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Executive Order 59 (2007- VA) the Governor's Commission on Climate Change

December 21, 2007

This executive order established the Governor's Commission on Climate Change to prepare a Climate Change Action Plan for the state of Virginia. Duties of the Commission included evaluating the expected impacts of climate change on Virginia’s natural resources, public health, and the economic impacts on the industries of agriculture, forestry, tourism, and insurance.   The Commission also was tasked with identifying climate adaptation strategies to be included in the Action Plan. The order remained in effect until January 1, 2009, and the Commission did submit its final report to the Governor.

Related Organizations: Virginia Office of the Governor

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CalBRACE Adaptation Toolkit

The CalBRACE Adaptation Toolkit was developed by the California Department of Public Health Office of Health Equity as part of the California Building Resilience for Climate Effects (CalBRACE) project. This database is a collection of tools, reports, guides, and data to help local health departments assess, plan, and monitor in their efforts to reduce and prevent the health risks of climate change. This toolkit is designed for California, but can serve as a useful guide to health departments elsewhere.

Related Organizations: California Department of Public Health

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Connecting Biodiversity and Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

2009

The Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on Biodiversity and Climate Change was established under the Convention of Biological Diversity to inform and update the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change on biodiversity-related information. This report of the second AHTEG provides scientific and technical assessments and advice on integrating biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of natural resources into climate change mitigation and adaptation activities.

Related Organizations: Convention on Biological Diversity, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Pacific Gas and Electric Company Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Resilience Strategies

November 2016

The Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)'s Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Resilience Strategies report describes the utility provider’s risk exposure to climatic hazards, as well as progress the company has made and the plans it has to address climate change impacts across California. As described in the report, “PG&E is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric companies in the U. S. Based in San Francisco, with more than 23,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people throughout a 70,000-square-mile service area in Northern and Central California.

Related Organizations: Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Sea-level Rise: Projections for Maryland 2018

2018

Maryland’s shoreline and coastal bays are highly vulnerable to sea-level rise (SLR), causing shoreline erosion, deterioration of tidal wetlands, saline contamination of low-lying farm fields, "nuisance” tidal flooding, and more.  Fulfilling requirements of Maryland’s Commission on Climate Change Act of 2015, this report provides updated projections of sea-level rise expected into the next century along Maryland’s coast. The probabilistic SLR projections presented in the report offer a scientifically sound and readily applicable basis for planning and regulation, assessments of changes in tidal range and storm surge, development of inundation mapping tools, infrastructure siting and design, and identification of adaptation strategies for high-tide flooding and saltwater intrusion.

Related Organizations: University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

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Buy-in for Buyouts: The Case for Managed Retreat from Flood Zones

2016

In this report, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the Regional Plan Association present best practices for state and local governments to encourage residents and communities vulnerable to flooding to relocate from coastal and riverine areas through managed retreat. Based on the experiences of communities in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut following Hurricanes Sandy (2012) and Irene (2011), the report summarizes the political, social, and economic challenges of using buyouts and acquisitions as an adaptation strategy.

Related Organizations: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Regional Plan Association

Authors or Affiliated Users: Robert Freudenberg, Ellis Calvin, Laura Tolkoff, Dare Brawley

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Climate Resiliency: Design Reference Guide for New Developments in Boston, Massachusetts

August 2018

The Boston Environment Department developed this Reference Guide to help developers comply with the Resilient Design Checklist required by updates to Article 80 of Boston's Zoning Code and the Green Building Standards required by amendments to Article 37 of the City's Zoning Code. The Reference Guide helps developers evaluate the project site and design conditions, identify mitigation and adaptation strategies to incorporate into the project design, and access resources to help comply with the City's resilience and green building design requirements.

Related Organizations: City of Boston, Massachusetts

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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Restoration and Relocation Efforts

October 2015

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, located at the southern tip of Assateague Island, depends on parking and road facilities that are vulnerable to flooding and erosion.   Refuge managers have been exploring alternatives for responding to these impacts that they anticipate will worsen with sea-level rise and climate change. The refuge is studying alternatives to relocate parking facilities and is using oyster reefs to protect transportation facilities. Parking facilities on the island are made of loose shells and sand so as not to disrupt the natural terrain.

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

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Climate Change Adaptation Guide for Transportation Systems Management, Operations, and Maintenance

November 2015

This guide from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) provides a primer to help transportation agencies understand risks posed by climate change and consider how to adapt their transportation systems management and operations (TSMO) and maintenance programs. The guide is intended to be used by TSMO and maintenance program managers, emergency managers, planners, and supervisors involved in operations at transportation agencies, in order to help increase the resilience of transportation systems.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

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Our Changing Planet: The FY 2013 U.S. Global Change Research Program

March 7, 2013

Since 1990, the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) has developed and submitted an annual report, 'Our Changing Planet,' to Congress describing the current state of the USGCRP and ongoing Federal research activities focused on global change. This Fiscal Year 2013 edition summarizes the Program’s achievements, progress made, future priorities, and budgetary information.

Related Organizations: U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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