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Green Roofs in Seattle: A Survey of Vegetated Roofs and Rooftop Gardens

August 2010

This report, Green Roofs in Seattle, summarizes finding from a 2009 inventory of green roofs located within the city limits of Seattle, Washington.  The inventory was completed as a result of a collaboration between Seattle Public Utilities, the Seattle Department of Planning and Development, and the Green Futures Lab at the University of Washington. In part, the research was designed with the intention of gaining insight into Seattle’s growing green roof industry and its trends, to create a baseline understanding of this emerging marketplace, and to gauge the actual use of green roofs as a Green Stormwater Infrastructure tool.

Related Organizations: Seattle Public Utilities, University of Washington, City of Seattle, Washington

Author or Affiliated User: Annika McIntosh

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EC PREPARED Enabling Change Project

February 2010

The European Commission (EC) supported the Collaborative project "PREPARED Enabling Change" (PREPARED), which worked with a group of European urban water utilities to develop strategies to address potential climate change impacts on the water and sanitation sectors.

Related Organizations: European Commission (EC)

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NYC Green Codes Task Force Report

February 1, 2010

On February 1, 2010 the NYC Green Codes Task Force - led by the Urban Green Council - released a comprehensive analysis of building codes for the city.

Related Organizations: Urban Green Council, U.S. Green Building Council, City of New York, New York

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Green Technologies for Reducing Slope Erosion, Preliminary Investigation

January 28, 2010

As climate change alters precipitation patterns, departments of transportation will increasingly face the problem of slope failures. The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) conducted this Preliminary Investigation to identify innovative strategies for reducing the risk of roadside slope erosion. They hope to implement the latest vegetative and soil-based solutions for reducing the volume of highway stormwater runoff on slopes and in water conveyance systems.

Related Organizations: California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)

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Chicago Green Alley Handbook

2010

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) authored the Green Alley Handbook to encourage the use of best management practices (BMPs) in and around Chicago alleyways and to address impacts to the city’s infrastructure likely to result from projected increases in precipitation and temperature. The handbook promotes sustainable alley design and adjacent landscaping practices to help reduce flooding and manage stormwater, reduce urban heat, promote recycling, and conserve energy.  

Related Organizations: Chicago Department of Transportation, City of Chicago, Illinois

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Rainscaping Iowa - Permeable Pavement Projects

2010

Rainscaping Iowa, an educational campaign that promotes urban stormwater management practices, encourages the use of permeable pavement by featuring successful installations in the state. By gathering feedback on previous projects, Rainscaping Iowa simultaneously highlights the environmental benefits of permeable surfaces and provides lessons for future installations and maintenance. Importantly, the campaign’s literature describes how permeable paving surfaces can help reduce runoff and improve water quality in the face of changing precipitation and increasing heavy rainfall events.

Related Organizations: Rainscaping Iowa, Iowa Department of Natural Resources

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California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) – Green Technologies for Reducing Slope Erosion

January 28, 2010

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Division of Research and Innovation conducted a Preliminary Investigation (PI) to identify strategies for reducing roadside slope erosion and preventing costly slope failures as climate change alters patterns of precipitation in California. The PI found that in general, California is a leader in erosion control and stormwater management, but recommended follow-up research on the effectiveness of specific plants or “green” products that may enhance or improve the nature-based methods for stabilizing slopes that California has already begun to implement.

Related Organizations: California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)

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America's Climate Choices: Limiting the Magnitude of Climate Change

2010

Limiting the Magnitude of Climate Change focuses on climate change mitigation goals, opportunities, and policies, and recommends the U.S. climate policy goal be stated in terms of a budget for cumulative greenhouse gas emissions over the period 2012 to 2050. The report suggests the revenues created by tax receipts or allowance sales from carbon pricing could be used to fund climate adaptation efforts.

Related Organizations: The National Academies, America's Climate Choices

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Adapting to Climate Change: An Introduction for Canadian Municipalities

2010

This report provides an overview of climate change impacts in Canada, and explores adaptation options to address it at the local level. The resource provides information, tools, and case studies to help municipal decision-makers and staff understand the need for climate change adaptation and how to implement adaptation measures.

Related Organizations: Natural Resources Canada

Author or Affiliated User: Gregory R.A. Richardson

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America's Climate Choices: Informing an Effective Response to Climate Change

2010

This volume in the America's Climate Choices series describes activities, strategies, and tools for informing decision makers about climate change and helping them plan and execute effective responses.  The report describes the different types of climate change-related decisions and actions being taken at various levels and in different sectors and regions; and it develops a framework, tools, and practical advice for ensuring that the best available technical knowledge about climate change is used to inform these decisions and actions.

Related Organizations: The National Academies

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