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Climate Change Adaptation Workshops: A Planning Guide for Local Government Staff

July 2018

Designed to support local public agencies, this planning guide provides the steps to build a half-day workshop to begin identifying and implementing climate change adaptation strategies. The goal of the workshop is to help teams determine some feasible, near-term actions to prepare for climate impacts that directly affect the local community. Initiated from adaptation planning workshops in Alameda County, California, the guide includes lessons learned and suggestions about how to adjust the approach for any agency.

Related Organizations: Alameda County Office of Sustainability

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Smart Policies for a Changing Climate: the Report and Recommendations of the ASLA Blue Ribbon Panel on Climate Change and Resilience

July 9, 2018

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) interdisciplinary Blue Ribbon Panel on Climate Change and Resilience has identified key planning and design strategies, and public policies to establish healthy, climate-smart, and resilient communities. The strategies are founded on core principles of design for natural systems, community development, vulnerable communities, transportation and agriculture.   Many of these policy recommendations focus on the integration of climate resilience and adaptation into land use planning and development.

Related Organizations: The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)

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Portland, Oregon 2018-2020 Strategic Plan - A Better Future, A Better Now

July 9, 2018

The City of Portland, Oregon Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS)’s mission is to “take action to shape the future of Portland and advance climate protection for a more prosperous, healthy, equitable and resilient city now and for future generations.” The Bureau’s 2018-2020 Strategic Plan includes strategies to create a low-carbon resilient built environment, including affordable housing, and to improve watershed health and climate resiliency. 

Related Organizations: City of Portland, Oregon

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Portland, Oregon Central City 2035 Plan

July 9, 2018

As part of Portland Oregon’s Comprehensive Plan, the Central City 2035 Plan is the primary guiding policy document for Portland’s urban center. The plan offers goals, policies and tools to guide growth and development for largest “center” in Portland that, by 2035, will be home to 30% of Portland’s population growth, on 3% of its land area. One of the primary goals of the plan is to increase the resilience of the Central City to climate change, and policies are proposed for natural hazard, climate change and flooding resilience.

Related Organizations: City of Portland, Oregon

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Resilient Rhody: An Actionable Vision for Addressing the Impacts of Climate Change in Rhode Island

July 2, 2018

Resilient Rhody is the state of Rhode Island's first climate adaptation strategy which addresses the impacts of climate change to the state’s critical infrastructure and utilities, natural systems (upland and coastal), emergency preparedness, and community health and resilience. Strategic actions are  outlined for these four thematic areas, and an additional chapter highlights financing mechanisms for these recommendations.   An “action plan to stand up to climate change” was required by Governor Raimondo’s 2017 Executive Order 17-10.

Related Organizations: State of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Climate Change Commission

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Underwater: Rising Seas, Chronic Floods, and the Implications for US Coastal Real Estate 

July 2018

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) researched the impact of sea level rise tidal flooding on coastal real estate, for the entire coastline of the lower 48 states. The study identified the number of residential and commercial properties at risk of chronic inundation, including the total current property value, estimated population, and property tax base affected. UCS determines that some coastal real estate markets will not likely recover under high future GHG emissions scenarios in which sea levels rise greatly; and the number of properties facing chronic inundation is much reduced under low emissions scenarios.

Related Organizations: Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

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Climate Communication Leadership Series Replication Guide

July 2018

The Climate Communications Leadership Series was created by the Utah Climate Action Network and Utah Clean Energy, in part during a workshop that was held in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2018. The series was further developed from lessons learned in this pilot project, and a guide was developed so the model can be replicated in other communities.  The program replication guide offers curriculum suggestions, exercises, design files and recruitment materials that can be used to deliver a locally tailored climate communications program.

Related Organizations: Utah Climate Action Network

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Defining Vulnerable Communities in the Context of Climate Adaptation

July 2018

This resource guide was developed through the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program (ICARP). The guide supports planners and decisionmakers in defining or identifying vulnerable communities in a climate change adaptation context.  The report offers a summary of existing statewide climate vulnerability assessment tools to identify these frontline communities, and additional indicators that could be used to assess underlying vulnerability.

Related Organizations: California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR)

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Colorado Climate Plan 2018 Update - State Level Policies and Strategies to Mitigate and Adapt

July 2018

Colorado published its first Climate Plan in 2007, and advanced the plan with State Level Policies and Strategies to Mitigate and Adapt in 2015. This version, updated in 2018, incorporates additional commitments to climate action, as laid out in Governor Hickenlooper’s 2017 executive order.  The plan focuses on eight main sectors including water, public health, greenhouse gas emissions, energy, transportation, agriculture, tourism and recreation, and ecosystems. Updated climate mitigation and adaptation strategies and policy recommendations are given for each of the sectors.

Related Organizations: Colorado Department of Natural Resources, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado Department of Agriculture, Colorado Department of Local Affairs, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, Colorado Energy Office

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Virginia S 265: Special Assistant to the Governor for Coastal Adaptation and Protection

June 22, 2018

On June 22, 2018, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed Senate Bill 265 creating a new cabinet-level position to address coastal adaptation and protection in Virginia. The bill states that the Special Assistant to the governor will be responsible for leading statewide efforts in response to coastal flooding; working to initiate economic development opportunities associated with adaptation; and fostering coordination throughout the Commonwealth, especially in Hampton Roads, a coastal region of the state that is most vulnerable to sea level rise and land subsidence.

Related Organizations: State of Virginia

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