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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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New York City Flood Resilience Zoning Amendment

October 9, 2013

In October 2013, New York City adopted zoning amendments to encourage flood-resilient construction of buildings in designated flood zones.  The amendments were put in place to remove regulatory barriers that hindered reconstruction of storm-damaged structures after Hurricane Sandy and to allow reconstructed buildings to comply with higher flood elevations issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) after the storm. The amendments were designed to ensure that new development and redevelopment would be less at-risk to damages from future flood events and to avoid increased flood insurance premiums.

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Transportation Elements of the City of Baltimore Disaster Preparedness and Planning Project (DP3)

October 2013

The City of Baltimore incorporated consideration of climate change in a combined all hazard mitigation and climate adaptation plan (“plan”); the plan was developed through a disaster preparedness and planning project (“DP3”).   The DP3 plan examines the vulnerability of the city’s transportation systems, including transit systems and critical transportation routes, among other vulnerabilities. 

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Baltimore, Maryland Disaster Preparedness and Planning Project (DP3) 2013

October 15, 2013

The City of Baltimore Maryland’s Disaster Preparedness and Planning Project (DP3) was created by the Department of Planning as an effort to address existing hazards while simultaneously preparing for predicted hazards due to climate change. This project develops a program that integrates an All Hazards Mitigation Plan (AHMP), floodplain mapping, and climate adaptation planning. DP3 links research, outreach, and actions to create a comprehensive and new risk-preparedness system for addressing existing and future impacts.

Author or Affiliated User: Kristin Baja, CFM

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Resilience Against What?: How Leading U.S. Municipalities Are Understanding and Acting on Resilience

October 16, 2013

The purpose of this study commissioned by the Post Carbon Institute, was to explore how cities in the U. S. that are already leading the way on sustainability are understanding and applying the concept of resilience in their policies and planning. The survey found that leading U. S. municipalities already have a much more sophisticated understanding of climate resilience involving economic, energy, and social challenges than previously believed - and that they are putting it into action through policies, regulations, and programs.

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Boston Architectural College Green Alley Initiative

October 2013

The Boston Architectural College (BAC) installed a green alley demonstration project on its campus located in the Back Bay area of Boston along the Charles River.   The green alley used permeable pavement to allow stormwater to percolate through the road bed to recharge groundwater and filter pollutants.   The project was designed to be replicable and to help with public education on the benefits and design of green infrastructure. The purpose of the green alley is to reduce polluted runoff by filtering and redirecting rainfall to the groundwater table.

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Exploring Health and Social Impacts of Climate Change in Toronto

October 21, 2013

Developed by the City of Toronto in Ontario, Canada, this report provides an overview of potential health impacts identified as related to extreme weather events from climate change including extreme heat, rainfall and flooding. The report also describes the related disruption of core services and other vulnerabilities, and offers some options for increasing resilience to climate and health impacts in Toronto. 

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Imagine Flint: Master Plan for a Sustainable Flint, Michigan

October 28, 2013

The City of Flint, Michigan built a comprehensive Master Plan in 2013 as a policy guide for long-range planning in operations, future development, and as a tool to transform Flint into “a more sustainable, innovative, accessible, and economically vibrant community. ” Imagine Flint is the City's first comprehensive Master Plan in over 50 years, and has a long range goal of 20 years for implementation. The plan incorporates numerous sustainability and climate change adaptation strategies. Flint’s Master Plan contains land use designations, policies, goals, and objectives that direct future growth and development, while considering future zoning, development regulations, and capital improvement investments.

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Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy

October 28, 2013

The leaders of British Columbia, California, Oregon and Washington signed the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy on October 28, 2013 - committing their governments to a comprehensive and far-reaching strategic alignment to combat climate change and promote clean energy. The Pacific Coast Collaborative was established on June 30, 2008 when the State Governors (and Premier of BC) signed the Pacific Coast Collaborative Agreement. This agreement was the first to unite Pacific leaders in developing a shared strategy and vision for the region.

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FHWA Transportation, Climate Change and Extreme Weather Vulnerability Assessment Webinar Series

October 29, 2013

This webinar series from the Federal Highway Administration provides recordings and transcripts of four webinars devoted to climate change and extreme weather vulnerability assessments.  This webinar series was originally offered internally in May - June 2013, and is now available on FHWA’s website.

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