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Case Study: Scottsdale, Arizona’s Cool Roofs Workshop

February 23, 2017

In 2015, the City of Scottsdale, Arizona hosted a Cool Roof workshop series, to promote the use of cool roofs as a strategy for increasing the energy efficiency of buildings and reducing urban heat islands.  Cool roofs are designed to reflect sunlight and heat away from a building, reducing roof temperatures and urban heat islands. Cool roofs also reduce energy use, ambient air temperature, air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, and improve human health and comfort. [ref title=""]US Environmental Protection Agency, Using Cool Roofs to Reduce Heat Islands, available at https://www.

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How Baltimore is using the Sustainable Development Goals to make a more just city

March 9, 2017

The United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by world leaders in 2015 to create collaborative partnerships across and between countries and communities to achieve objectives around economic growth, environmental sustainability, and social inclusion. In 2015, as part of the USA Sustainable Cities Initiative (USA-SCI) program, the City of Baltimore, Maryland was selected as one of three U.S. cities to pilot the implementation of the 17 UN SDGs.

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STAR Climate Change Guide

June 28, 2017

The STAR Communities online Climate Change Guide was developed to help communities address climate change within their sustainability planning process. The guide utilizes the STAR Community Rating System to offer user-friendly guidance to advance local government efforts toward climate change mitigation and adaptation. The STAR Community Rating System is a leading framework and certification program in the U. S. for evaluating local sustainability through economic, environmental, and social performance measures.

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Future San Francisco Bay Tidal Marshes: A Climate‐Smart Planning Tool

Point Blue Conservation Science has developed a mapping tool for the San Francisco Bay Estuary that generates projections for sea level rise, marsh elevations and bird distributions.

Related Organizations: Point Blue Conservation Science (PRBO)

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King County Strategic Climate Action Plan - 2015 Update

November 2015

In November 2015 King County, Washington adopted an update to their Strategic Climate Action Plan, which includes the county's plans for both reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for climate change impacts.  Section 2 describes the county's adaptation plans for 12 focus areas: built environment (wastewater, roads and bridges, airport, county buildings and facilities) and planning and regional services (regional planning, public health, stormwater, floodplains, salmon recovery and rural programs, public transportation, environmental science and monitoring, and emergency management).

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U.S. DOI Pacific Island Climate Science Center: Research Funding - Hawaii, Marshall Islands

December 18, 2014

The U. S. Department of the Interior (DOI) is funding research through the Pacific Islands Climate Science Center (CSC) on the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) human migration dynamics in 2016. This project will examine the extent to which direct and indirect links between patterns of human migration and climate events can be identified. The researchers will examine migration trends and motivations, characterize changes that have taken place to local lands and ecosystems in the RMI, and use projections of climate change to understand which islands and communities may be at highest risk in the future.

Related Organizations: Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Science Center

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