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Taking Action on Green Resilience: Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Synergies

November 20, 2017

This report summarizes a workshop entitled “Taking Action on Green Resilience”at the 2017 ICLEI Canada Livable Cities Forum in Victoria, British Columbia, and provides recommendations on capacity building, research and public policies needed to advance green resilience practices. “Green Resilience” strategies are described as those that address both climate mitigation and adaptation - by simultaneously reducing GHG emissions and enhancing climate resilience.  The report was produced by Green Resilience Strategies and ACT (the Adaptation to Climate Change Team) at Simon Fraser University.

Related Organizations: Simon Fraser University, Green Resilience Strategies

Authors or Affiliated Users: Steve Winkelman, Edward Nichol, Deborah Harford

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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New York Tidal Wetlands Guidance Document

November 22, 2017

From the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), this document offers guidance on permitting requirements for public or private living shorelines projects in the Marine and Coastal District Waters of New York (Lower Hudson River to the tip of Long Island).  Intended for permitting staff, design professionals, and property owners, this guidance encourages living shorelines over other hardening approaches for flood and erosion control and promotes consistent permit determination for living shoreline projects.

Related Organizations: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Case Studies of Natural Shoreline Infrastructure in Coastal California

November 27, 2017

This report describes natural infrastructure projects implemented in coastal California to support adaptive planning and solutions regarding climate-related coastal hazards. Five case studies of successful adaptation projects to address coastal issues are provided, demonstrating different strategies for varying coastal environments. The report makes the case that natural shoreline infrastructure is a better alternative to engineered structures such as seawalls that increase erosion. Natural infrastructure is more likely to preserve the benefits of coastal ecosystems which provide flood protection, recreation, wildlife habitat, water quality and more.

Related Organizations: The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Moody's Environmental Risks: Evaluating the Impact of Climate Change on U.S. State and Local Issuers

November 28, 2017

This report from Moody's Investor Services discusses potential credit rating impacts from the exposure and vulnerability of U. S. state and local governments to economic losses from climate change. The report notes that without adaptation, state and local governments will face increasing risks risks from severe heat, changing precipitation patterns, and rising sea levels - and that these risks will become more severe over time. The economic impacts of climate change will include property damage, lowered productivity, health impacts, and increasing energy use.

Related Organizations: Moody's Investor Services

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Washington Shoreline Master Program Handbook: Appendix A – Addressing Sea Level Rise in Shoreline Master Programs

December 2017 Revision

The Shoreline Master Programs Handbook, developed by Washington Department of Ecology, provides guidance to help local governments meet the requirements of the Shoreline Management Act (RCW 90.58) and the Shoreline Master Program Guidelines (WAC 173-26, Part III). Appendix A of the Handbook directs planners on how to incorporate sea level rise planning into the broader framework of shoreline management planning.

Related Organizations: Washington State Department of Ecology

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Great Marsh Coastal Adaptation Plan

December 2017

The National Wildlife Federation, in partnership with the Ipswich River Watershed Association, developed this adaptation plan for six coastal communities in northeastern Massachusetts (Salisbury, Newbury, Newburyport, Essex, Ipswich, and Rowley) that are in the Great Marsh and highly vulnerable to climate change. The report includes thorough reviews of vulnerability assessments of current and future coastal climate threats for the region and for each town. Near and long-term strategies that reduce risk and increase ecosystem and community resiliency are described for each of the six communities and regionally as well.

Related Organizations: National Wildlife Federation

Authors or Affiliated Users: Taj Schottland, Christopher Hilke

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Finance Guide for Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge Design Teams

December 1, 2017

This guide was designed to assist design teams that are part of the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge.  Resilient by Design is a collaborative design challenge for the San Francisco Bay area of California, to develop 10 innovative community-based solutions that will strengthen the region’s resilience to sea level rise, severe storms, flooding and earthquakes.  The report describes strategic funding and financing options for developing hazard-ready infrastructure in California, and can be useful for decision makers and designers outside of the Bay area challenge.

Author or Affiliated User: Robert Spencer

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: 2017 Interim Report

December 2017

This National Institute of Building Sciences report highlights the benefits of implementing natural hazard mitigation strategies, concluding that a $1 investment in hazard mitigation saves $6 in future disaster costs (updating past estimates of a $4 savings). As part of the analysis, the report considers the benefits of mitigating future costs from sea-level rise and increasing flood risks.   In addition to the losses avoided, the report estimated that 600 lives could be saved and 1 million non-fatal injuries avoided with common sense investments in hazard mitigation.

Related Organizations: National Institute of Building Sciences

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Resource Guide for Planning, Designing and Implementing Green Infrastructure in Parks

December 2017

This Resource Guide provides basic principles and innovations in green stormwater infrastructure in support of implementation into parks and park systems nationwide. Written as a starting point for planners, designers, and decision-makers, the guide provides a design and management framework for integrating these green practices into park design, construction and maintenance. The report also offers quantifiable water quality benefits from green infrastructure, best practices in adaptation, and encourages integrated social equity goals.

Related Organizations: National Recreation and Park Association

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Rhode Island Socioeconomics of Sea Level Rise

2016/2017

A project from the Rhode Island Division of Statewide Planning, Socioeconomics of Sea Level Rise (SLR) identifies the demographic and socioeconomic makeup of the communities located within multiple sea level rise inundation scenarios in Rhode Island. Serving as a resource in sea level rise planning, the Division suggests that data included in this project can be used for capital improvement planning, transportation planning, and overall long-range planning in communities.

Related Organizations: Rhode Island State Planning Program

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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