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Sustainable Franklin County, Massachusetts

June 2013

Sustainable Franklin County is a comprehensive, regional sustainable development plan for rural Franklin County, Massachusetts. The plan provides recommendations and strategies for local governments, businesses, organizations, and individuals to build long-term sustainability and climate change resiliency throughout the county. The report is focused on Housing, Transportation, Economic Development, Energy, Natural Resources, Cultural Resources, and Land Use and Infrastructure sectors, and integrates social equity and climate change adaptation strategies.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Peggy Sloan, Jessica Atwood, Ryan Clary, Alyssa Larose, Stacy Metzger, Mary Praus, Megan Rhodes

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin Regional Green Infrastructure Plan

June 2013

Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) has established a 2035 Vision for “zero basement backups, zero overflows, and improved water quality. ” To achieve these goals, MMSD has transformed its approach to managing stormwater by utilizing green infrastructure technologies in its urban watershed management plan. By implementing widespread use of green infrastructure (GI) to complement the region’s grey infrastructure, the Regional Green Infrastructure Plan documents how to meet the 2035 goal by capturing the first 0.

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California Climate Change Consortium for Specialty Crops: Impacts and Strategies for Resilience

2013

The California Climate Change Consortium, made up of individuals involved in specialty crop production, prepared a report in 2013 for the California Department of Food and Agriculture focused on the impacts of climate change. It addition to outlining these risks, the Consortium report also proposes strategies for resilience, specifically addressing the impacts of changing temperatures, limited water resources, increased pest pressure, and pollinator decline within the state. The assessment used regional vulnerability assessments to account for localized effects climate change and to weigh the likelihood of losing farmland due to socioeconomic pressures, urbanization, or soil degradation.

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Coastal Climate Resilience: Urban Waterfront Adaptive Strategies

June 2013

This guide was developed by New York City’s Department of City Planning to identify and evaluate potential strategies for increasing the resilience of waterfront communities to coastal flooding and sea level rise. This guide can be a useful tool for any coastal community facing these climate impacts and is not written for NYC specifically. Rather the report provides information applicable to many different types of projects that seek to enhance coastal climate resilience at various scales - from a site-specific development project to a neighborhood, city, or regional study - in any coastal location.

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Adapting to Climate Change: A Handbook for Local Governments in North Carolina

June 2013

The Coastal Hazards Center at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) has developed this handbook to help local governments in North Carolina with adaptation planning. It provides local governments with information on how climate change might impact their communities, along with strategies that can be implemented to address these potential impacts. 

Authors or Affiliated Users: Sierra C. Woodruff, Anna K. Schwab, Dylan Sandler

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New York City Building Resiliency Task Force Summary Report

June 2013

New York City's Building Resiliency Task Force coordinated with the NYC Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency, to study how to improve citywide infrastructure and building resiliency, as well as how to help communities become more resilient overall. While focused on New York City and its specific environment and building codes, this report may also be useful to other cities that wish to improve their resiliency.

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Alaska Repaving Roads Using Polystyrene Insulation

2013

The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) is rebuilding portions of roads in the northern regions of the state using a thick layer of insulation under the pavement in order to help prevent the thaw of underlying permafrost caused by heat transfer. Thawing permafrost, exacerbated by increasing average annual temperatures and heat transfer from paved roads, has caused structural instability to roadway infrastructure and buildings in Alaska. Portions of Goldstream Road near Fairbanks and the Dalton Highway further north are both being replaced with insulation board to ensure thermal stability of the roads with increasing temperatures under climate change scenarios.

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Stormwater Management Toolkit: Urban Watershed Planning Game

June 1, 2013

As part of the Stormwater Management Toolkit, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) developed the Urban Watershed Planning Game. This game helps the SFPUC understand community priorities by presenting a diverse group of community members with the task of updating San Francisco’s sewer system. The game fosters the development of green infrastructure solutions that help San Francisco adapt to the impacts of climate change in a financially feasible, community driven manner.  This game is a great resource for city planners, watershed managers, public engagement officers, and citizens.

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Coastal Climate Resilience: Designing for Flood Risk

June 2013

Designing for Flood Risk provides key design principles to guide flood resistant construction in urban areas. Recommendations are given for regulations and individual project design to incorporate the distinct needs of higher-density urban environments in the design of new buildings in flood zones. This report has also identified several key proposed changes to New York City’s zoning that will promote practical, flood-resistant buildings that may differ from earlier, less resilient construction, but are sensitive to the existing context and heritage of neighborhoods.

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Summary of Potential Climate Change Impacts, Vulnerabilities, and Adaptation Strategies in the Metropolitan Washington Region (Washington D.C.)

June 2013

Subtitled 'A synopsis of lessons learned from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ (COGs') climate adaptation planning initiatives from 2010 - 2012,' this report is intended to identify effects of climate change in the region, and encourage local resiliency planning. This is part of an ongoing project with the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Office of Sustainable Communities to create an EPA guidebook on smart growth and climate adaptation. The report summarizes key information that has been learned throughout the process of working with EPA, stakeholders and climate experts on the development of the guidebook.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Maia Davis, Amanda Campbell

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