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Climate Change, Resilience and Fairness - How Nonstructural Adaptation Can Protect and Empower Socially Vulnerable Communities on the Gulf Coast

April 2016

Utilizing case studies from extreme flooding events, this paper synthesizes lessons learned, hazard mitigation strategies, and best practices in adaptation. The focus is on nonstructural adaptation strategies such as disaster planning and mitigation, and property buyouts. The best practices for implementing nonstructural adaptation strategies are also discussed with respect to impacts on, and solutions for, vulnerable communities.  The paper is grounded in three case studies of flooding events that each caused widespread damage, occurred across a range of demographic and socio-economic conditions, and involved both structural and nonstructural post-disaster adaptation strategies.

Related Organizations: Center for Progressive Reform

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Planning for Climate and Energy Equity in Maryland

December 2015

Funded by the Town Creek Foundation of Maryland, Skeo Solutions evaluated Maryland’s 2013 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act Plan - to determine the effects of the plan on state programs and disadvantaged communities. Aimed at enhancing social equity outcomes in Maryland’s climate planning, the programs were analyzed as to whether they benefit or reduce impacts on vulnerable communities - in order to identify programatic improvements, and the need for new initiatives. In addition, a number of long-term recommendations are offered to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance climate adaptation planning.

Related Organizations: Town Creek Foundation of Maryland

Author or Affiliated User: Marcus Griswold

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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North Carolina Climate and Health Adaptation Plan

2016

The North Carolina Department of Health developed this Adaptation Plan as a part of the Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) framework. This report builds off of the previous North Carolina Climate and Health Profile Report by prioritizing and recommending options to avoid or mitigate the state’s climate-related health impacts. Air quality and respiratory diseases, along with heat-related deaths and illnesses, are North Carolina’s top climate-related health priorities. The purpose of this adaptation plan is to provide the department with information to identify and implement adaptation strategies for climate-related health impacts across the state.

Related Organizations: North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Resource Category: Planning

 

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APA Washington Chapter - Climate Change Adaptation website

November 2015

The Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association offers a website focused on climate impacts, adaptation and resilience. The site links to many issue briefs which demonstrate detailed climate adaptation and mitigation strategies for local governments in Washington State. 

Related Organizations: American Planning Association (APA)

Resource Category: Adaptation Websites

 

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Rhode Island 2015 Climate Change and Health Resiliency Report

2015

The Rhode Island Department of Health’s Climate Change and Health Resiliency Report identifies the climate change impacts on public health in Rhode Island, and offers strategies that can strengthen the effectiveness of public health management for climate impacts in the state. The report describes the threats that climate change poses to the state and its vulnerable populations, and details ongoing and planned best practices to counter these threats and protect vulnerable groups. The Department of Health Climate Change Program (HEALTH) has implemented climate adaptation projects that are highlighted throughout the report, along with Rhode Island case studies, and examples of best practices from across the country.

Related Organizations: Rhode Island Department of Health

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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San Francisco Sea Level Rise Action Plan

March 2016

Led by San Francisco Planning and San Francisco Public Works, the Sea Level Rise Action Plan describes the objectives for future sea level rise and coastal flooding planning and mitigation in the City and County of San Francisco, California. The plan summarizes current climate science, relevant policies and regulations, and vulnerability and risk assessments conducted to date; provides a roadmap with both short-term and long-term sea level rise adaptation actions; and establishes a framework for further assessment, adaptation planning, and implementation.

Related Organizations: San Francisco Planning Department, City and County of San Francisco, California, San Francisco Department of Public Works

Resource Category: Planning

 

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A Primer on Disaster and Emergency Appropriations

March 2, 2016

This issue brief from the Heritage Foundation explains three classifications of disaster and emergency spending including “regular appropriations,” “disaster designated appropriations,” and “emergency supplemental appropriations. ” The paper argues that most events should be funded through regular appropriations. Additionally, Congress should establish higher thresholds for disasters so that funding is reserved for major events. This document does not directly address climate adaptation, but this resource is included in the Clearinghouse because disaster policy will be critical to the nation's ability to respond to climate change since climate will increase the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events and is likely to increase disaster costs.

Related Organizations: The Heritage Foundation

Author or Affiliated User: Justin Bogie

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Long-Term Drought Resilience Federal Action Plan of the National Drought Resilience Partnership

March 2016

President Obama established the National Drought Resilience Partnership (NDRP) in November 2013 as part of his Climate Action Plan. On March 21, 2016, Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum on Building National Capabilities for Long-Term Drought Resilience, directing the NDRP to work collaboratively to deliver on a Federal Action Plan designed to complement state, regional, tribal and local drought preparedness, planning and implementation efforts.  This Action Plan lays out a series of activities to fulfill the President’s drought resilience goals, which are intended to be undertaken in 2016 or 2017.

Resource Category: Planning

 

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DOT Fastlane Grants

December 2015

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects Program, also known as the FASTLANE program, is a new competitive grant program that was included in the “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act” (FAST Act) to provide funding for nationally significant highway, bridge, and freight projects. Congress authorized $800 million in funding for the FASTLANE program for the 2017 fiscal year.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Ecosystem-Service Assessment: Research Needs for Coastal Green Infrastructure

August 2015

The Coastal Green Infrastructure and Ecosystem Services Task Force of the National Science and Technology Council has recommended priority areas of research to support the integration of green infrastructure into coastal resilience planning. This report focuses on the ecosystem services provided by coastal green infrastructure (CGI) and recommends areas for prioritized Federal research to support the integration of CGI.

Related Organizations: National Science and Technology Council

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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