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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

Resource Category: Funding

 

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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

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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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)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Pennsylvania Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources and Climate Change - Planning for the Future

September 9, 2015

This white paper outlines the impacts of climate change on the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)’s mission and lands, and provides adaptation strategies and a planning framework to address them.

Resource Category: Planning

 

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The Caribbean Climate Online Risk and Adaptation TooL (CCORAL)

Developed by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, CCORAL is a Caribbean specific web-based decision support platform that can be used by communities and organizations to understand climate impacts and to identify options for enhancing climate resilience. CCORAL aimed helping decision-makers in the Caribbean to integrate climate change considerations into their processes across all sectors, such as planning, programming, and budgeting. CCORAL is designed for users of all skill levels, with resources provided for climate experts and non-experts.

Related Organizations: Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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National Sea Grant Resilience Toolkit

The National Sea Grant Resilience Toolkit is a public access site with hundreds of resources from Sea Grant institutions and partnerships.  These resources or tools are primarily short reports on coastal resilience best practices and projects conducted through Sea Grant programs. The “Tools” available on the site include: Decision Support Tools, Technical Assistance, Guides and Manuals, Training, Communities of Practice, Data and Assessments, and Legal Services.   “Legal Services” has sectoral legal information and reviews of common law tools from Sea Grant partners.

Related Organizations: National Sea Grant College Program (Sea Grant)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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