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Wildland Fire Resilient Landscapes Program (U.S. DOI)

June 16, 2015

The U. S. Department of the Interior (DOI) is directing the Wildland Fire Resilient Landscapes Program. The FY 2015 President's Budget request included funding to establish a new "Resilient Landscapes" activity to improve the integrity and resilience of forests and rangelands by restoring natural vegetation landscapes to specific conditions and maintain fire resiliency. Subsequently, as a pilot initiative, Congress provided $10 million in the FY2015 Fuels Management program to fund resilient landscape activities.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), National Park Service (NPS)

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Green Streets, Green Towns, Green Jobs Grant Initiative

June 16, 2015

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Chesapeake Bay Trust, in partnership with Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources, announced $727,500 in 2015 grants to be awarded to 15 organizations through the Green Streets, Green Towns, Green Jobs Grant Initiative (G3 Grant Program). The G3 program was piloted in the Chesapeake Bay area in 2011 to encourage local jurisdictions to use “green” techniques when pursuing necessary “gray” infrastructure projects.  Its purpose is to improve local, grassroots-level greening efforts by towns and communities in urbanized watersheds that reduce stormwater runoff through the creation of “green streets,” the increase in urban green spaces, and the reduction of impervious surfaces.

Related Organizations: Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Chesapeake Bay Trust, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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RI H 5478: Creating the Rhode Island House Commission on Economic Risk Due to Flooding and Sea Rise

June 17, 2015

In June 2015, Rhode Island House Resolution 5478 created an 11 member special legislative commission whose purpose was to study and make recommendations concerning the economic risks relating to and resulting from sea rise and flooding in the state. The Commission expired and disbanded on February 6, 2016 after reporting back their findings and recommendations to the House of Representatives.

Related Organizations: State of Rhode Island

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Living Shorelines: From Barriers to Opportunities

June 18, 2015

A report from Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE), “Living Shorelines: From Barriers to Opportunities,” provides a national assessment of institutional barriers that are preventing broader use of living shorelines, and gives recommendations and strategies for progress. 

Related Organizations: Restore America’s Estuaries

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Transportation Climate Change Sensitivity Matrix

2015

The U.S. Department of Transportation's "Transportation Climate Change Sensitivity Matrix" is an Excel spreadsheet tool that includes detailed information about the sensitivity of different types of transportation assets to climate stressors. It is designed to be used in the process of assessing transportation system vulnerability to climate change,  so that transportation agencies can properly prioritize assets for adaptation measures.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

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U.S. Department of Transportation's Vulnerability Assessment Scoring Tool (VAST)

2015

The U. S. Department of Transportation's Vulnerability Assessment Scoring Tool (VAST) is an Excel-based tool* designed to help transportation planners conduct a quantitative, indicator-based screening of transportation system vulnerabilities to climate stressors. It is intended for use by state departments of transportation (DOTs), metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and other transportation organizations and agencies, to help these agencies efficiently assess vulnerabilities and prioritize assets.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

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SAFR Connecticut Connections: Building-up a resilient development and transportation network to support vulnerable communities

May 1, 2015

The State Agencies For Resilience (SAFR) Connecticut Connections report is a proposal for the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC) implemented by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The NDRC is making nearly $1 billion in funds available to communities impacted by natural disasters from 2011-2013.  HUD preselected the State of Connecticut as an eligible applicant for this grant. Within the State of Connecticut, Fairfield and New Haven counties were determined by HUD to be the most impacted and distressed areas.

Related Organizations: Connecticut Department of Housing (DOH)

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NASA Panoply netCDF, HDF and GRIB Data Viewer

June 29, 2015

Panoply is a Java application which plots geo-gridded arrays from netCDF, HDF and GRIB datasets.

Related Organizations: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Author or Affiliated User: Robert B. Schmunk

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Greenworks Philadelphia 2015 Progress Report

June 30, 2015

In June 2015, Mayor Michael A. Nutter released the 2015 Greenworks Philadelphia Progress Report, the sixth and final summary of the work completed under the City of Philadelphia’s comprehensive sustainability plan between 2009-2015. The 2015 report includes target specific achievements over the last year, cumulative metrics and trends, work that remains in progress, and specific recommendations including a framework for an updated sustainability plan in Philadelphia in the short-term.

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Marin County Climate Action Plan (2015 Update)

July 2015

The 2015 Marin County, California Climate Action Plan (CAP) updates the 2006 Marin County Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan. The majority of the plan focuses on mitigation, providing an update of GHG emissions in 2012, forecasts of emissions for 2020, and an assessment of actions that the County will take to further reduce emissions by 2020. In addition, Chapter 8 focuses on adaptation, providing an overview of Marin’s expected climate risks, a summary of actions-to-date, and recommended next steps.

Related Organizations: Marin County, California

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