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NYC Cool Roofs Initiative (New York City, NY)

2014

The NYC °CoolRoofs initiative encourages building owners in New York City to cool their rooftops by applying a reflective white coating that reduces energy use, cooling costs and carbon emissions. The program not only combats the urban heat island effect, it supports New York City's goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030, as outlined in PlaNYC - the City's comprehensive sustainability plan. 

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Coastal Resilience - Coastal Defense App

2014

Coastal Defense is an application for examining how coastal habitats such as oyster reefs, coral reefs, tidal marshes, mangroves, beach dunes, and seagrass help protect coastal areas by reducing wave energy hitting the shore. The Coastal Defense “app” is a module of the Coastal Resilience network and tool platform, developed in part by The Nature Conservancy. The app identifies the coastal protection value of existing reef and wetland habitats and allows users to design restoration solutions.

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The Challenge of Mitigating Virginia’s Flooding and Sea Level Rise Impacts

November 2014

This report outlines potential flood risk within Hampton Roads, Virginia, finding nearly $431,000,000 in pending costs to fix flood-damaged structures. The study also found that, at current rates of hazard mitigation payments from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), it would take between 78-188 years to clear a backlog of flood-damaged property needs. Given this situation, Wetlands Watch suggests using revolving loan funds to meet the sea level rise adaptation needs in coastal Virginia.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Skip Stiles, Shareen Hughes, Mary-Carson Stiff, Shannon Hulst

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An Analysis of NJ Climate Adaptation Alliance Coastal Recommendations Relative to Recent Programs and Legislation for Climate Adaptation in Delaware, Maryland, and New York

July 2014

This analysis from the NJ Climate Adaptation Alliance (NJCAA) identifies adaptation programs and policies of states in the Mid-Atlantic region with an emphasis on coastal resources and risks. The report compares enacted legislative and administrative changes to agency programs in order to account for coastal impacts from climate change - that are consistent with one or more of the individual recommendations proposed by the NJCAA in Preparing New Jersey for Climate Change: Policy Considerations from the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance.

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EPA Healthy Watersheds Initiative

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Healthy Watersheds Initiative encourages states, local governments, watershed organizations and others to protect and maintain healthy water bodies. 

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Toolkit for Resilient Cities

September 25, 2013

The “Toolkit for Resilient Cities” is a report prepared by Arup, Siemens and the non-profit Regional Planning Association, that explores the role of technology in enhancing the resilience of cities and their critical infrastructure systems, and the enabling actions that can support a new approach to system design and delivery.

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New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program

The New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program has been established to provide additional rebuilding and revitalization assistance to communities severely damaged by Hurricanes Sandy and Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. To facilitate community resilience and redevelopment planning, the State has allocated $25 million for planning in the most affected areas. Those successfully completing a recovery plan will be eligible to receive funds to support the implementation of projects and activities identified in the plans.

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Assateague Island National Seashore (AINS) Parking Lot Relocation

National Park Service (NPS) managers at Assateague Island National Seashore (AINS) have developed a plan to adapt roadways and parking areas to excessive erosion and overwashing from storm surges. This plan is in progress, and this case study will be updated accordingly. Two parking lots will be relocated away from the shoreline to reduce their vulnerability to erosion from future storms and help restore natural coastal processes. Additionally, they will be reconstructed from materials that are readily available on Assateague Island, such as clay and crushed clam shell, which will help reduce water flow rates over the parking lots and corresponding risk of erosion.

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Cape Cod Parking Lot Removal and Relocation

Several Cape Cod towns and the Cape Cod Commission have taken specific measures to adapt beach parking lots to the impacts of climate change, including extreme storms and sea-level rise that are causing increased beach erosion.    These coastal communities are rethinking “quick fix” repairs to vulnerable parking infrastructure and are instead implementing a variety of soft and hard measures as more permanent solutions to long-term climate change impacts.   Many of the town activities were captured in the adaptation blog “Great American Adaptation Road Trip” by Allie Goldstein and Kirsten Howard, graduates of the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment.

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Toward a Sustainable City: The State of Innovation in Urban Sustainability

September 2013

This report from the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) reviews the current progress in sustainable urban development innovations. USDN is a peer-to-peer network of 120 municipal government sustainability professionals and 400 of their staff members in cities and counties in the U. S. and Canada.   This report describes the emergence and implications of the comprehensive field of urban sustainability across the public, private, nonprofit, and academic sectors, where innovation is a driving force.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Peter Plastrik, Julia Parzen

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