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City of Coral Gables: Legal Considerations Surrounding Adaptation to the Threat of Sea Level Rise

September 28, 2016

This comprehensive report discusses the policy options available to the City of Coral Gables, Florida, as it prepares for sea level rise and other effects of climate change. It also explores potential legal issues likely to arise as climate change adaptation measures are implemented. It explores these challenges in light of Coral Gables’s (and all of South Florida’s) unique vulnerability to climate change, as a result of its low elevation above current sea level and its porous limestone base, which makes protecting areas of South Florida like Coral Gables with sea walls, dikes, or canals impractical.

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DC Water Environmental Impact Bond

September 29, 2016

DC Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water), the water utility in Washington, D. C. , has announced the nation’s first Environmental Impact Bond (EIB), an innovative bond to fund the construction of green infrastructure to manage stormwater runoff and improve the District’s water quality. The $25 million, tax-exempt EIB was sold in a private placement to the Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group and Calvert Foundation to fund the initial green infrastructure project in its DC Clean Rivers Project, a $2.

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Public Assistance Required Minimum Standards FEMA Recovery Policy (FP-104-009-4)

September 30, 2016

The Federal Emergency Management Agency Public Assistance grant program provides federal assistance to to state, local, and tribal governments to support their disaster recovery effort following a Presidential disaster declaration. Specifically, the program provides assistance for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and permanent restoration of infrastructure.

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Building Community Resilience in Maricopa County, Arizona

October 2016

In Maricopa County, Arizona - Greater Phoenix area - the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) has supported a multi-stakeholder project to build community engagement, social cohesion, and climate resilience. In partnership with Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, a place-based foundation focused on strengthening Maricopa County, ISC has completed this assessment of community resilience by researching local Social, Economic, and Environmental resilience. In this report, ISC offers a strategic framework to build community resilience in Maricopa, and to help guide the evolution of the Trust’s programming and grant-making in 2016 and beyond.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Steve Adams, Henry McKay, Karina French

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New Hampshire Setting SAIL (Science, Assessment, Implementation, and Legislation) Project

The New Hampshire Setting SAIL (Science, Assessment, Implementation, and Legislation) project supports state and local implementation of recommendations from the New Hampshire Coastal Risk and Hazards Commission’s (NHCRHC) report, Preparing New Hampshire for Projected Storm Surge, Sea-level Rise, and Extreme Precipitation, through a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The New Hampshire Coastal Program (NHCP) leads the project through a public-private partnership with the New Hampshire Coastal Adaptation Workgroup (NHCAW).

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Pittsburgh P4 Initiative and Performance Measures Project

October 2016

In 2015 the City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania launched the P4 Initiative - based on a central unifying framework of: People, Planet, Place, and Performance. The initiative was established to create a set of performance measures to help guide new development through the City’s Urban Redevelopment Authority. P4 aims to establish Pittsburgh as a “city of the future,” with a new model of urban growth and development that is innovative, inclusive and sustainable. This model and the related performance metrics represent a comprehensive planning approach for climate adaptation and resilience - that other cities could find useful to adopt also.

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Local Solutions Report: Identifying and Meeting the Needs of Local Communities Adapting to Climate Change

October 2016

This report analyzes feedback from over 600 respondents from 48 states and 19 countries working on climate adaptation at the local level. The report makes the case that climate adaptation at the local level is vital, but that local practitioners need additional support. Data collected by Antioch University New England’s Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience was used to the determine the issues that local communities face when adapting to climate change and offers recommendations to better meet those needs.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Abigail Abrash Walton, Christa Daniels, Michael Simpson, Jason Rhoades

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EPA Climate Change Adaptation Resource Center (ARC-X)

October 6, 2016

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Adaptation Resource Center (ARC-X) is an interactive online tool designed to inform local decisionmakers about climate change impacts and adaptation solutions for communities across the U. S.  The tool provides information about climate change risks on sectors as selected by the user; relevant adaptation strategies; case studies illustrating how other communities have successfully adapted to those risks and tools to replicate their successes; and EPA funding opportunities.

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Resilient Oakland - It Takes a Town to Thrive

October 10, 2016

From the City of Oakland, California, Resilient Oakland is described as a playbook, rather than a finished product or a plan, and is a holistic set of strategies and actions to address interdependent challenges in Oakland. The strategies are focused on equitable access to quality education and jobs, housing security, community safety and resilient infrastructure - to better prepare for natural hazards like earthquakes, and climate change impacts.

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Greening Vacant Lots

October 11, 2016

In a 2016 book, Local Code – 3,659 Proposals About Data, Design and the Nature of Cities, the author, Nicholas de Monchaux, discusses how vacant lots can be a valuable resource for helping cities boost their climate resilience.  Monchaux, an architecture professor at the University of California- Berkeley, analyzed vacant lots in four cities (New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Venice). He highlighted the potential to use vacant lots for projects to mitigate urban heat islands and manage stormwater; he also discusses the equity aspects of adaptively reusing vacant properties. He suggests that cities invest more in greening unused spaces in underserved communities as a way to achieve greater environmental and social impact.  The book looks at  potential transformation of different types of lands and public spaces including abandoned public streets, lots, rights-of-way, and alleyways. 

Author or Affiliated User: Nicholas de Monchaux

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