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Climate Change Adaptation Report: Georgetown, Maine

May 2015

This report summarizes the findings of the Georgetown Conservation Commission’s assessment of climate risks for the island community of Georgetown, Maine. It aims to make meaningful climate action seem possible for residents by including some preliminary recommendations in this assessment. The report is organized around a framework that outlines common interests and climate factors that impact those interests. Each chapter focuses on one of the interest areas, frames the problem through the local context, and identifies specific vulnerabilities.

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Eastern Shore of Virginia Transportation Infrastructure Inundation Vulnerability Assessment

May 2015

The Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission of the Eastern Shore of Virginia, with support from the Virginia Department of Transportation, conducted a study in 2014 - 2015 to determine which transportation infrastructure in the Eastern Shore region is at risk to inundation from sea-level rise. This area is known to be extremely vulnerable to sea-level rise, and the research found that it will have increasingly significant impacts on transportation infrastructure, along with local communities, facilities, and economies.

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Legal Tools for Climate Adaptation Advocacy: Securities Law

May 2015

From the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, this report focuses on how governments and investors can use financial disclosure as a tool to incentivize or pressure publicly traded companies to undertake climate change adaptation measures. The chapter explains why financial disclosure is a powerful tool, describes the relevant regulatory schemes, and outlines both regulatory or enforcement and market-based strategies for improving corporate responses to climate change.

Author or Affiliated User: Nina Hart

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Social Cohesion: The Secret Weapon in the Fight for Equitable Climate Resilience

May 2015

From the Center for American Progress, this report discusses the role that social cohesion plays in preparedness and response to climate change induced extreme weather events, with a focus on the vulnerability of low-income communities. Methods to integrate community resilience into climate resilience, and specific recommendations to foster climate and social resilience are provided. In addition to the value of social cohesion in climate resilience, the report details how addressing the unique housing, economic and health vulnerabilities of low-income groups will in turn have benefits for the community at large.

Author or Affiliated User: Danielle Baussan

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Cities Impacts and Adaptation Tool

From the University of Michigan Graham Sustainability Institute, the Cities Impacts and Adaptation Tool (CIAT) was a result of the Great Lakes Adaptation Assessment for Cities (G-LACC) project. This online climate adaptation planning support tool was designed to support decision makers at the municipal level in the Great Lakes Region. The goal was to create a tool that can be used by stakeholders to synthesize, communicate, and apply climate-relevant knowledge for urban resilience under different climate scenarios.

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Metro Boston Climate Preparedness Commitment

May 13, 2015

Mayors from fourteen cities in the metropolitan Boston region adopted the “Metro Boston Climate Preparedness Commitment” on May 13, 2015, agreeing to collaborate to prepare the region for the impacts of climate change. The fourteen municipalities will work together to coordinate actions necessary for adapting trans-boundary critical infrastructure systems, to develop best practices for local governments and policy recommendations for state and federal partners, and to identify funding and investment solutions to take regional action.

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New Jersey Wastewater Infrastructure Restoration and Resiliency - Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority, Union Beach project

May 18, 2015

Facilities are being redesigned and restored for extreme weather resiliency at the Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority (BRSA) in Union Beach, New Jersey. This project is part of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s commitment to provide resiliency to the state’s water and wastewater infrastructure directly impacted by Superstorm Sandy, as developed under his 2013 water infrastructure resiliency funding initiative. The $28 million project at Union Beach will incorporate reconstruction with added resiliency of the authority’s main incinerator, pump stations and other buildings.

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Florida SB 1094: “An act relating to the peril of flood”

May 21, 2015

On May 21, 2015, Governor Rick Scott signed into law Florida Senate Bill 1094, “An Act relating to the peril of flood. ”  SB 1094 requires consideration of future flood risk from storm surge and sea level rise in certain portions of local government comprehensive plans.  In accordance with SB 1094, Florida Statute section 163. 3178(2)(f)1 now includes sea-level rise as one of the causes of flood risk that must be addressed in the “redevelopment principles, strategies, and engineering solutions” to reduce flood risk.

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Colorado Resiliency Framework

May 28, 2015

Developed by the Colorado Resiliency and Recovery Office, the Colorado Resiliency Framework identifies strategies to strengthen and increase resiliency to hazards throughout Colorado, providing guiding principles and tools for community stakeholders. The report describes the risk and vulnerabilities faced by the State, adaptive strategies and monitoring metrics for six key resiliency sectors and cross-sectoral strategies identified to be implemented at the State level.

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European Road Authorities’ Climate Risk Assessment Tools: RIMAROCC and ROADAPT Projects

May 2015

European nations collaborated on two research projects beginning in 2009 to develop a detailed climate change risk assessment methodology and tools for adapting transportation systems and infrastructure. The first project, entitled “RIMAROCC” (Risk Management for Roads in a Changing Climate), produced a risk assessment framework to support decision-making regarding roads in light of climate change impacts. The more recent “ROADAPT” (Roads for Today, Adapted for Tomorrow) project developed guidelines and tools to be used with the RIMAROCC risk assessment framework, to better inform detailed vulnerability and socioeconomic impact assessments, and selection of adaptation strategies.

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