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How Baltimore is using the Sustainable Development Goals to make a more just city

March 9, 2017

The United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by world leaders in 2015 to create collaborative partnerships across and between countries and communities to achieve objectives around economic growth, environmental sustainability, and social inclusion. In 2015, as part of the USA Sustainable Cities Initiative (USA-SCI) program, the City of Baltimore, Maryland was selected as one of three U.S. cities to pilot the implementation of the 17 UN SDGs.

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Quantifying the influence of global warming on unprecedented extreme climate events

March 10, 2017

In this “extreme event attribution” study, a team of researchers from Stanford University and other partner organizations developed a four-step framework to test whether, and to what extent, global warming contributes to extreme weather events. Using this framework researchers can quantify the influence of global warming on extreme events in both current and future climates. The authors suggest that the results offer decision makers valuable information for adaptation planning, such as for resilient infrastructure design, resource management, and disaster risk management.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Noah Diffenbaugh, Deepti Singh, Justin Mankin, Daniel Horton, Daniel Swain, Danielle Touma, Allison Charland, Yunjie Liu, Matz Haugen, Michael Tsiang, Bala Rajaratnam

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Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Policy 5408: Addressing the Risks of Climate Change

March 10, 2017

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) established a policy in March of 2017 stating that WDFW will manage its operations and assets so as to better understand, mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change. The policy provides guidance for managing risks to agency investments due to climate impacts, such as upgrades to agency infrastructure to be more climate ready, and investing in land acquisitions that support ecosystem resilience. WDFW states that this policy demonstrates their leadership on the issue of climate change - specifically as they are integrating the science necessary to understand climate risks, proactively responding to those risks, and reducing their own carbon footprint.

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RainReady Calumet Corridor, IL Plan

2017

This plan outlines a vision for stormwater management, sustainable economic development, and integrated planning to enhance resilience within the Calumet Corridor in Cook County, Illinois (20 miles south of Chicago). This area experienced a severe rain and wind storm in April 2013 resulting in urban flooding and widespread property damage. The region’s flat, low-lying topography, historical patterns of land development that covered natural land with impervious surfaces, the changing climate, and aging infrastructure all contribute to the Corridor’s vulnerability to future flooding.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Resilience Strategy

March 2017

The City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania released its Resilience Strategy in March 2017 to provide a holistic strategy for helping the city to manage challenges from a changing environment, globalization, and urbanization. The Strategy sets goals, objectives, and action organized around a “P4” community-centered framework addressing resilience in terms of People, Place, Planet, and Performance.   The Strategy is intended to be a blueprint to help the city prepare for resilience challenges by helping the city improve coordination among government and non-governmental organizations, improve budgeting and capital coordination citywide, ensure the institutionalization of resilience practices, and increase resident engagement and empowerment.

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Medical Alert! Climate Change is Harming Our Health

March 15, 2017

From the newly formed Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, this report discusses urgent and compounding public health impacts from climate change.  The Consortium is composed of physicians from 11 medical societies, representing over half of the nation’s doctors, who determined a need to share their concern about the health consequences of climate change with the public.  The opening summary concludes with this: “In sum, we are sounding the alarm that the ultimate danger of climate change is that it poses a danger to the health of every American now and in the future.

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A City With Global Goals Part I and Part II

2016

From the New York City Mayor’s Office for International Affairs, this report and info-graphics are designed to illustrate the connections between the United Nation’s global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established in 2015, and the visions, goals, initiatives and targets from New York City’s 2015 sustainability plan “One New York: The Plan for a Just and Strong City (or OneNYC).” 

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From the ground up – How communities can collaborate to drive local adaptation and influence the national agenda

March 2017

The Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) has identified a series of strategies to help community-level organizations to increase climate resilience - which are reviewed in this policy brief. The analysis focusses on the Caribbean, but has widely applicable lessons for community-based adaptation elsewhere.

Author or Affiliated User: Will Bugler

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Flood Protection Pay-Offs: A Local Government Guide to the Community Rating System

March 2017

This comprehensive guide to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS) is compiled by Wetlands Watch. The NFIP CRS program provides flood insurance discounts, of up to 45%, to constituents within a localities where local governments pursue activities that mitigate flood risks. The guide is meant to help local governments determine which practices may earn credit under the CRS program, what adjustments they may need to make to receive credit, and if funding opportunities are available to assist local governments in meeting credit requirements.

Author or Affiliated User: Mary-Carson Stiff

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Exploring the Green Infrastructure Workforce

March 27, 2017

This report describes current and future opportunities for the green infrastructure workforce, including educational, occupational, and equity considerations. Surging demand for green infrastructure across the country and the potential for a new national certification program could further professionalize the field and accelerate job growth, providing valuable opportunities for low-income, low-skilled workers to access entry-level jobs with competitive wages and some advancement potential. This report describes the current workforce and field, reviews projections for job growth, and offers recommendations for policymakers, employers, education and training providers, and other stakeholders interested in expanding job opportunities in direct installation, maintenance, and inspection (IMI) of green infrastructure (GI).

Author or Affiliated User: Sara Lamback

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