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RainReady Calumet Corridor, IL Plan

2017

This plan outlines a vision for stormwater management, sustainable economic development, and integrated planning to enhance resilience within the Calumet Corridor in Cook County, Illinois (20 miles south of Chicago). This area experienced a severe rain and wind storm in April 2013 resulting in urban flooding and widespread property damage. The region’s flat, low-lying topography, historical patterns of land development that covered natural land with impervious surfaces, the changing climate, and aging infrastructure all contribute to the Corridor’s vulnerability to future flooding.

Related Organizations: RainReady, Center for Neighborhood Technology

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Resilience Strategy

March 2017

The City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania released its Resilience Strategy in March 2017 to provide a holistic strategy for helping the city to manage challenges from a changing environment, globalization, and urbanization. The Strategy sets goals, objectives, and action organized around a “P4” community-centered framework addressing resilience in terms of People, Place, Planet, and Performance.  The Strategy is intended to be a blueprint to help the city prepare for resilience challenges by helping the city improve coordination among government and non-governmental organizations, improve budgeting and capital coordination citywide, ensure the institutionalization of resilience practices, and increase resident engagement and empowerment. Development of this plan was supported by the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative.

Related Organizations: City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 100 Resilient Cities

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A City With Global Goals Part I and Part II

2016

From the New York City Mayor’s Office for International Affairs, this report and info-graphics are designed to illustrate the connections between the United Nation’s global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established in 2015, and the visions, goals, initiatives and targets from New York City’s 2015 sustainability plan “One New York: The Plan for a Just and Strong City (or OneNYC).” 

Related Organizations: New York City Mayor's Office for International Affairs, City of New York, New York

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From the ground up – How communities can collaborate to drive local adaptation and influence the national agenda

March 2017

The Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) has identified a series of strategies to help community-level organizations to increase climate resilience - which are reviewed in this policy brief. The analysis focusses on the Caribbean, but has widely applicable lessons for community-based adaptation elsewhere.

Author or Affiliated User: Will Bugler

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Medical Alert! Climate Change is Harming Our Health

March 15, 2017

From the newly formed Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, this report discusses urgent and compounding public health impacts from climate change.  The Consortium is composed of physicians from 11 medical societies, representing over half of the nation’s doctors, who determined a need to share their concern about the health consequences of climate change with the public.  The opening summary concludes with this: “In sum, we are sounding the alarm that the ultimate danger of climate change is that it poses a danger to the health of every American now and in the future.

Related Organizations: Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health

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Flood Protection Pay-Offs: A Local Government Guide to the Community Rating System

March 2017

This comprehensive guide to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS) is compiled by Wetlands Watch. The NFIP CRS program provides flood insurance discounts, of up to 45%, to constituents within a localities where local governments pursue activities that mitigate flood risks. The guide is meant to help local governments determine which practices may earn credit under the CRS program, what adjustments they may need to make to receive credit, and if funding opportunities are available to assist local governments in meeting credit requirements.

Related Organizations: Wetlands Watch

Author or Affiliated User: Mary-Carson Stiff

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The Cost and Affordability of Flood Insurance in New York City

2017

This RAND study examined how recent changes to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) would affect the affordability of insurance for homeowners and business in New York City. New floodplain maps in the city are expanding the number of homes and businesses that must carry flood insurance and increasing the rate of insurance for many structures.  Legal changes to the NFIP are also phasing in rate hikes for many insureds. Using flood vulnerable areas in New York City as the study area, this study examined how these changes in the NFIP would affect the affordability of flood insurance.

Related Organizations: RAND Corporation

Authors or Affiliated Users: Lloyd Dixon, Noreen Clancy, Benjamin Miller, Sue Hoegberg, Michael M. Lewis, Bruce Bender, Samara Ebinger, Mel Hodges, Gayle M. Syck, Caroline Nagy, Scott R. Choquette

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Exploring the Green Infrastructure Workforce

March 27, 2017

This report describes current and future opportunities for the green infrastructure workforce, including educational, occupational, and equity considerations. Surging demand for green infrastructure across the country and the potential for a new national certification program could further professionalize the field and accelerate job growth, providing valuable opportunities for low-income, low-skilled workers to access entry-level jobs with competitive wages and some advancement potential. This report describes the current workforce and field, reviews projections for job growth, and offers recommendations for policymakers, employers, education and training providers, and other stakeholders interested in expanding job opportunities in direct installation, maintenance, and inspection (IMI) of green infrastructure (GI).

Related Organizations: Jobs for the Future

Author or Affiliated User: Sara Lamback

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Implications of Climate Change for Rhode Island Wastewater Collection and Treatment Infrastructure

March 2017

This assessment for Rhode Island investigates how increasing storm intensities and flooding from climate change can impact wastewater treatment systems, including plants and pump stations throughout the state. The study presents the projected implications of climate change on Rhode Island’s nineteen public wastewater treatment facilities that are at risk of inundation, as by design they utilize low elevations, often in riverine or coastal floodplains. The RI Department of Environmental Management collaborated with the state’s Office of Housing and Community Development to evaluate these natural hazards, and begin integrating climate change considerations into wastewater system planning and design.

Related Organizations: Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management

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Essential Capacities for Urban Climate Adaptation

March 2017

The Innovation Network for Communities’ Essential Capacities for Urban Climate Adaptation report provides a review of the promising practices in urban adaptation, a summary of recent advances in the field, and a roadmap for communities to continue advancing adaptation practices.

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