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HHS Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

August 1, 1999

The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides formula grants to states to help low-income households pay for their home energy needs, including weatherization and energy efficiency (CFDA Program Number 93. 568). It especially focuses on assisting households where a high percentage of income is spent on energy costs. The program has helped insulate the homes of millions of families using low-cost techniques that have large payoffs, saving money for those families and curtailing U.

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National Assessment of Coastal Vulnerability to Sea-Level Rise: Preliminary Results for the Atlantic Coast

1999

One of three national assessments of U. S. coastal regions conducted in the late 1990's, this assessment focused on the Atlantic coastline, while the other two focused on the Gulf Coast and Pacific coastlines. The overall goal of these studies was to identify those portions of the U. S. coastal regions at risk and the nature of that risk (e. g. , inundation, erosion, etc. ). The long-term goal of this study is to predict future coastal changes with a degree of certainty useful for coastal management, following an approach similar to that used to map national seismic and volcanic hazards.

Authors or Affiliated Users: E. Robert Thieler, Erika S. Hammar-Klose

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The Urban Heat Island, Photochemical Smog, and Chicago: Local Features of the Problem and Solution

1999

This project identifies the effect that surface modifications have on the urban heat island phenomenon and related ozone problems in the metropolitan area of Chicago, Illinois.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kimberly A. Gray, Mary E. Finster

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US - Netherlands Connection Project

The US-Netherlands Connection Project (USNC) is a knowledge exchange program between the U. S. and the Netherlands. Administered by Florida Earth Foundation, USNC brings delegates of professionals in academia, industry, government and nonprofits to the Netherlands to explore Dutch expertise in water management and infrastructure, especially as it relates to sea-level rise adaptation and resilience. The goal of the project is to create a unique collaboration between the country of the Netherlands and the State of Florida and the U.

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TreeFlow

TreeFlow is an online resource for tree-ring reconstructions of stream flow and climate. By providing a longer window into the past, tree-ring reconstructions describe the natural variability of climate (precipitation, drought) more completely than gaged records. While projected changes in precipitation may be uncertain in some area, projections for temperature changes due to climate change are highly useful and relevant when added to the range of natural flow variability seen in the reconstructions.

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ADAPTool (Adaptive Design and Assessment Policy Tool)

From the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), this policy self-assessment tool is designed to help policy-makers take stock of a suite of existing policies and programs that are being implemented to help stakeholders deal with a specific stressor (i. e. , changing physical climate, or market pricing shocks).   ADAPTool is a Microsoft Excel workbook-based program, and takes the policy analyst through a series of questions to: (i) better define the vulnerability of specific economic sectors to a stressor; (ii) assess the ability of a suite of programs and policies to contribute to necessary adaptation actions and stakeholder adaptive capacity; and (iii) gauge the ability of the suite of programs and policies to address unanticipated stakeholder needs.

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HHS Community Services Block Grant

October 27, 1998

The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) provides formula grants to reduce poverty in low-income communities, help poor families receive necessary services, and put low-income individuals and families on a path toward self-sufficiency (CFDA Program Number 93. 569). The CSBG is a $715 million program funds more than 1,000 local anti-poverty organizations around the country annually, which provide services to more than 16 million people in 3,000 counties.

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Rising Seas, Coastal Erosion, and the Takings Clause: How to Save Wetlands and Beaches Without Hurting Property Owners 

1998

This law review article discusses ways in which states can protect their public trust lands from sea-level rise while remaining respectful of property owners' rights and investments. The article examines land use planning options by which coastal states might retain some of their public trust tidelands 'in perpetuity' no matter how much the sea rises, at least in areas that have not yet been developed.

Author or Affiliated User: James Titus

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Porous Asphalt Study: “Effect of Road Shoulder Treatments on Highway Runoff Quality and Quantity”

July 1997

The Washington State Transportation Center (TRAC) studied the effectiveness of porous asphalt road shoulder treatments at reducing the quantity and improving the quality of highway stormwater runoff, compared to traditional asphalt and gravel. Out of the three treatments tested, the porous asphalt shoulders produced both the lowest volume of runoff and runoff with the lowest concentration of pollutants. The report suggests that although porous asphalt may have higher installation costs than traditional asphalt, the use of porous asphalt road shoulders may have long-term economic benefits along with safety and environmental advantages.

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Cold Weather Shelter Voucher Program for San Diego, California

1997

Since 1997, San Diego County, California’s Department of Housing and Community Development, in collaboration with the Health and Human Services Agency, implemented the Cold Weather Shelter Voucher Program, which provides emergency hotel and motel vouchers to homeless families and individuals – seniors, people with disabilities, and pregnant women – during winter months or inclement weather. Participants are permitted to stay for up to 28 days in the hotel/motel, and during this stay, will have access to resources that will help the individual or families find more permanent housing.

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