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Right to Counsel, New York City, New York

2017

New York City’s Universal Access to Legal Representation Law (or Right to Counsel (RTC)) is the first in the country to provide right-to-counsel in housing cases. The 2017 law allocates $155 million over five years to a program that provides free legal representation to tenants for eviction or other housing-related matters. Since its inception, the program has raised the number of represented tenants from 10 to over 27%, decreased evictions by 23%, and has saved the city an estimated $320 million per year. Initially implemented in the Bronx, the program is set to expand to other boroughs beginning in 2020.

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FloodHelpNY - New York City, New York

2016

The Center for NYC Neighborhoods and the Governor's Office of Storm Recovery in New York launched an $8 million resiliency program in New York City for low- and moderate-income homeowners in 2016. To support this program, they created a free interactive website which provides NYC homeowners with personalized information on flood risks and flood insurance rates. One goal of the program is to connect low- and middle-income homeowners with engineers in select coastal communities to provide resiliency audits so they can reduce their risk to future floods and lower their insurance rates.

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Prince George's County, Maryland Clean Water Partnership

January 1, 2014

The Prince George’s County, Maryland Clean Water Partnership (CWP) - between Prince George’s County and a private company, Corvias - began in 2014 intending to retrofit 2,000 acres of property with green infrastructure for stormwater management. As part of this process, both partners agreed that an emphasis on employing local, under-represented communities was necessary. Within the three-year period during which the project was completed, 66 businesses were contracted, almost 1,600 businesses were reached, and over 200,000 hours of work were generated.

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Washington State Natural Disaster and Resiliency Activities Work Group

May 13, 2019

On May 13, 2019, Governor Jay Inslee of Washington signed into law Substitute Senate Bill (SSB) 5106. The bill mandates the establishment of a Natural Disaster and Resiliency Activities Work Group, chaired by the Office of the Insurance Commissioner, tasked with reviewing disaster resiliency activities in the state and making recommendations to the legislature and governor on whether an ongoing disaster resiliency program should be created. The Work Group is noteworthy for its focus on coordinating state-level activities related to disaster mitigation in a changing climate and for its emphasis on learning from the activities and coordination efforts of other state, federal, public, and private organizations.

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Community Based Public-Private Partnerships (CBP3s) and Alternative Market-Based Tools for Integrated Green Stormwater Infrastructure

April, 2015

This report, developed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), presents a guide for successfully implementing a Community-Based Public Private Partnership (CBP3) model for addressing stormwater pollution in communities in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.  CBP3s are partnerships between a government and a private entity designed to leverage additional capacity and financing for delivery of infrastructure projects, while also increasing stakeholder engagement in project delivery.

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Risk Assessment of Toronto’s Culverts Using the Canadian Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee (PIEVC) Protocol

December 2011

The City of Toronto utilized a risk assessment tool to help evaluate the risk of climate impacts on the City’s culverts. The PIEVC Protocol, developed by the Canadian Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee (PIEVC), is a step-by-step protocol in which risk scoring systems incorporate climate modeling data to outline explicit procedures to help engineers design a particular structure to withstand current and future climatic conditions. Although this study evaluated only three Toronto culverts, the results can be used to assist Toronto in incorporating climate change adaptation into the design, development and management of all of its culverts - and could be applied in other municipalities as well.

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Heat Island Effect Portal

This website provides information on the heat island effect, its impacts, and the strategies that communities can take to reduce urban temperatures. Look under the "Where You Live" section to see specific strategies and initiatives implemented by states and localities. Strategies fall into four primary categories: cool roofs, cool pavement, green roofs, and urban landscaping. Initiatives are specific policy mechanisms, such as building codes, comprehensive plans, demonstration projects, incentives, landscape ordinances, state implementation plans, and zoning codes.

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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM)

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is the collective body through which the three national academies work together to provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation and conduct other activities to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions. The National Academies also encourage education and research, recognize outstanding contributions to knowledge, and increase public understanding in matters of science, engineering, and medicine. The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) was established in 1863 by an Act of Congress, signed by President Lincoln, as a private, nongovernmental institution to advise the nation on issues related to science and technology.