Virginia Beach Public Works Design Standards Manual - Sea Level Rise and Precipitation Adjustments for Stormwater Management Design
In 2019, the City of Virginia Beach updated its Public Works Design Standards Manual (Manual) to account for climate change impacts in drainage system design requirements that help control stormwater runoff. The Manual provides minimum design standards for all City public works projects within City rights-of-way, easements, and City-owned properties (e. g. , roadway, drainage, and traffic signal design standards). Section 8 of the Manual addresses stormwater management, and unlike most of the rest of the Manual, its standards apply to all private projects as well as City construction projects relating to stormwater management.
Related Organizations: City of Virginia Beach, Virginia
Resource Category: Law and Governance
The Louisiana Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments (LA SAFE) planning process is aimed at climate adaptation and resilience planning for coastal communities in Louisiana. The strategy supports mitigating risks and increasing resilience to coastal impacts - especially flooding. The LA SAFE initiative was first funded through a HUD long-term disaster recovery grant, for six parishes most impacted by Hurricane Isaac in 2012. Guided by the state of Louisiana, and a network of regional non-profits focused on coastal restoration and resilience, it is a goal of the LA SAFE program to expand the program statewide in the future.
Related Organizations: State of Louisiana, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Resource Category: Solutions
The Council of Western State Foresters and the Western Forestry Leadership Coalition (WFLC) developed a wildfire risk assessment of all lands for the 17 western states and select Pacific Islands - known as the West Wide Wildfire Risk Assessment, or WWA. Three sets of summary statistics were developed using the results of the WWA, including Regional Summary Statistics, State Summary Statistics, and County Risk Reports, as well as maps of wildfire risk demonstrating fire threat and that to key assets - downscaled to the county level.
Related Organizations: Council of Western State Foresters (CWSF), Western Forestry Leadership Coalition
Resource Category: Assessments
Prepared by the U. S. Green Building Council, this report summarizes research on projected climate change impacts in the built environment at various scales - regional, neighborhood, and site or building. Predicted climate changes are reported by region, with a range of future characteristics in the categories of temperature, precipitation, coastlines, air quality, pests, and fires. The report also provides strategies for enhancing resilience in buildings, which focus on how green building professionals can utilize adaptation strategies in the built environment.
Related Organizations: U.S. Green Building Council, University of Michigan
Resource Category: Planning