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WE ACT for Environmental Justice

West Harlem Environmental Action, Inc. (WE ACT for Environmental Justice) is a Northern Manhattan community-based organization whose mission is to build healthy communities by ensuring that people of color and/or low income participate meaningfully in the creation of sound and fair environmental health and protection policies and practices. 

 

 

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Delivering Urban Resilience: Costs and benefits of city-wide adoption of smart surfaces

2018

This report quantifies the benefits and costs of smart surface technologies and finds that the risks from extreme heat and weather can be offset by these technologies. It draws on  Washington D. C. , Philadelphia, and El Paso as case studies and considers five smart surface technologies: cool roofs, green roofs, solar PV, reflective pavements, and urban trees. The authors find that adopting these technologies can generate millions (or even billions) of dollars in net financial benefits at the city level and can generate half a trillion dollars in net financial benefits nationwide.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Greg Kats, Keith Glassbrook

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Metropolitan Washington Council of Government’s Environmental Justice Toolkit

July 27, 2017

Prepared by the Air and Climate Public Advisory Committee of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG), this toolkit provides an overview of environmental justice principles and outlines a series of approaches to better achieve environmental justice goals in the Washington, DC metro area. For each approach, the toolkit lists a number of additional resources that can be used to operationalize the recommendation.

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Staying Green: Strategies to Improve Operations and Management of Green Infrastructure in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Staying Green discusses the barriers to and recommendations for effective operation and maintenance of green infrastructure practices for stormwater management. Green infrastructure (GI) requires proper maintenance to function effectively and continue to provide climate change adaptation benefits, such as urban heat island and flood mitigation. This report offers specific strategies, based on examples from throughout the Chesapeake Bay region and the country, to improve the operations and maintenance of GI practices.

Author or Affiliated User: Stacey Detwiler

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Resilience for Free: How Solar+Storage Could Protect Multifamily Affordable Housing from Power Outages at Little or No Net Cost

October 14, 2015

This report from the Clean Energy Group uses project data for buildings in New York, Chicago, and Washington, D. C. , to examine the financial case for installing solar photovoltaics (PV) and battery storage systems (“solar+storage”) to support multifamily affordable housing. With the right market structures and incentives, solar+storage systems can provide an economic return, on par with energy efficiency or stand-alone solar. They can also help make affordable housing energy resilient by guaranteeing power for common area lighting, water, and communications.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Lew Milford, Robert Sanders, Seth Mullendore

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Building a Climate Resilient National Capital Region

September 2014

In 2013 and 2014, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), General Services Administration, US Global Change Research Program, National Capital Planning Commission, Smithsonian Institution, and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments sponsored two series of workshops to assist with climate adaptation planning and improve coordination in the Washington D. C. / National Capital Region. The report “Building a Climate Resilient National Capital Region: Federal and community agencies working together on climate preparedness and resilience” summarizes the Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation workshop series, providing the results and adaptation strategies proposed for the National Capital Region.

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Summary of Potential Climate Change Impacts, Vulnerabilities, and Adaptation Strategies in the Metropolitan Washington Region (Washington D.C.)

June 2013

Subtitled 'A synopsis of lessons learned from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ (COGs') climate adaptation planning initiatives from 2010 - 2012,' this report is intended to identify effects of climate change in the region, and encourage local resiliency planning. This is part of an ongoing project with the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Office of Sustainable Communities to create an EPA guidebook on smart growth and climate adaptation. The report summarizes key information that has been learned throughout the process of working with EPA, stakeholders and climate experts on the development of the guidebook.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Maia Davis, Amanda Campbell

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Climate Change Adaptation in the Metropolitan Washington Region: Draft Transportation Sector Vulnerabilities

August 2011

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) Transportation Vulnerability Assessment was developed as part of a broader climate change adaptation initiative.  This preliminary vulnerability assessment for the transportation sector identifies the possible climate impacts to the transportation sector, including roads and bridges, rail, facilities and buildings, bicycle and pedestrian buildings, and airports.

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National Capital Region Climate Change Report

November 12, 2008

This report was prepared by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Climate Change Steering Committee (CCSC), comprised of officials from the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.  This report presents recommendations for regional action by proposing broad goals, identifying actions that will begin to reduce regional greenhouse gas emissions, and setting in place a process to implement the regional framework as presented in this document.

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Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG, COG)

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, or "COG", convenes area governments and other stakeholders to identify, discuss, and resolve critical issues in the National Capital Region. COG helps develop regional strategies in the environment, affordable housing, growth and development, public health, child welfare, public safety, homeland security, and transportation sectors.