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FHWA's Risk-Based Asset Management Planning Rule

October 24, 2016

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued this final rule to implement new planning requirements established by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) and the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST). MAP-21 and FAST require state departments of transportation (DOTs) to transition to performance-based decision-making, a large part of which is the development of a risk-based asset management plan. The new requirements are intended to ensure that federal transportation funding is spent more wisely, with specific performance targets in mind and in consideration of the likely costs to construct, operate, and maintain transportation assets over their full lifetime.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

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USFS Seedlot Selection Tool

October 26, 2016

The U.S. Forest Service, Oregon State University, and the Conservation Biology Institute have launched a free web-based decision-support tool to help natural resource managers match seedlots (seed collections from a known origin) with planting sites based on climatic information.

Related Organizations: Oregon State University, Conservation Biology Institute, U.S. Forest Service (USFS)

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City of Richmond, California Climate Action Plan and Climate Adaptation Study

October 26, 2016

The Richmond Climate Action Plan (CAP) describes how the City of Richmond, California will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for climate change impacts on its public health, infrastructure, ecosystems, and public spaces. The CAP also features health equity and climate justice as important aspects of its framework.

Related Organizations: City of Richmond, California

Resource Category: Planning

 

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FloodhelpNY.org

2016

The Center for NYC Neighborhoods and the Governor's Office of Storm Recovery in New York launched an $8 million resiliency program in New York City for low- and moderate-income homeowners in 2016. To support this program, they created a free interactive website which provides NYC homeowners with personalized information on flood risks and flood insurance rates. One goal of the program is to connect low- and middle-income homeowners with engineers in select coastal communities to provide resiliency audits so they can reduce their risk to future floods and lower their insurance rates.

Related Organizations: Center for NYC Neighborhoods

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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EPA Environmental Justice 2020 Action Agenda

October 27, 2016

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmental Justice 2020 Action Agenda (EJ 2020) is the Agency’s environmental justice strategic plan for 2016 to 2020. The plan focuses on the environmental and public health issues for the nation’s minority, low-income, tribal and indigenous populations - and includes information on EPA’s climate justice initiatives. The goals of the agenda are to further integrate environmental justice considerations in all of the Agency’s programs; strengthen EPA’s collaboration with federal, state, tribal, community, and industry partners partners; and demonstrate progress on significant national challenges facing minority and low-income communities.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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Sandy Build It Back: Workers Rebuilding Their Own Communities

October 27, 2016

This white paper is focused on New York City’s Build it Back program following Hurricane Sandy, highlighting its commitment to equity in the rebuilding of residential neighborhoods. The Sandy Build it Back program set a precedent for local hiring resulting in career-track jobs for low-income Sandy-impacted residents. The paper relates the context and a vision for equity in recovery, describes Build it Back’s primary successes, and offers key lessons learned and areas of improvement.

Related Organizations: ALIGN: The Alliance for a Greater New York

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FTA Transit Asset Management Guide

November 2016

The Federal Transit Administration's guide provides a framework for transit-specific asset management, and includes a section on climate change adaptation. State departments of transportation, metropolitan planning organizations, and transit providers are now required to develop asset management plans to comply with regulations that were finalized by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and FTA in 2016. Although FTA's final rule does not require transit providers to conduct formal climate resiliency analysis in investment prioritization processes, FTA recommends that transit providers have an understanding of and consider risks posed by climate change and extreme weather events.

Related Organizations: Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

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Resilience Dialogues

October 31, 2016

Officially launched by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in October 2016, the Resilience Dialogues is an online public-private collaboration that aims to provide facilitated consultations to organizations and communities working on vulnerability assessments and resilience planning. The tool provides access to scientists, resilience practitioners, and other experts who can help answer questions and provide needed feedback.

Related Organizations: White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Thriving Earth Exchange, U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)

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Opportunities to Enhance the Nation's Resilience to Climate Change

October 2016

From the U.S. Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, this report outlines opportunities for federal agencies to guide resilience action by supporting science and research on climate change impacts, ensuring federal operations and facilities are resilient to climate change, protecting critical infrastructure and other public goods, and facilitating community-based resilience efforts.

Related Organizations: U.S. Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)

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National Park Service Coastal Adaptation Strategies Handbook

October 31, 2016

The National Park Service (NPS) has developed the Coastal Adaptation Strategies Handbook to support coastal area park responses to the climate change effects associated with coastal storms and sea level rise. This handbook reviews climate change impacts on coastal parks; identifies useful resources and adaptation strategies; provides examples of approaches to address coastal vulnerabilities from NPS as an agency and for individual parks, and offers policy and decision-making guidelines. The report provides guidance for NPS managers, partners, and other practitioners in selecting and implementing climate change adaptation strategies in estuarine and coastal areas, including the Great Lakes.

Related Organizations: National Park Service (NPS)

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