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Hawaii HB 444 - An Act Relating to Beach Protection: Transient Accommodations Tax; Special Land and Development Fun; Appropriation”

July 1, 2015

Hawaii HB 444, passed June 16, 2015, authorizes the use of transient accommodations tax revenues for a beach restoration and conservation special fund. The bill was enacted to effectively develop and implement plans to slow the degradation of Hawaii’s beaches; as well as to restore beaches through the coordination of activities involving the counties and the formation of public-private partnerships.  The legislation expands the uses of the beach restoration fund to allow the Department of Land and Natural Resources to include studies about the effect of sea level rise when developing beach conservation plans.

Related Organizations: State of Hawaii, Hawaii Land and Natural Resources Department

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New York State Water Infrastructure Improvement Act Grant Program

July 2015

The New York State (NYS) Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) and the NYS Department of Health announced in July 2015 that $50 million in water infrastructure grants are available to local governments for critical water and wastewater infrastructure upgrades. For State Fiscal Year 2015-2016, $30 million of the funding will be available for clean water (wastewater) projects with priority given to the projects that increase resiliency to sea level rise and extreme weather events. 

Related Organizations: New York State Department of Health, New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Progress Report: Highlighting Federal Actions Addressing the Recommendations of the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience

July 2015

The Obama Administration released a progress report detailing the federal agency initiatives that are being implemented in response to recommendations from the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. The report describes more than one hundred completed and ongoing initiatives that federal agencies have taken to support efforts, at all levels of government, to prepare for changing climate conditions. 

Related Organizations: Executive Office of the President of the United States

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Greenworks Philadelphia 2015 Progress Report

June 30, 2015

In June 2015, Mayor Michael A. Nutter released the 2015 Greenworks Philadelphia Progress Report, the sixth and final summary of the work completed under the City of Philadelphia’s comprehensive sustainability plan between 2009-2015. The 2015 report includes target specific achievements over the last year, cumulative metrics and trends, work that remains in progress, and specific recommendations including a framework for an updated sustainability plan in Philadelphia in the short-term.

Resource Category: Planning

 

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NASA Panoply netCDF, HDF and GRIB Data Viewer

June 29, 2015

Panoply is a Java application which plots geo-gridded arrays from netCDF, HDF and GRIB datasets.

Related Organizations: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Author or Affiliated User: Robert B. Schmunk

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Living Shorelines: From Barriers to Opportunities

June 18, 2015

A report from Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE), “Living Shorelines: From Barriers to Opportunities,” provides a national assessment of institutional barriers that are preventing broader use of living shorelines, and gives recommendations and strategies for progress. 

Related Organizations: Restore America’s Estuaries

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Wildland Fire Resilient Landscapes Program (U.S. DOI)

June 16, 2015

The U. S. Department of the Interior (DOI) is directing the Wildland Fire Resilient Landscapes Program. The FY 2015 President's Budget request included funding to establish a new "Resilient Landscapes" activity to improve the integrity and resilience of forests and rangelands by restoring natural vegetation landscapes to specific conditions and maintain fire resiliency. Subsequently, as a pilot initiative, Congress provided $10 million in the FY2015 Fuels Management program to fund resilient landscape activities.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), National Park Service (NPS)

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Green Streets, Green Towns, Green Jobs Grant Initiative

June 16, 2015

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Chesapeake Bay Trust, in partnership with Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources, announced $727,500 in 2015 grants to be awarded to 15 organizations through the Green Streets, Green Towns, Green Jobs Grant Initiative (G3 Grant Program). The G3 program was piloted in the Chesapeake Bay area in 2011 to encourage local jurisdictions to use “green” techniques when pursuing necessary “gray” infrastructure projects.  Its purpose is to improve local, grassroots-level greening efforts by towns and communities in urbanized watersheds that reduce stormwater runoff through the creation of “green streets,” the increase in urban green spaces, and the reduction of impervious surfaces.

Related Organizations: Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Chesapeake Bay Trust, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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EJSCREEN: EPA Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tool

June 10, 2015

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed a new environmental justice (EJ) mapping and screening tool called EJSCREEN. EJSCREEN allows users to access high-resolution environmental and demographic information for locations in the United States, and compare their selected locations to the rest of the state, EPA region, or the nation.

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

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Louisville Urban Tree Canopy Assessment

March 1, 2015

At the recommendation of the Louisville Metro Tree Advisory Commission, a countywide urban tree canopy (UTC) study was conducted in Louisville, Kentucky. The study was designed to determine the historic and current amount and location of tree cover, quantify the benefits, set realistic goals to expand the tree canopy, and make recommendations for achieving these goals.

Related Organizations: Louisville Metro Tree Advisory Commission

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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