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Wildlife Conservation Society Climate Adaptation Fund

2017

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Climate Adaptation Fund supports one to two-year projects that implement science-driven, on-the-ground actions that assist wildlife and ecosystems to adapt to climate change at a landscape scale. The Fund provides a total of $2.5 million in grant awards between $50,000 and $250,000 to conservation non-profit organizations each year.

Related Organizations: Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

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My Strong Home - Home Risk Mitigation Loans

2017

MyStrongHome is a public-benefit corporation which aims to help homes and communities in coastal areas in South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana to be better protected from extreme weather by financing and managing home upgrades, especially new storm-ready roofs, to meet resilient building standards. By providing an “end-to-end” solution, from assessment and financing through construction and insurance, MyStrongHome makes home risk mitigation, and climate change resilience, more accessible to homeowners.

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Resilience and Solar Assessment Tool - Washington D.C.

2017

In 2017, the District of Columbia’s Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) launched the country’s first resilience tool to identify opportunities for protecting residents in multifamily affordable housing from heat waves, flooding, and other climate change impacts. The city already faces a tight housing market with significant shortages in affordable housing. Climate change is expected to only exacerbate this pressure by increasing the cost of maintaining comfortable homes in the summer and protecting households from flooding. In order to help advance the goals of the city’s climate adaptation plan, DOEE worked with nonprofit partners to develop the Resilience and Solar Assessment Tool. The tool consists of a series of questionnaires that building owners can use to identify the building’s resilience to potential climate change impacts, examining characteristics like accessibility, emergency management plans, and electrical, mechanical, and plumbing equipment. Based on the outcome of the assessment, the tool provides additional recommendations for implementing resilience strategies at varying cost and scale. 

Related Organizations: District Department of Energy and the Environment (DDOE) - Washington DC

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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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.

Related Organizations: City of New York, New York

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Adapt Alaska

2017

Adapt Alaska is a website which hosts information about climate impacts in Alaska, a set of steps for policymakers and planners to create monitoring, mitigation, and adaptation solutions, and various resources and case studies designed to guide the user in developing and funding their own adaptation projects. The website emerged from a collaborative research project—Promoting Coastal Resilience in Arctic Alaska— which included workshops and outreach efforts, during which coastal community resilience workshop participants identified issues they faced from rapidly changing environmental and climate conditions. This learning and planning tool provides both background information about the impacts of climate change on Alaska and resources to adapt to this change, while incorporating considerations of cultural values into strategies. 

Related Organizations: University of Alaska Fairbanks, Department of the Interior (DOI): Aleutian & Bering Sea Islands Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC), Alaska Sea Grant, Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP) - RISA, Department of the Interior (DOI): Western Alaska Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC), Department of the Interior (DOI): North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC)

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Climate Change: Improved Federal Coordination Could Facilitate Use of Forward-Looking Climate Information in Design Standards, Building Codes, and Certifications (GAO-17-3)

November 2016 (Rel. Date January 3, 2017)

In this report the Government Accountability Office (GAO) urges the Commerce Department to create a program to share new climate data with organizations that set standards for contractors, architects, housing and highway developers and other construction and engineering groups. In their analysis, GAO found that design standards and building codes generally use historical climate observations rather than forward-looking climate information. In the long-run, this could cost the government billions of dollars in repairs, insurance, and disaster relief.

Related Organizations: U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)

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DOI Secretarial Order No. 3343 - Drought and Climate Change, California's Water Supply

January 4, 2017

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell issued a Secretarial Order on January 4, 2017 directing the Department of the Interior and its bureaus to take action to address the effects of drought and climate change on California’s water supply and imperiled wildlife. The order supports the State’s goals of providing a more reliable water supply for California and to protect, restore, and enhance the environmental quality of the Bay-Delta.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI)

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USFWS National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program

January 5, 2017

The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program annually provides grants of up to $1 million to coastal and Great Lakes states, as well as U. S. territories to protect, restore and enhance coastal wetland ecosystems and associated uplands, providing long-term conservation benefits to fish and wildlife and their habitats. Over $17 million in total will be awarded by the USFWS to 20 projects in 10 coastal states to protect, restore or enhance more than 13,000 acres of coastal wetlands and adjacent upland habitats under the program.

Related Organizations: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)

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Drought and Equity in California

January 9, 2017

Drought and Equity in California is the first statewide analysis of the impacts of the five-year and ongoing drought on California’s most vulnerable communities. Three major impacts of the drought are the focus of the report, including water supply shortages, drought charges and water affordability, and the drought impacts on salmon fisheries. The Pacific Institute finds that water shortages and price increases affected access to safe, affordable water for Californians, with the most severe impacts on several vulnerable populations.

Related Organizations: Pacific Institute, Environmental Justice Coalition for Water

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USFWS Polar Bear Conservation Management Plan

January 9, 2017

The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Polar Bear Conservation Management Plan was developed as a guide to polar bear conservation in the U. S. , and calls for decisive action to address Arctic warming and protect polar bears from the impacts of climate change. This plan outlines conservation and adaptation strategies for the USFWS and agency partners to support the recovery of polar bears, while articulating the need to lower greenhouse gas levels to ultimately protect the survival of the species.

Related Organizations: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)

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