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The Governance Gap: Climate Adaptation and Sea-Level Rise in the SF Bay Area

June 30, 2017

This report summarizes the results of a study of governance for climate adaptation to sea-level rise and coastal flooding in the San Francisco Bay Area (SF Bay Area) of California. The study focused on the “governance gap” that exists between the problem of sea-level rise and the implementation of adaptation solutions that increase resilience. From the research, possible solutions to those problems were identified, and a set of recommendations were developed that are “likely to receive stakeholder support, be feasible to achieve and take forward steps on the path towards adaptive capacity.

Author or Affiliated User: Mark Lubell

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The Economic Impact of the 2016 Loma Fire

2017

Developed by Earth Economics and requested by the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority (OSA), this report offers an assessment of the comprehensive economic impact of the 2016 Loma Fire that occurred in the Santa Cruz mountains of California. The report details the cost of lost ecosystem services, and the process of assessing these costs. Earth Economics also provides recommendations for mitigating future fire-related risk. The OSA requested this analysis in order to better understand the true costs of wildfire events, and how management practices and policies can be modified to reduce overall risk as climate change increases the incidence and intensity of wildfire events.

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Delaware Climate-Ready Workforce Pilot Project

June 30, 2017

As part of Delaware’s Climate-Ready Workforce Pilot Project, this report recommends strategies to address climate-related risks to indoor and outdoor workers who are exposed to extreme temperatures, storms, flooding, as well as indirect impacts related to air quality, vector-borne disease, and water-related illness. Written in response to the Climate Framework for Delaware, the report addresses concerns about climate-related threats to workers across state agencies, and offers recommendations related to policy development and implementation.

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Southeastern Montana Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

June 2017

In 2017, Southeastern Montana Development Corporation (SEMDC) released the Southeastern Montana Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) after consultation with hundreds of residents throughout the area to address common issues, including repairing infrastructure, increasing broadband capacity to meet local needs, encouraging resilient energy development, and foster diverse, local businesses. Through the CEDS, SEMDC works to create a strong coalition of communities and businesses to facilitate the development of a resilient infrastructure, while “maintaining a traditional, rural, high quality lifestyle.” Among the many projects and initiatives contained within the CEDS, those that are most applicable to developing economic resilience emphasize Climate and Renewable Energy Development, combating inequality and unemployment, and establishing an Economic Resilience Strategy. To address this inequality and unemployment within the region, SEMDC proposes several programs for under-represented, vulnerable communities and residents. This involves the support of workforce development programs in communities that focus primarily on the disadvantaged, as well as scholarship programs that train these individuals on green energy technologies. 

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Robust Stormwater Management in the Pittsburgh Region

2017

From the RAND Corporation - a global nonprofit research organization - this report addresses stormwater management and sewer overflow issues in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania metropolitan region within Allegheny County. The research behind this project provided the baseline science needed first to address this system future, in the face of climate change. This research is designed to support improved stormwater, wastewater, and climate resilience planning in the Pittsburgh region - and offers a robust framework for other cities facing these issues.

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Forest Resilience Bond - Fighting Fire with Finance

2017

Blue Forest Conservation is developing the Forest Resilience Bond (FRB) to monetize the benefits of forest restoration for climate resilience. Similar to an Environmental Impact Bond or sustainable infrastructure financing, the FRB is a public-private partnership that deploys private capital to support climate resilient national forests. The FRB creates value for a diverse set of stakeholders or beneficiaries of healthy forests - including the U. S. Forest Service (USFS), water and electric utilities, private water-dependent companies, state governments, and insurance companies.

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FHWA Synthesis of Approaches for Addressing Resilience in Project Development

July 2017

Developed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), this report summarizes lessons and findings from a range of research projects, pilot projects, and other studies conducted or sponsored by FHWA in the area of climate change resilience for transportation. The report is designed particularly for those working in transportation project development processes, to help identify the key process steps and methods for incorporating climate change into project design and decisionmaking.

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City Resilience Index

Developed in partnership between the Rockefeller Foundation and Arup, the City Resilience Index is a web-based tool for conducting a city-wide resilience assessment. Based on evidence from 28 cities and three years of research into what constitutes resilience, the Index is globally applicable -  and has already been tested in five cities: Arusha, Concepción, Shimla, Hong Kong, and Liverpool.

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Sustainable Climate Change Adaptation in Indian Country

July 2017

Limited land and resource rights allocated to indigenous peoples in the United States create structural barriers that restrict many tribes’ ability to sustainably manage natural resources and adapt to climate change. This article reviews these barriers, and how land fragmentation and policies that hinder a tribe’s authority and control of natural resources restrict their capacity to manage climate change risks. After describing the history of political barriers for tribes, the report is primarily a case study of water rights and management at the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming.

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Bayside Adapts Initiative - Portland, Maine

2017

The City of Portland, Maine created the Bayside Adapts initiative to work with community members and organizations to adapt the Bayside neighborhood of downtown Portland to climate change impacts. The initiative includes two completed projects - the Bayside Adapts Design Challenge and the Sewer and Stormwater System Data Gap Analysis - which address the impacts of sea level rise, storm surges, and increased intense rainfall events in Bayside.

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