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Before the (Next) Storm: The Disaster Planning for Historic Properties Initiative

February 4, 2015

The Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation office was awarded $1. 5 million by the National Park Service following Hurricane Sandy, the bulk of which will be used to undertake disaster planning initiatives. The goals of the initiative are to identify the counties with the most vulnerable historic properties, develop strategies to protect those historical properties from future disasters, and then integrate those strategies into the selected counties’ Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Plans.

Related Organizations: Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Office

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Use of Natural and Nature-Based Features for Coastal Resilience

January 2015

This US Army Corps of Engineers report describes different coastal resilience measures that can be implemented to reduce risks from flooding and erosion.  It is designed to help policymakers use natural and nature-based features (NNBF) to enhance coastal resilience while minimizing impacts to the coastal environment. The report fills knowledge gaps about how NNBF can be used to reduce flooding and erosion risk and provides relevant information and studies to inform implementation of NNBF projects.

Related Organizations: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

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Climate Hubs Tool Shed

July 2015

The Climate Hubs Tool Shed provides information on tools to support agricultural and forest land managers in adapting to climate change. The database includes tools that are directly relevant to climate variability and change, as well as tools that can assist in managing climate related impacts, such as drought, pests, and extreme weather. The Tool Shed is managed by the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - who describes the target audience as Climate Hub extension and consultants, as well as land managers, land owners, and researchers.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

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Climate Change & Aspen: An Update on Impacts to Guide Resiliency Planning & Stakeholder Engagement

December 2014

This report, adopted by the City of Aspen, is an update to the City's climate change impact assessment adopted in 2006. The report details the range of impacts that the City is likely to experience as a result of climate change, including: longer summertime warm periods, earlier spring snowmelt, more precipitation as rain and not snow, longer dry periods, and increased frequency of heavy downpour events. These changes are anticipated to increase wildfire risk, put increased pressure on water supply, and economically impact ski resorts and other winter and summer time recreational businesses. The report also details adaptation strategies for each of six key sectors.  

Related Organizations: Aspen Global Change Institute, City of Aspen

Author or Affiliated User: James Arnott

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Equity Checklist

2015

This one-page Equity Checklist was designed for planners and funders to ensure the leadership of disadvantaged communities in projects that impact them. This checklist was designed to serve as a purposefully simple framework to a) identify vulnerable populations, b) think through the equity implications of their work, and c) promote respectful collaborations with community groups. Funders can use the checklist as criteria for their grant giving, and agencies can use it as a helpful guide to plan projects.

Related Organizations: Rooted in Resilience, Communities for a Better Environment, Bay Localize

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What Cities Should Do: A Guide to Resilient Power Planning

March 2015

What Cities Should Do: A Guide to Resilient Power Planning is a series of guidelines and best practices for cities and towns preparing for widespread power outages from severe weather events. According to the authors, cities should have resilient power plans for critical public and private facilities in order to protect their most vulnerable citizens - but few cities have focused on risks and mitigation strategies associated with extended grid power outages for critical assets. This paper calls for a systematic approach to protect critical facilities with resilient power solutions, including solar photovoltaic (PV) and energy storage, combined heat-and-power (CHP), and fuel cells systems.

Related Organizations: Clean Energy Group, Meridian Institute

Authors or Affiliated Users: Lew Milford, Robert Sanders

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Oakland Community Climate Action Guide

December 2014

Developed by the Oakland Climate Action Coalition, this online interactive guide is intended to connect residents of Oakland, California with the information and resources that they need to take personal action to address and prepare for climate change impacts, starting at home. The guide focuses on everyday actions that residents can take before and in the midst of coastal flooding, extreme heat, wildfire, rising utility prices, poor air quality, and more. The guide also includes local sources of information and support to help residents take next steps towards preparedness.

Related Organizations: Oakland Climate Action Coalition

Authors or Affiliated Users: Catalina Garzón, Misha Hutchings, Ariana de Leña, Kristian Ongoco

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Coastal Flood Risk and Climate Change Implications for New Jersey’s Senior Citizens

April 2015

This report, from the Rutgers Climate Institute, focuses on the social vulnerability and climate-related risks faced by the elderly population in New Jersey, defined as those over 65 years old. The authors focus on coastal flooding and storm surges, present-day impacts that are expected to intensify with continued climate change. The report describes the three characteristics of social vulnerability experienced by many seniors: limited mobility; compromised physical and mental health; and sometimes reduced resources, including income and assistance.

Related Organizations: Rutgers University

Authors or Affiliated Users: Ai Yamanaka, Jennifer Whytlaw, Jeanne Herb, Michael Greenberg, Marjorie Kaplan

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Populations Vulnerable to Climate Change in New Jersey: Update of a Statistical Analysis

June 2015

In order to characterize and locate frontline communities in New Jersey, this study examines the demographic and geographic attributes of socially-vulnerable groups and their exposure to flooding (the cause of nearly all past presidential declarations in the state). The research revealed that a disproportionate number of highly socially-vulnerable census tracts are located in flood hazard areas.

Related Organizations: Rutgers University

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kelly Pflicke (Bickers), Michael Greenberg, Jennifer Whytlaw, Jeanne Herb, Marjorie Kaplan

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Implications for Local Planning Practice of Policy Recommendations of the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance

February 2015

This white paper reviews policy recommendations from the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance’s 2014 state policy report in order to provide a more detailed assessment on what actions are necessary to implement the recommendation. The authors describe the current activities and additional options that local planners may use to implement each policy recommendation.

Related Organizations: New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance

Author or Affiliated User: David Kinsey

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