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Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments: A Review of Water Utility Practices

August 2010

The study describes the activities of eight water utilities who have conducted climate vulnerability assessments: East Bay Municipal Utility District (CA), City of Boulder Utilities Division (CO), Denver Water (CO), Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, Portland Water Bureau (OR), Lower Colorado River Authority (CO), and Seattle Public Utilities (WA). This report provides a review of best practices in this emerging effort across the industry for the purpose of informing utilities considering engaging in this issue about the various methods used by their peers.

Related Organizations: Denver Water, Portland Water Bureau, Seattle Public Utilities, Stratus Consulting, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), City of Portland, Oregon

Authors or Affiliated Users: Joel B. Smith, Jason M. Vogel

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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The Cathedral Engulfed: Sea-level Rise, Property Rights, and Time

2012

Sea-level rise will require many new initiatives in land use regulation to adapt to unprecedented climate conditions. Such government actions will prompt regulatory and other takings claims, and also will be shaped by apprehension of such claims.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Law

Author or Affiliated User: J. Peter Byrne

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Implications of Climate Change for Urban Water Utilities

December 2007

This paper explains in high-level terms climate change processes and effects to urban water utilities, and considers the issues involved in developing suitable water sector responses. Two adaptation strategies to reduce or avoid impacts of climate change are discussed -  vulnerability analysis and integrated response planning. Mitigation strategies that utilities could adopt to reduce their operation's contribution to greenhouse gas emissions are mentioned. .

Related Organizations: Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA), Stratus Consulting

Authors or Affiliated Users: John E. Cromwell, Joel B. Smith, Robert S. Raucher

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Georgetown Climate Center

The nonpartisan Georgetown Climate Center seeks to advance effective climate and energy policies in the United States and serves as a resource to state and local communities that are working to cut carbon pollution and prepare for climate change.  As part of Georgetown Law, the Center works extensively with government officials, academics, and an array of stakeholders. It analyzes the provisions of federal policy relevant to state and local government, works with states on developing innovative new policies, and encourages policymakers to learn from state experience.

 

 

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Equitable Adaptation Legal and Policy Toolkit - Georgetown Climate Center

July 29, 2020

The impacts of climate change disproportionately affect overburdened and low-income individuals and communities of color that already face significant economic and social challenges. The cumulative impacts of pollution, racism, and political and economic disenfranchisement make it difficult for these communities to withstand and recover from extreme heat, flooding, and other climate impacts. To help communities address the challenges of climate resilience and social inequality, the Georgetown Climate Center (GCC) partnered with leading experts and practitioners to develop the Equitable Adaptation Legal & Policy Toolkit, a comprehensive online resource to help state and local governments work with communities on climate adaptation solutions that put frontline communities first.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Authors or Affiliated Users: Georgetown Climate Center, Tiffany Ganthier, Lisa Hamilton, Annie Bennett, Katherine McCormick, Anne Perrault, Sara Hoverter, Sara Hoverter, Jennifer Li, Joel B. Smith, Joel B. Smith

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Twin Cities, Minnesota Metropolitan Council Climate Vulnerability Assessment Tool

September 2018

The Twin Cities Metropolitan Council Climate Vulnerability Assessment (CVA) tool can assist the Metropolitan Council and community planning efforts in preparing for and adapting to climate change in the Twin Cities, Minnesota region. The assessment focuses primarily on the impacts of extreme heat and flooding events. The CVA and tools include the assessment report, data sets, interactive mapping tools, and story maps. The Metropolitan Council is the regional planning organization for the seven-county Twin Cities, Minnesota region - and the CVA supports the Council in maintaining infrastructure and prioritizing future climate adaptive improvements.

Related Organizations: Metropolitan Council of the Twin Cities Metro Area

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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