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Portland, Oregon Central City 2035 Plan

July 9, 2018

As part of Portland Oregon’s Comprehensive Plan, the Central City 2035 Plan is the primary guiding policy document for Portland’s urban center. The plan offers goals, policies and tools to guide growth and development for largest “center” in Portland that, by 2035, will be home to 30% of Portland’s population growth, on 3% of its land area. One of the primary goals of the plan is to increase the resilience of the Central City to climate change, and policies are proposed for natural hazard, climate change and flooding resilience.

Related Organizations: City of Portland, Oregon

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Portland, Oregon 2018-2020 Strategic Plan - A Better Future, A Better Now

July 9, 2018

The City of Portland, Oregon Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS)’s mission is to “take action to shape the future of Portland and advance climate protection for a more prosperous, healthy, equitable and resilient city now and for future generations.” The Bureau’s 2018-2020 Strategic Plan includes strategies to create a low-carbon resilient built environment, including affordable housing, and to improve watershed health and climate resiliency. 

Related Organizations: City of Portland, Oregon

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Resilient Rhody: An Actionable Vision for Addressing the Impacts of Climate Change in Rhode Island

July 2, 2018

Resilient Rhody is the state of Rhode Island's first climate adaptation strategy which addresses the impacts of climate change to the state’s critical infrastructure and utilities, natural systems (upland and coastal), emergency preparedness, and community health and resilience. Strategic actions are  outlined for these four thematic areas, and an additional chapter highlights financing mechanisms for these recommendations.   An “action plan to stand up to climate change” was required by Governor Raimondo’s 2017 Executive Order 17-10.

Related Organizations: State of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Climate Change Commission

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Climate Communication Leadership Series Replication Guide

July 2018

The Climate Communications Leadership Series was created by the Utah Climate Action Network and Utah Clean Energy, in part during a workshop that was held in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2018. The series was further developed from lessons learned in this pilot project, and a guide was developed so the model can be replicated in other communities.  The program replication guide offers curriculum suggestions, exercises, design files and recruitment materials that can be used to deliver a locally tailored climate communications program.

Related Organizations: Utah Climate Action Network

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Underwater: Rising Seas, Chronic Floods, and the Implications for US Coastal Real Estate 

July 2018

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) researched the impact of sea level rise tidal flooding on coastal real estate, for the entire coastline of the lower 48 states. The study identified the number of residential and commercial properties at risk of chronic inundation, including the total current property value, estimated population, and property tax base affected. UCS determines that some coastal real estate markets will not likely recover under high future GHG emissions scenarios in which sea levels rise greatly; and the number of properties facing chronic inundation is much reduced under low emissions scenarios.

Related Organizations: Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

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Defining Vulnerable Communities in the Context of Climate Adaptation

July 2018

This resource guide was developed through the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program (ICARP). The guide supports planners and decisionmakers in defining or identifying vulnerable communities in a climate change adaptation context.  The report offers a summary of existing statewide climate vulnerability assessment tools to identify these frontline communities, and additional indicators that could be used to assess underlying vulnerability.

Related Organizations: California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR)

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Colorado Climate Plan 2018 Update - State Level Policies and Strategies to Mitigate and Adapt

July 2018

Colorado published its first Climate Plan in 2007, and advanced the plan with State Level Policies and Strategies to Mitigate and Adapt in 2015. This version, updated in 2018, incorporates additional commitments to climate action, as laid out in Governor Hickenlooper’s 2017 executive order.  The Climate Plan focuses on eight main sectors including water, public health, greenhouse gas emissions, energy, transportation, agriculture, tourism and recreation, and ecosystems. Updated climate mitigation and adaptation strategies and policy recommendations are given for each of the sectors.

Related Organizations: Colorado Department of Natural Resources, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado Department of Agriculture, Colorado Department of Local Affairs, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, Colorado Energy Office

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Port of Long Beach, California Microgrid

2018

In early 2018 the Port of Long Beach, in conjunction with Schneider Electric, began planning a microgrid solar Photovoltaic (PV) and Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) project. The project will enhance reliability and resiliency of the port’s electricity supply, and reduce the port’s carbon footprint, while simultaneously strengthening local workforce development initiatives, and providing paid, on-the-job training to port workers. By powering the port’s electric terminal equipment and reducing its reliance on diesel generators and the grid, the project reduces the port’s GHG emissions footprint and criteria air pollutant emissions. The microgrid implementation will use union labor from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, with paid training hours to fill workers’ knowledge gaps in installing comparable microgrids. Moreover, the project enlists and provides educational experience to students from the University of California - Irvine, Advanced Power and Energy program in analyzing its performance data. Funding for the plan comes from a $5 million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC), combined with $2.12 million in matched funds from the Port of Long Beach. The grant requires that the project demonstrate benefits to electricity customers in the local grid in the form of enhanced reliability, lower costs, or improved safety. An overriding objective of all CEC grant projects, is to “lead to technological advancement and breakthroughs to overcome barriers to achieving the state’s statutory energy goals.” As such, the project must document lessons learned in implementation and maintenance in promotion of replicability of similar projects, and the commercialization of microgrids more broadly.

Related Organizations: Port of Long Beach, California

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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DC Public Service Commission MEDSIS Initiative, Customer Impact Working Group

2018

The District of Columbia Public Service Commission’s (DCPSC) establishment of the Customer Impact Working Group within the Modernizing the Energy Delivery System for Increased Sustainability (MEDSIS) initiative is a replicable example of how utility commissions are working to invite equitable input in grid modernization efforts. DCPSC initiated the MEDSIS initiative as a means of making the energy delivery system more sustainable, reliable, efficient, cost effective, and interactive for District customers. DCPSC approved the establishment of six working groups to elicit input from a diverse range of stakeholders in order to address key issues related to modernizing the District’s energy delivery system. The Customer Impact Working Group is examining how grid modernization efforts may impact various customers, including exploring questions of customer equity, data protection and privacy, consumer protection, and low- and limited-income customer inclusion. This Working Group will produce recommendations aimed at ensuring that all customers benefit from grid modernization efforts.

Related Organizations: District of Columbia Public Service Commission

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Virginia S 265: Special Assistant to the Governor for Coastal Adaptation and Protection

June 22, 2018

On June 22, 2018, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed Senate Bill 265 creating a new cabinet-level position to address coastal adaptation and protection in Virginia. The bill states that the Special Assistant to the governor will be responsible for leading statewide efforts in response to coastal flooding; working to initiate economic development opportunities associated with adaptation; and fostering coordination throughout the Commonwealth, especially in Hampton Roads, a coastal region of the state that is most vulnerable to sea level rise and land subsidence.

Related Organizations: State of Virginia

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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