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Connecticut Executive Order No. 3 - Governor's Council on Climate Change, adaptation planning

September 3, 2019

On September 3, 2019, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont signed Executive Order (EO) No. 3 that includes climate change mitigation and adaptation provisions. The existing Governor's Council on Climate Change will expand its responsibilities to both implement Connecticut’s 2013 adaptation plan, and prepare an updated plan by 2021. The updated adaptation plan will include recommendations for helping vulnerable communities, and for supporting regional and municipal adaptation efforts.  Additionally, the Council is directed to establish a framework for state agencies to compile and maintain an inventory of vulnerable assets to inform future vulnerability assessments.

Related Organizations: State of Connecticut

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American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) “How We Respond” Project

September 2019

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) launched the “How We Respond” Project in order to showcase examples of how communities across the country are using science to effectively respond to climate change. The project includes a report and accompanying multimedia community profiles aimed at demonstrating a variety of approaches and solutions that other communities can model as they seek local solutions to climate change. Case study topics include building regional climate alliances in California and New Jersey, to relocating buildings to escape shoreline erosion in Alaska, to restoring wetlands for flood protection in Iowa and Massachusetts and more.

Related Organizations: American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Data, Information, and Tools Needed for Community Resilience Planning and Decision-Making

September 2019

Data Needs for Resilience Planning and Decision-Making was a workshop coordinated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Center for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning in October 2018 for adaptation, resilience, and planning practitioners. The workshop focused on current approaches and the gaps in data, tools, and information collection needs to support the planning, decision-making, and implementation of community resilience strategies. This report describes the workshop findings, the current processes resilience leaders follow in developing and implementing resilience plans, and identifies gaps and needs in accessibility to data and tools.

Related Organizations: National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Therese McAllister, Christopher Clavin, Bruce Ellingwood, John van de Lindt, David Mizzen, Francis Lavelle

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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New Mexico Climate Strategy - Initial Recommendations and Status Update

September 2019

The Climate Strategy from New Mexico’s Interagency Climate Change Task Force presents a suite of policies that integrate climate change mitigation and adaptation throughout New Mexico’s state government programs and operations. It serves as a strategic guide for the state to achieve the mitigation and adaptation goals as ordered in Governor Lujan Grisham’s Executive Order 2019-003 mandating lower carbon emissions and adaptations to limit climate change impacts. The report describes New Mexico’s adaptation progress across state agencies and the focal sectors of public health, emergency preparedness, and water supply.

Related Organizations: New Mexico Interagency Climate Change Task Force

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Anticipated Vulnerabilities: Displacement and Migration in the Age of Climate Change

September 2019

When Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico in September of 2017, thousands of its inhabitants were forced to flee their homes - many of whom ended up in in the City of Holyoke, Massachusetts. Between 2017 and 2018, over 5,400 people moved from Puerto Rico to Holyoke. In the years that followed, the city and partners at Hunter College and the University of Connecticut surveyed these families, intending to learn what aspects worked in response to their displacement and resettlement. Officials also hoped to assess how other cities could duplicate the incorporation of Puerto Rican climate migrants into Holyoke as more frequent climate events displace additional communities in the coming years.

Related Organizations: City of Holyoke, Massachusetts, Hunter College, University of Connecticut, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Scorched: Extreme Heat and Real Estate

August 2019

Extreme heat is an increasingly severe climate change impact across the United States - to the environment and natural resources, public health, infrastructure and ultimately, the economy.  Scorched provides an overview of extreme heat’s implications on the built environment and current and future real estate markets. Heat mitigation and adaptation strategies are discussed related to building design, building materials, green infrastructure and public space design. Case studies highlight the how the real estate sector is leading in implementing ‘heat-resilient’ building designs and land uses.

Related Organizations: Urban Land Institute

Authors or Affiliated Users: Katharine Burgess, Elizabeth Foster

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Karuk Tribe Climate Adaptation Plan

August 16, 2019

Karuk have lived in the Klamath-Siskiyou Mountains in the mid-Klamath River region of northern California beyond documented history, and now face severe climate change impacts to their territory and way of life. The Karuk Climate Adaptation Plan details climate impacts and adaptation strategies for the Karuk tribe and culture, local species and habitats, human health, critical infrastructure, tribal programs, tribal sovereignty and management authority. The climate adaptations evaluated have combined western science and Karuk traditional knowledge, and are recommended based on 22 focal species cultural indicators “for human responsibilities and necessary human actions” across seven habitat management zones.

Related Organizations: Karuk Tribe Department of Natural Resources

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kari Norgaard, William Tripp

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PG&E Better Together Resilient Communities Grant Program

March 1, 2018

The Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) Better Together Resilient Communities grant program funds initiatives to help California communities better prepare for, withstand, and recover from extreme weather events and other risks related to climate change. PG&E is investing $2 million over five years in shareholder-funded grants.  In 2018, PG&E focused on projects to help communities prepare for increased frequency and severity of extreme heat events, and the 2019 Resilient Communities grant program focused on wildfire risk.

Related Organizations: Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)

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New Hampshire Senate Bill (S.B.) 285: Establishing a Coastal Resilience and Economic Development Program

August 3, 2019

On August 3, 2019, the State of New Hampshire passed Senate Bill (S. B. ) 285 to establish a coastal resilience and economic development program and provide local governments with innovative new tools to address climate emergencies due to sea-level rise, storm surge, and flooding. One notable provision of the bill allows municipalities to either alter their existing boundaries or create a new municipality by combining existing ones (Section 2, codified in New Hampshire Revised Statutes § 31:9-d).

Related Organizations: State of New Hampshire

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Making Equity Real in Climate Adaptation and Community Resilience Policies and Programs: A Guidebook

August 2019

To operationalize California’s statewide vision of honoring social equity in the climate adaptation planning and decision-making processes, the Greenlining Institute published Making Equity Real in Climate Adaptation and Community Resilience Policies and Programs: A Guidebook. The guidebook provides detailed step-by-step guidelines for policymakers to ensure social equity is embraced and implemented throughout the adaptation processes, from goal setting, to policy implementation, to outcome evaluation.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Sona Mohnot, Jordyn Bishop, Alvaro Sanchez

Resource Category: Planning

 

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