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Cleveland 2013 Climate Action Plan : Building Thriving and Healthy Neighborhoods

October 2013

Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s Office of Sustainability convened a 50-member Climate Action Advisory Committee with representatives of leading organizations from the commercial, industrial, educational, government, and non-profit sectors to inform and create Cleveland's Climate Action Plan (CAP). 33 actions are outlined in the plan, within 6 focus areas including: Energy Efficiency and Green Building; Advanced and Renewable Energy; Sustainable Mobility; Waste Reduction and Resource Conservation; Land Use and Clean Water; and Community Engagement and Public Health.

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Making Public Participation Legal

October 2013

A publication of the National Civic League, this report offers legal frameworks and tools for state and local governments to use in order to enhance public participation within their communities. The paper presents the argument that the vast majority of public meetings are run with little citizen input, interaction, or deliberation. It includes model ordinances such as “A Model Municipal Public Participation at the Local Level,” “A Model State Public Participation,” and “A Model City Charter Language for Citizen Advisory Bodies.” These tools can be used to increase the scope and duration of public participation, garnering a greater range of collaboration and insight.

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Cost-Efficient Adaptation in the North Atlantic

October 2013

This report summarizes the work of two NOAA-funded graduate fellows research on community-level coastal flood management and climate change adaptation best practices throughout the North Atlantic region (Virginia to Maine). This year-long Sea Grant partnership with NOAA’s North Atlantic Regional Team (NART) has identified low-cost, innovative ways that coastal communities are addressing climate change and related coastal hazard management best practices at the local level. The team looked at studies, laws, policies, outreach tools, and infrastructure investments that were voluntarily adopted by 34 local municipalities, and developed a report to share this information more broadly.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Judd Schechtman, Michael Brady

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Dane County, Wisconsin Climate Change and Emergency Preparedness Plan

October 2013

In March of 2013, the Dane County Climate Change Action Council was created with the mission of ensuring that the Dane County government is better prepared for weather extremes brought on by global climate change. To support their mission and prepare this report, the Council facilitated an internal review of preparations and potential modifications to the county’s operations and capital investments. Based on the internal review, this report identifies potential vulnerabilities to climate change, and provides sector based adaptation strategies.

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Pennsylvania Climate Impact Assessment - 2013 Update

October 2013

This climate impact assessment from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) identifies current and anticipated climate change impacts for Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania's DEP is required to assess climate impacts every three years under the state's 2008 Climate Change Act. The first PA Climate Impact Assessment was released in 2009, and the next one was due in the spring of 2012 but was ultimately released in early October 2013. This report was prepared by the Pennsylvania State University’s Environment and Natural Resources Institute, using improved climate models, and includes updates on the state’s climate vulnerabilities.

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Preparing California for Extreme Heat: Guidance and Recommendations

October 2013

California’s Climate Action Team (CAT) developed this document to provide California agencies with guidance for incorporating extreme heat projections, and best practices for adapting to heat-related climate change impacts into planning and decision making.

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California Water Plan 2013 Update

October 2013

A five year effort by the California Department of Water Resources, the California Water Plan 2013 Update presents the status and trends of California's water-dependent natural resources; water supplies; and agricultural, urban, and environmental water demands for a range of plausible future scenarios. The California Water Plan also evaluates different combinations of regional and statewide resource management strategies to reduce water demand, increase water supply, reduce flood risk, improve water quality, and enhance environmental and resource stewardship.

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Connecticut Public Act 13-179: An Act Concerning the Permitting of Certain Coastal Structures by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

October 1, 2013

Public Act 13-179: "An Act Concerning the Permitting of Certain Coastal Structures by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection" requires the development of best practices for permitting of coastal structures and refines coastal regulatory procedures for ease of use by the public. The Act contains updated sea level rise considerations and planning procedures, including the projected impacts on coastal development and permitting.

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California AB 691 - State lands: granted trust lands: sea level rise

October 5, 2013

California Assembly Bill (AB) 691, authored by Assembly member Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), was signed by Governor Brown October 5, 2013. Effective January 1, 2014, this law will prepare California for the impacts of sea level rise by requiring holders of public trust lands to assess the impacts and report the results to the State Lands Commission.

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Maryland's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan - Chapter 8: Adaptation

October 8, 2013

In 2009, Governor Martin O’Malley and Maryland’s General Assembly charged the State with producing a Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan that will reduce greenhouse gases 25 percent by the year 2020. The Maryland Commission on Climate Change developed the plan in 2013, and included a chapter dedicated to climate change adaptation in Maryland.

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