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Sandy Build It Back: Workers Rebuilding Their Own Communities

October 27, 2016

This white paper is focused on New York City’s Build it Back program following Hurricane Sandy, highlighting its commitment to equity in the rebuilding of residential neighborhoods. The Sandy Build it Back program set a precedent for local hiring resulting in career-track jobs for low-income Sandy-impacted residents. The paper relates the context and a vision for equity in recovery, describes Build it Back’s primary successes, and offers key lessons learned and areas of improvement.

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EPA Environmental Justice 2020 Action Agenda

October 27, 2016

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmental Justice 2020 Action Agenda (EJ 2020) is the Agency’s environmental justice strategic plan for 2016 to 2020. The plan focuses on the environmental and public health issues for the nation’s minority, low-income, tribal and indigenous populations - and includes information on EPA’s climate justice initiatives. The goals of the agenda are to further integrate environmental justice considerations in all of the Agency’s programs; strengthen EPA’s collaboration with federal, state, tribal, community, and industry partners partners; and demonstrate progress on significant national challenges facing minority and low-income communities.

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FTA Transit Asset Management Guide

November 2016

The Federal Transit Administration's guide provides a framework for transit-specific asset management, and includes a section on climate change adaptation. State departments of transportation, metropolitan planning organizations, and transit providers are now required to develop asset management plans to comply with regulations that were finalized by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and FTA in 2016. Although FTA's final rule does not require transit providers to conduct formal climate resiliency analysis in investment prioritization processes, FTA recommends that transit providers have an understanding of and consider risks posed by climate change and extreme weather events.

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Opportunities to Enhance the Nation's Resilience to Climate Change

October 2016

From the U.S. Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, this report outlines opportunities for federal agencies to guide resilience action by supporting science and research on climate change impacts, ensuring federal operations and facilities are resilient to climate change, protecting critical infrastructure and other public goods, and facilitating community-based resilience efforts.

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National Park Service Coastal Adaptation Strategies Handbook

October 31, 2016

The National Park Service (NPS) has developed the Coastal Adaptation Strategies Handbook to support coastal area park responses to the climate change effects associated with coastal storms and sea level rise. This handbook reviews climate change impacts on coastal parks; identifies useful resources and adaptation strategies; provides examples of approaches to address coastal vulnerabilities from NPS as an agency and for individual parks, and offers policy and decision-making guidelines. The report provides guidance for NPS managers, partners, and other practitioners in selecting and implementing climate change adaptation strategies in estuarine and coastal areas, including the Great Lakes.

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Resilience Dialogues

October 31, 2016

Officially launched by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in October 2016, the Resilience Dialogues is an online public-private collaboration that aims to provide facilitated consultations to organizations and communities working on vulnerability assessments and resilience planning. The tool provides access to scientists, resilience practitioners, and other experts who can help answer questions and provide needed feedback.

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USDA Adaptation Resources for Agriculture: Responding to Climate Variability and Change in the Midwest and Northeast

October 2016

This USDA report provides information and resources to help farmers prepare for and respond to the regional impacts of climate change. The report summarizes the effects of climate change on agriculture and natural resources in the Midwest and Northeast U. S. and overviews strategic options for climate adaptation in agriculture.   The USDA provides new resources to bring climate change planning to the farm - including adaptation strategies and approaches, an adaptation workbook, and examples for assessing and planning.

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Eugene and Springfield Multi-Jurisdiction Natural Hazard mitigation Plan

November 2016

The cities of Eugene and Springfield, Oregon have updated the Multi-jurisdictional Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan (NHMP) to address earthquakes, flood, landslides, volcanic or seismic activity, wildfire, and winter storms. Climate change is discussed throughout the plan as it expands these impacts and affects many of the plan’s focal sectors - especially natural systems and water resources. 

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RainReady’s Residential Flood Assistance Program Case Study - Chicago, Illinois

2016

In 2015-2016, RainReady partnered with the Chicago Department of Planning and Development to provide free repairs and flood mitigation retrofits to select homeowners that experienced property damage during Chicago’s 2013 flood, through a unique program called the Residential Flood Assistance Program (RFAP). The program was funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR).

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Case Study: RainReady’s Oak Park Village (Illinois) Pilot Program

2016

In 2016-2017, RainReady partnered with the Village of Oak Park (Illinois) to launch a pilot program to reduce urban flooding risks using nature-based solutions such as residential rain gardens. The program addressed residential flooding due to overland sheet flow, seepage, and yard ponding, in non-floodplain locations. 

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