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California Energy Commission Public Interest Energy Research Program (PIER)

Administered by the California Energy Commission, the Public Interest Energy Research Program (PIER) was created to advance science and technology in the fields of energy efficiency, renewable energy, advanced electricity technologies, energy-related environmental protection, transmission and distribution, and transportation technologies. The PIER Program awards up to $62 million annually to support new energy services and products that create statewide environmental and economic benefits. Priority research areas defined in PIER’s five-year Climate Change Research Plan are: monitoring, analysis, and modeling of climate; analysis of options to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; assessment of physical impacts and of adaptation strategies; and analysis of the economic consequences of both climate change impacts and the efforts designed to reduce emissions.

Related Organizations: California Climate Change Center (CCCC), California Energy Commission

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New Orleans, Louisiana Zika virus response

April 2016

In 2016, when the risk of Zika virus in the United States became higher, the mayor of New Orleans brought together public and private partners to proactively manage those risks and protect the city’s most vulnerable residents. By activating the local public health department, the Board of mosquito control, local physicians, environmental experts, and community members, the government was able to create a comprehensive Zika response plan to protect the public, especially pregnant women. In the first phase, partners educated the public on risks and mitigation strategies, especially healthcare providers and facilities. The city also stepped up vector control to reduce risk and surveillance of mosquito populations to ensure effectiveness. This combination of efforts was intended to ensure that Phases 2 and 3 of the Plan (activated in the case of reported cases of Zika) would be delayed or unnecessary due to preventive measures. By focusing education efforts for the public and healthcare entities on the risk to the most vulnerable subgroup of residents, the partners could ensure that pregnant women would be well-protected. The efforts were funded by general public health funding streams.

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City of Berkeley, California Resilience Strategy

April 1, 2016

The City of Berkeley, California Resilience Strategy is designed to advance community level preparedness for physical, social, and economic challenges. Built around six long-term goals, the strategy contains specific short-term resiliency actions that support community cohesion, clean energy, climate adaptation and social equity. 

Related Organizations: City of Berkeley, California, 100 Resilient Cities

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City of Boulder, Colorado Resilience Strategy

April 2016

The City of Boulder Resilience Strategy provides an overview of Boulder, Colorado’s resiliency accomplishments, as well as outlines current and future resiliency projects and goals. Development of this plan was supported by the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative.

Related Organizations: City of Boulder, Colorado, BoCo Strong, 100 Resilient Cities

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USGCRP: The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment

April 3, 2016

The U. S. Global Climate Research Program (USGCRP) Climate and Health Assessment delineates climate-related health impacts in the United States - building on the USGCRP’s 2014 National Climate Assessment.  The report/online interactive website provides a comprehensive assessment of observed and projected health impacts from climate change, discusses the climate causal pathways while providing explicit scientific support, identifies emerging issues, and recognizes particular impacts on vulnerable populations.

Related Organizations: U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)

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A Sense of Place at Risk - Perspectives of residents of coastal Louisiana on nonstructural risk reduction strategies

April 14, 2016

Supported by Oxfam America, this study documented the views of residents from three vulnerable Louisiana coastal parishes - Terrebonne, Lafourche, and Plaquemines.   These parishes face extreme coastal land loss from flooding and sea level rise, and other critical climate and social impacts. The study focuses on nonstructural coastal flooding mitigation measures, such as restoring coastal marshlands. A series of interviews were conducted to investigate how residents understand and respond to the challenges of sea level rise and climate change.

Related Organizations: Oxfam America

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City of Tybee Island, Georgia, Sea-Level Rise Adaptation Plan

April 17, 2016

Tybee Island is a barrier island located 18 miles away from Savannah, Georgia - accessible only by a single causeway. The Tybee Island Sea-Level Rise Adaptation Plan identifies how more frequent coastal flooding and sea-level rise could impact low-lying infrastructure on the island; and provides a synthesis of the public engagement processes, technical research, and sea-level rise adaptation strategies.  The City of Tybee Island partnered with Georgia Sea Grant, the University of Georgia, and Stetson University to develop this sea-level rise adaptation plan.

Related Organizations: City of Tybee Island, Georgia

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jason M. Evans, Jill Gambill, Robin J. McDowell, P. Warwick Prichard, Charles S. Hopkinson

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Resilient San Francisco - Stronger Today. Stronger Tomorrow.

April 18, 2016

San Francisco’s Resilience Strategy is built around four goals which address six key challenges that face the City including earthquakes, climate change, sea level rise, aging infrastructure, social inequity, and “unaffordability.”

Related Organizations: City and County of San Francisco, California, 100 Resilient Cities

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Virginia Shoreline Resiliency Fund

April 20, 2016

In 2016, the Commonwealth of Virginia established the Virginia Shoreline Resiliency Fund (Virginia Code § 10. 1-603. 25), a revolving loan fund for local governments to "help residents and businesses that are subject to recurrent flooding as confirmed by a locality-certified floodplain manager. " The fund is administered by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. This Fund was amended and supplanted in 2020 by a broader version of the law, the Virginia Community Flood Preparedness Fund.

Related Organizations: State of Virginia

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Connecticut Executive Order No. 53 - Building code standards for extreme weather

April 22, 2016

Connecticut EO 53 directs state agencies to develop new building code standards that will  strengthen building codes to better protect residential and commercial structures from damage caused by flooding and high winds that accompany extreme weather. 

Related Organizations: State of Connecticut

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