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DC Public Service Commission MEDSIS Initiative, Customer Impact Working Group

2018

The District of Columbia Public Service Commission’s (DCPSC) establishment of the Customer Impact Working Group within the Modernizing the Energy Delivery System for Increased Sustainability (MEDSIS) initiative is a replicable example of how utility commissions are working to invite equitable input in grid modernization efforts. DCPSC initiated the MEDSIS initiative as a means of making the energy delivery system more sustainable, reliable, efficient, cost effective, and interactive for District customers. DCPSC approved the establishment of six working groups to elicit input from a diverse range of stakeholders in order to address key issues related to modernizing the District’s energy delivery system. The Customer Impact Working Group is examining how grid modernization efforts may impact various customers, including exploring questions of customer equity, data protection and privacy, consumer protection, and low- and limited-income customer inclusion. This Working Group will produce recommendations aimed at ensuring that all customers benefit from grid modernization efforts.

Related Organizations: District of Columbia Public Service Commission

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Resilient Rhody: An Actionable Vision for Addressing the Impacts of Climate Change in Rhode Island

July 2, 2018

Resilient Rhody is the state of Rhode Island's first climate adaptation strategy which addresses the impacts of climate change to the state’s critical infrastructure and utilities, natural systems (upland and coastal), emergency preparedness, and community health and resilience. Strategic actions are  outlined for these four thematic areas, and an additional chapter highlights financing mechanisms for these recommendations.   An “action plan to stand up to climate change” was required by Governor Raimondo’s 2017 Executive Order 17-10.

Related Organizations: State of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Climate Change Commission

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Smart Policies for a Changing Climate: the Report and Recommendations of the ASLA Blue Ribbon Panel on Climate Change and Resilience

July 9, 2018

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) interdisciplinary Blue Ribbon Panel on Climate Change and Resilience has identified key planning and design strategies, and public policies to establish healthy, climate-smart, and resilient communities. The strategies are founded on core principles of design for natural systems, community development, vulnerable communities, transportation and agriculture.   Many of these policy recommendations focus on the integration of climate resilience and adaptation into land use planning and development.

Related Organizations: The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)

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Portland, Oregon Central City 2035 Plan

July 9, 2018

As part of Portland Oregon’s Comprehensive Plan, the Central City 2035 Plan is the primary guiding policy document for Portland’s urban center. The plan offers goals, policies and tools to guide growth and development for largest “center” in Portland that, by 2035, will be home to 30% of Portland’s population growth, on 3% of its land area. One of the primary goals of the plan is to increase the resilience of the Central City to climate change, and policies are proposed for natural hazard, climate change and flooding resilience.

Related Organizations: City of Portland, Oregon

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Portland, Oregon 2018-2020 Strategic Plan - A Better Future, A Better Now

July 9, 2018

The City of Portland, Oregon Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS)’s mission is to “take action to shape the future of Portland and advance climate protection for a more prosperous, healthy, equitable and resilient city now and for future generations.” The Bureau’s 2018-2020 Strategic Plan includes strategies to create a low-carbon resilient built environment, including affordable housing, and to improve watershed health and climate resiliency. 

Related Organizations: City of Portland, Oregon

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Green Infrastructure and Health Guide

July 10, 2018

The Green Infrastructure and Health Guide was designed to help local governments, communities, and health care organizations connect green infrastructure (GI) and public health in new ways to promote better health equity and adapt to climate change. This report provides general GI principles and best practices as well as tools, resources, and evidence for connections between green infrastructure and human health. The Willamette Partnership and the Oregon Public Health Institute developed this guide in collaboration with the Green Infrastructure Leadership Exchange practitioner network.

Related Organizations: Willamette Partnership, Oregon Public Health Institute

Authors or Affiliated Users: Bobby Cochran, Barton Robison, Emily Henke

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Climate Change Adaptation Workshops: A Planning Guide for Local Government Staff

July 2018

Designed to support local public agencies, this planning guide provides the steps to build a half-day workshop to begin identifying and implementing climate change adaptation strategies. The goal of the workshop is to help teams determine some feasible, near-term actions to prepare for climate impacts that directly affect the local community. Initiated from adaptation planning workshops in Alameda County, California, the guide includes lessons learned and suggestions about how to adjust the approach for any agency.

Related Organizations: Alameda County Office of Sustainability

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Community-driven Water Solutions in California's Central Valley - Community Water Center

Formed in 2006, the Community Water Center (CWC) is a grassroots organization in California’s Central Valley that works to combat water insecurity in frontline communities through community organizing, policy advocacy and public education to influence water governance and decision making. Many residents of the Central Valley are from low income, predominantly Latinx communities that deal with water scarcity, groundwater contamination, or a lack of proper infrastructure. CWC provides technical and legal assistance for frontline communities, training residents as clean water advocates and helping to secure funding for sustainable drinking water projects.

Related Organizations: Community Water Center

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Building a Community of Practice at the Intersection of Water, Climate Resilience and Equity

July 31, 2018

From The Kresge Foundation and American Rivers, this report presents the findings of an assessment conducted by the Meridian Institute on Kresge's Climate Resilient and Equitable Water Systems (CREWS) initiative. This report describes the challenges and opportunities for practitioners working at the intersection of water systems, climate resilience and social equity. 

Related Organizations: The Kresge Foundation

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Building Gulf Coast Resilience - Lessons from the Hurricane Sandy Recovery

August 1, 2018

This report on Hurricane Sandy Recovery is part of a series of case studies that the Georgetown Climate Center developed to inform efforts to implement innovative restoration projects in the Gulf Coast region after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The synthesis report, Building Gulf Coast Resilience: Opportunities After Deep Water Horizon, and accompanying case studies present lessons for improving coordination among state and federal decisionmakers, expediting environmental review and permitting, and accounting for climate impacts in the design and management of restoration projects.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Author or Affiliated User: Jessica Grannis

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