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Planning for Equity in Parks with Green Infrastructure

October 2017

From the Natural Recreation and Park Association, this report summarizes research on the social and health outcomes related to the implementation of green infrastructure and parks in traditionally underserved communities. Findings suggest that while green infrastructure and green space can buffer climate impacts, they also enhance social equity by building social capital, improving health outcomes, and increasing economic opportunities.   

Related Organizations: Natural Recreation and Park Association

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Green Infrastructure Techniques for Resilience of the Oregon Coast Highway

October 2017

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) green infrastructure solutions for resilience documented in this report are the result of a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) sponsored pilot project. ODOT analyzed how green infrastructure can help protect the Oregon Coast Highway (US 101) from the impacts of extreme storms and coastal bluff erosion. Through this study ODOT explored the use of nature-based design solutions to protect coastal transportation infrastructure from these climate enhanced impacts.

Related Organizations: Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Landmark at Risk: Protecting the Historic Seaport of Annapolis, Maryland

October 2017

Utilizing GIS tools to overlay flood risk maps with Annapolis’ many historical sites, the interactive web-based resource help users to understand the threat to their community through images and story mapping.  Spurred by the state’s 2008 Climate Action Plan, which assessed what approach  (protecting, retreating, or abandoning) was most appropriate for coastal communities threatened by sea level rise, this tool brings together experts in planning, architecture, engineering, and historic preservation.

Related Organizations: City of Annapolis, Maryland

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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NYSERDA - Population Vulnerability to Climate Change in New York State

October 2017

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) identified current and future vulnerability to extreme heat across New York State, focusing on community and individual health risk factors.  A heat-vulnerability index was developed, and a heat-health impact assessment was conducted using ClimAID climate projections.  The study included an assessment of the adequacy and accessibility of cooling centers, and the public’s awareness of cooling centers and heat warning systems or adaptation resources across New York.

Related Organizations: New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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San Diego County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan 2017

October 2017

San Diego County, California updated its local hazard mitigation plan in 2017 to include climate change as an "emerging hazard. " Climate change is not treated as a focal hazard in and of itself in San Diego County’s plan, but as a contributing factor that could affect the location, extent, probability, and magnitude of other hazards. This risk assessment considers climate change as a threat multiplier for extreme heat, coastal storms/erosion, wildfire, flooding, and drought/water supply.

Related Organizations: San Diego County, California

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Coast Resilience Solutions for East Boston and Charlestown, Massachusetts

October 2017

East Boston and Charlestown, Massachusetts are coastal communities that face significant vulnerability to sea-level rise and coastal flooding. Created with the support of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Barr Foundation, this report describes local climate risks, and provides short- and long-term resilience strategies for these areas. This is the first neighborhood coastal resilience plan to be implemented from the Climate Ready Boston plan and initiative.

Related Organizations: City of Boston, Massachusetts, Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (MA CZM), Barr Foundation

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts Flood Viewer

2017

The Cambridge FloodViewer is an interactive mapping tool developed by the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts to help the Cambridge community visualize flood scenarios, assess flood risk in a given area, and prepare for climate impacts associated with sea level rise and storm surge. The tool allows users to explore flooding impacts from the community level to the parcel level, and to what extent inundation is projected to occur.

Related Organizations: City of Cambridge, Massachusetts

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Holistically Analyzing the Benefits of Green Infrastructure - Guidance for Local Governments

October 2017

The University of Maryland’s Environmental Finance Center developed this document for smaller, local governments with municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4) to evaluate the co-benefits of implementing green infrastructure (GI) in response to stormwater regulations. The report includes a discussion of measurement and valuation of GI benefits, and recommends using the triple-bottom-line framework (environmental, social, economic) to assess the value of GI.  Green infrastructure offers many benefits to climate adaptation and resilience which are detailed in this report, such as flood mitigation, water supply augmentation, heat island mitigation, and public health benefits.

Related Organizations: Environmental Finance Center, University of Maryland

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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California SB 667 - Department of Water Resources: riverine and riparian stewardship improvements

October 6, 2017

SB 667 updates the California Water Code requiring the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to establish a program to implement watershed-based riverine and riparian stewardship improvements through technical and financial assistance. The program will support projects that “reduce flood risk, restore and enhance fish populations and habitat, improve water quality, achieve climate change benefits, and in general ensure resilient ecological function within areas that include, but are not limited to, urban or urbanizing areas of the state.

Related Organizations: California Department of Water Resources

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Delaware Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Planning

October 9, 2017

The Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Planning (CMAP) report for Delaware was prepared by the state’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control as part of a pilot project to address the risk climate change poses to public use and critical function facilities. Three pilot facilities were assessed for both their ability to maintain operations during climate change fueled weather events and at higher temperatures - including the Delaware State Parks Indian River Life Saving Station, a Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) building, and a state police facility.

Related Organizations: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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