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Coastal Adaptation: A Framework for Governance and Funding to Address Climate Change - New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut region

October 16, 2017

The Regional Planning Association (RPA) - for the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut region - developed this report on coastal climate change adaptation strategies and governance - responding to climate impacts projected for the area such as sea level rise, extreme storms, and severe flooding. According to the report, more than 20% of the region’s municipalities (167) face a future of coastal flooding (either intermittent from storms or permanent from sea level rise). Along with the report, RPA is recommending a new Regional Coastal Commission to help implement adaptation solutions across state lines, produce a regional coastal adaptation plan, and “award funding from new adaptation trust funds” - among other goals.

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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.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Shalini Vajjhala, James Rhodes

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Green Infrastructure Techniques for Resilience of the Oregon Coast Highway

October 2017

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) green infrastructure solutions for resilience documented in this report are the result of a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) sponsored pilot project. ODOT analyzed how green infrastructure can help protect the Oregon Coast Highway (US 101) from the impacts of extreme storms and coastal bluff erosion. Through this study ODOT explored the use of nature-based design solutions to protect coastal transportation infrastructure from these climate enhanced impacts.

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Voluntary Resilience Standards: An Assessment of the Emerging Market for Resilience in the Built Environment

May 2017

This report offers an analysis of 14 voluntary resilience standards by which buildings can be evaluated. The resilience standards addressed are based on guidelines and tools designed to help communities prepare for climate change and hazards - including certifications, benchmarking systems, planning frameworks, and design principles. Recognizing that the market for climate resilient infrastructure standards is nascent, the report discusses how existing programs can encourage medium-term and long-term planning, evaluating the programs using the following criteria: Target Audience - focuses on the type of facility, factors beyond those of the physical site, and the life cycle of the building Impact and Scope - considers social vulnerability and performance goals for certain situations including flooding, earthquakes, and high winds Standard Development Process - how community input was incorporated in the program design and the verification process The resilience standards analyzed were developed by various organizations including nonprofits, universities, U.

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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.”

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Meat of the Matter: A Municipal Guide to Climate-Friendly Food Purchasing

December 7, 2017

The research behind this report suggests that shifting institutional food procurement away from meat and dairy products and towards plant-based options would significantly reduce GHG emissions, and is more sustainable. Eating more plant-based foods is considered essential to meeting climate change goals - as well as plant-based foods offer quantifiable health and environmental benefits. This guide offers tools, strategies, and guidance on how cities and counties can advance climate-friendly food procurement.

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Building Ecological Solutions to Coastal Community Hazards – A Guide for New Jersey Coastal Communities

December 13, 2017

From the National Wildlife Federation and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, this report outlines ecological or nature-based solutions to prepare for and adapt to hazards in New Jersey coastal communities. It describes measures to protect open space, enhance and protect coastal ecosystems (including beaches and dunes, coastal forests and shrublands, and tidal marshes) in ways that increase elevation and reduce erosion and flooding risks.

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Climate Chaos and Local Resiliency – Water Solutions in the American West 

December 2017

Carpe Diem West presents seven case studies of local water resilience/conservation initiatives across the western U.S. in this online resource.  The organization’s 10th year anniversary report is a presentation of successfully implemented solutions for adapting our water usage to the changing climate. These seven stories highlight strategies that are grounded on the principles of equity, collaboration and sustainability.

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Resilient By Design - Bay Area Challenge

May 31, 2017

Resilient by Design is a collaborative design challenge for the San Francisco, California Bay area to develop 10 innovative community-based solutions that will strengthen the region’s resilience to sea level rise, severe storms, flooding and earthquakes. The Resilient by Design - Bay Area Challenge was modeled on New York's Rebuild by Design, a successful program pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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2016 Resilient Cities Summit Report - Solutions for Sustainable Land Use

2017

The National League of Cities, Urban Land Institute, and U. S. Green Building Council (USGBC) hosted the second Resilient Cities Summit in 2016 which convened mayors, senior city officials, and experts in sustainable development, finance, land use, real estate, and infrastructure. Focused on how cities can be more resilient, the purpose of this summit was to offer participants access to land use tools and resources to advance resilience in their cities. The report includes many examples of resilient cities and offers related resources.

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