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Embracing Change: Adapting Conservation Practices to Address a Changing Climate

March 2018

From the Wildlife Conservation Society, this report contains case studies on conservation organizations that are “strategically altering their approaches to keep pace with climate change.” 12 featured organizations are examined for their climate informed strategies, and innovative long-term goals that are ready to evolve with the impacts of climate change. Wildlife Conservation Society is calling the examples in this report “the hopeful side of climate change.” 

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Resilience Hubs: Shifting Power to Communities and Increasing Community Capacity

March 28, 2018

This report describes an initiative of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) to encourage the creation of Resilience Hubs, which are defined as community-serving facilities meant to both support residents and coordinate resource distribution and services before, during or after a natural hazard event. While these are primarily meant to address vulnerability and risk, this report explains how Resilience Hubs can also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support social equity. The report draws on lessons from Washington, DC, and Baltimore, Maryland, two cities that are actively exploring the Resilience Hub concept.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kristin Baja, Kristin Baja, CFM

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New York City Climate Resiliency Design Guidelines

April 2018

In April 2018, New York City released new Climate Resiliency Design Guidelines that apply to all City capital projects, aside from coastal protection projects. The guidelines direct planners, engineers, architects, and others involved in project delivery on how to use regionally-specific future climate projections in the design of City facilities.

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Blackfeet Climate Change Adaptation Plan

April 2018

The Blackfeet or Amskapi Pikuni Nation integrated their tribal government priorities, traditional values and ecological knowledge, climate change impact science, and a collective vision of the future to build this climate change adaptation plan. The plan is oriented around eight focal tribal resource management sectors of: Agriculture, Culture, Forestry, Fish, Wildlife, Land and Range, Water, and Human Health in northern Montana. Projected climate impacts were analyzed with experts within the Blackfeet Nation for each sector to create climate adaptation goals, strategies, and actions.

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Green Cincinnati Plan

April 2018

The Green Cincinnati Plan is a roadmap to build “a more sustainable, equitable, resilient future” for the City of Cincinnati, Ohio. The plan outlines 80 climate mitigation strategies to reduce carbon emissions in Cincinnati 80% by 2050. It also establishes broader goals and recommendations focused on climate change resilience, growing the city’s green economy, and improving conditions for frontline communities.

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City of Whitefish, Montana Climate Action Plan

April 2018

Whitefish, Montana has committed to climate change mitigation and adaptation measures in this Climate Action Plan. Drafted by a mayor-appointed committee with extensive public involvement, the plan describes the actions that Whitefish can take to transition to a clean energy economy, reduce GHG emissions, and strategically build resilience to climate change impacts. The report outlines nearly 100 specific actions to implement 26 climate adaptation and mitigation strategies across six chapters for six focal sectors: City Buildings and Energy; Transportation and Land Use; Water and Wastewater; Forests and Watersheds; Consumption, Food and Waste; and School District.

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Austin, Texas Climate Resilience Action Plan for City Assets and Operations

April 2018

The Climate Resilience Action Plan for Austin, Texas provides an assessment of extreme weather impacts to City-owned assets and operations, and outlines strategies for the City of Austin’s long-range planning in response to current and projected climate change. The plan describes climate adaptation strategies for the City’s Utility Infrastructure (electric, water, wastewater and telecommunications), Transportation Infrastructure, and Community Facilities. 

Author or Affiliated User: Marc Coudert

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Social Science Perspectives on Climate Change

April 2018

The Social Science Perspectives on Climate Change workshop, held in March 2017, brought together social scientists and federal staff involved in climate change-related activities to discuss and demonstrate how the social sciences can assist in climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts. Three papers from social science perspectives resulted from this workshop to support the climate change work of USGCRP and other federal agencies as well as to inform the Fourth National Climate Assessment.

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DOT BUILD Grant Program

April 2018

In 2018 the U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT) replaced the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program with the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) transportation grant program. BUILD is a discretionary grant program that makes federal funding available on a competitive basis to surface transportation projects that meet "merit criteria. " Since 2009, DOT has provided $7. 1 billion in grants through this program to support 554 projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.

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2018 Green Cincinnati Plan, Ohio: Leveraging Resilience to Become a Climate Haven

April 2018

The City of Cincinnati, Ohio assesses opportunities for local investments in housing and critical services for people relocating in response to climate change in the 2018 Green Cincinnati Plan. The plan is built on three central pillars: Sustainability, Equity and Resilience, and is a strategic document to guide the city’s goals and objectives to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and become more climate resilient. Cincinnati identifies itself as a future “climate haven” that may receive people relocating from more vulnerable areas impacted by climate change, like coastal areas experiencing sea-level rise and flooding. Cincinnati uses the Green Plan to set a roadmap for making preparations to accommodate people moving to the city as a result of this domestic climate “in-migration.” The city has assessed the potential number of people that may relocate there in the future, and conducted a cost-benefit analyses to estimate the fiscal costs for this in-migration. As a result of this analysis, the city proposes how it could move forward with preparing for a new population. This includes identifying future and existing opportunities and programs for supplemental and long-term housing, funding sources to support housing and economic investments, and other “peer” climate haven cities, like Duluth, Minnesota, that can serve as a resource for Cincinnati. Ultimately, Cincinnati finds that it is feasible to become a climate haven, but that it will have to proactively prepare for new residents. The Green Cincinnati Plan can serve as an example for other local jurisdictions anticipating receiving people moving away from their homes in response to climate change.

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