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Washington State DOT (WSDOT) Guidance for Project-Level Climate Change Evaluation

January 2017 Update

The Washington State DOT (WSDOT) issued this guidance to assist the agency’s project planners in considering climate change impacts, which is required for all WSDOT projects subject to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Washington’s State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). In addition to obligations under NEPA and SEPA, WSDOT’s 2011-2017 Strategic Plan directs the agency to evaluate future climate-related risks and identify strategies to reduce risk. The guidance provides a standard process for analysis and template language to enable planning-level consideration of Washington’s projected climate impacts.

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DOI Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science

May 8, 2013

The U. S. Department of Interior (DOI) announced in May 2013 the establishment of a federal advisory committee who will provide guidance about the Interior Department’s climate change adaptation science initiatives. The Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science will advise the Secretary of the Interior about the USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center and the Department of the Interior Climate Science Centers (CSCs), which are managed by the U. S. Geological Survey.

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Preparing California for Extreme Heat: Guidance and Recommendations

October 2013

California’s Climate Action Team (CAT) developed this document to provide California agencies with guidance for incorporating extreme heat projections, and best practices for adapting to heat-related climate change impacts into planning and decision making.

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Resilient Rhode Island Act (2014-H 7904)

June 19, 2014

On June 19, 2014 both houses of the Rhode Island legislature passed the Resilient Rhode Island Act of 2014. The Act follows Governor Chafee’e Executive Order creating the Rhode Island Executive Climate Change Council (February 21, 2014), and provides a framework for state government to adaptively plan for and manage climate change impacts.

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An Act to Promote Clean Energy Jobs and to Establish the Maine Climate Council

June 26, 2019

In June 2019, Maine Governor Janet Mills signed into law "An Act to Promote Clean Energy Jobs and to Establish the Maine Climate Council. " The act states that the impacts of climate change have created an "emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine" and find that the law is "immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety. " To address the state's climate emergency, the act includes multiple provisions related to climate adaptation and resilience.

Author or Affiliated User: Nathan Robbins

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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) Sustainable Infrastructure Guidelines, Appendix 2: Climate Change Projections

March 23, 2011

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) in 2011 created Sustainable Infrastructure Guidelines to rate agency infrastructure projects using a point system and checklist that incorporates design evaluation based on climate change projections for temperature, precipitation, and flood elevation. The Guidelines require application of these climate change projections and evaluation of impacts in order to receive points for the “Site Assessment” phase of project design, which generally involves assessing existing conditions and using the information to identify best management practices (BMPs) for the project.

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California AB-65 Coastal protection: climate adaption: project prioritization: natural infrastructure: local general plans

September 27, 2019

California AB-65 requires the State Coastal Conservancy to prioritize funding coastal projects that use natural infrastructure in in support of coastal climate change adaptation.  It authorizes the Conservancy also to provide technical assistance to coastal communities to better assist them with their projects that use natural infrastructure. AB-65 applies to the distribution of the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access For All Act of 2018, or Proposition 68 funding.

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San Francisco’s Guidance for Incorporating Sea-Level Rise in Capital Planning – Transportation Implications

September 16, 2014

The City and County of San Francisco (CCSF) adopted Guidance on how city and county agencies must consider sea-level rise for new capital improvement projects, including transportation improvements. The Guidance was adopted by the Capital Planning Committee (CPC) in September 2014 and revised in December 2015; the CPC makes recommendations to the Mayor and Board of Supervisors on all capital expenditures and approves the City’s 10-year Capital Improvement Plan.   The Guidance provides direction to all CCSF departments on how to consider sea-level rise in all new construction, capital improvement, and maintenance projects.

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Adapting to Urban Heat: A Tool Kit for Local Governments

August 2012

This tool kit is designed to help local governments reduce the effects of increased heat on their communities and citizens. It provides an analytic tool for policy makers to consider a combination of four built-environment changes (cool roofs, green roofs, cool pavements, and urban forestry), providing clear criteria for selecting among these approaches. 

Author or Affiliated User: Sara Hoverter

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Federal Action to Support State, Local and Tribal Leaders as They Prepare Communities for the Impacts of Climate Change

July 16, 2014

On July 16, 2014, President Obama announced this series of new climate change initiatives from across federal agencies - based on the recommendations of the State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness - to help state, local, and tribal leaders prepare their communities for the impacts of climate change by developing and rebuilding more resilient infrastructure.

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