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Cost of Carbon Pollution Project

2014

The Cost of Carbon Pollution is a joint project of the Environmental Defense Fund, the Institute for Policy Integrity, and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF)

Founded in 1987, the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) is a federal-state partnership program administered by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that provides low-interest loans and other low-cost financing for water infrastructure projects for eleven project types, including: constructing municipal wastewater facilities; controlling nonpoint sources of pollution; building decentralized wastewater treatment systems; creating green infrastructure projects; and protecting estuaries.

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Navigating Litigation Floodwaters: Legal Considerations for Funding Municipal Stormwater Programs

2014

Published by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), Navigating Litigation Floodwaters provides an overview of legal issues associated with user-fee funded municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) stormwater programs, as well as a summary of selected legal decisions and pending cases. The report represents how different courts across the nation have addressed  the issue of stormwater management, the types of legal analyses that have been used when evaluating MS4 fee programs and the kinds of factors that have been relevant in the courts’ deliberations.

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Massachusetts Green Bonds

2014

In 2014, the state of Massachusetts issued $350 million in “green bonds” to fund water infrastructure projects, including stream bed restoration, open-space protection, and stormwater management. The difference between green and traditional bonds, is that the the proceeds form the sale of green bonds are used for projects that are beneficial to the environment. Investors who buy green bonds are paid interest and principal from the same revenues as other municipal bonds.

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Local Government Stormwater Financing Manual: A process for program reform

January 2014

The University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center (EFC) developed this manual to provide information to local governments about progressive stormwater management practices, including green infrastructure, and to provide a model for creating policies and programs to finance these practices. The report’s introduction asserts that a paradigm shift is underway in stormwater finance, and local government staff have a critical role to play in leading that shift.  

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City of Boulder, Colorado Floodplain Overlay Districts

2014

The City of Boulder, Colorado’s Land Use Code (Boulder, Colorado Revised Municipal Code Title 9, Chapter 3) includes provisions to establish and implement Floodplain Overlay Districts that provide restrictions or additional requirements for all development in areas of the city subject to flooding. This includes the 500 and 100-year floodplains, Conveyance Zones, preserved corridors that allow flood waters to travel to creeks, and High Hazard Zones, areas with the greatest threat of human loss.

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Maryland Community Resiliency Grants / CoastSmart Communities Grants

Maryland uses its Coastal Zone Management grant funding from NOAA to help local governments plan for an implement projects to adapt to the impacts of climate change.  Historically, Maryland Department of Natural Resources allocated funds only to coastal communities because the grants were funded through NOAA's Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management.  However, in the 2016 and 2017 grant years, DNR combined NOAA funds with funding from the Environmental Protection Agency to also make grants to green infrastructure projects to address stormwater flooding outside of the coastal zone.

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The Impact of Climate Change on Work and Working People in Maryland: A Guide for Working People, Organized Labor and Climate Protection Advocates

2014

From the Labor Network for Sustainability, this is a study of the impact of climate change on work and working people in Maryland. The guide reviews existing climate impacts on the state, and provides strategic recommendations for supporting the workforce and green economy.

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Local Policy Scan on Climate Change Adaptation

2014

This report reviews community-level activities and adaptation policy in the U. S. and Canada for addressing the impacts of climate change on public health, and provides a set of best practices and example case studies of local solutions. The report summarizes research findings that identify best practices for communicating about climate adaptation to the public, building local capacity, and establishing beneficial collaborations.  According to the authors, this report should be useful to public health officials and community organizations; city and county public agencies, especially those involved in city planning and sustainability; and scholars in these fields.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Adrienne Greve, Michael R. Boswell

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Burlington, Vermont Climate Action Plan

2014

This report provides an overview of Burlington Vermont’s Climate Action Plan including climate mitigation and social equity goals. Burlington’s Climate Action Plan is comprised of over 200 strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A section of the plan is devoted to “Climate Change and Equity,” and the City of Burlington has identified key areas which present equity issues either presently or in the future.

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