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Climate Resilient Cities: A Primer on Reducing Vulnerabilities to Disasters - Albuquerque, NM

January 1, 2009

Albuquerque, New Mexico is engaging partners in the community, private sector, and technical centers to inform opportunities for making the city more resilient and efficient. The report describes the city's priority hazards and its vulnerability to a variety of natural disasters and other emergency situations, while the two primary issues discussed are water and wildfires. This report outlines how the city's governance structure is handling these programs and climate related impacts.  

Related Organizations: The World Bank, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery

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Cool Surfaces and Shade Trees to Reduce Energy Use and Improve Air Quality in Urban Areas

2001

This article, published in Elsevier in 2002, outlines how cool surfaces (cool roofs and cool pavements) and urban trees can have a substantial effect on urban air temperature and, hence, can reduce cooling-energy use and smog. Using a dozen metropolitan cities as case studies, this paper demonstrates an estimate of about 20% of the national cooling demand can be avoided through a large-scale implementation of heat-island mitigation measures. This amounts to 40 TWh/ year savings, worth over $4B per year by 2015, in cooling-electricity savings alone.

Related Organizations: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Authors or Affiliated Users: H. Akbari, M. Pomerantz, H. Taha

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Let's Talk Climate: Messages to Motivate Americans

November 24, 2015

ecoAmerica has developed market-tested messages about climate change solutions to engage Americans across political and demographic groups. This climate messaging platform employs research methods to test specific words, phrases, and narratives that link climate change to mainstream American values and concerns. ecoAmerica also created several thematic messages to tap into personal interests and affiliations including: Health, Faith, Business, Communities, and Higher Education.

Related Organizations: ecoAmerica

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City of Philadelphia Stormwater Incentives/ Grants

2016

The City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has created a suite of subsidies, grants and rebates for both residential and non-residential properties to encourage more stormwater retention and green infrastructure practices.  The Stormwater Management Incentives Program and the Greened Acre Retrofit Program offer a reduced  price for qualified non-residential customers and contractors to design and install stormwater best management practices which reduce stormwater pollution and enhance water quality.

Related Organizations: City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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NWF - Natural Defenses in Action: Harnessing Nature to Protect Our Communities

June 21, 2016

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) report, Natural Defenses in Action, discusses the role that nature-based approaches can play in reducing the impacts of weather and other climate-related hazards. The report contains 12 detailed case studies demonstrating how communities across the country are already successfully using nature-based infrastructure to protect against flooding, coastal storms, erosion, and wildfire. The report concludes that these nature-based approaches can be more cost-effective than traditional, man-made hazard-mitigation structures and measures, while offering additional environmental benefits.

Related Organizations: National Wildlife Federation

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San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Green Infrastructure Projects

2016

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is implementing multiple green infrastructure projects based on their Urban Watershed Assessment, which will identify green and grey sewer infrastructure improvements over the next twenty years.  The SFPUC recognizes that the sewer system, treating both sewage and stormwater runoff, was not built to withstand the impacts of climate change - such as intense rainstorms that overwhelm the system. The watershed-based planning process is being used to help plan the City’s Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP), a multi-billion dollar project to to upgrade aging infrastructure, and ensure the reliability and performance of the sewer system.

Related Organizations: San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, City and County of San Francisco, California

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Living Shorelines: From Barriers to Opportunities

June 18, 2015

A report from Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE), “Living Shorelines: From Barriers to Opportunities,” provides a national assessment of institutional barriers that are preventing broader use of living shorelines, and gives recommendations and strategies for progress. 

Related Organizations: Restore America’s Estuaries

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ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability: Climate Resilient Communities Program

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability Climate Resilient Communities (CRC) Program is the first comprehensive, national climate adaptation program tailored to local governments. The CRC works with cities, towns, and counties to increase their resilience to climate change impacts, and in the process save money and create safer, healthier communities.

Related Organizations: ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

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Clean Water Optimization Tool - Chesapeake Bay, Maryland

April 27, 2015

The Clean Water Optimization Tool is a planning tool for Maryland Eastern Shore communities to develop more cost-effective strategies for reducing stormwater pollution to meet nutrient and sediment reduction goals.

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Resilient America Roundtable

September 5, 2014

The Resilient America Roundtable of the National Academy of Sciences is collaborating with communities across the country to build “cultures of resilience” - helping selected local communities by engaging decision makers and citizens to better understand risk and build resilience.

Related Organizations: National Academy of Sciences

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