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Our Changing Planet: The U.S. Global Change Research Program for Fiscal Year 2017

November 2016

Our Changing Planet reports on the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)'s recent research and education activities to inform climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts, highlighting those that intersect with President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. The report discusses progress towards each of four goals from USGCRP’s 2012-2021 Strategic Plan: to advance science, inform decisions, conduct sustained assessments, and communicate and educate.  

Related Organizations: U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Wind River Reservation: Drought Risk and Adaptation in the Interior Report

2017

From the North Central Climate Science Center, this report looks at the social-ecological vulnerabilities, risks, and response capacities of the Wind River Indian Reservation (WRIR) to drought. The Center's Drought Risk and Adaptation in the Interior project relies on social-ecological systems frameworks to understand adaptation initiatives in the north central region of the U. S. This report discusses the results of drought risk interviews with resource managers at WRIR, in order to inform drought preparedness planning and climate change adaptation efforts.

Related Organizations: North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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My Strong Home - Home Risk Mitigation Loans

2017

MyStrongHome is a public-benefit corporation which aims to help homes and communities in coastal areas in South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana to be better protected from extreme weather by financing and managing home upgrades, especially new storm-ready roofs, to meet resilient building standards. By providing an “end-to-end” solution, from assessment and financing through construction and insurance, MyStrongHome makes home risk mitigation more accessible to homeowners.

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Recommendation of Sea Level Rise Planning Scenarios for Delaware: Technical Report

2017

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) first developed Recommended Sea Level Rise Scenarios for Delaware in 2009.  In 2016-2017, a new Delaware Sea Level Rise Technical Committee was convened to update the scenarios based on the latest scientific research and modeling. Led by Delaware Geological Survey and DNREC Delaware Coastal Programs, the Committee and these sea-level rise (SLR) planning scenarios respond to 2013 Executive Order 41 - which requires Delaware state agencies to factor SLR into capital improvement projects and land use decisions, and for DNREC to periodically update SLR scenarios with the best scientific data available.

Related Organizations: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), Delaware Geological Survey

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Safeguarding California: Implementation Action Plans

March 2016

From the California Natural Resources Agency, Safeguarding California: Implementation Action Plans is a progress report describing how the state government is responding to the recommendations from the 2014 Safeguarding California: Reducing Climate Risk report and implementing the adaptation strategies. 

Related Organizations: California Natural Resources Agency

Author or Affiliated User: Joseph Wall

Resource Category: Planning

 

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New Jersey Climate Adaptation Directory

2016

The New Jersey Climate Adaptation Directory was created to provide resources that assist in guiding practitioners in New Jersey through the adaptation planning process. This directory contains geographic data, tools, reports, model policies and ordinances, case studies, and current projects focused on evaluating vulnerabilities and developing and implementing climate change adaptation plans and strategies.

Related Organizations: New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Delaware Wastewater and Surface Water Matching Planning Grant

February 22, 2016

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control's Division of Watershed Stewardship and Environmental Finance are now accepting project proposals from state, county and municipal governments and governmental subdivisions for matching grants for wastewater and surface water project planning. Grants are revolving and proposals are due approximately the last week of February, May, August, and November.

Related Organizations: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)

Resource Category: Funding

 

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EPA Drought Response and Recovery Guide for Water Utilities

March 10, 2016

This guide from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides practical solutions to help drinking water utilities respond to and recover from drought -  although it is not intended to serve as regulatory guidance. The interactive, user-friendly guide provides worksheets, best practices, videos and key resources for managing drought emergencies and building long-term resilience. It also relays lessons learned and case studies for seven small- to medium-sized utilities nationwide that have faced extreme drought conditions.

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

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Social Equity and Climate Change

November 2015

Social Equity and Climate Change is a “discussion paper about community resilience” from the Washington State Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA). This Brief describes social equity issues specifically related to the impacts of climate change, and includes a broader examination of issues of social equity in planning and public policy at the community level. The paper consists of “Strategies to Promote Social Equity in Adapting to Climate Change Effects” which focus on five issues of particular importance for vulnerable populations:  Learn about communities and find a reading list that will help you think through resilient affordable housing strategies.

Related Organizations: American Planning Association (APA)

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Seattle Extreme Heat Scenario-Based Pilot-Project in Frontline Communities - Racial Equity Mini Evaluation

December 2015

The Seattle, Washington Extreme Heat Scenario-Based Pilot-Project was commissioned by the City of Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment, funded in part by the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, and conducted by Equity Matters. It was commissioned as a pilot program to understand how municipal agencies, including Public Health - Seattle and King County, and the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, can better support low-income communities and communities of color during extreme heat events.

Related Organizations: Equity Matters, City of Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment, Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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