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Sabin Center Climate Litigation Database

June 2017

This website provides two databases of climate change litigation, one for U. S. climate change litigation and one for non-U. S. cases.   The U. S. Climate Change Litigation database is a joint project of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School and Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP. It tracks developments in litigation and administrative proceedings related to climate change. The U. S. database comprises more than judicial and quasi-judicial administrative actions and proceedings.

Related Organizations: Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School

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Minneapolis Resolution Establishing "Green Zones"

April 28, 2017

On April 28 2017, the Minneapolis City Council approved a final Resolution establishing a Green Zones policy to facilitate community-led planning in socioeconomically vulnerable neighborhoods in Minneapolis, Minnesota with the goal of prioritizing city initiatives to combat a range of resiliency challenges. Within Green Zones pilot areas, city officials will work with the community to develop work plans, focused on specific neighborhoods, that will be designed to prioritize initiatives and link city policies on economic development, gentrification, racial equity, and climate resiliency, to achieve an equitable distribution of resources.

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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STAR Climate Change Guide

June 28, 2017

The STAR Communities online Climate Change Guide was developed to help communities address climate change within their sustainability planning process. The guide utilizes the STAR Community Rating System to offer user-friendly guidance to advance local government efforts toward climate change mitigation and adaptation. The STAR Community Rating System is a leading framework and certification program in the U. S. for evaluating local sustainability through economic, environmental, and social performance measures.

Related Organizations: STAR Communities

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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The Governance Gap: Climate Adaptation and Sea-Level Rise in the SF Bay Area

June 30, 2017

This report summarizes the results of a study of governance for climate adaptation to sea-level rise and coastal flooding in the San Francisco Bay Area (SF Bay Area) of California. The study focused on the “governance gap” that exists between the problem of sea-level rise and the implementation of adaptation solutions that increase resilience. From the research, possible solutions to those problems were identified, and a set of recommendations were developed that are “likely to receive stakeholder support, be feasible to achieve and take forward steps on the path towards adaptive capacity.

Related Organizations: University of California, Davis

Author or Affiliated User: Mark Lubell

Resource Category: Planning

 

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The Economic Impact of the 2016 Loma Fire

2017

Developed by Earth Economics and requested by the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority (OSA), this report offers an assessment of the comprehensive economic impact of the 2016 Loma Fire that occurred in the Santa Cruz mountains of California. The report details the cost of lost ecosystem services, and the process of assessing these costs. Earth Economics also provides recommendations for mitigating future fire-related risk. The OSA requested this analysis in order to better understand the true costs of wildfire events, and how management practices and policies can be modified to reduce overall risk as climate change increases the incidence and intensity of wildfire events.

Related Organizations: Earth Economics

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Delaware Climate-Ready Workforce Pilot Project

June 30, 2017

As part of Delaware’s Climate-Ready Workforce Pilot Project, this report recommends strategies to address climate-related risks to indoor and outdoor workers who are exposed to extreme temperatures, storms, flooding, as well as indirect impacts related to air quality, vector-borne disease, and water-related illness. Written in response to the Climate Framework for Delaware, the report addresses concerns about climate-related threats to workers across state agencies, and offers recommendations related to policy development and implementation.

Related Organizations: Delaware Department of Transportation, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security, Delaware Office of Management and Budget

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Robust Stormwater Management in the Pittsburgh Region

2017

From the RAND Corporation - a global nonprofit research organization - this report addresses stormwater management and sewer overflow issues in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania metropolitan region within Allegheny County. The research behind this project provided the baseline science needed first to address this system future, in the face of climate change. This research is designed to support improved stormwater, wastewater, and climate resilience planning in the Pittsburgh region - and offers a robust framework for other cities facing these issues.

Related Organizations: RAND Corporation

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Forest Resilience Bond - Fighting Fire with Finance

2017

Blue Forest Conservation is developing the Forest Resilience Bond (FRB) to monetize the benefits of forest restoration for climate resilience. Similar to an Environmental Impact Bond or sustainable infrastructure financing, the FRB is a public-private partnership that deploys private capital to support climate resilient national forests. The FRB creates value for a diverse set of stakeholders or beneficiaries of healthy forests - including the U. S. Forest Service (USFS), water and electric utilities, private water-dependent companies, state governments, and insurance companies.

Related Organizations: Blue Forest Conservation, World Resources Institute (WRI), Encourage Capital

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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FHWA Synthesis of Approaches for Addressing Resilience in Project Development

July 2017

Developed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), this report summarizes lessons and findings from a range of research projects, pilot projects, and other studies conducted or sponsored by FHWA in the area of climate change resilience for transportation. The report is designed particularly for those working in transportation project development processes, to help identify the key process steps and methods for incorporating climate change into project design and decisionmaking.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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City Resilience Index

Developed in partnership between the Rockefeller Foundation and Arup, the City Resilience Index is a web-based tool for conducting a city-wide resilience assessment. Based on evidence from 28 cities and three years of research into what constitutes resilience, the Index is globally applicable -  and has already been tested in five cities: Arusha, Concepción, Shimla, Hong Kong, and Liverpool.

Related Organizations: Arup, The Rockefeller Foundation

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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