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Greauxing Resilience at Home — City of Boulder, Colorado: Affordable Housing, Manufactured Housing, and Environmental Plans and Initiatives

June 16, 2022

The city of Boulder, Colorado is experiencing the joint pressures of rapid regional population growth and climate change — challenges which are not unique to this city alone. Boulder has addressed these challenges in the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan, a plan jointly adopted by the City and County of Boulder to direct decisions on land use, natural and built environments, and climate. The Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan is a strong example of a planning document that places an emphasis on housing and the environment. More specifically, this plan is notable for the following reasons:

  • Developing affordable housing goals and plans for multiple income levels including low-income, moderate-income, and middle-income households to ensure housing security for Boulder’s residents.
  • Developing specific and actionable master plans, such as the Boulder Manufactured Housing Strategy and Action Plan, to address the nuances of the policies highlighted in the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan.
  • Developing policies to identify and preserve the rural-urban divide between the City of Boulder and surrounding areas by creating opportunities for sustainable population growth without threatening the rural character and valuable ecosystems of the Boulder Valley.

The Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan and associated master plans and strategies can serve as examples for other local and regional policymakers seeking to tackle the compounding challenges of population growth, affordable housing, and resilience. This case study is one of 24 case studies featured in a report written by the Georgetown Climate Center, Greauxing Resilience at Home: A Collection of Lessons and Case Studies from Louisiana and Beyond.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

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Greauxing Resilience at Home: A Collection of Lessons and Case Studies from Louisiana and Beyond

June 16, 2022

This report is composed of 24 individual case studies developed by Georgetown Climate Center to support, Greauxing Resilience at Home: A Regional Vision, a collaborative partnership effort with Capital Region Planning Commission in Louisiana. These case studies describe best and emerging practices, tools, and examples from Louisiana and other U.S. jurisdictions to make progress on the complex and interrelated challenges of housing, flooding, and resilience. These case studies are intended to provide transferable lessons and ideas for regional and local governments addressing housing and mitigating flood risk as integrated parts of comprehensive community resilience strategies. Collectively, these case studies present a suite, although not an exhaustive list of tools and approaches that can be used to facilitate any of these efforts.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Authors or Affiliated Users: Katie Spidalieri, Suhasini Ghosh, Katherine McCormick, Jennifer Li

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Colorado Future Avoided Cost Explorer (FACE:Hazards) Tool

June 2020

Colorado has advanced recovery resources, but the state's risk profile will continue to increase in the coming years. The state did not have a tool to quantify the cost of future risks, until now. The Future Avoided Cost Explorer or "FACE:Hazards" tool includes a suite of resources that will enable local decisionmakers to evaluate the costs of future risks from flooding, drought, and wildfire across seven economic sectors over different climate and population projections between today and 2050.

Related Organizations: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB)

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Fort Collins, Colorado 2019 Municipal Sustainability and Adaptation Plan

2019

The City of Fort Collins, Colorado 2019 Municipal Sustainability and Adaptation Plan (MSAP) outlines the goals and objectives for achieving a healthy, sustainable city and improving Fort Collin’s resilience to a changing climate. Presenting six goals and 17 objectives for the City through the year 2050, the plan is a guide for city employees to develop and implement sustainability and adaptation strategies.

Related Organizations: City of Fort Collins, Colorado

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Denver Green Buildings Ordinance

November 2, 2018

The City of Denver, Colorado established a Green Buildings Ordinance in 2018 requiring all new and existing buildings over 25,000 square feet in size to incorporate a “cool roof” along with other green energy measures. The new ordinance strengthens Denver’s 2017 green roof ordinance to go beyond vegetated roof requirements with additional, cost-effective options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and addressing urban heat island effects across the city.

Related Organizations: City of Denver, Colorado

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Colorado Climate Plan 2018 Update - State Level Policies and Strategies to Mitigate and Adapt

July 2018

Colorado published its first Climate Plan in 2007, and advanced the plan with State Level Policies and Strategies to Mitigate and Adapt in 2015. This version, updated in 2018, incorporates additional commitments to climate action, as laid out in Governor Hickenlooper’s 2017 executive order.  The Climate Plan focuses on eight main sectors including water, public health, greenhouse gas emissions, energy, transportation, agriculture, tourism and recreation, and ecosystems. Updated climate mitigation and adaptation strategies and policy recommendations are given for each of the sectors.

Related Organizations: Colorado Department of Natural Resources, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado Department of Agriculture, Colorado Department of Local Affairs, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, Colorado Energy Office

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From the Ground Up: The State of the States on Climate Adaptation for Agriculture

March 2018

Recognizing the leading role that states are playing in addressing climate change, this report from the Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy catalogues policies related to the need for agricultural adaptation in the 18 states states with climate adaptation plans (or specific agricultural policy papers). These states include: Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Related Organizations: The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

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South Platte Watershed Natural Capital Resource Assessment

2018

Led by a project team of federal and state agencies and consultants, this assessment analyzes and values the ecosystem services provided by the South Platte Watershed in Colorado, and provides data and tools to help managers prioritize investments in restoration and preservation to maintain ecosystem health. The South Platte Watershed covers 3. 8 million acres spanning from the mountains to the Denver metropolitan area and adjacent plains. The assessment process involved mapping the natural assets in the South Platte Watershed and identifying the most important assets, valuing the ecosystem services provided by those assets, and developing a decision support tool to help prioritization of restoration and conservation decisions.

Related Organizations: Earth Economics, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), State of Colorado, U.S. Forest Service (USFS)

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Denver, Colorado Cold Weather Motel Voucher Program

The Denver Department of Human Services (DHS) offers a Cold Weather Motel Voucher program, which is designed to ensure that homeless families have a temporary place to stay during colder, inclement weather. Vouchers are offered by DHS between October and April, during periods when the temperature drops below 40 degrees and when all Denver shelters are at capacity. Families with children under the age of 18 can apply for a voucher through the program, and stay in a participating motel for up to two weeks.

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Colorado Resiliency Resource Center

The Colorado Resiliency Resource Center is an innovative online platform that offers guidance on resilience for local government agencies, elected officials, community organizations, and members of the private sector. It is one way that Colorado’s Resiliency Office, housed within the state’s Department of Local Affairs “supports and helps empower Colorado communities” as they prepare for the effects of climate change. Information is classified into three sections related to understanding, planning, and taking action for resilience.

Related Organizations: Colorado Department of Local Affairs

Authors or Affiliated Users: Bernadette Ney, Bernadette Ney

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