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Climate Action Champions

December 2014

The Climate Action Champions (CAC) Initiative was launched by the White House in 2014 as a national competition to identify local and tribal community organizations pursuing climate change preparedness and resilience activities. The Initiative provides targeted Federal support to help those communities further their mitigation and adaptation goals. 

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Climate Change & Aspen: An Update on Impacts to Guide Resiliency Planning & Stakeholder Engagement

December 2014

This report, adopted by the City of Aspen, is an update to the City's climate change impact assessment adopted in 2006. The report details the range of impacts that the City is likely to experience as a result of climate change, including: longer summertime warm periods, earlier spring snowmelt, more precipitation as rain and not snow, longer dry periods, and increased frequency of heavy downpour events. These changes are anticipated to increase wildfire risk, put increased pressure on water supply, and economically impact ski resorts and other winter and summer time recreational businesses. The report also details adaptation strategies for each of six key sectors.  

Author or Affiliated User: James Arnott

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Oakland Community Climate Action Guide

December 2014

Developed by the Oakland Climate Action Coalition, this online interactive guide is intended to connect residents of Oakland, California with the information and resources that they need to take personal action to address and prepare for climate change impacts, starting at home. The guide focuses on everyday actions that residents can take before and in the midst of coastal flooding, extreme heat, wildfire, rising utility prices, poor air quality, and more. The guide also includes local sources of information and support to help residents take next steps towards preparedness.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Catalina Garzón, Misha Hutchings, Ariana de Leña, Kristian Ongoco

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City of Laguna Woods Climate Adaptation Plan

December 2014

This report describes the assessment of how climate change will impact the city of Laguna Woods - a small city within Orange County, California - and provides climate adaptation strategies and policy objectives for how the city can best address these challenges. The plan indicates that 80% of people living in Laguna Woods are 65 years or more old and finds that older adults are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, such as extreme heat and severe weather.  

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Rhode Island Rising: A Plan for People, Places, and Prosperity

December 2014

From the Rhode Island state government, this plan outlines the state’s long term vision for economic development. The majority of this plan is dedicated to general economic development concerns such as income, job growth, and regulations, but it also contains a substantial section focused on climate adaptation (Goal 5, pgs. 97-115). Rising air and water temperatures, increasing precipitation, extreme weather, and sea level rise were identified as significant climate threats to Rhode Island’s economy.

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Washington, DC Flood Levee System Improvements

December 2014

To prevent water from the Potomac and Anacostia rivers from flooding downtown Washington, D. C. , the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is improving the levee system along the north side of the National Mall, running from the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument.   A levee system was originally erected to protect the District in 1939, following a major flood event in 1936.   This project will improve the levee system through a series of upgrades: a permanent closure at 23rd Street and Fort McNair, and the installation of a more robust removable wall, which will provide flood protection but also allow for traffic flow on 17th street between flood events.

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Southeast Florida Regional Compact: Climate Action Plan - 2014 Municipal Implementation Survey

December 2014

The Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC), on behalf of the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, has administered the Regional Climate Action Plan (RCAP) 2014 Municipal Implementation Survey, compiling climate-related ordinances, resolutions, regulations and administrative policy information from the 108 municipalities in Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach Counties, Florida. The data collected from this survey will allow the Compact and ISC to create a database on the Compact’s official website highlighting municipal work in mitigating and adapting to climate change impacts, and will allow for peer-to-peer knowledge and resource sharing.

Author or Affiliated User: Ariel Elyse Moger

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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White House Climate Education and Literacy Initiative

December 3, 2014

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy launched a Climate Education and Literacy Initiative in December 2014 to help connect American students and citizens with the best-available, science-based information about climate change. The Initiative is designed to increase student learning opportunities; equip educators with science-based information and resources; enhance climate-related professional development and training; and engage citizens through place-based and informal climate education.

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Kaua’i Shoreline Setback Ordinance (No. 979, Bill 2461, 2014)

December 5, 2014

The County of Kaua'i, Hawaii passed a Shoreline Setback Ordinance (effective December 5, 2014) that strengthens the county's shoreline setback requirements. The purpose of the updated bill is to "protect life and property, ensure the longevity and integrity of Kauai’s coastal and beach resources and strengthen current shoreline setback requirements by incorporating science-based erosion rates established in the Kauai Coastal Erosion Study, and current coastal hazard mitigation best practices and strategies.

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Climate Resilience Data Challenge - NASA, USGS funding

December 15, 2014

In December 2014, NASA in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) offered more than $35,000 in prizes to citizen scientists for ideas that make use of climate data to address vulnerabilities faced by the United States in coping with climate change. The Climate Resilience Data Challenge was conducted through the NASA Tournament Lab, a partnership with Harvard University hosted on Appirio/Topcoder. This funding opportunity was open until March 2015. 

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