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New York State Climate Smart Communities: Climate Smart Resiliency Planning Evaluation Tool

October 2014

Climate Smart Resiliency Planning is a non-regulatory self-assessment tool developed for local government decision makers in New York State to identify opportunities in municipal planning for climate change resilience. The tool is formatted as a “yes/no” questionnaire for local planners and managers to assess a community’s current plans, climate hazard risks, disaster preparedness, and public engagement. Results can be used to inform the development of integrated planning documents that incorporate adaptation strategies to address a community’s vulnerability to climate impacts such as flooding, storm surge, sea level rise, extreme heat, and drought.

Related Organizations: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

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Banking on Green: A Look at How Green Infrastructure Can Save Municipalities Money and Provide Economic Benefits Community-wide

April 2012

Banking on Green describes the cost-effectiveness of green infrastructure (GI) for stormwater management, and the co-benefits of energy reduction, flood mitigation, and improved public health outcomes. American Rivers, Water Environment Federation, American Society of Landscape Architects, and ECONorthwest created this report to put information from GI performance research into the hands of decision makers. Detailing the benefits of green infrastructure, along with documented examples of successful GI practices, this document provides information on the economics and climate change adaptation benefits of GI for policymakers, municipal and utility officials, and the general public.

Related Organizations: The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), American Rivers, Water Environment Federation, ECONorthwest

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National Park Service (NPS)

The National Park Service (NPS) is a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Interior and is led by a Director nominated by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Since 1916 the National Park Service has managed our national parks. With the help of volunteers and park partners, they safeguard nearly 400 parks which have more than 275 million visitors every year.

 

 

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