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Climate Change & Aspen: An Update on Impacts to Guide Resiliency Planning & Stakeholder Engagement

December 2014

This report, adopted by the City of Aspen, is an update to the City's climate change impact assessment adopted in 2006. The report details the range of impacts that the City is likely to experience as a result of climate change, including: longer summertime warm periods, earlier spring snowmelt, more precipitation as rain and not snow, longer dry periods, and increased frequency of heavy downpour events. These changes are anticipated to increase wildfire risk, put increased pressure on water supply, and economically impact ski resorts and other winter and summer time recreational businesses. The report also details adaptation strategies for each of six key sectors.  

Related Organizations: Aspen Global Change Institute, City of Aspen

Author or Affiliated User: James Arnott

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Equity Checklist

2015

This one-page Equity Checklist was designed for planners and funders to ensure the leadership of disadvantaged communities in projects that impact them. This checklist was designed to serve as a purposefully simple framework to a) identify vulnerable populations, b) think through the equity implications of their work, and c) promote respectful collaborations with community groups. Funders can use the checklist as criteria for their grant giving, and agencies can use it as a helpful guide to plan projects.

Related Organizations: Rooted in Resilience, Communities for a Better Environment, Bay Localize

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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What Cities Should Do: A Guide to Resilient Power Planning

March 2015

What Cities Should Do: A Guide to Resilient Power Planning is a series of guidelines and best practices for cities and towns preparing for widespread power outages from severe weather events. According to the authors, cities should have resilient power plans for critical public and private facilities in order to protect their most vulnerable citizens - but few cities have focused on risks and mitigation strategies associated with extended grid power outages for critical assets. This paper calls for a systematic approach to protect critical facilities with resilient power solutions, including solar photovoltaic (PV) and energy storage, combined heat-and-power (CHP), and fuel cells systems.

Related Organizations: Clean Energy Group, Meridian Institute

Authors or Affiliated Users: Lew Milford, Robert Sanders

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Oakland Community Climate Action Guide

December 2014

Developed by the Oakland Climate Action Coalition, this online interactive guide is intended to connect residents of Oakland, California with the information and resources that they need to take personal action to address and prepare for climate change impacts, starting at home. The guide focuses on everyday actions that residents can take before and in the midst of coastal flooding, extreme heat, wildfire, rising utility prices, poor air quality, and more. The guide also includes local sources of information and support to help residents take next steps towards preparedness.

Related Organizations: Oakland Climate Action Coalition

Authors or Affiliated Users: Catalina Garzón, Misha Hutchings, Ariana de Leña, Kristian Ongoco

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Socioeconomics and Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region Atlas

March 2015

This tool is an interactive map that shows how the social and economic characteristics in the Great Lakes Region are impacted by climate change to the county level. It was developed by Headwater Economics in partnership with the University of Michigan.

Related Organizations: University of Michigan, Headwaters Economics

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Coastal Flood Risk and Climate Change Implications for New Jersey’s Senior Citizens

April 2015

This report, from the Rutgers Climate Institute, focuses on the social vulnerability and climate-related risks faced by the elderly population in New Jersey, defined as those over 65 years old. The authors focus on coastal flooding and storm surges, present-day impacts that are expected to intensify with continued climate change. The report describes the three characteristics of social vulnerability experienced by many seniors: limited mobility; compromised physical and mental health; and sometimes reduced resources, including income and assistance.

Related Organizations: Rutgers University

Authors or Affiliated Users: Ai Yamanaka, Jennifer Whytlaw, Jeanne Herb, Michael Greenberg, Marjorie Kaplan

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Populations Vulnerable to Climate Change in New Jersey: Update of a Statistical Analysis

June 2015

In order to characterize and locate frontline communities in New Jersey, this study examines the demographic and geographic attributes of socially-vulnerable groups and their exposure to flooding (the cause of nearly all past presidential declarations in the state). The research revealed that a disproportionate number of highly socially-vulnerable census tracts are located in flood hazard areas.

Related Organizations: Rutgers University

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kelly Pflicke (Bickers), Michael Greenberg, Jennifer Whytlaw, Jeanne Herb, Marjorie Kaplan

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Implications for Local Planning Practice of Policy Recommendations of the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance

February 2015

This white paper reviews policy recommendations from the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance’s 2014 state policy report in order to provide a more detailed assessment on what actions are necessary to implement the recommendation. The authors describe the current activities and additional options that local planners may use to implement each policy recommendation.

Related Organizations: New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance

Author or Affiliated User: David Kinsey

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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USACE Responses to Climate Change Program resources

The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Responses to Climate Change Program (RCC) addresses the need to reduce potential vulnerabilities to the Nation’s water resources and infrastructure from climate change and variability. The program assesses, develops, and implements adjustments to enhance resilience or reduce vulnerability of USACE projects, systems and programs to observed or expected changes in climate.  The Program website shares news and information about program activities as well as the potential impacts of climate change, interagency efforts, strategies for dealing with climate change and more.

Related Organizations: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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MassDOT-FHWA Pilot Project Report: Climate Change and Extreme Weather Vulnerability Assessments and Adaptation Options for the Central Artery

June 2015

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) commissioned a pilot project to assess climate change vulnerability of the Central Artery and Tunnel System (CA/T) for the City of Boston, Massachusetts in 2013 - 2015. Through sea level rise and storm surge modeling for Boston, the study found that this critical transportation system is highly vulnerable to flooding. The pilot team developed adaptation strategies for current and future implementation, and initiated an emergency response plan for tunnel protection.

Related Organizations: Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

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