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Best Practices for State Wildlife Action Plans - Voluntary Guidance to States for Revision and Implementation

November 2012

In 2005, Congress mandated that state fish and wildlife agencies develop State Wildlife Action Plans (SWAPs) that identified the species and habitats in greatest conservation need, key threats, and recommended actions - in order to receive federal funding through the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants Program. The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies prepared a report with guidance focused on integrating climate change adaptation planning into SWAPs in 2009 - Voluntary Guidance for States to Incorporate Climate Change into State Wildlife Action Plans and Other Management Plans.

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Transportation During and After Hurricane Sandy (New York, New Jersey)

November 2012

This report details the efforts New York and New Jersey took to prepare for impacts to the transportation system before Hurricane Sandy, and measures state and local entities took after the storm to restore service and to improve the system. Although the report does not talk about climate change specifically, the measures discussed could be used to increase the resilience of transportation systems to extreme weather and impacts of climate change. The report also details investments that state and local entities could make to increase the resilience of transportation system such as installing backup power for subway pumps, increasing the use of porous pavements in flood-prone areas, and locating generators and fuel sources above flood elevations or out of floodplains.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Sarah Kaufman, Carson Qing, Nolan Levenson, Melinda Hanson

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National Park Service Climate Change Action Plan 2012 - 2014

November 2012

The National Park Service (NPS) Climate Change Action Plan provides guidance to help park managers and staff electively plan for and respond to current and future climate change effects on national park lands. Following on the Climate Change Response Strategy, released in 2010, the Action Plan articulates a set of high priority no-regrets actions the NPS is undertaking, or was committed to undertake, by 2014. 

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Reconstruction of Wacker Drive (Chicago, Illinois) Using High Performance Concrete

November 2012

The City of Chicago redesigned and rebuilt the iconic two-level Wacker Drive using high performance concrete to be resilient to a variety of extreme weather conditions, such as severe freeze-thaw cycles. To prevent the same deterioration that had occurred with the previous design, the city required that the redesigned upper deck be built for a minimum 100-year service life, be chemically resistant to de-icing salts and have no cracks during the deck's 100-year life.

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Rhode Island Climate Change Commission 2012 Progress Report - Adapting to Climate Change in the Ocean State: A Starting Point

November 2012

This progress report was developed by the Rhode Island Climate Change Commission. The Commission serves to review and advance legislative recommendations, coordinate and foster climate adaptation planning and programs across Rhode Island, facilitate the “mainstreaming” of climate change and adaptation policies in existing state and local law and policy, and increase the capacity of decision-makers and citizens to prepare for and proactively adapt to the consequences of climate change.

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Adaptive Response Framework for Drinking Water and Wastewater Utilities

November 2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Climate Ready Water Utilities Adaptive Response Framework provides guidelines for local water agencies to implement adaptive and mitigating actions to build climate readiness and increased resilience to climate change. The Framework promotes adaptive management, in which agencies can actively respond to the changes and uncertainties of climate data and climate science.

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Atlantic City - Compressed Natural Gas Jitney Buses Used for Evacuations During Hurricane Sandy

November 2012

Atlantic City, New Jersey used minibuses known as “jitneys” that were powered by compressed natural gas in their emergency planning efforts for Hurricane Sandy. Because the vehicles run on an alternative fuel, they were able to continue operating when gasoline was in short supply during and after the hurricane.

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NOAA's State of the Coast (SOTC)

NOAA’s State of the Coast  (SOTC) is a website that provides information about coastal communities, coastal ecosystems, and the coastal economy, and about how climate change might impact the coast.  The site offers case studies, management success stories, reports, fact sheets and more detailed statistics through interactive indicator visualizations.

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Vancouver Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

November 7, 2012

Vancouver, Canada’s Climate Change Adaptation Strategy proposes actions to respond to increased heavy rain events, sea-level rise, more intense storms, and hotter and drier summers. The 2012 plan integrates climate adaptation strategies into existing and planned projects to ensure that adaptation efforts are mainstreamed into the City’s agenda.

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Prince George’s County, Maryland Complete Streets Initiative

November 2012

In 2012, the Prince George’s County Council in Maryland passed a Complete Streets Ordinance that requires officials to incorporate measures to manage runoff and increase access for all roadway users (bicyclists, pedestrians, etc. ) on public and some private roadways. The ordinance directs county officials to incorporate environmental site design into road, trail, sidewalk, and transit construction projects to ensure that stormwater runoff is well-managed and that roads are accessible to everyone.

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