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Adaptation to Climate Change in the Houston-Galveston Area: Perceptions and Prospects

May 2009

The objectives of this Capstone project and report from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University were to address the impacts of climate change in the Houston-Galveston area of Texas, as well as the utility of adaptation as a solution to climate impacts. The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) created a panel (the 'Foresight Panel') that examined the impacts of climate change in the Houston-Galveston region. In 2008, this panel produced a report which made recommendations to local governments regarding climate change adaptation strategies - which was utilized as an initial basis for this research.

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Dallas Urban Heat Island

March 2009

This report describes urban heat island effects on Dallas, Texas, and options that could be implemented to help reduce these effects. It summarizes the goals, costs, benefits, actions, and incentives that Dallas has available to cool the city. These include: (1) expanded use and care of trees and vegetation, (2) cool (reflective) and green roofs, and (3) cool or permeable paving strategies that can help cool the city and address storm water issues.

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Western Governors' Association Policy Resolution 09-3: Regional and National Policies Regarding Global Climate Change

2009

The Western Governors' Association (WGA) Policy Resolution 09-3 describes the WGA's position on climate change mitigation and adaptation. It makes recommendations for federal, state, and local policies to support the reduction of both GHG emissions and the impacts of climate change on states and localities.

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A Sustainable Path: Meeting Future Water and Energy Demands in the Arkansas River Basin - Executive Summary

2009

This Executive Summary outlines strategies for municipalities and the energy sector within the Arkansas River Basin to meet growing water use demands while conserving the Basin’s natural resources. The Arkansas River is a major tributary of the Mississippi River which traverses Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. The river's initial basin starts in Colorado, specifically the Arkansas River Valley, where the headwaters derive from the snowpack in the Collegiate Peaks.

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Gulf Coast Governors' Action Plan II: For Healthy and Resilient Coasts (2009-2014)

2009

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance, a network of federal agencies and Gulf Coast state agencies, resource managers and planners, prepared this 5-year regional plan for action that addresses several climate related issues facing the Gulf. The plan addresses four distinct challenges: 1) the need to maintain healthy Gulf Coast economies while using coastal resources sustainably; 2) the imperative of improving the health of Gulf ecosystems; 3) adapting to sea-level rise; and 4) mitigating the effects of decreased water quality.

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Houston-Galveston Area Council Foresight Panel on Environmental Effects Report – Transportation Recommendations

December 16, 2008

The Houston-Galveston Area Council Foresight Panel on Environmental Effects (the Panel) published a 2008 report informing local governments in the region of possible effects of climate change on their transportation infrastructure and recommending how to best reduce the risk of those impacts. The Panel synthesized climate change effects in the region including sea-level rise, increases in temperature, and more frequent and intense storm events interspersed with periods of drought. The report looks at impacts across both the built and natural environments, but this case study focuses solely on the recommendations that apply to transportation infrastructure.

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Houston-Galveston Area, Texas Council Foresight Panel on Environmental Effects Report

December 2008

The Houston Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) established an expert panel to develop recommendations for local governments to adapt to climate change impacts and the associated environmental effects on the region. This Foresight Panel on Environmental Effects was comprised of experts in climate change and local infrastructure planning. The Panel in turn produced this comprehensive report which reviews current and projected climate impacts and provides specific adaptation strategies. 

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America's Energy Coast

America’s Energy Coast (AEC) is an initiative of the America’s WETLAND Foundation. AEC is a diverse group of major businesses and industries, national environmental and conservation organizations, scientists and researchers, and coastal interests from across the four energy-producing states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama – collectively known as America’s Energy Coast

 

 

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America's WETLAND Foundation

America's WETLAND Foundation advocates for the conservation and restoration of the coastal and inland wetlands of Lousiana and surrounding areas, with particular focus on the impacts of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the role wetlands play as storm buffers, and the risks wetland losses pose to energy and other infrastructure. America's WETLAND Foundation has been linked with government entities and figures, environmental groups, and Lousiana businesses, and is currently funded by private donations from numerous sources, including Shell, Chevron, BP, and other major energy corporations.

 

 

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Cool Houston! A Plan for Cooling the Region

July 2004

This plan for cooling the city of Houston, Texas outlines strategic actions to achieve the goals of cool paving, cool roofing, cooling trees, improved air and water quality, and improved quality of life.   Specific solutions (including products and technologies), recommended stakeholder meetings and actions, and policy options (e. g. incentives, regulations) to support implementation are discussed for cool paving, cool roofing and cool trees. A comprehensive listing of recommended trees for the Houston region is included.

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