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Retrofit Chicago

June 2012

Retrofit Chicago: Retrofit Chicago is a cross-sector effort led by the Mayor’s Office to drive energy efficiency in municipal, commercial, and residential buildings across the city, which works to save money, reduce carbon emissions, and create jobs. The Residential Partnership unites non-profit groups and utility companies to better connect residents to energy retrofit contractors, free energy upgrades, and equipment rebates. Other customer benefits include free energy assessments with free energy-saving products and installation; rebates for energy-efficient appliances and other products; financing tools such as income qualifying grants for bungalow & vintage homeowners; energy savers loans; and on-bill financing and connection to qualified contractors.

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Best Practices and Challenges: Using Scenarios to Assess and Report Climate-Related Financial Risk

August 2018

Investor interest in understanding the long-term financial risks and opportunities of climate change is on the rise. The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) has here identified best practices in order to help companies start using climate scenarios in their risk analyses. 

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OneNYC 2018 Progress Report

May 2018

One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City (OneNYC), is the City’s strategic plan for population growth, sustainability, equity, and climate resilience. In 2015, New York City committed to becoming the most sustainable big city in the world, and a global leader in mitigating and adapting to climate change with this plan.  The 2018 Progress Report details many achievements across all categories of OneNYC in the last three years, including a number of projects and strategies aimed at climate resilience.

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Climate Action in Delaware: 2016 Progress Report

January 13, 2017

The State of Delaware released Climate Action in Delaware: 2016 Progress Report highlighting the state’s progress toward mitigating and adapting to climate change, and outlining some ongoing projects and next steps for state agencies.

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Developing Urban Climate Adaptation Indicators

2016

The Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) in partnership with the Institute for Sustainable Communities evaluated seven existing sets of climate indicators to determine if any of these frameworks could be adapted to serve city-level needs for evaluating and reporting progress on climate adaptation goals.  This report summarizes their assessment.  They determined that none of the existing frameworks serve the needs of cities perfectly, but many offer insights that can guide USDN members as they develop their own sets of indicators.

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National Drought Resilience Partnership Report to the Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience

August 31, 2016

The Report to the Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience is a progress report from the federal agencies of the National Drought Resilience Partnership (NDRP). The report highlights the Partnership's accomplishments to date against the President’s Climate Action Plan, and provides an overview of some federal actions on drought response since 2009.

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U.S. GAO report: Climate Change - Selected Government Approaches (GAO 16-454)

May 2016

This Government Accountability Office (GAO) report compares the adaptation efforts of the United States with those of five foreign governments: the European Union (EU), Mexico, the Netherlands, the Philippines, and the United Kingdom (UK).  The report describes the plans, laws, and programs that have been adopted in each country to promote adaptation and resilience.  The report also looks at how each country is coordinating across government agencies, funding adaptation initiatives, and monitoring and evaluating the efficacy of adaptation actions.

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National Water-Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA)

The National Water-Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA) provides an understanding of water-quality conditions; whether conditions are getting better or worse over time and how natural features and human activities affect those conditions.

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Virginia Accomplishments since the 2008 Climate Action Plan Release

December 2014

Prepared by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and the Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic at William and Mary School of Law, this report offers an assessment of Virginia’s climate mitigation and adaptation progress since the release of its first Climate Action Plan in 2008. The report analyzes that plan and two subsequent adaptation focused reports, finding that a lack of coordination has lead to “disjointed” efforts, and offers recommendations for more streamlined climate action moving forward.

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Status and Progress in Engaging Communities of Color to Advance Resilience to Climate Change: Experience of 15 U.S. Cities

December 2014

From the Texas Health Institute and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, this report documents a study of the progress made by major U. S. cities in engaging vulnerable communities of color in climate change planning and adaptation. A large variation was found in cities across the country, and lessons learned of the most socially equitable and progressive adaptation planning strategies are shared. The report offers community level “bottom-up” engagement strategies to inform national, state, and local policies and programs on socially equitable climate change planning.

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