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Smart Policies for a Changing Climate: the Report and Recommendations of the ASLA Blue Ribbon Panel on Climate Change and Resilience

July 9, 2018

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) interdisciplinary Blue Ribbon Panel on Climate Change and Resilience has identified key planning and design strategies, and public policies to establish healthy, climate-smart, and resilient communities. The strategies are founded on core principles of design for natural systems, community development, vulnerable communities, transportation and agriculture.   Many of these policy recommendations focus on the integration of climate resilience and adaptation into land use planning and development.

Related Organizations: The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)

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Washington, DC Flood Levee System Improvements

December 2014

To prevent water from the Potomac and Anacostia rivers from flooding downtown Washington, D. C. , the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is improving the levee system along the north side of the National Mall, running from the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument.   A levee system was originally erected to protect the District in 1939, following a major flood event in 1936.   This project will improve the levee system through a series of upgrades: a permanent closure at 23rd Street and Fort McNair, and the installation of a more robust removable wall, which will provide flood protection but also allow for traffic flow on 17th street between flood events.

Related Organizations: National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC), District of Columbia Department of Transportation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), National Park Service (NPS)

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Wildland Fire Resilient Landscapes Program (U.S. DOI)

June 16, 2015

The U. S. Department of the Interior (DOI) is directing the Wildland Fire Resilient Landscapes Program. The FY 2015 President's Budget request included funding to establish a new "Resilient Landscapes" activity to improve the integrity and resilience of forests and rangelands by restoring natural vegetation landscapes to specific conditions and maintain fire resiliency. Subsequently, as a pilot initiative, Congress provided $10 million in the FY2015 Fuels Management program to fund resilient landscape activities.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), National Park Service (NPS)

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Kenai Fjords National Park – Protection of Exit Glacier Road

September 2012

The National Park Service (NPS) has taken interim and long-term measures to repair and reinforce a one-mile section of the access road to Exit Glacier, the most accessible and popular area of Kenai Fjords National Park, to address flooding damage exacerbated by climate impacts. While flooding is a recurring event in the glacial area, less predictable flow patterns and increased flood frequency due to climate change have destabilized drainage on the road. NPS worked with highway engineers to design an interim solution, using concrete barriers to keep flood waters off the road, while continuing to study long-term stabilization solutions.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), National Park Service (NPS)

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Florida “Sacrificial” Roads Projects

2007

Recognizing the increasing maintenance and replacement costs for coastal roads in Florida due to more frequent flooding and storm surge, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) – Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division (EFL), assisted the National Park Service and other partners designing specific that are prone to be frequently washed out to have minimal environmental impact. Rising sea levels and coastal storms, which are projected to increase in intensity as a result of climate change, are creating more challenges for building and maintaining transportation infrastructure along coastal shorelines.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), National Park Service (NPS)

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100RC - Strengthening the National Flood Insurance Program

November 7, 2017

This 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) report recommends ways to enhance urban resilience with reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The policy proposals offered here describe “how Congress could create a fiscally sound NFIP that provides affordable and actuarially responsible flood insurance and promotes proactive city-level actions to reduce flood losses.”

Related Organizations: 100 Resilient Cities

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Safeguarding California in Action: Climate Change Adaptation Examples from State Agencies

January 30, 2018

Safeguarding California in Action provides an overview of the state agency action case studies that were included in the Safeguarding California Plan - the state's climate change adaptation plan. This supplementary document provides 33 examples of actions funded by the state, that state agencies are implementing to make communities, infrastructure, services, and the natural environment more resilient to climate change. 

Related Organizations: California Natural Resources Agency

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A Guide for Public-Sector Resilience Bond Sponsorship

September 2017

With this guidance, re.Focus aims to support the alignment of public-sector disaster risk reduction measures with private insurance through the use of Resilience Bonds. The report highlights several reasons why governments at all levels and public interest entities (like water and electric utilities, ports, and transit systems) should consider Resilience Bonds as part of a broad strategy to build both physical and financial resilience - and illustrates how to do so.

Related Organizations: re:focus partners

Authors or Affiliated Users: Shalini Vajjhala, James Rhodes

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Smart Growth Fixes for Climate Adaptation and Resilience: Changing Land Use and Building Codes and Policies to Prepare for Climate Change

January 2017

This report focuses on ways that local governments can prepare for climate change impacts through land use and building policies. The report focuses on smart growth strategies that offer multiple benefits beyond climate preparedness including cost-savings, energy efficiency, increasing transportation options, and building economic opportunities. The strategies presented in the report are categorized as modest adjustments, major modifications, and wholesale changes, in order to help local governments determine which options are most appropriate for their own community.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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Protecting Our Capital: How Climate Adaptation in Cities Creates a Resilient Place for Business

July 2014

This report from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) focuses on climate change adaptation activities reported globally by over 200 cities and more than 4,500 large companies to illustrate how action by city governments creates a resilient place for business. 

Related Organizations: C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40), Carbon Disclosure Project

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