Barr Foundation, Energy Foundation, Meister Consultants Group

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Climate Change in the Latino Mind

May 2017

The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication conducted a national survey of over 2000 Latino adults in the U.S. to determine their thoughts, concerns and engagement with climate change in 2017. The study analyzed results on levels of communication, activism, and desire for change in policy and politics of climate change from Latino’s perspectives.

Related Organizations: Yale Program on Climate Change Communication

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The Atlas Marketplace

2017

The Atlas is an online “marketplace and recommendation engine” for environmental technology and infrastructure solutions. Over 250 sustainable, resilient and/or green infrastructure projects and tools are showcased on the Atlas website. These climate adaptive infrastructure solutions can be used to support the new design of similar systems. 

Related Organizations: re:focus partners

Author or Affiliated User: Elle Hempen

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Community-Driven Climate Resilience Planning: A Framework (2017)

May 2017

This report outlines a framework, informed by community-based organizations from across the country, to meaningfully engage vulnerable and impacted communities in defining and building climate resilience. The guide seeks to use climate resilience activities to better build momentum for change, build a new economy and community-based financing, deepen democracy and improve governance, and activate ecological and cultural wisdom. In addition to describing guiding principles and elements of community-driven planning, the document provides examples of case studies where communities have taken a central role in resilience planning. The guide is primarily aimed at other community-based organizations, but it may also be useful for philanthropy and public sector officials.  

Related Organizations: National Association of Climate Resilience Planners, Movement Strategy Center

Author or Affiliated User: Rosa González

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Adapting to Climate Change in Minnesota: 2017 Report of the Interagency Climate Adaptation Team

May 2017

This report summarizes observed and projected climate impacts in Minnesota, describes Minnesota state agency activities that are helping to adapt to climate change, presents statewide climate adaptation indicators, and provides recommendations for future state action and interagency collaboration. This 2017 report updates and expands on Minnesota’s Interagency Climate Adaptation Team (ICAT) 2013 document - Adapting to Climate Change in Minnesota.

Related Organizations: Minnesota Interagency Climate Adaptation Team (ICAT)

Author or Affiliated User: Paul Moss

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USDA Northeast Climate Hub virtual demonstration project "As If You Were There"

2017

The USDA Northeast Climate Hub created a virtual tour of climate adaptation and mitigation practices on farm and forest lands across the northeast region of the U. S.  This virtual demonstration project features interactive 360 degree photography and videos, allowing users to “embark on virtual field tours to visit and consider the experiences of others who are adapting to a changing climate - all from their own computer or mobile devices. ” The purpose is to combine technology with educational storytelling to engage more people in decision-making on adaptation.

Related Organizations: USDA Northeast Climate Hub

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Beyond Diversity: A Roadmap to Building an Inclusive Organization

May 2017

This paper assesses the diversity of staff and boards of directors among large non-profit organizations and foundations working in the environmental sector. The paper argues that diversity is increasingly important within this sector to broaden the base of constituents, increase focus on environmental justice, and bring in a wider range of perspective to successfully identify solutions to environmental challenges. While this paper is not specifically focused on adaptation, it does discuss findings about diversity within organizations that are working in the adaptation space.

Author or Affiliated User: Maya A. Beasley

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A global economic assessment of city policies to reduce climate change impacts

May 29, 2017

This report provides a quantitative assessment of the economic costs of the joint impacts of local and global climate change for all main cities around the world. The study was conducted by an international team of economists looking at the combined impact of global and local climate change on urban economies, with a focus on urban heat. Published in the journal Nature Climate Change, the analysis of 1,692 cities shows that the total economic costs of climate change for cities this century could be 2.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Francisco Estrada, W. J. Wouter Botzen, Richard S. J. Tol

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