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Adapting to Urban Heat: A Tool Kit for Local Governments

August 2012

This tool kit is designed to help local governments reduce the effects of increased heat on their communities and citizens. It provides an analytic tool for policy makers to consider a combination of four built-environment changes (cool roofs, green roofs, cool pavements, and urban forestry), providing clear criteria for selecting among these approaches. 

Related Organizations: Harrison Institute, Georgetown Climate Center

Author or Affiliated User: Sara Hoverter

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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State Hazard Mitigation Plans and Climate Change: Rating the States

November 2013

In accordance with federal law, all states must have an approved statewide hazard mitigation plan (SHMP) in order to receive federal disaster mitigation funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The 50-state survey considers to what extent and in what manner climate change related issues are incorporated into existing plans, with all states categorized and ranked. The SHMPs analyzed were all approved by FEMA during the period 2010 to 2012, with the exceptions of Indiana (the latest version available was from 2008), New Hampshire and Vermont (the 2013 draft versions were used).

Related Organizations: Columbia University

Author or Affiliated User: Matthew Babcock

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Adaptation Pathways 1.0: A Guide for Navigating Sea-Level Rise in the Built Environment

August 25, 2016

This report summarizes a May 2016 Sea-Level Rise Summit organized by the Florida Center for Environmental Studies at Florida Atlantic University. The goal of the Summit was to produce a first generation roadmap for adaptation, by translating knowledge and ideas into action. The resulting "Adaptation Pathways" - found in Section III of this report - synthesize the Summit’s dominant themes into sea-level rise resilience strategies.

Related Organizations: Florida Atlantic University (FAU)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Seattle City Light Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan

2015

Seattle City Light is the city of Seattle’s publicly owned electric power utility. The Seattle City Light Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan researches and evaluates the impacts of climate change on the utility and develops strategic actions to maintain reliable, safe, low-cost, and environmental sustainable power to the Seattle region despite changing climate conditions.

Related Organizations: Seattle City Light, City of Seattle, Washington

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Oregon Climate and Health Profile Report

September 25, 2014

The ‘Oregon Climate and Health Profile Report’ from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Public Health Division outlines the health risks that may increase with climate change, and describes the populations who are most vulnerable to these risks in Oregon. The report presents a broad, statewide assessment of  public health demographic, geographic and occupational vulnerability to climate change risks.

Related Organizations: Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division

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Climate Change Vulnerability Analysis for the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District

October 2014

The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District (District) requested this vulnerability analysis report, which assesses how climate change will impact the District’s existing, as well as proposed, infrastructure and services. The analysis aims to provide the District with the information needed to make strategic planning decisions, such as capital investments. The report documents how climate change may increase flood events and combined sewer overflow volume during larger precipitation events, and increase risk of odor and corrosion within wastewater facilities as well as decreased flow in waterways during periods of warm weather and drought.

Related Organizations: Brown and Caldwell, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District (MMSD), City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Climate Change Adaptation Plan

October 2014

As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, Federal agencies released their agency Sustainability Plans and Climate Change Adaptation Plans on October 31, 2014. The agencies have been directed to assess their vulnerabilities to climate change impacts in these plans, and to outline how they will protect Federal programs, assets and investments.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Author or Affiliated User: Chris Gillespie

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Getting Climate Smart: A Water Preparedness Guide for State Action

April 22, 2013

This state action guide was developed by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and American Rivers to provide water managers and state governments with information to help comprehensively plan and prepare for the water-related impacts of climate change. The guide combines practical advice and real-world case studies while outlining a six-step planning process for state governments, water managers, and other stakeholders to develop and implement climate preparedness plans. 

Related Organizations: American Rivers, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Fay Augustyn, Ben Chou

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Resilient Coastal Development Through Land Use Planning: Tools and Management Techniques in the Gulf of Mexico

April 11, 2013

This toolkit identifies ways to strengthen community resilience through land use planning, focusing specifically on options for the Gulf Coast and the unique considerations related to state laws. The resource also discusses the side benefits of resiliency, like participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and a preferred score on the Community Rating System to achieve discounts on flood insurance premiums in qualifying communities.

Related Organizations: University of Mississippi , Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium

Author or Affiliated User: Niki L. Pace

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Wildlife in a Warming World: Confronting the Climate Crisis

January 30, 2013

From the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), Wildlife in a Warming World examines case studies from across the country illustrating how climate change is altering wildlife habitats and contributing to population declines. Recommendations are made to protect both wildlife and communities in various ecosystems from the impacts of climate change, such as extreme weather, sea level rise and wildfires.

Related Organizations: National Wildlife Federation

Authors or Affiliated Users: Amanda Staudt, Corey Shott, Douglass B. Inkley, Isabel Ricker

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