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2013 California Green Building Code - CALGreen

January 1, 2014

The 2013 California Green Building Standards Code, or CALGreen, established by the California Building Standards Commission, went into effect January 1, 2014. California first adopted CALGreen in 2010, becoming the first statewide mandatory green building code in the country. The Code establishes minimum green building standards through uniform regulations of most new residential and non-residential California buildings. The regulations are intended to reduce construction waste, make buildings more efficient in the use of materials and energy, and reduce environmental impacts during and after construction.

Related Organizations: State of California, California Building Standards Commission

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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EPA National Stormwater Calculator

2014

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Stormwater Calculator (SWC) is a desktop application that estimates the annual amount of rainwater and frequency of runoff from a specific site anywhere in the United States (including Puerto Rico). The SWC is a simple to use tool for computing small site hydrology by estimating the amount of stormwater runoff generated from a site under different development and control scenarios over a long term period of historical rainfall. The analysis takes into account local soil conditions, slope, land cover and meteorology.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Cool Policies for Cool Cities: Best Practices for Mitigating Urban Heat Islands in North American Cities

June 17, 2014

This survey by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the Global Cool Cities Alliance (GCCA) reviews the urban heat mitigation activities of 26 cities in the U.S. and Canada - representing all of the major climate zones, geographies, and city sizes across North America. They found that heat waves along with other natural disasters and extreme weather has motivated nearly two thirds of the cities surveyed to initiate urban heat island mitigation strategies.

Related Organizations: American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) , Global Cool Cities Alliance

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement

June 16, 2014

The Chesapeake Bay Program is a regional partnership that leads and directs Chesapeake Bay restoration and protection. Bay Program partners include federal and state agencies, local governments, non-profit organizations and academic institutions.

Resource Category: Planning

 

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HUD National Disaster Resilience Competition

June 14, 2014

One-time funding opportunity (this competition closed in January 2016 when thirteen winning proposals were selected)

In a one-time funding announcement, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) allocated $1 billion in federal disaster recovery dollars through the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC).  The competition was announced on June 14, 2014 and the winners were announced in January 2016.  This resource is a good example of how a grant program can be used to spur innovative resilience projects, it also demonstrates a model for reforming procedures for conducting benefit-cost analyses to account for the social and environmental benefits of resilience projects.  

Related Organizations: The Rockefeller Foundation, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Hawaii Climate Adaptation Initiative Act (HB 1714, Act 83)

June 9, 2014

Hawai'i Act 83 establishes an interagency climate adaptation committee to develop a sea-level rise vulnerability and adaptation report addressing statewide climate impacts projected up to 2050. This bill was approved by Governor Neil Abercrombie on June 9, 2014.

Related Organizations: Hawaii State Office of Planning, Hawaii Land and Natural Resources Department

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Taking Action on Climate Change: Connecticut DEEP 2014 Progress Report

June 6, 2014

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) released this progress report reviewing the work the state is doing to mitigate and prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Related Organizations: Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP)

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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City of Berkeley CA's 2014 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan

June 1, 2014

The 2014 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan updates Berkeley California's 2004 Disaster Mitigation Act, providing information on initiatives already underway to increase disaster resilience as well as outlining new risk assessments and policies. This update incorporates climate change into the plan, framing it as both a standalone hazard of concern, as well as an exacerbating factor in other hazards.

Related Organizations: City of Berkeley, California

Resource Category: Planning

 

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RI Executive Climate Change Council Report - A Resilient Rhode Island: Being Practical About Climate Change

June 2014

‘A Resilient Rhode Island: Being Practical about Climate Change’ was prepared pursuant to Governor Chafee’s Executive Order 14-01, issued in February 2014, which establishes an Executive Climate Change Council for Rhode Island. The Council’s report outlines key objectives and strategies to help the state prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Related Organizations: State of Rhode Island

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Vermont Climate Assessment: Considering Vermont’s Future in a Changing Climate

June 2014

The Vermont Climate Assessment (VCA) is the nation's first comprehensive state-level assessment of climate impacts modeled after the National Climate Assessment (NCA). The VCA mirrors the NCA structure but is tailored to the sectors most applicable to Vermont. The VCA presents state-level efforts to downscale global climate models, combining them with local knowledge and data. The assessment presents climate impacts across many sectors, as well as localized, community level vulnerabilities.

Related Organizations: University of Vermont

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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