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Connecticut Executive Order No. 3 - Governor's Council on Climate Change, adaptation planning

September 3, 2019

On September 3, 2019, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont signed Executive Order (EO) No. 3 that includes climate change mitigation and adaptation provisions. The existing Governor's Council on Climate Change will expand its responsibilities to both implement Connecticut’s 2013 adaptation plan, and prepare an updated plan by 2021. The updated adaptation plan will include recommendations for helping vulnerable communities, and for supporting regional and municipal adaptation efforts.  Additionally, the Council is directed to establish a framework for state agencies to compile and maintain an inventory of vulnerable assets to inform future vulnerability assessments.

Related Organizations: State of Connecticut

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American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) “How We Respond” Project

September 2019

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) launched the “How We Respond” Project in order to showcase examples of how communities across the country are using science to effectively respond to climate change. The project includes a report and accompanying multimedia community profiles aimed at demonstrating a variety of approaches and solutions that other communities can model as they seek local solutions to climate change. Case study topics include building regional climate alliances in California and New Jersey, to relocating buildings to escape shoreline erosion in Alaska, to restoring wetlands for flood protection in Iowa and Massachusetts and more.

Related Organizations: American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Data, Information, and Tools Needed for Community Resilience Planning and Decision-Making

September 2019

Data Needs for Resilience Planning and Decision-Making was a workshop coordinated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Center for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning in October 2018 for adaptation, resilience, and planning practitioners. The workshop focused on current approaches and the gaps in data, tools, and information collection needs to support the planning, decision-making, and implementation of community resilience strategies. This report describes the workshop findings, the current processes resilience leaders follow in developing and implementing resilience plans, and identifies gaps and needs in accessibility to data and tools.

Related Organizations: National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Therese McAllister, Christopher Clavin, Bruce Ellingwood, John van de Lindt, David Mizzen, Francis Lavelle

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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New Mexico Climate Strategy - Initial Recommendations and Status Update

September 2019

The Climate Strategy from New Mexico’s Interagency Climate Change Task Force presents a suite of policies that integrate climate change mitigation and adaptation throughout New Mexico’s state government programs and operations. It serves as a strategic guide for the state to achieve the mitigation and adaptation goals as ordered in Governor Lujan Grisham’s Executive Order 2019-003 mandating lower carbon emissions and adaptations to limit climate change impacts. The report describes New Mexico’s adaptation progress across state agencies and the focal sectors of public health, emergency preparedness, and water supply.

Related Organizations: New Mexico Interagency Climate Change Task Force

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Scorched: Extreme Heat and Real Estate

August 2019

Extreme heat is an increasingly severe climate change impact across the United States - to the environment and natural resources, public health, infrastructure and ultimately, the economy.  Scorched provides an overview of extreme heat’s implications on the built environment and current and future real estate markets. Heat mitigation and adaptation strategies are discussed related to building design, building materials, green infrastructure and public space design. Case studies highlight the how the real estate sector is leading in implementing ‘heat-resilient’ building designs and land uses.

Related Organizations: Urban Land Institute

Authors or Affiliated Users: Katharine Burgess, Elizabeth Foster

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Karuk Tribe Climate Adaptation Plan

August 16, 2019

Karuk have lived in the Klamath-Siskiyou Mountains in the mid-Klamath River region of northern California beyond documented history, and now face severe climate change impacts to their territory and way of life. The Karuk Climate Adaptation Plan details climate impacts and adaptation strategies for the Karuk tribe and culture, local species and habitats, human health, critical infrastructure, tribal programs, tribal sovereignty and management authority. The climate adaptations evaluated have combined western science and Karuk traditional knowledge, and are recommended based on 22 focal species cultural indicators “for human responsibilities and necessary human actions” across seven habitat management zones.

Related Organizations: Karuk Tribe Department of Natural Resources

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kari Norgaard, William Tripp

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PG&E Better Together Resilient Communities Grant Program

March 1, 2018

The Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) Better Together Resilient Communities grant program funds initiatives to help California communities better prepare for, withstand, and recover from extreme weather events and other risks related to climate change. PG&E is investing $2 million over five years in shareholder-funded grants.  In 2018, PG&E focused on projects to help communities prepare for increased frequency and severity of extreme heat events, and the 2019 Resilient Communities grant program focused on wildfire risk.

Related Organizations: Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)

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Regional Resilience Toolkit: 5 Steps to Build Large Scale Resilience to Natural Disasters

July 2019

Developed by EPA and FEMA in partnership with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and Association of Bay Area Governments in California, this toolkit provides a stepwise process for individual communities or coalitions of communities across a region to engage in partnership-building, planning, and other activities to build regional resilience. The goal of the toolkit is to facilitate the integration of various local planning processes, including hazard mitigation, climate adaptation, sustainability, and equity, into one overarching action plan for resilience that can result in improved implementation, funding, and measurement efforts for multiple hazards.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), California Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), Association of Bay Area Local Governments (ABAG)

Author or Affiliated User: Dana Brechwald

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Killer Heat in the United States

July 2019

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has evaluated how climate change will contribute to increasing incidence of dangerous high heat days across the U. S. This includes an analysis of the growing number of high heat days across various regions of the country, described under three climate change scenarios. The report also details the public health consequences of extreme heat and the populations that are particularly vulnerable to these threats. Policy recommendations are offered with adaptation measures that can be implemented at all levels of government to address rising temperatures.

Related Organizations: Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kristina Dahl, Erika Spanger-Siegfried, Rachel Licker, Astrid Caldas, John Abatzoglou, Nicholas Mailloux, Rachel Cleetus, Shana Udvardy, Juan Declet-Barreto, Pamela Worth

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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State of Montana Executive Order 8-2019: Creating the Montana Climate Solutions Council and Joining the State of Montana to the U.S. Climate Alliance

July 1, 2019

On July 1, 2019, Montana Governor Steve Bullock signed Executive Order 8-2019, establishing the Montana Climate Solutions Council and committing the state to the U. S. Climate Alliance. The Executive Order directs the Council to work with state agencies to incorporate climate adaptation and resilience strategies into state plans and operations, and to put forth recommendations for reducing the Montana’s contributions to greenhouse gas emissions. Notably, the EO requires that future state planning efforts include adaptation strategies and considerations for better preparing the state for climate-related risks and disasters, and that, where necessary, agencies prepare a Supplemental Climate Plan on adaptation and resilience for current and future state plans.

Related Organizations: State of Montana

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