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Taking Action on Green Resilience: Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Synergies

November 20, 2017

This report summarizes a workshop entitled “Taking Action on Green Resilience”at the 2017 ICLEI Canada Livable Cities Forum in Victoria, British Columbia, and provides recommendations on capacity building, research and public policies needed to advance green resilience practices. “Green Resilience” strategies are described as those that address both climate mitigation and adaptation - by simultaneously reducing GHG emissions and enhancing climate resilience.  The report was produced by Green Resilience Strategies and ACT (the Adaptation to Climate Change Team) at Simon Fraser University.

Related Organizations: Simon Fraser University, Green Resilience Strategies

Authors or Affiliated Users: Steve Winkelman, Edward Nichol, Deborah Harford

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Climate Change Adaptation Workshops: A Planning Guide for Local Government Staff

July 2018

Designed to support local public agencies, this planning guide provides the steps to build a half-day workshop to begin identifying and implementing climate change adaptation strategies. The goal of the workshop is to help teams determine some feasible, near-term actions to prepare for climate impacts that directly affect the local community. Initiated from adaptation planning workshops in Alameda County, California, the guide includes lessons learned and suggestions about how to adjust the approach for any agency.

Related Organizations: Alameda County Office of Sustainability

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Preparing for the Rising Tide (Boston, Massachusetts)

February 5, 2013

From The Boston Harbor Association (TBHA), this report outlines climate change impacts and vulnerabilities of the Boston coastline, and provides recommendations for preparation, resiliency, and adaptation for the public and private sector. The report includes an overview of predicted climate impacts in New England, an analysis of Boston's preparedness for climate change, an assessment of Boston's vulnerability to coastal flooding and sea-level rise, and two site-specific vulnerability assessments and adaptation strategies.

Related Organizations: The Boston Harbor Assocation

Authors or Affiliated Users: Dr. Ellen Douglas, Paul Kirshen, Julie Wormser, Vivien Li, Chris Watson

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New York City Zoning Code - Permeable pavement requirements

2007

Since 2007, New York City’s zoning code has required parking lots for community facilities to allow permeable pavements where appropriate. Parking lots with more than 18 spaces or more than 6,000 sq ft must capture stormwater through perimeter plantings and planting islands. The lot must be properly graded to drain runoff to those plantings. Both types of plantings must include trees of a certain diameter and spacing, and all vegetation must be from a list of pre-approved species. The objectives of these zoning requirements are to better manage stormwater on parking lots and reduce urban temperatures by providing shade.

Related Organizations: City of New York, New York

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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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NYSERDA - Population Vulnerability to Climate Change in New York State

October 2017

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) identified current and future vulnerability to extreme heat across New York State, focusing on community and individual health risk factors.  A heat-vulnerability index was developed, and a heat-health impact assessment was conducted using ClimAID climate projections.  The study included an assessment of the adequacy and accessibility of cooling centers, and the public’s awareness of cooling centers and heat warning systems or adaptation resources across New York.

Related Organizations: New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

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San Diego County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan 2017

October 2017

San Diego County, California updated its local hazard mitigation plan in 2017 to include climate change as an "emerging hazard. " Climate change is not treated as a focal hazard in and of itself in San Diego County’s plan, but as a contributing factor that could affect the location, extent, probability, and magnitude of other hazards. This risk assessment considers climate change as a threat multiplier for extreme heat, coastal storms/erosion, wildfire, flooding, and drought/water supply.

Related Organizations: San Diego County, California

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DOT BUILD Grant Program

April 2018

In 2018 the U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT) replaced the the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program with the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) transportation grant program. BUILD is a discretionary grant program that makes federal funding available on a competitive basis to surface transportation projects that meet "merit criteria. " Since 2009, DOT has provided $7. 1 billion in grants through this program to support 554 projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

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DOT TIGER Grant Program

2016

The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grant program, administered by the U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT), provided discretionary funding for investments in road, rail, transit and port projects. Since 2009, TIGER has provided nearly $4. 6 billion to 381 projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, including 134 projects to support rural and tribal communities. For FY 2016, $500 million was made available for transportation projects across the country under an eighth round of TIGER.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

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DC Water Green Infrastructure, Clean Rivers Project (District of Columbia/Washington D.C., Virginia, Maryland)

May 2015

The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water), the District of Columbia, the U. S. Department of Justice and the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have established an agreement which allows DC Water to pursue an integrated green/gray infrastructure approach to reduce combined sewer overflows into rivers and to capture rainwater. The agreement addresses water quality and supply issues in the Rock Creek and Potomac watersheds which traverse Maryland, Virginia, and the District.

Related Organizations: District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water), District of Columbia, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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