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Union Square Neighborhood Council, Somerville, Massachusetts

2019

In 2019, the Union Square Neighborhood Council (USNC) negotiated and ratified a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) with the developer Union Square Station Associates LLC (US2), following approximately a year of weekly meetings with the negotiating committee. The CBA set forth terms on a number of issues, including housing, workforce development, and environmental sustainability. Specifically, under the CBA, US2 committed to developing 90 permanently affordable units in the Union Square neighborhood (out of a total of 1,000 new affordable and market rate units).

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Virginia Shoreline Resiliency Fund

April 20, 2016

In 2016, the Commonwealth of Virginia established the Virginia Shoreline Resiliency Fund (Virginia Code § 10. 1-603. 25), a revolving loan fund for local governments to "help residents and businesses that are subject to recurrent flooding as confirmed by a locality-certified floodplain manager. " The fund is administered by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. This Fund was amended and supplanted in 2020 by a broader version of the law, the Virginia Community Flood Preparedness Fund.

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California Cool Pavements Research and Implementation Act (AB 296, 2012)

September 27, 2012

Assembly Bill 296, the “Cool Pavements Research and Implementation Act,” was approved by California Governor Jerry Brown on September 27, 2012. AB 296 calls upon the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to develop a standard specification for sustainable or "cool" pavements that can be used to mitigate urban heat islands.

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Warming World: Impacts by Degree

2011

This booklet summarizes the findings of a report from the National Research Council, Climate Stabilization Targets: Emissions, Concentrations, and Impacts over Decades to Millennia (2011). The report summarizes the impacts of greenhouse gas stabilization targets on near-term and future climate change - evaluating the implications of different  targets, with particular emphasis on avoiding serious or irreversible impacts on the Earth’s climate. Each stabilization target discussed results in a different future climate, with changes that may be difficult or impossible to reverse for millennia.

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Letter Report Assessing the USGS National Water Quality Assessment Program's Science Framework

2010

The U. S. Geological Survey requested that the National Research Council review and provide guidance on the direction and priorities of the National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program. The Council put together a committee to provide an assessment of the NAWQA Program's Science Framework in terms of whether it sets forth adequately the priorities for the future which will be addressed in the third cycle of the program. The report recommends that activities in this cycle be organized around two drivers of stressed water supplies and related ecosystems: change in land use, and climate variability and change.

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Ocean Acidification: A National Strategy to Meet the Challenges of a Changing Ocean

2010

Evidence suggests ocean acidification will have negative effects on corals, shellfish, and other marine life, with wide-ranging consequences for ecosystems, fisheries, and tourism. This report, requested by Congress, reviews the effects of ocean acidification on marine ecosystems, the chemistry of seawater, and the physiology of marine organisms. The report reviews the current state of knowledge and identifies gaps in understanding, and provides scientific advice to help guide the national ocean acidification research program.

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Advancing the Science of Climate Change

2010

Part of the America's Climate Choices suite of studies requested by Congress, this report examines the status of the nation's climate change research efforts and recommends steps to improve and expand current understanding. The report reviews the scientific community's understanding of climate change and its interactions with human and natural systems in 12 areas of interest to decision makers. It identifies advances needed to improve the effectiveness of actions taken to respond to climate change, including actions to limit its magnitude and adapt to its impacts, as well as understanding the causes, mechanisms, and consequences of climate change.

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Informing Decisions in a Changing Climate

2009

From the National Academies Press, this expansive report examines the growing need for organized efforts to produce, disseminate, and facilitate the use of data and information in order to improve climate-related decisions. Drawing on evidence from past efforts to organize science for improved decision making, the report develops guidance for government agencies at all levels, as well as private organizations, that will have to cope with the world's changing climate.

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