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Surging Seas - FEMA NFIP Community Rating System Guide

February 13, 2017

Surging Seas is a suite of free public web tools for sea level rise and coastal flood analysis from Climate Central.  Climate Central has identified many ways the Surging Seas web tool could be used with FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)’s Community Rating System (CRS).  CRS is a voluntary insurance rating program that recognizes communities for implementing floodplain management practices that exceed the Federal minimum requirements of the NFIP. In exchange for flood risk reduction, policyholders can receive reduced flood insurance premiums.

Author or Affiliated User: Daniel Rizza

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Cambridge, Massachusetts Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment - Part 2

February 2017

The City of Cambridge, Massachusetts has analyzed the climate risks projected for the area from sea level rise, storm surge, and resulting flooding. A summary report and two technical reports are provided which document the modeling of future climate driven sea level rise impacts, and the results of the vulnerability assessment for key assets and populations. This Part 2 report complements the Cambridge Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Part 1 that was published in 2015, which focuses on risks from increasing temperatures and precipitation.

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Opportunities for Equitable Adaptation in Cities: A Workshop Summary Report

February 15, 2017

This summary report describes the conversations and discussions of participants during a two-day workshop help in April 2016 focusing on on city-level actions that would support social justice goals and better prepare communities for the effects of climate change. The workshop convened nearly 50 thought leaders on equity and climate adaptation, including city officials, representatives of environmental justice and social justice organizations, state and federal partners, and funders who support this work.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Melissa Deas, Jessica Grannis, James DeWeese, Sara Hoverter

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Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Certification Program

2017

The Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP) Certification Program is a voluntary credential for professionals who design, install and maintain sustainable landscapes in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The goal of the certification program is to certify professionals throughout the watershed who can maintain conservation landscapes that help reduce stormwater runoff, in turn benefiting local residents and ecosystems.

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EPA Climate Change Research Grants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funds climate change research grants to “improve knowledge of the health and environment effects of climate change, and provide sustainable solutions for communities to effectively manage and reduce the impacts of a changing climate.”

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Building climate resilience is integral to continued prosperity in the Caribbean

2017

The following summary was provided by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network:

Author or Affiliated User: Will Bugler

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Delaware Sustainable Communities Planning Grant Program

February 19, 2017

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Division of Energy and Climate is offering Sustainable Communities Planning Grants for municipalities, county governments and their academic and non-profit partners. These competitive grants support planning and climate vulnerability assessment projects that improve a community’s economy, environment and public health. Grants of up to $80,000 are available to counties or towns with populations of 5,000 residents or more, and grants of up to $40,000 are available to towns with populations of fewer than 5,000 residents.

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Case Study: City of Portland, Oregon Ecoroof Incentive

February 23, 2017

In 2008, The City of Portland Oregon adopted an Ecoroof Incentive program to address the city's stormwater management problems and the incentive program was active through 2012. The program provided an incentive for the installation of green roofs and other innovative roofing methods to better manage stormwater runoff. Green roofs have the potential to help mitigate both the urban heat island effect, increase the energy efficiency of buildings, and manage stormwater. 

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Harlem Heat Project, New York City

2016

The Harlem Heat Project is a community-based initiative that began in New York City in the summer of 2016. It combines crowd-sourcing, data reporting, and narrative journalism to tell the story or urban heat islands in New York City. Non-profit journalism and community-based organizations came together to provide low-cost heat sensors to homeowners in "heat-vulnerable" areas of Harlem in New York City. The data was used to tell the story of disproportionate risks to extreme heat for lower-income and communities of color as a result of increasing temperatures from climate change.

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Case Study: Scottsdale, Arizona’s Cool Roofs Workshop

February 23, 2017

In 2015, the City of Scottsdale, Arizona hosted a Cool Roof workshop series, to promote the use of cool roofs as a strategy for increasing the energy efficiency of buildings and reducing urban heat islands.  Cool roofs are designed to reflect sunlight and heat away from a building, reducing roof temperatures and urban heat islands. Cool roofs also reduce energy use, ambient air temperature, air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, and improve human health and comfort. [ref title=""]US Environmental Protection Agency, Using Cool Roofs to Reduce Heat Islands, available at https://www.

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