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Great Lakes Green Streets Guidebook

August 2013

This guidebook, published by the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG), provides examples of roadways projects within the Great Lakes Watershed that utilize green infrastructure methods to improve water quality and reduce stormwater runoff. Developed as a complement to the Low Impact Development Manual for Michigan, the guidebook offers support to municipalities interested in planning, designing, and constructing green streets.

Related Organizations: Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG)

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Boston Architectural College Green Alley Initiative

October 2013

The Boston Architectural College (BAC) installed a green alley demonstration project on its campus located in the Back Bay area of Boston along the Charles River.   The green alley used permeable pavement to allow stormwater to percolate through the road bed to recharge groundwater and filter pollutants.   The project was designed to be replicable and to help with public education on the benefits and design of green infrastructure. The purpose of the green alley is to reduce polluted runoff by filtering and redirecting rainfall to the groundwater table.

Related Organizations: Boston Architectural College, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

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District of Columbia Green Area Ratio - Zoning Regulations

October 1, 2013

The District of Columbia (Washington D. C. ) Green Area Ratio (GAR) is an environmental sustainability zoning regulation which sets requirements for landscape elements and site design to help reduce stormwater runoff, improve air quality, and mitigate urban heat. The GAR sets minimum lot coverage standards for landscape and site design features to promote greater livability, ecological function, and climate adaptation in the urban environment. The GAR requirements provide a firm retention target and allow local governments to weight the elements they prefer in order to influence behavior, while providing some measure of flexibility for property owners.

Related Organizations: District Department of Energy and the Environment (DDOE) - Washington DC

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European Road Authorities’ Climate Risk Assessment Tools: RIMAROCC and ROADAPT Projects

May 2015

European nations collaborated on two research projects beginning in 2009 to develop a detailed climate change risk assessment methodology and tools for adapting transportation systems and infrastructure. The first project, entitled “RIMAROCC” (Risk Management for Roads in a Changing Climate), produced a risk assessment framework to support decision-making regarding roads in light of climate change impacts. The more recent “ROADAPT” (Roads for Today, Adapted for Tomorrow) project developed guidelines and tools to be used with the RIMAROCC risk assessment framework, to better inform detailed vulnerability and socioeconomic impact assessments, and selection of adaptation strategies.

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Conservation and Development Policies: The Plan for Connecticut 2013-2018

June 5, 2013

In Connecticut, state agency actions for the acquisition and development of land and public infrastructure equipment and facilities in excess of $200,000 must be consistent with the state’s Conservation and Development (C&D) Plan (Connecticut General Statutes Chapter 297, Section 16a-31). The plan includes six Growth Management Principles that promote smart growth through: higher density, mixed income housing; transit oriented development; conserving natural, cultural, and historical resources; protecting public health and safety assets; and integrated planning across the state, regional, and local levels.

Related Organizations: Connecticut Office of Policy and Management

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Mission Creek Sea Level Rise Adaptation Study - San Francisco, California

September 2016

This report presents a high-level vulnerability assessment along with seven adaptation design concepts for Mission Creek and the Mission Bay neighborhood adjacent to the San Francisco Bay in San Francisco, California. This adaptation study seeks to inform sea level rise resilient redevelopment in Mission Bay - one of the largest redevelopment projects in the city of San Francisco. Though focused around Mission Creek, the process and design ideas detailed in this report can be replicated in other parts of the Bay Area.

Related Organizations: San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR), San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC)

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Climate Change Through an Intersectional Lens: Gendered Vulnerability and Resilience in Indigenous Communities in the United States

December 2015

This report examines the role of gender in indigenous communities and discusses how gender influences climate change vulnerability and resilience of Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities. The intersection of gender with other forms of oppression in the face of climate change can result in unique vulnerabilities, requiring nuanced adaptation strategies for indigenous communities.  This report provides a resource for native americans as well as nonindigenous collaborators to inform the development of climate adaptation strategies, that also help alleviate intersectional oppression and promote gender justice.

Related Organizations: USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kirsten Vinyeta, Kyle Powys Whyte, Kathy Lynn

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San Bruno Creek and Colma Creek Resiliency Study - San Francisco International Airport

August 2015

This resiliency study describes the vulnerability assessment and sea level rise adaptation strategies for two creek systems - San Bruno and Colma - that flow into San Francisco Bay adjacent to the San Francisco International Airport (SFO), San Mateo County, California. SFO - a critical component of the Bay Area economy - and residential neighborhoods within the lower reaches of the San Bruno Creek and Colma Creek watersheds (Project Area) are at risk of severe flooding from these two creeks due to sea level rise.

Related Organizations: San Francisco International Airport (SFO), California State Coastal Conservancy

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Sea Level Rise Adaptation Strategy for San Diego Bay, California

January 2012

The San Diego Bay Sea Level Rise Strategy provides a regional approach to sea level rise adaptation, and is a foundation to guide coordinated adaptation planning among participating local jurisdictions. The strategy was prepared by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, and resulted from the efforts of a collaborative, regional stakeholder process undertaken as part of the San Diego Regional Climate Protection Initiative, a partnership with the San Diego Foundation and all local governments in the San Diego region.

Related Organizations: The San Diego Foundation, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

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Regional Collaboratives for Climate Change - A State of the Art

April 2019

Developed by the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) in 2019, this report summarizes the findings of a survey of 15 Regional Climate Collaboratives (RCCs) that are supporting climate change action at the regional scale in the United States. RCCs are networks that coordinate adaptation (and sometimes mitigation) work across jurisdictional boundaries in municipal regions of the U. S. and often include local and state government representatives as well as nonprofit, academic, and private partners.

Related Organizations: Institute for Sustainable Communities

Authors or Affiliated Users: Steve Adams, Karina French

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