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White House Climate Education and Literacy Initiative

December 3, 2014

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy launched a Climate Education and Literacy Initiative in December 2014 to help connect American students and citizens with the best-available, science-based information about climate change. The Initiative is designed to increase student learning opportunities; equip educators with science-based information and resources; enhance climate-related professional development and training; and engage citizens through place-based and informal climate education.

Related Organizations: White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Department of Energy

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Georgetown Climate Center - Highlights from Federal Agency Adaptation Plans: Federal Strategies for Promoting and Removing Barriers to State, Local, and Tribal Adaptation

December 1, 2014

Federal agencies released updated adaptation and sustainability plans on October 31, 2014. The updated plans build and improve upon the first phase of plans released in 2013. For the first time, the plans include discussion of how agencies can leverage existing federal programs to better support and remove barriers to state, local, and tribal adaptation efforts.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Resource Category: Planning

 

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MD Executive Order 01.01.2014.14: Strengthening Climate Action in Maryland

November 19, 2014

The “Strengthening Climate Action in Maryland” Executive Order from Governor Martin O’Malley expands the Maryland Commission on Climate Change’s membership, mission, and responsibilities. The 2014 Executive Order builds upon O'Malley's 2007 EO which first established the Commission, stating that more must be done to achieve the State’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Maryland, and to prepare State and local governments as well as residents for the likely health, environmental and socio-economic effects of climate change.

Related Organizations: State of Maryland

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Maine Wildlife Action Plan

September 2015

Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife prepared the state’s 2015 Wildlife Action Plan to protect Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) and to fulfil requirements established by the State Wildlife Grant program. This updated plan focuses on developing a list of 378 SGCN based on a number of factors, including vulnerability to  climate change and cultural significance to tribes in Maine. The 2015 plan builds off of an earlier version, published in 2005, which helped secure funding that has supported enhanced habitat management, research, monitoring, population management, and outreach programs throughout the state.

Related Organizations: Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

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Adaptation to Natural Hazards and Climate Change in North Kingstown, Rhode Island

August 2015

This report was developed to help Rhode Island local governments assess vulnerabilities to natural hazards, such as sea-level rise and coastal flooding, and prepare implementable coastal adaptation strategies. Strategies derived from this process can be included in local planning documents, and used to prioritize adaptation investments through local transportation and capital improvement programs. The stepwise approach described in the report was piloted in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, and is intended to provide a model for other municipalities in the state.

Related Organizations: University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center, Rhode Island Sea Grant

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Colorado State Wildlife Action Plan: A Strategy for Conserving Wildlife in Colorado

2015

Colorado’s State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) summarizes the most crucial aspects of biodiversity conservation in Colorado over the next 10 years. The plan aims to address the impacts to, and develop near and long-term strategies for, the state’s Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) - which are the species of highest conservation priority in Colorado. This SWAP was coordinated by Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) - who have chosen 55 of the SGCN to focus their efforts on, considering these species as “Tier 1” or as being in the most critical condition in terms of severity of threats and population decline.

Related Organizations: Colorado Parks and Wildlife

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Pennsylvania Disaster Planning for Historic Properties Initiative

2014-2018

In 2014, Pennsylvania was awarded $1. 5 million from the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act to help stabilize or repair historic properties damaged by Hurricane Sandy, and undertake disaster-related planning initiatives. The funding enabled the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office to assist select counties and the City of Philadelphia with prioritizing their communities’ historic properties and build protective measures into hazard mitigation plans for historic property considerations.

Related Organizations: Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Office

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Adapting to Rising Tides Program: Preserving Shoreline Parks in the Face of Climate Change

September 2015

The Bay Conservation and Development Commission’s (BCDC) Adapting to Rising Tides (ART) Program supports climate adaptation planning across ten shoreline counties in the San Francisco Bay area of California. This report focuses on the East Bay Regional Park District’s (EBRPD) shoreline parks in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. The ART Program staff worked with EBRPD staff to assess the vulnerability and risk for all EBRPD shoreline parks. The report describes the current condition of those parks the demographics of the populations EBRPD serves, the vulnerability and risks for shoreline parks due to climate change, potential adaptation responses, and recommendations for building shoreline park resilience.

Related Organizations: San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Climate Change and Agriculture, Including Aquaculture and Fisheries, in New Jersey

January 2016

The Rutgers Climate Institute put together this fact sheet to provide a brief and accessible summary of the impacts of climate change on agriculture in New Jersey, which includes climate effects that will impact crops, livestock, aquaculture, and fisheries. It explores the primary climate change risks to agriculture and fisheries in the state, and provides short summaries on how these sectors can both adapt to climate risks and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Related Organizations: Rutgers University, U.S. Forest Service (USFS)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Maryland Cultural Resources Hazard Mitigation Planning Program

2016

Maryland Historical Trust's (MHT) Cultural Resources Hazard Mitigation Planning Program was a two-year program created to help local governments plan, prepare for, and protect against climate impacts such as flooding, wind, and coastal erosion that affect historic places and properties, archeological sites, and cultural landscapes across the state of Maryland. Under this program, MHT developed trainings, model guidance and educational materials to help local governments create hazard mitigation plans for their cultural resources.

Related Organizations: Maryland Historical Trust

Resource Category: Planning

 

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