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Smart Growth Fixes for Climate Adaptation and Resilience: Changing Land Use and Building Codes and Policies to Prepare for Climate Change

January 2017

This report focuses on ways that local governments can prepare for climate change impacts through land use and building policies. The report focuses on smart growth strategies that offer multiple benefits beyond climate preparedness including cost-savings, energy efficiency, increasing transportation options, and building economic opportunities. The strategies presented in the report are categorized as modest adjustments, major modifications, and wholesale changes, in order to help local governments determine which options are most appropriate for their own community.

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

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Case Study on The Sierra Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Partnership (Sierra CAMP)

January 18, 2017

This Georgetown Climate Center (GCC) case study on the Sierra Nevada Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Partnership (Sierra CAMP) explores how local governments in the 22-county rural Sierra-Nevada region of California are coordinating across jurisdictional boundaries to prepare for climate change.  This case study describes how Sierra CAMP was formed and has organized its decision-making, what local governments and other stakeholders are involved in the collaborative, what roles it is playing to support climate action in the Sierra-Nevada region, how the collaborative is influencing state decisionmaking and broadening connections between rural and urban adaptation efforts, and how the collaborative is funding its activities.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Authors or Affiliated Users: Annie Bennett, Hillary Neger

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Case Study on The Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC)

January 17, 2017

This Georgetown Climate Center (GCC) case study on the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative (LARC) explores how local governments and other partners are coordinating at the regional scale to address climate change in the Los Angeles metropolitan region of California.  This case study describes how LARC was formed and has organized its decisionmaking, what local governments and other stakeholders are involved in the collaborative, what roles it is playing to support climate action in the region, and how the collaborative funds its activities.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Author or Affiliated User: Annie Bennett

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Case Study on The King County - Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C)

January 17, 2017

This Georgetown Climate Center (GCC) case study on the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C) explores how local governments and other partners are coordinating at the regional scale to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the King County region of Washington state.  This case study explores how the K4C was formed and has organized its decisionmaking, what local governments and other stakeholders are involved in the collaborative, what roles it is playing to reduce emissions in the region, and how the collaborative funds its activities.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Authors or Affiliated Users: Hillary Neger, Annie Bennett

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Case Study on The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact

January 17, 2017

This Georgetown Climate Center (GCC) case study on the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact (Compact) explores how four counties in Southeast Florida formally established a collaborative to create close partnerships with municipalities and other entities in the region to prepare for the impacts of climate change. This case study describes how the Compact was formed and has organized its decisionmaking, what local governments and other stakeholders are involved in the collaborative, what roles it is playing to adapt to climate change, and how the Compact funds its activities.

Related Organizations: Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, Georgetown Climate Center

Authors or Affiliated Users: Sydney Menees, Jessica Grannis

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Case Study on The San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative

January 18, 2017

This Georgetown Climate Center (GCC) case study on the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative (SDRCC) explores how local governments in the San Diego metropolitan region are coordinating across jurisdictional boundaries to prepare for climate change at the regional level.  This case study describes how the SDRCC was formed and has organized its decisionmaking, what local governments and other stakeholders are involved in the collaborative, what roles it is playing to support climate action in the San Diego metropolitan region, and how it funds its activities.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Author or Affiliated User: Annie Bennett

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Case Study on The Capital Region Climate Readiness Collaborative

January 18, 2017

This Georgetown Climate Center (GCC) case study on the Capital Region Climate Readiness Collaborative (CRC) explores how local governments and other partners are coordinating at the regional scale to address climate change in the Sacramento-capital region of California.  This case study describes how the CRC was formed and has organized its decisionmaking, what local governments and other stakeholders are involved in the collaborative, what roles it is playing to support climate action in the region, and how the collaborative funds its activities.

Author or Affiliated User: Annie Bennett

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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2016 U.S. Department of Energy Environmental Justice Strategy

January 2017

This strategy document is the culmination of a process that began in November 2007 to review and update the Department of Energy (DOE) 1995 Environmental Justice Strategy. The strategy describes DOE’s plan for complying with Executive Order 12898, Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Population (Clinton, 1994). The strategy outlines its objectives to integrate environmental justice into National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) implementation, minimize climate change impacts on vulnerable people, and comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Global and Regional Sea Level Rise Scenarios for the United States

January 2017

This technical report updates scenarios of Global Mean Sea Level (GMSL) rise, and then integrates regional factors with these global scenarios for the entire U.S. coastline. It was produced by the Sea Level Rise and Coastal flood Hazard Scenarios and Tools Interagency Task Force, convened by the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) and the National Ocean Council. 

Related Organizations: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Rutgers University, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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New York State Ocean Action Plan

January 23, 2017

New York Department of Environmental Conservation released a final Ocean Action Plan (OAP) for the state of New York - a ten-year action plan focused on improving ocean ecosystem health, and the ocean’s capacity to provide sustainable benefits to the state. One of the four primary goals included in the plan is to increase resilience to climate change impacts. The OAP will guide State government funding, research, management, and outreach and education choices. 

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

Resource Category: Planning

 

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