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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)

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FHWA Emergency Relief Program and Resilience

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) developed this document to clarify that program funds provided through the Emergency Relief (ER) Program may be used to rebuild more resiliently in ways that will prevent damage from future extreme weather events. The FHWA-ER program provides funding for the repair or reconstruction of Federal-aid highways that have experienced major damage from natural disasters or other externally-caused catastrophic failures.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

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Expanding vulnerability assessment for public lands: The social complement to ecological approaches

January 25, 2017

This report addresses how to measure the social vulnerability of rural populations in the context of public lands management, with an focus on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands. Recognizing the need to better understand the climate vulnerabilities of those individuals and communities that depend upon resources managed on public lands, and the array of public land uses, federal agencies are asked to take into account both the needs and environmental impacts of human activities.  The paper highlights existing approaches to social vulnerability assessments and presents design principles for holistic social-ecological vulnerability assessments.

Related Organizations: Colorado State University, Western State Colorado University

Authors or Affiliated Users: Shannon M. McNeeley, Trevor L. Even, John B.M. Gioia, Corrine N. Knapp, Tyler A. Beeton

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Monroe County, Florida Resolution 028-2017 - Interim Road Design Standards

January 18, 2017

In 2017, as a result of severe tidal flooding from king (i. e. exceptionally high) tides in 2015 and 2016 and increasing sea-level rise estimates, Monroe County, Florida—a low-lying area covering the Florida Keys and Everglades—adopted interim design standards specifying minimum road elevation requirements. [ref title=""]Monroe County Board of Commissioners Meeting, Wednesday, January 18, 2017; Agenda Items M. 6, M. 7. [/ref] The design standards are largely informed by recommendations included in the County’s Final Report for the Monroe County Pilot Roads Project: The Sands and Twin Lakes Communities (Final Report) which examined nuisance flooding in Key Largo and Big Pine Key, where king tide flooding was highest.

Related Organizations: Monroe County, Florida

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Climate Change Resilience: Governance and Reforms

January 30, 2017

Climate Change Resilience: Governance and Reforms offers policy recommendations to increase resilience to climate change impacts through improved governance. Provided by the Arizona State University Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes, the report integrates input from the 2014 Climate Change Resilience: Governance and Reforms Summit in Washington, DC.  The summit goals were to explore the cross-sector, multi-level, contentious, and political facets of resilience; and to examine links among resilience, community empowerment, and economic development.

Related Organizations: Arizona State University

Authors or Affiliated Users: James Nachbaur, Irina Feygina, Elise Lipkowitz, Darshan Karwat

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California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool - CalEnviroScreen 3.0

January 30, 2017

Developed by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment at the request of the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA), CalEnviroScreen is a science-based tool that identifies the California communities most burdened by pollution from multiple sources and most vulnerable to its effects. The tool uses existing environmental, health, demographic and socioeconomic data to create a screening score for communities across the state. Specifically, the tool uses data on 20 indicators covering pollution and population characteristics to create scores for each of the state’s 8,000 census tracts.

Related Organizations: California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA)

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Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Case Study - City of Columbus, Ohio

January 31, 2017

The City of Columbus, Ohio is deploying an electrical vehicle charging network to support alternative modes of transportation, reduce greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles, and reduce waste energy emitted from vehicles that contribute to the city's urban heat islands.

Related Organizations: City of Columbus

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GCC: Policy Considerations for the Maryland Commission on Climate Change

January 31, 2017

This memorandum from the Georgetown Climate Center (GCC) seeks to help Maryland to document the important work it is already doing to prepare for the impacts of climate change and to provide recommendations for additional steps that the state could take, drawing on examples of practices from other states. In order to protect lives, health, property, economies, and natural systems, states need to adapt how they plan, regulate, and make investments to consider future climate change.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

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Climate Adaptation Workshop for Minnesota Higher Educational Institutions

January 31, 2017

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency worked with a team of college and university representatives to develop a one-day workshop "Climate Adaptation in Minnesota Higher Educational Institutions" to further build climate adaptation leadership on Minnesota campuses. The event was held on January 31st, 2017 at the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus. Approximately 130 college and university faculty, staff and students participated in this interactive program. The goals of the workshop were to illustrate how higher educational institutions can recognize the impacts of climate change, develop adaptation strategies, and inspire resilient solutions in Minnesota.

Related Organizations: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, University of Minnesota

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Safe haven in the storm: Protecting lives and margins with climate-smart health care

January 2017

Climate-smart health care as described in this report addresses how hospitals and health systems can prepare for climate change and its implications for public health, with a focus on extreme weather events.  The costs for hospitals and care facilities associated with lack of preparation for these events - including severe storms, flooding, extreme temperatures, wildfires - are discussed in detail. The report also describes the benefits of preparedness, how “smart executives can take action,” and provides case studies of adaptation to extreme events in the health sector.

Related Organizations: Health Care Without Harm

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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