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Robust Stormwater Management in the Pittsburgh Region

2017

From the RAND Corporation - a global nonprofit research organization - this report addresses stormwater management and sewer overflow issues in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania metropolitan region within Allegheny County. The research behind this project provided the baseline science needed first to address this system future, in the face of climate change. This research is designed to support improved stormwater, wastewater, and climate resilience planning in the Pittsburgh region - and offers a robust framework for other cities facing these issues.

Related Organizations: RAND Corporation

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Forest Resilience Bond - Fighting Fire with Finance

2017

Blue Forest Conservation is developing the Forest Resilience Bond (FRB) to monetize the benefits of forest restoration for climate resilience. Similar to an Environmental Impact Bond or sustainable infrastructure financing, the FRB is a public-private partnership that deploys private capital to support climate resilient national forests. The FRB creates value for a diverse set of stakeholders or beneficiaries of healthy forests - including the U. S. Forest Service (USFS), water and electric utilities, private water-dependent companies, state governments, and insurance companies.

Related Organizations: Blue Forest Conservation, World Resources Institute (WRI), Encourage Capital

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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FHWA Synthesis of Approaches for Addressing Resilience in Project Development

July 2017

Developed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), this report summarizes lessons and findings from a range of research projects, pilot projects, and other studies conducted or sponsored by FHWA in the area of climate change resilience for transportation. The report is designed particularly for those working in transportation project development processes, to help identify the key process steps and methods for incorporating climate change into project design and decisionmaking.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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City Resilience Index

Developed in partnership between the Rockefeller Foundation and Arup, the City Resilience Index is a web-based tool for conducting a city-wide resilience assessment. Based on evidence from 28 cities and three years of research into what constitutes resilience, the Index is globally applicable -  and has already been tested in five cities: Arusha, Concepción, Shimla, Hong Kong, and Liverpool.

Related Organizations: Arup, The Rockefeller Foundation

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Sustainable Climate Change Adaptation in Indian Country

July 2017

Limited land and resource rights allocated to indigenous peoples in the United States create structural barriers that restrict many tribes’ ability to sustainably manage natural resources and adapt to climate change. This article reviews these barriers, and how land fragmentation and policies that hinder a tribe’s authority and control of natural resources restrict their capacity to manage climate change risks. After describing the history of political barriers for tribes, the report is primarily a case study of water rights and management at the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming.

Related Organizations: North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Bayside Adapts Initiative - Portland, Maine

2017

The City of Portland, Maine created the Bayside Adapts initiative to work with community members and organizations to adapt the Bayside neighborhood of downtown Portland to climate change impacts. The initiative includes two completed projects - the Bayside Adapts Design Challenge and the Sewer and Stormwater System Data Gap Analysis - which address the impacts of sea level rise, storm surges, and increased intense rainfall events in Bayside.

Related Organizations: City of Portland, Maine

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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USFWS Tribal Wildlife Grants

May 2017

Administered by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Tribal Wildlife Grants program is a competitive grant program available to federally-recognized Indian tribes to conserve fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats. More than $60 million has gone to Native American tribes through the Tribal Wildlife Grants program since 2003, providing support for 350 conservation projects administered by participating Federally-recognized tribes. This wildlife conservation funding includes that for the focal species of Native American cultural or traditional importance, and species that are not hunted or fished.

Related Organizations: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Colorado Executive Order 2017-015: Supporting Colorado’s Clean Energy Transition

July 11, 2017

On July 11, 2017, Governor John Hickenlooper signed Executive Order 2017-015 to support Colorado’s transition to clean energy. Recognizing that clean air is one of Colorado’s essential resources, the executive order establishes goals related to increasing energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reductions in the state, calling for appropriate agencies to work with “any interested electric utilities or cooperatives. " Although primarily focused on climate mitigation efforts, the executive order is noteworthy for adaptation because it calls for state agencies to partner with municipalities to more closely collaborate and further local resiliency.

Related Organizations: State of Colorado

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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When Rising Seas Hit Home

July 12, 2017

According to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), hundreds of coastal communities in the U. S. have, or can expect to have, chronic and disruptive flooding inundation from sea level rise in the next few decades. This study identifies all of these communities that will experience enough severe flooding to require either large investments to defend or accommodate sea level rise, or, have to retreat and relocate. The analysis also identifies the “response time” remaining before such flooding occurs, and therefore gives affected communities perspective on the time they have to prepare.

Related Organizations: Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Resilient Boston: An Equitable and Connected City

July 13, 2017

The Resilient Boston plan focuses on racial equity, social cohesion and resilience strategies for Boston, Massachusetts. The report outlines visions, goals and actions that support climate change adaptation measures and solutions targeting the most vulnerable residents in the city. Resilient Boston is part of the city’s participation in the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative. 

Related Organizations: City of Boston, Massachusetts, 100 Resilient Cities

Resource Category: Planning

 

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