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Heat in the Heartland: Climate Change and Economic Risk in the U.S.

January 23, 2015

From the Risky Business Project, “Heat in the Heartland” details how extreme heat from unmitigated climate change could transform the Midwest's communities and economy. This assessment defines the range of potential economic consequences on agriculture and businesses, as well as discusses the related impacts on labor productivity, livestock, energy use, public health, crime, fresh water supply and tourism. The report concludes that the most severe risks can still be avoided through early investments in resilience and immediate action to mitigate global warming.

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Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Content Guidelines

January 2015

The U. S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) issued revised guidelines in 2015 that outline the federal requirements and guidance for writing a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS).  The CEDS guidelines now require regional economic development agencies to consider how climate change will affect economic development and to include strategies for increasing economic resilience. The guidelines acknowledge that a region’s long-term economic resilience will be defined by its ability to quickly recover from economic shocks and that climate change will increasingly cause economic disruptions.

Related Organizations: Economic Development Administration

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President's State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience: Recommendations to the President

November 17, 2014

As part of his Climate Action Plan, in November 2013, President Obama issued Executive Order 13653 - 'Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change,' creating The State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. The Task Force was directed to advise the Administration on how the Federal Government can respond to the needs of communities nationwide in achieving climate change resilience. The Task Force members, which include governors, mayors, county officials, and Tribal leaders from across the country, met throughout the year and used their first-hand experiences in building climate preparedness and resilience in their communities to inform their recommendations to the Administration.

Related Organizations: State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience

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The Innovative DOT: A Handbook of Policy and Practice (Focus Area 7: Integrate Transportation and Land Use Decision-Making – Climate Change Resilience and Long-Range Planning Section)

January 2015

“The Innovative DOT: A Handbook of Policy and Practice,” developed by the State Smart Transportation Initiative and Smart Growth America, contains a resiliency section that provides guidance for state departments of transportation (DOTs) on how to incorporate climate change adaptation into long-range transportation planning. It provides state DOTs with a comprehensive list of reforms that will address potential climate-related vulnerabilities and reduce the likelihood, magnitude, duration and cost of disruption associated with extreme weather.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

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Climate Ready Water Utilities Adaptation Strategies Guide for Water Utilities

February 2015

EPA prepared this Guide as part of its Climate Ready Water Utilities Initiative. The Guide presents the projected climate change impacts and adaptation options for drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater utility, for nine regions across the U.S. Detailed examples of adaptation strategies are provided, including those from utilities which have successfully implemented adaptation strategies.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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View from the Coast: Local Perspectives and Policy Recommendations on Flood-Risk Reduction in South Louisiana

July 2015

From the Center for Planning for Excellence (CPEX), “The View from the Coast” examines local perspectives and projects from across coastal Louisiana related to nonstructural flood risk reduction. The report discusses federal, state and local level decision making and policy implementation, while documenting community-level risk-reduction perspectives towards nonstructural efforts to build resiliency against coastal impacts such as recurrent flooding, sea level rise and storm surge.

Related Organizations: Center for Planning Excellence

Authors or Affiliated Users: Camille Manning-Broome, Pamela Jenkins, Jeannette Dubinin

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Climate Framework for Delaware

March 2, 2015

The Climate Framework for Delaware, released by Governor Jack Markell on March 2, 2015, details the state’s plans for reducing carbon pollution and preparing for the future impacts of climate change. Summarizing the recommendations from the three workgroups formed under Delaware Executive Order 41- Mitigation, Adaptation, and Flood Avoidance - the Framework describes the actions that state agencies have already taken to mitigate emissions and adapt to impacts, and outlines recommendations for future actions on both fronts.

Related Organizations: State of Delaware

Author or Affiliated User: Jennifer de Mooy

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Stronger Housing, Safer Communities: Strategies for Seismic and Flood Risks

March 2015

From the Association of Bay Area Governments, and the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), this report describes the characteristics of housing and communities vulnerable to earthquakes and sea level rise in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. Recommended strategies are provided with a focus on reducing housing and community vulnerability to help the region meet its resilience, sustainability, prosperity, and equity goals.

Related Organizations: Association of Bay Area Local Governments (ABAG), San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Dana Brechwald, Cynthia Kroll, Wendy Goodfriend, Lindy Lowe

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Sustainable City pLAn - Los Angeles, California

April 8, 2015

City of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti released the Sustainable City pLAn to provide a roadmap for a Los Angeles that is “environmentally healthy, economically prosperous, and equitable in opportunity for all. ” The pLAn is a guide to sustainability policies and actions for all City departments, now and over the next 20 years. A complimentary pLAn website was developed to share the document itself and the vision behind it, as well as to present information on each of the City’s sustainability goals.

Related Organizations: City of Los Angeles, California

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State of Corporate Adaptation Survey 2015

June 2015

The University of Notre Dame’s Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN) and consultant firm Four Twenty Seven, with support from Business for Social Responsibility, launched and published the 2015 Corporate Adaptation report to generate insights into whether and how enterprises are preparing for the physical impacts of climate change. The report is expected to further the collective understanding of best practices, barriers and enablers, and strategies to prepare for climate change in the corporate world.

Related Organizations: Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative (ND-GAIN)

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