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New York State Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (SB S6599)

July 18, 2019

Passed in July of 2019, New York State’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) (Senate Bill S6599) commits the State of New York to implementing several integrated climate adaptation planning and climate justice goals. In addition to aggressive climate mitigation goals — including zero GHG emissions by 2050 and 100% renewable electricity usage by 2040 — the Act aims to address adaptation and resilience across state programming, land use planning, and local government support.

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NYC Heat Program: Fire Hydrant Abuse Prevention

July 26, 2019

NYC Heat Program: Fire Hydrant Abuse Prevention: The New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) 2019 Hydrant Education Action Team (HEAT) program is a fire hydrant abuse prevention campaign that deploys teams of teens hired through the Department of Youth and Community Development’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) to inform New Yorkers about the dangers of illegally opening fire hydrants. The program educates residents on how the hydrants can be opened legally if equipped with a City-approved spray cap.

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Wildfire Smoke: A Guide for Public Health Officials

August 2019

From the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), this document offers state, local, and tribal public health officials updated guidance on communicating to the public about wildfire smoke health risks and protective measures. This guide provides recommendations on preparing for wildfire smoke season and reducing smoke exposure for the public and at-risk groups or vulnerable populations. The information provided as well as the associated factsheets on wildfire smoke protection can be useful for other health and air quality professionals as well as the general public.

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Making Equity Real in Climate Adaptation and Community Resilience Policies and Programs: A Guidebook

August 2019

To operationalize California’s statewide vision of honoring social equity in the climate adaptation planning and decision-making processes, the Greenlining Institute published Making Equity Real in Climate Adaptation and Community Resilience Policies and Programs: A Guidebook. The guidebook provides detailed step-by-step guidelines for policymakers to ensure social equity is embraced and implemented throughout the adaptation processes, from goal setting, to policy implementation, to outcome evaluation.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Sona Mohnot, Jordyn Bishop, Alvaro Sanchez

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A Perfect Storm: Extreme Weather as an Affordable Housing Crisis Multiplier

August 1, 2019

On August 1, 2019, the Center for American Progress published “A Perfect Storm,” a report which analyzes the relationship between the affordable housing and climate change crises, and presents 5 policy recommendations for building more resilient and prepared communities. The report explores the intersection of diminishing affordable housing and rising homelessness, as well as the disproportionate impacts extreme weather events have on low-income neighborhoods and communities of color. Authors of the report assert that local, state, and federal policymakers must take action to build strong, healthy, accessible, and affordable communities in the face of a changing climate.

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New Hampshire Senate Bill (S.B.) 285: Establishing a Coastal Resilience and Economic Development Program

August 3, 2019

On August 3, 2019, the State of New Hampshire passed Senate Bill (S. B. ) 285 to establish a coastal resilience and economic development program and provide local governments with innovative new tools to address climate emergencies due to sea-level rise, storm surge, and flooding. One notable provision of the bill allows municipalities to either alter their existing boundaries or create a new municipality by combining existing ones (Section 2, codified in New Hampshire Revised Statutes § 31:9-d).

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PG&E Better Together Resilient Communities Grant Program

March 1, 2018

The Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) Better Together Resilient Communities grant program funds initiatives to help California communities better prepare for, withstand, and recover from extreme weather events and other risks related to climate change. PG&E is investing $2 million over five years in shareholder-funded grants.  In 2018, PG&E focused on projects to help communities prepare for increased frequency and severity of extreme heat events, and the 2019 Resilient Communities grant program focused on wildfire risk.

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Karuk Tribe Climate Adaptation Plan

August 16, 2019

Karuk have lived in the Klamath-Siskiyou Mountains in the mid-Klamath River region of northern California beyond documented history, and now face severe climate change impacts to their territory and way of life. The Karuk Climate Adaptation Plan details climate impacts and adaptation strategies for the Karuk tribe and culture, local species and habitats, human health, critical infrastructure, tribal programs, tribal sovereignty and management authority. The climate adaptations evaluated have combined western science and Karuk traditional knowledge, and are recommended based on 22 focal species cultural indicators “for human responsibilities and necessary human actions” across seven habitat management zones.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kari Norgaard, William Tripp

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Scorched: Extreme Heat and Real Estate

August 2019

Extreme heat is an increasingly severe climate change impact across the United States - to the environment and natural resources, public health, infrastructure and ultimately, the economy.  Scorched provides an overview of extreme heat’s implications on the built environment and current and future real estate markets. Heat mitigation and adaptation strategies are discussed related to building design, building materials, green infrastructure and public space design. Case studies highlight the how the real estate sector is leading in implementing ‘heat-resilient’ building designs and land uses.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Katharine Burgess, Elizabeth Foster

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Anticipated Vulnerabilities: Displacement and Migration in the Age of Climate Change

September 2019

When Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico in September of 2017, thousands of its inhabitants were forced to flee their homes - many of whom ended up in in the City of Holyoke, Massachusetts. Between 2017 and 2018, over 5,400 people moved from Puerto Rico to Holyoke. In the years that followed, the city and partners at Hunter College and the University of Connecticut surveyed these families, intending to learn what aspects worked in response to their displacement and resettlement. Officials also hoped to assess how other cities could duplicate the incorporation of Puerto Rican climate migrants into Holyoke as more frequent climate events displace additional communities in the coming years.

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