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Building a Climate Resilient National Capital Region

September 2014

In 2013 and 2014, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), General Services Administration, US Global Change Research Program, National Capital Planning Commission, Smithsonian Institution, and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments sponsored two series of workshops to assist with climate adaptation planning and improve coordination in the Washington D. C. / National Capital Region. The report “Building a Climate Resilient National Capital Region: Federal and community agencies working together on climate preparedness and resilience” summarizes the Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation workshop series, providing the results and adaptation strategies proposed for the National Capital Region.

Related Organizations: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC), Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG, COG), U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)

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CDC: Assessing Vulnerability to Climate Change - A Guide for Health Departments

July 16, 2014

This guidance document from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Climate and Health Program Technical Report Series is designed to support health departments in assessing local vulnerabilities to health hazards associated with climate change.

Related Organizations: Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Arie Ponce Manangan, Christopher K. Uejio, Shubhayu Saha, Paul J. Schramm, Gino D. Marinucci, Jeremy J. Hess, George Luber

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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The Atlas of Mortality and Economic Losses from Weather, Climate and Water Extremes

July 11, 2014

‘The Atlas of Mortality and Economic Losses from Weather, Climate and Water Extremes 1970-2012’ describes the distribution and impacts of weather, climate, and water-related disasters and highlights measures to increase resilience. The report considers the importance of historical, geo-referenced information about deaths and damages to estimate risks before the next disaster occurs. This information is intended to support practical decisions on reducing potential impacts by, for example, improved early warning systems, retrofitting critical infrastructure, or enforcing new building codes.

Related Organizations: World Meteorological Organization (WMO) , Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) of the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL)

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Preparing for Climate Impacts: Lessons Learned from the Front Lines - Georgetown Climate Center

July 9, 2014

In this synthesis report to the Kresge Foundation, the Georgetown Climate Center shares some of the lessons learned from its adaptation work in recent years.  The report includes a number of short case studies highlighting successful efforts and barriers to change.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jessica Grannis, Vicki Arroyo, Sara Hoverter

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EPA Flood Resilience Checklist

July 7, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new tool in July 2014 to help communities prepare for, manage, and recover from floods.

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

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City of Los Angeles Ordinance No.183149: Cool Roof for Reduction of Heat Island Effect

July 2, 2014

The Los Angeles City Council amended the city's Green Building Code to require that all new residential roofs be "cool roofs." The amendments require cool roofs on new and refurbished homes in Los Angeles and sets minimum requirements for cool materials. Starting on October 1, 2014, residential roofing materials were required to meet certain values for their solar reflectance index (a combined measure of solar reflectance and thermal emittance).

Related Organizations: Los Angeles City Council, City of Los Angeles, California

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Miami-Dade (Florida) Sea Level Rise Task Force Report and Recommendations

July 1, 2014

The Miami-Dade Sea Level Rise Task Force was created by the Miami-Dade County Commission in July 2013 to assess the potential impacts of sea level rise for future development planning, and was charged with providing a comprehensive assessment of the impacts of sea level rise and storm surge on the region over time.

Related Organizations: Miami-Dade County Climate Change Advisory Task Force (CCATF), Miami-Dade County, Florida

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Planning for Flood Recovery and Long-Term Resilience in Vermont: Smart Growth Approaches for Disaster Resilient Communities

July 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have partnered to provide Vermont with technical assistance in planning for long-term flood resilience. The goal of the collaboration is to incorporate smart growth principles into local policies, development regulations, and hazard mitigation plans. The project is a product of EPA's year-long Smart Growth Implementation Assistance project in Vermont.

Related Organizations: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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Microsoft Climate Data Initiative

July 2014

In response to President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, Microsoft offers the Climate Data Initiative (CDI) Award program. This program supports the CDI’s goals of preparedness for and resilience to climate change impacts.The Microsoft Azure for Research program granted 12 months of free cloud computing resources to 20 awardees selected. Each award provides up to 180,000 hours of cloud computing time and 20 terabytes of cloud storage to be used for the project.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Microsoft

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Virginia EO 19: Convening the Governor's Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission

July 1, 2014

Under Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, this July 2014 executive order creates a new Governor’s Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission to conduct an assessment of the recommendations from the state’s 2008 Climate Change Action Plan.

Related Organizations: State of Virginia

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