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The Cost and Affordability of Flood Insurance in New York City

2017

This RAND study examined how recent changes to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) would affect the affordability of insurance for homeowners and business in New York City. New floodplain maps in the city are expanding the number of homes and businesses that must carry flood insurance and increasing the rate of insurance for many structures.  Legal changes to the NFIP are also phasing in rate hikes for many insureds. Using flood vulnerable areas in New York City as the study area, this study examined how these changes in the NFIP would affect the affordability of flood insurance.

Related Organizations: RAND Corporation

Authors or Affiliated Users: Lloyd Dixon, Noreen Clancy, Benjamin Miller, Sue Hoegberg, Michael M. Lewis, Bruce Bender, Samara Ebinger, Mel Hodges, Gayle M. Syck, Caroline Nagy, Scott R. Choquette

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Essential Capacities for Urban Climate Adaptation

March 2017

The Innovation Network for Communities’ Essential Capacities for Urban Climate Adaptation report provides a review of the promising practices in urban adaptation, a summary of recent advances in the field, and a roadmap for communities to continue advancing adaptation practices.

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Implications of Climate Change for Rhode Island Wastewater Collection and Treatment Infrastructure

March 2017

This assessment for Rhode Island investigates how increasing storm intensities and flooding from climate change can impact wastewater treatment systems, including plants and pump stations throughout the state. The study presents the projected implications of climate change on Rhode Island’s nineteen public wastewater treatment facilities that are at risk of inundation, as by design they utilize low elevations, often in riverine or coastal floodplains. The RI Department of Environmental Management collaborated with the state’s Office of Housing and Community Development to evaluate these natural hazards, and begin integrating climate change considerations into wastewater system planning and design.

Related Organizations: Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management

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Texas 2017 Coastal Resiliency Master Plan

March 2017

From the Texas General Land Office (GLO), the Coastal Resiliency Master Plan was developed to guide future management of the state’s coastline in support of sustaining resilient local communities and coastal ecosystems. Climate impacts and coastal hazards including coastal erosion, sea level rise, coastal storm surge, habitat loss and degradation, and water quality decline are becoming more severe in Texas - and the GLO established a series of Resiliency Strategies as presented in the plan to address these hazards in a system-wide approach.

Related Organizations: Texas General Land Office

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Field Guide to CSO+: A Strategy for Aligning Priorities and Tactics for Unlocking Resources

2017

The Field Guide to CSO+ is designed to inform communities who need to integrate solutions for combined sewer overflows (CSOs); specifically, is meant to help city/utility officials work with elected officials to address CSO mitigation. The guide is focused on how to pursue a project that addresses CSOs while simultaneously attending to other top city priorities, such as public housing or health, all with the goal of “creating win-wins and opening up nontraditional funding/financing options.

Related Organizations: re:focus partners

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Floodplain Buyouts: An Action Guide for Local Governments on How to Maximize Community Benefits, Habitat Connectivity, and Resilience

April 2017

This Action Guide is designed to support local decision makers in utilizing hazard mitigation buyouts to reduce flood hazards, while supporting habitat connectivity and resilience on these lands. The report describes the floodplain acquisition process, why to manage acquisitions to improve habitats, and how to leverage the potential ecological and social value of properties to improve climate resilience.

Related Organizations: Environmental Law Institute (ELI), University of North Carolina

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Arizona Climate and Health Adaptation Plan 2017

April 2017

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) developed this statewide climate and health adaptation plan as a participating agency in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Climate Ready States and Cities Initiative. The plan includes strategies to guide adaptation with the intention to support the development of public health preparedness related to climate-sensitive hazards in Arizona. 

Related Organizations: Arizona Department of Health Services

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Critical Area Coastal Resilience Planning Guide for Maryland

2017

Developed for the Critical Area Commission for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays, this Planning Guide is designed for local planners, especially those in small communities and towns throughout Maryland, as they develop resiliency plans. The guide is made up of two sections, the first focused on process, and the second presents potential resilience strategies. The town of Oxford, Maryland is used as a case study throughout the first section, which outlines three assessments recommended for communities interested in working to build coastal resilience.

Related Organizations: Maryland Department of Natural Resources

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Life-Cycle Assessment and Co-Benefits of Cool Pavements

April 2017

Prepared for the California Air Resources Board and the California Environmental Protection Agency, this report describes the development of a “cool” pavement life-cycle assessment (pLCA) tool. The tool was created to help local officials in California cities to evaluate the environmental impacts of alternative pavement types - from extraction of materials through construction and use to removal and disposal or recycling of materials. This study aims to help California cities adopt pavement management strategies that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the urban heat island effect.

Related Organizations: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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Adapting Forests to Climate Change

April 5, 2017

University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) has produced a 13-page peer-reviewed paper that outlines adaptation strategies that California land owners can take to sustain their forests' value while facing climate change impacts. The report provides specific recommendations for care of three common types of forest from across California, including: Mixed Conifer, Oak Woodlands, and Coastal Redwood Forests. The focal climate impacts addressed are Fire, Moisture Stress, and Insects and Disease, which are detailed for each forest type - along with some indicators of adaptability.

Related Organizations: University of California - Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Adrienne Marshall, Susie Kocher, Amber Kerr, Peter Stine

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