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Portland, Oregon Green Streets Program

2007

Portland, Oregon’s Green Streets are streets that use vegetated facilities to manage stormwater runoff. Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) Green Street Program is a sustainable stormwater strategy that meets regulatory compliance and resource protection goals by using a natural systems approach to manage stormwater, reduce flows, improve water quality and enhance watershed health.

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Portland, Oregon NE Siskiyou Green Street Project Report

2007

In 2003, the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services installed two landscaped stormwater curb extensions designed to capture street stormwater runoff on Siskiyou Street in Portland, Oregon. Essentially disconnecting the street’s runoff from the City’s combined storm/sewer system, the Siskiyou curb extensions manage it on-site using a landscape alternative. The objective was to maximize the capture, treatment, and infiltration of street stormwater runoff, while enhancing the neighborhood and offering improved pedestrian safety.

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Washington D.C. Green Roof Program

2007

In 2003, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation initiated a green roof demonstration project funded under the terms of a consent decree negotiated by the D. C. Water and Sewer Authority. The money was used to issue grants for the installation of eight different pilot green roofs that would reduce the cost of each green roof cost to the building owner by up to 20 percent. The pilot roofs served as models that building owners could use for future green roof projects, by providing data on costs, construction methods, performance, and maintenance needs.

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Florida's Coastal Partnership Initiative

The Coastal Partnership Initiative (CPI) makes funding available to Florida's coastal counties and municipalities that are required to have a coastal management element in their comprehensive plan.   Public colleges and universities, regional planning councils, national estuary programs and nonprofit groups may also apply for CPI funds if an eligible local government agrees to participate as a partner. The Initiative is administered by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) using funding from NOAA.

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IPCC Fourth Assessment Report - Working Group III Report: Mitigation of Climate Change

2007

This report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) deals with adaptation, mitigation, the risk associated with rapid and/or abrupt changes in climate, trends in irrigation, as well as the greenhouse gas emissions of wastewater.

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Operational Responses to Climate Change Impacts

December 29, 2006

Commissioned by the Transportation Research Board (TRB), this report discusses the impacts of climate change on transportation operations in the United States, and suggests adaptive responses to fully incorporate the consideration for weather-related disruptions and emergencies into systems operations and management processes. It discusses the effects of climate change on the principle activities of state departments of transportation. A particular focus of the report includes road congestion management and emergency response.

Author or Affiliated User: Steve Lockwood

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Design Standards for U.S. Transportation Infrastructure: The Implications of Climate Change

November 2006

This paper is intended to “provide a broad conceptual framework for the possible role and objectives of standards and guidelines for the planning, design and construction of the transportation infrastructure under the assumption that climate change is occurring and will impact U.S. transportation.”

Author or Affiliated User: Michael D. Meyer

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Getting Ahead of the Curve: Corporate Strategies that Address Climate Change

October 2006

This report provides a “how to” guide and six detailed case studies to assist companies in developing a strategy to mitigate climate change related risk. The report also offers perspective on corporate views on greenhouse gas (GHG) regulation, government assistance for technology advancement, and other business related policy issues. Findings are the result of research and best practices from 31 corporations surveyed by the Pew Center on Global Climate Change (now the Center for Energy and Climate Solutions or C2ES).

Author or Affiliated User: Andrew Hoffman

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King County, Washington Climate Plan 2007

February 2007

This 2007 report provides an overview of King County’s plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to anticipate and adapt to projected climate change impacts. Major accomplishments in 2007 include the development of a vulnerable facilities inventory for divisions responsible for long-term asset management, the adoption of the King County Flood Control Zone District, and discussions of how to prepare for intense storm events and identify flood system co-benefits for public health and environmental quality.

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Global Climate Change and Wildlife

February 6, 2007

This 2007 Congressional Research Service (CRS) report for Congress addresses three topics: climate change effects on wildlife, the ability for wildlife to adapt to climate change, and policy implications. This high-level report identifies potential legislative implications that could result from climate change. For example, wildlife laws and management plans developed with an understanding of the life history, distribution, and habitat needs of species may warrant assessments to see if they function as desired under projected climate conditions.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Pervaze A. Sheikh; M. Lynne Corn, Jane A. Leggett, Peter Folger

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