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New England and Northern New York Forest Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis: A Report from the New England Climate Change Response Framework Project

January 2018

Led by the U. S. Forest Service (USFS)’s Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, this assessment evaluates the climate change vulnerability of forested ecosystems in the New England region (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, northern New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont). The report summarizes the current state of forests in the region including threats and management trends, describes climate impacts as they would progress under projected future climate scenarios, and relays the results of an extensive vulnerability assessment of the region’s forests.

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New Hampshire’s Climate Risk in the Seacoast (C-RiSe) Project

New Hampshire’s Department of Environmental Services administers the Climate Risk in the Seacoast (C-RiSe) project which is intended to provide municipalities along the Great Bay with the resources they need to assess sea level rise and storm surge flooding. The Great Bay communities that have been assessed include: Rollinsford, Dover, Madbury, Durham, Newmarket, Newfields, Exeter, Stratham, Greenland, and Newington. This project is funded through the Coastal Zone Management Act by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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New York State Climate Smart Communities Grant Program

2018

The New York State Climate Smart Communities Grant Program, administered by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, was established in 2016 and provides a matching grant to towns, villages, counties, and boroughs of New York City to implement projects related to climate change adaptation or mitigation or, more specifically, to work towards Climate Smart Communities Certification by undertaking eligible planning actions. Although all municipalities in the state are eligible to apply for these grants, Climate Smart Communities receive extra points in the application process (dependent on their certification level) in order to financially incentivize participation in the program.

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EPA Water Finance Clearinghouse

EPA’s Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center developed this Water Finance Clearinghouse which is designed to support communities in financing sustainable drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure solutions. This online portal includes two searchable databases: one of available funding sources from for water infrastructure, and the second offers resources related to financing mechanisms for community-level water infrastructure.   Many funding programs listed address water supply resilience, sustainability and climate change adaptation measures.

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CalBRACE Adaptation Toolkit

The CalBRACE Adaptation Toolkit was developed by the California Department of Public Health Office of Health Equity as part of the California Building Resilience for Climate Effects (CalBRACE) project. This database is a collection of tools, reports, guides, and data to help local health departments assess, plan, and monitor in their efforts to reduce and prevent the health risks of climate change. This toolkit is designed for California, but can serve as a useful guide to health departments elsewhere.

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Funding Navigation for California Communities

Funding Navigation for California Communities is an online portal for funding opportunities directed at local governments of California. Grants and other funding resources are categorized under seven project types, and those addressing climate adaptation and resiliency are primarily found under the categories of Drinking Water, Parks, Stormwater, and Wastewater Management. Funding opportunities are profiled for adaptation projects related to water desalination, drought preparedness, restoration of natural floodplains and wetlands, urban and community forestry, green infrastructure, rainwater and stormwater capture and reuse, and adapting water infrastructure systems to climate change, among others.

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Resilience Roadmap - A Collaborative Approach to Multi-Jurisdictional Planning

From the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Resilience Roadmap is an online tool offering guidance on the step-by-step process of multi-jurisdictional resiliency planning for critical infrastructure. The tool is designed for local, state, federal, and non-governmental representatives involved in regional adaptation planning and strategy development. Three major steps are identified:

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Conservation in a Changing Climate - Land Trust Resilience Toolbox

The Land Trust Alliance Conservation in a Changing Climate toolbox offers technical guidance for building resiliency and adaptation measures into land trust conservation plans. The website offers an extensive library of information and resources for land trusts to learn about landscape level climate change impacts, adaptation planning and climate resilient management practices.

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Duwamish Valley Action Plan - Seattle, Washington

January 2018

In 2018, Seattle’s Office of Sustainability & Environment, in collaboration with the Office of Planning and Community Development, released the Duwamish Valley Action Plan. The Plan lays out a variety of different strategies and projects that should be implemented in the South Park and Georgetown neighborhoods of Seattle. The Plan itself is grounded in equity considerations and environmental justice principles, which results in recommendations that will benefit the communities most affected by the impacts of climate change and systematic racism. The published document is a result of the input of over 500 stakeholders within the Duwamish Valley Region – outreach that began very early in the creation of the report and its recommendations and continued throughout its development. The Action Plan breaks down its projects and proposals into facilitating the development of seven different priority areas: healthy environment; parks and open spaces; community capacity; mobility and transportation; economic opportunity and jobs; affordable housing; and public safety. Within each priority area chapter, there are detailed near-term accomplishments, actions, or projects, and opportunities that, if implemented, will go towards achieving the area-specific goals laid out at the beginning of each chapter. Included among these plans are projects that enhance the natural resilience of these communities, such as tree planting, the development of rain gardens, building more open spaces, and more. 

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Louisiana Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments (LA SAFE)

2018

The Louisiana Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments (LA SAFE) planning process is aimed at climate adaptation and resilience planning for coastal communities in Louisiana. The strategy supports mitigating risks and increasing resilience to coastal impacts - especially flooding. The LA SAFE initiative was first funded through a HUD long-term disaster recovery grant, for six parishes most impacted by Hurricane Isaac in 2012.  Guided by the state of Louisiana, and a network of regional non-profits focused on coastal restoration and resilience, it is a goal of the LA SAFE program to expand the program statewide in the future.

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