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EPA - FEMA Partnership on Hazard Mitigation and Sustainability

2010

In 2010, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) committing the agencies to coordinate support that they provide to communities on hazard mitigation, disaster recovery, sustainable development, and climate adaptation. The coordination reflects a recognition that when communities are engaging in post-disaster recovery and redevelopment planning, they should be considering climate adaptation, hazard mitigation, and smart growth policies.

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City of Sacramento, California Tree Ordinance

August 4, 2016

On August 4, 2016, Sacramento’s City Council unanimously approved a revised tree ordinance that provides additional clarity on how the city manages trees on both public and private property. The ordinance describes trees as an essential part of the city - providing scenic beauty, increasing oxygen levels, promoting ecological balance, providing natural ventilation and air quality improvements, preventing erosion, increasing property values, and improving quality of life. The ordinance combines three prior ordinances into a single ordinance, and updates policies to more stringently protect Sacramento’s tree canopy.

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Climate Change Adaptation in the Water Supply Sector - New Jersey

August 4, 2016

From the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance and Rutgers University, this report provides an overview of projected climate change impacts on water supply in New Jersey, as well as recommended adaptation measures and policy responses to address these issues. The report explores a wide range of local and state level adaptation options for the protection and management of water supply resources and utilities - and is intended to inform the policy discussion on water management in New Jersey to better include climate change impacts.

Author or Affiliated User: Daniel Van Abs

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Developing Urban Climate Adaptation Indicators

2016

The Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) in partnership with the Institute for Sustainable Communities evaluated seven existing sets of climate indicators to determine if any of these frameworks could be adapted to serve city-level needs for evaluating and reporting progress on climate adaptation goals.  This report summarizes their assessment.  They determined that none of the existing frameworks serve the needs of cities perfectly, but many offer insights that can guide USDN members as they develop their own sets of indicators.

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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State of the Climate 2015

August 2016

The State of the Climate report is an annual summary describing the global climate. The 2015 report is a collaborative effort of more than 450 scientists from 62 countries led by NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information and published annually in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. This 300+ page report provides a detailed update on global climate indicators, describes notable weather events, and summarizes data collected by environmental monitoring stations and instruments located on land, water, ice and in space.

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Managing Climate Change Refugia for Climate Adaptation

August 10, 2016

Supported by the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (CALCC) and the Southwest Climate Science Center, the study "Managing Climate Change Refugia for Climate Adaptation” provides specific steps to help identify and manage climate refugia - or resilient and climate-stable havens for plants, animals, and fishes.   Climate change refugia, here defined as “areas relatively buffered from contemporary climate change over time that enable persistence of valued physical, ecological, and socio-cultural resources” - need to be identified, managed, and conserved for at-risk species.

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NOAA Guide for Considering Climate Change in Coastal Conservation

August 2016

NOAA's Office for Coastal Management Guide for Considering Climate Change in Coastal Conservation provides guidance on incorporating climate change information into new or existing coastal conservation plans. The step-wise process includes six iterative steps which draw from existing strategic conservation planning frameworks, while focusing on climate considerations and key resources relevant to the coastal environment, including coastal watersheds. According to NOAA, the guide is suitable for anyone working to manage or conserve lands in coastal areas including wetland, floodplain, or emergency managers; planners; or conservation organizations.

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San Antonio Tomorrow - City of San Antonio, Texas Sustainability Plan

August 11, 2016

The Sustainability Plan for San Antonio, Texas (SA Tomorrow) addresses the three pillars of sustainability - economic, environmental, and social -  and offers a roadmap for both the community and the municipal government to achieving sustainability in San Antonio. SA Tomorrow includes seven “Focus Areas” that were assessed for current conditions and vulnerabilities: Energy, Food System, Green Buildings and Infrastructure, Land Use and Transportation, Natural Resources, Public Health, and Solid Waste Resources.

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Changing Tides: How Sea-level Rise Harms Wildlife and Recreation Economies Along the U.S. Eastern Seaboard

August 15, 2016

From the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), “Changing Tides” delineates the risks of sea-level rise to wildlife, recreation, and local economies by outlining key impacts in 15 eastern U.S. states: Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. NWF also offers policy solutions for both mitigation and adaptation to climate change. 

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Identification and Engagement of Socially Vulnerable Populations in the USACE Decision Making Process

From the U. S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) Institute for Water Resources, this primer provides guidance on better identifying and engaging with individuals and groups of people who are more vulnerable to floods based on socioeconomic factors such as lack of access to education, adequate housing, economic resources, health care, and strong social networks. The report provides strategies, tools, and examples of how to work with these vulnerable populations, stressing how active community engagement can actually lead to better decision making around water resources.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Chris Baker, Seth Cohen, Gigi Coulson, Susan Durden, Ed Rossman

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