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Boulder Green Building and Green Points Program - Boulder, Colorado Municipal Code Chapter 7.5, Ordinance 7565

February 1, 2008

Boulder, Colorado’s municipal building code integrated Ordinance 7565 (Green Building and Green Points Program), which was adopted by Boulder City Council on Nov. 13, 2007 and went into effect on Feb. 1, 2008. The Boulder Green Points Building Program was the nation’s first mandatory residential green building program that requires a builder or homeowner to include a minimum amount of sustainable building components based on the size of the proposed structure. 

Related Organizations: City of Boulder, Colorado

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Impacts of Climate Change for the State of Indiana

February 2008

This report summarizes the likely and potential impacts of climate change for the state of Indiana. Impacts are described for Indiana's water resources, agriculture, plants and animals, soils, human health, as well as on the demands on heating and cooling.

Related Organizations: Purdue University, Purdue Climate Change Research Center (PCCRC)

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Synthesis and Assessment Product (SAP) 4.5: Effects of Climate Change on Energy Production and Use in the United States

February 2008

This report is one in a series of 21 Synthesis and Assessment Products (SAPs) produced between 2004 and 2009 by the U.S. Climate Change Science Program, aimed at providing current assessments of climate change science in the U.S. to inform public debate, policy, and operational decisions. This SAP summarizes currently knowledge about direct and indirect effects of climate change on energy consumption, production, and supply in the U.S.

Related Organizations: U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Thomas J. Wilbanks, Vatsal Bhatt, Daniel E. Bilello, Stanley R. Bull, James Ekmann, William C. Horak, Y. Joe Huang, Mark D. Levine, Michael J. Sale, David K. Schmalzer, Michael J. Scott

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A Screening Assessment of the Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Mitigation in the Great Lakes and New England Regions

February 2008

This report presents the potential implications of climate change on combined sewer overflow (CSO) mitigation in the Great Lakes and New England Regions. It is not a detailed analysis of individual systems in these regions. The purpose of this assessment was 1) to determine whether the potential implications of climate change on CSOs in these regions warranted further consideration and study, and 2) to evaluate the need for decision support tools and information that would enable combined sewer system (CSS) managers to incorporate the consideration of climate change into their decision making processes.

Related Organizations: National Center for Environmental Assessment, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ICF International

Authors or Affiliated Users: John Furlow, Thomas Johnson, Britta G. Bierwagen, J. Randall Freed, Jeremy Sharfenberg, Sarah Shapiro

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Stationarity is Dead: Whither Water Management?

February 1, 2008

Published in the journal 'Science,' this article argues that the current concept of stationarity - the idea that natural systems fluctuate within an unchanging envelope of variability - is made obsolete in water management practices by anthropogenic climate change. The article recommends that the analytic strategies used for planning future investments be updated.

Authors or Affiliated Users: P. C. D. Milly, Julio Betancourt, Malin Falkenmark, Robert M. Hirsch, Zbigniew W. Kundzewicz, Dennis P. Lettenmaier, Ronald J. Stouffer

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Kaua'i Shoreline Setback Ordinance (No. 863, Bill 2266, 2008)

January 25, 2008

The passage of the Kaua’i Shoreline Setback Bill in 2008 brought one of the most aggressive shoreline building setback laws in the country. The Kaua’i County setback is based on the average annual erosion rate and a planning period of 70 to 100 years, plus a buffer of 40 feet. The purpose of the ordinance was to properly site structures to protect life, property, and resources along Kaua’i’s shorelines from a wide variety of natural hazards, including high surf, hurricanes, flooding, and erosion.

Related Organizations: County Council of Kaua'i

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Coastal Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment: Compendium of Coastal Resources Tools and Methodologies

January 18, 2008

This compendium produced by the University of Wollongong and Coastal Zone Management Pty. Ltd. describes tools and methods which can be applied globally to support the development of coastal vulnerability assessments and climate change adaptation.

Related Organizations: University of Wollongong (UOW), Coastal Zone Management Pty Ltd (CZM)

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The State of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Program - Red Book

January 15, 2008

Section 145 of the Coastal Resources Management Program, Climate Change and Sea Level Rise, was adopted on January 15, 2008. This section presents the scientific findings of sea-level rise and implications to the state of Rhode Island.

Related Organizations: Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council

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Climate Action Plan: Interim Report to the Governor and the Maryland General Assembly

January 14, 2008

The Maryland Commission on Climate Change's Interim Report includes timetables and benchmarks for reducing Maryland’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and preliminary recommendations for legislation and executive actions. It also includes general support for legislative or other actions on adaptation and mitigation initiatives. The Report contains a list of approximately 50 priority policy options the Commission has chosen for more detailed analysis.

Related Organizations: Maryland Commission on Climate Change

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Climate Ready Estuaries

The Climate Ready Estuaries program is a partnership between the U. S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Estuary Programs (NEPs) to address climate change in coastal areas. This effort, initiated in 2008, brings together EPA's Oceans and Coastal Protection Division and Climate Change Division. The purpose of Climate Ready Estuaries is to assist NEPs and coastal communities in becoming "climate ready" by providing tools and assistance to assess climate change vulnerability and plan for adaptation.

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

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