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Massachusetts EO 569: Establishing an Integrated Climate Change Strategy for the Commonwealth

September 16, 2016

Massachusetts Executive Order 569, "Establishing an Integrated Climate Change Strategy for the Commonwealth," directs executive agencies to develop and implement a statewide Climate Adaptation Plan, and to build a framework for each state agency and municipality in Massachusetts to assess their vulnerability to climate change. Section 3 of the Order states that the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs and the Secretary of Public Safety are to coordinate efforts across the Commonwealth to strengthen the resilience of communities, prepare for the impacts of climate change, and to prepare for and mitigate damage from extreme weather events.

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Presidential Memorandum - Climate Change and National Security

September 21, 2016

President Obama issued a memorandum in 2016 that requires the federal government to fully consider the impacts of climate change in the development and implementation of all national security policies and plans.

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California SB 1000 -  Land use: general plans: safety and environmental justice

September 24, 2016

Senate Bill 1000 requires cities and counties of California to include an Environmental Justice element in their General Plans. The intent of the bill is to ensure that local governments proactively plan for and address environmental justice when developing their long-term goals, policies, and objectives for land use and any future growth. With this legislation, all cities and counties need to identify their “disadvantaged communities” and develop strategies to mitigate and reduce environment-related health risks.

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California AB 2800: Climate change: infrastructure planning

September 26, 2016

The California legislature passed legislation (AB 2800) to ensure that the planning and design of state infrastructure projects consider future climate change impacts -- citing prolonged heat waves, extreme precipitation events, severe drought, increasing wildfires, and other potentially dangerous climate impacts on critical infrastructure.  Assembly Bill 2800 requires the California Natural Resources Agency to create a Climate-Safe Infrastructure Working Group, and for state agencies to take into account the current and future impacts of climate change when planning, designing, building, operating, maintaining, and investing in state infrastructure.

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California AB 2480: Source watersheds, financing

September 27, 2016

California Assembly Bill 2480 formally recognizes the state’s watersheds as water infrastructure. The law makes it possible to funnel infrastructure financing towards the restoration of five watersheds that feed Northern California’s primary reservoirs, along with the state’s traditional water infrastructure like dams, canals and levees. Watersheds - which include forests, meadows, streams and rivers - are cited for their significance as key water supply assets in the face of climate change.

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ClimateCARE Resiliency Work Plan

September 28, 2016

This proposal, which was funded in 2016, maps out the Neighborhood of Affordable Housing, Inc. (NOAH)’s Climate: Community Action for Resilience through Engagement (ClimateCARE) program in East Boston. ClimateCARE seeks to a) strengthen community engagement, b) partner with the City of Boston to advance its Climate Action Plan, and c) convene agency stakeholders in an Adaptation Planning Working Group which will facilitate coordinated, actionable climate resilience plans. In addition to detailing these initiatives, the report describes the climate-related risks in East Boston and their workplan for 2016-2018.

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Rhode Island: Vulnerability of Municipal Transportation Assets to Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge

September 28, 2016

From Rhode Island’s Statewide Planning Program, Technical Paper 167: “Vulnerability of Municipal Transportation Assets to Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge” analyzes the estimated geographic extent of sea level rise in relation to transportation infrastructure in the state over the next century. The study found that sea level rise presents a major challenge to Rhode Island’s transportation infrastructure, both via daily tidal flooding of coastal assets, and in making storm surge events more severe.

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City of Coral Gables: Legal Considerations Surrounding Adaptation to the Threat of Sea Level Rise

September 28, 2016

This comprehensive report discusses the policy options available to the City of Coral Gables, Florida, as it prepares for sea level rise and other effects of climate change. It also explores potential legal issues likely to arise as climate change adaptation measures are implemented. It explores these challenges in light of Coral Gables’s (and all of South Florida’s) unique vulnerability to climate change, as a result of its low elevation above current sea level and its porous limestone base, which makes protecting areas of South Florida like Coral Gables with sea walls, dikes, or canals impractical.

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DC Water Environmental Impact Bond

September 29, 2016

DC Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water), the water utility in Washington, D. C. , has announced the nation’s first Environmental Impact Bond (EIB), an innovative bond to fund the construction of green infrastructure to manage stormwater runoff and improve the District’s water quality. The $25 million, tax-exempt EIB was sold in a private placement to the Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group and Calvert Foundation to fund the initial green infrastructure project in its DC Clean Rivers Project, a $2.

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Public Assistance Required Minimum Standards FEMA Recovery Policy (FP-104-009-4)

September 30, 2016

The Federal Emergency Management Agency Public Assistance grant program provides federal assistance to to state, local, and tribal governments to support their disaster recovery effort following a Presidential disaster declaration. Specifically, the program provides assistance for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and permanent restoration of infrastructure.

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