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New York State Climate Smart Communities Grant Program

2018

The New York State Climate Smart Communities Grant Program, administered by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, was established in 2016 and provides a matching grant to towns, villages, counties, and boroughs of New York City to implement projects related to climate change adaptation or mitigation or, more specifically, to work towards Climate Smart Communities Certification by undertaking eligible planning actions. Although all municipalities in the state are eligible to apply for these grants, Climate Smart Communities receive extra points in the application process (dependent on their certification level) in order to financially incentivize participation in the program.

Related Organizations: New York City Department of Environmental Protection

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EPA Water Finance Clearinghouse

EPA’s Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center developed this Water Finance Clearinghouse which is designed to support communities in financing sustainable drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure solutions. This online portal includes two searchable databases: one of available funding sources from for water infrastructure, and the second offers resources related to financing mechanisms for community-level water infrastructure.   Many funding programs listed address water supply resilience, sustainability and climate change adaptation measures.

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

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CalBRACE Adaptation Toolkit

The CalBRACE Adaptation Toolkit was developed by the California Department of Public Health Office of Health Equity as part of the California Building Resilience for Climate Effects (CalBRACE) project. This database is a collection of tools, reports, guides, and data to help local health departments assess, plan, and monitor in their efforts to reduce and prevent the health risks of climate change. This toolkit is designed for California, but can serve as a useful guide to health departments elsewhere.

Related Organizations: California Department of Public Health

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Funding Navigation for California Communities

Funding Navigation for California Communities is an online portal for funding opportunities directed at local governments of California. Grants and other funding resources are categorized under seven project types, and those addressing climate adaptation and resiliency are primarily found under the categories of Drinking Water, Parks, Stormwater, and Wastewater Management. Funding opportunities are profiled for adaptation projects related to water desalination, drought preparedness, restoration of natural floodplains and wetlands, urban and community forestry, green infrastructure, rainwater and stormwater capture and reuse, and adapting water infrastructure systems to climate change, among others.

Related Organizations: Local Government Commission (LGC)

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Resilience Roadmap - A Collaborative Approach to Multi-Jurisdictional Planning

From the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Resilience Roadmap is an online tool offering guidance on the step-by-step process of multi-jurisdictional resiliency planning for critical infrastructure. The tool is designed for local, state, federal, and non-governmental representatives involved in regional adaptation planning and strategy development. Three major steps are identified:

Related Organizations: National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

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Conservation in a Changing Climate - Land Trust Resilience Toolbox

The Land Trust Alliance Conservation in a Changing Climate toolbox offers technical guidance for building resiliency and adaptation measures into land trust conservation plans. The website offers an extensive library of information and resources for land trusts to learn about landscape level climate change impacts, adaptation planning and climate resilient management practices.

Related Organizations: Land Trust Alliance

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Rising to the Challenge Together

December 2017

This report presents an assessment of the state of the climate adaptation field and offers recommendations for enhancing adaptation practice to meet the climate challenges facing states and communities. The report explores what a "strong mature adaptation field" would look like and what would be needed to build it.

Related Organizations: The Kresge Foundation

Authors or Affiliated Users: Susanne C. Moser, Joyce E. Coffee, LEED AP

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Hawaii Sea Level Rise Vulnerability and Adaptation Report

December 29, 2017

Hawaii’s Sea Level Rise Vulnerability and Adaptation Report was initially mandated by the Hawaii Climate Change Adaptation Initiative (Act 83, 2014, and expanded by Act 32, 2017). This report represents the first state-wide vulnerability assessment for sea level rise (SLR) coastal hazards in Hawaii.  Statewide and island specific adaptation recommendations are given to help reduce Hawaii’s exposure to sea level rise and increase coastal hazard resilience.

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Improving the Resilience of Transit Systems Threatened by Natural Disasters, Vol. 1: A Guide

December 18, 2017

The Transit Cooperative Research Program of the Transportation Research Board published a volume of three reports, titled “Improving the Resilience of Transit Systems Threatened by Natural Disasters. ” Volume 1 is a Guide, Volume 2 is a Research Overview, and Volume 3 contains Literature Reviews and Case Studies.  As climate exacerbated extreme weather events and natural disasters threaten operations and transportation assets, the Guide focuses on how to create resilient transit systems of all sizes.

Related Organizations: Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Building Ecological Solutions to Coastal Community Hazards – A Guide for New Jersey Coastal Communities

December 13, 2017

From the National Wildlife Federation and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, this report outlines ecological or nature-based solutions to prepare for and adapt to hazards in New Jersey coastal communities. It describes measures to protect open space, enhance and protect coastal ecosystems (including beaches and dunes, coastal forests and shrublands, and tidal marshes) in ways that increase elevation and reduce erosion and flooding risks.

Related Organizations: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, National Wildlife Federation

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