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Urban Heat Island Mitigation Can Improve New York City’s Environment: Research on the Impacts of Mitigation Strategies

October 2008

Green “living” roofs and “cool” highly reflective roofs are building technologies that may offer solutions to mitigate the problems of the urban heat island effect.   Focusing on why these particular techniques may be incorporated into strategies for urban heat island mitigation, this paper reviews research assessing their environmental impacts, and discusses the effects of these "smart" rooftops on ambient air temperatures, energy use, and air quality.

Related Organizations: Sustainable South Bronx

Authors or Affiliated Users: Joyce Klein Rosenthal, Rob Crauderuff, Majora Carter

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California SB 732 - Strategic Growth Council

September 2008

In September 2008, Governor Schwarzenegger signed SB 732 which created the Strategic Growth Council (SGC). The SGC is a cabinet‐level committee that is tasked with coordinating the activities of state agencies to:

Related Organizations: State of California

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Global Warming in the Free State

July 2008

This comprehensive climate change impact assessment was developed to support adaptation planning in the state of Maryland. It was prepared by a Scientific and Technical Working Group, by leading experts in the state in climate change and its impacts, including experts from the University of Maryland.  This assessment informed development of the state's Phase II Adaptation Strategy, A Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Maryland's Vulnerability to Climate Change.

Related Organizations: Maryland Department of the Environment, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Commission on Climate Change, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

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A Guide for Tribal Leaders on U.S. Climate Change Programs

June 8, 2011

Developed through the Tribal Climate Change Project, this guide highlights programs, funding, and assistance available to American Indian Tribes and Alaska Native communities seeking to address climate change. The guide summarizes key U.S. government programs addressing climate change, and opportunities for tribal engagement and contacts for each agency. Tribal, academic, and non‐governmental agencies and programs to assist tribes in addressing climate change are reviewed as well. 

Related Organizations: University of Oregon, USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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USACE Climate Change Adaptation Plan and Report 2011

June 2011

The USACE (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) climate and global change adaptation goal is 'to develop practical, nationally consistent and regionally tailored, legally justifiable and cost-effective adaptation measures, both structural and nonstructural, that will reduce vulnerabilities and improve resilience to climate changes'. 

Related Organizations: USACE Responses to Climate Change Program, Executive Office of the President of the United States, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kate White, Jeff Arnold

Resource Category: Planning

 

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The City of Lewes, Delaware Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Action Plan

June 2011

The City of Lewes, Delaware, in conjunction with Delaware Sea Grant and ICLEI ‐ Local Governments for Sustainability, initiated the pilot project 'Mitigation and Adaptation to Natural Hazards and Climate Change - Planning and Building Resilient Coastal Communities' (Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Pilot Project). The overall goal of the project was to further the City’s hazard mitigation work by incorporating climate change and adaptive responses. The project team developed this action plan that aims to improve community sustainability and resilience.

Related Organizations: Delaware Sea Grant, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

Resource Category: Planning

 

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EPA Clean Water and Drinking Water Infrastructure Sustainability Policy

October 4, 2010

This U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) policy statement emphasizes the need for EPA to build on existing efforts to promote sustainable water infrastructure. EPA will work with states and water systems to employ comprehensive planning processes to deliver projects that are cost effective, resource efficient, and consistent with community sustainability goals.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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State of California Sea-Level Rise Interim Guidance Document

October 2010

California Executive Order S-13-08 required all state agencies that are planning construction projects in areas vulnerable to future sea-level rise (SLR) to "consider a range of sea level rise scenarios for the years 2050 and 2100 in order to assess project vulnerability and, to the extent feasible, reduce expected risks and increase resiliency to sea level rise. " To support this directive, the Sea‐Level Rise Task Force of the Coastal and Ocean Working Group of the California Climate Action Team (CO‐CAT), with science support provided by the Ocean Protection Council’s Science Advisory Team and the California Ocean Science Trust, developed this guidance document for incorporating SLR projections into planning and decision making for projects in California.

Related Organizations: California Climate Action Team (CAT), State of California

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Ecosystem Services and Climate Adaptation

July 2010

This policy brief discusses the economic value of natural resources and ecological systems, the impacts climate change will have on natural systems and the wealth they generate, and the difficulties in pricing ecosystem goods and services. This brief focuses on two broad questions: 1) What kinds of adaptation challenges will be created by climate‐driven changes in the form, scale, and location of ecosystem goods and services. and 2) How should climate adaptation policies protect and manage natural wealth as its delivery is affected by climate change.

Related Organizations: Resources for the Future (RFF)

Author or Affiliated User: James Boyd

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Encouraging Adaptation to Climate Change: Long-Term Flood Insurance

December 2009

This paper from Resources for the Future (RFF), is focused on flooding impacts in the U. S. as a result of climate change, and in particular, the increases in severity and frequency of hurricanes. The authors examine potential issues that may arise from climate change given the rising population density in coastal regions and the expected volatility of weather patterns. The report also provides an overview of the risks and impediments to effective insurance markets in the face of climate change and outlines the need for and advantages of long-term insurance planning.

Related Organizations: Resources for the Future (RFF)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Howard Kunreuther, Erwann Michel-Kerjan

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