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Environmental Resilience Institute Toolkit

September 13, 2018

The Environmental Resilience Institute Toolkit (ERIT) is a publicly-accessible online tool designed primarily for communities of Indiana and midwestern states to assess, prepare for, and respond to “environmental change. ” ERIT has a special emphasis on Midwestern communities but includes resources for small to mid-sized communities in both rural and urban areas across the U. S. The toolkit includes case studies, adaptation strategies, adaptation planning tools, and potential funding sources.

Related Organizations: Indiana University Environmental Resilience Institute

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin Framework for Green Infrastructure Plan, Ordinance

September 12, 2018

The City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin has approved the Framework for a Green Infrastructure Plan with goals of supporting climate change adaptation and resilience. According to the Framework and Ordinance which updates Milwaukee's stormwater management regulations, large developments will be required to capture the first 1/2 inch of rainfall using green infrastructure. The plan also increases funding for green infrastructure projects in Milwaukee’s streets, schoolyards, and parking lots. The City expects to publish the final Green Infrastructure Plan based on this Framework by February 2019.

Related Organizations: City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District (MMSD)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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CA EO B-54-18: Safeguarding California plants, wildlife and ecosystems from climate change

September 7, 2018

California Governor Brown’s Executive Order (EO) directs the state Department of Food and Agriculture and Department of Fish and Wildlife to work together to protect ecosystems, plants and wildlife while restoring and building climate resilience in habitats across the state. The order also supports the state's new California Biodiversity Initiative, an action plan to protecting the state's ecosystems and diversity of wildlife and plants. The Executive Order and Initiative will improve understanding of the state’s biological diversity, and identify and implement strategies to protect the state’s biodiversity from climate change.

Related Organizations: State of California, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California Department of Food and Agriculture

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Managing Drought in a Changing Climate: Four Essential Reforms 

September 6, 2018

This Public Policy Institute of California report examines climate change impacts on water resources in California, and the state’s capacity for adaptation to water scarcity and drought. California’s 2012–2016 drought - which was the hottest in the state’s recorded history and one of the driest - is used to assess water management and responses from that time in four sectors: cities and suburbs, irrigated agriculture, rural communities, and freshwater ecosystems. Policy and management reforms are recommended for drought planning, water infrastructure and operations, water rights administration, and funding.

Related Organizations: Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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California Biodiversity Initiative: A Roadmap for Protecting the State’s Natural Heritage

September 1, 2018

The California Biodiversity Initiative was enacted by Governor Brown’s Executive Order B-54-18 in order to “improve understanding of the State’s biological richness and identify actions to preserve, manage, and restore ecosystems to protect the State’s biodiversity from climate change.”

Related Organizations: California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California Department of Food and Agriculture, California Natural Resources Agency

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Governance for a Changing Climate: Adapting Boston's Built Environment for Increased flooding

September 2018

The Sustainable Solutions Lab at the University of Massachusetts Boston examines the impacts of flooding from sea level rise and increased precipitation on the City of Boston’s built environment in this report. Along with discussing the governance challenges as related to to these climate change impacts, the report offers policy recommendations and governance strategies to improve resilience to increased flooding. The report is built upon the Climate Ready Boston (CRB) project, and offers recommendations on the implementation of its initiatives as well as policy reform to further flooding adaptation.

Related Organizations: University of Massachusetts

Authors or Affiliated Users: Stephanie Kruel, Rebecca Herst

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Climate Resiliency Design Reference Guide for New Developments

August 2018

The Boston Environment Department developed this Reference Guide to help developers comply with the Resilient Design Checklist required by updates to Article 80 of Boston's Zoning Code and the Green Building Standards required by amendments to Article 37 of the City's Zoning Code. The Reference Guide helps developers evaluate the project site and design conditions, identify mitigation and adaptation strategies to incorporate into the project design, and access resources to help comply with the City's resilience and green buillding design requirements.

Related Organizations: City of Boston, Massachusetts

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California's Fourth Climate Change Assessment

August 27, 2018

California’s statewide assessment of climate change impacts utilizes updated climate science to investigate vulnerability at the local scale and inform adaptation and resilience planning. The fourth climate change assessment includes 44 technical reports on projected impacts to specific sectors and potential responses, 30 summary reports, 9 regional reports, and 3 statewide topical reports on oceans and coasts, tribal and indigenous communities, and environmental justice impacts of climate change.

Related Organizations: State of California, California Natural Resources Agency, California Energy Commission, California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR)

Author or Affiliated User: Jennifer Phillips

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Massachusetts H 4835 - An Act Promoting Climate Change Adaptation, Environmental and Natural Resource Protection and Investment in Recreational Assets and Opportunity

August 21, 2018

Massachusetts Governor Baker has authorized over $2. 4 billion in capital allocations for investments in adaptation to climate change, protecting environmental resources and green space across the state.  H 4835 enables critical financing for the state and local level environmental and community resilience. The legislation expands and codifies commitments of Executive Order 569 to ensure climate change adaptation and resiliency continue to be prioritized, state agency climate change vulnerability assessments are ongoing, and the State Integrated Hazard Mitigation Plan and Climate Adaptation Plan are continuously updated and implemented.

Related Organizations: State of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Division of Water Supply Protection, Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT)

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Financing resilient communities and coastlines: How environmental impact bonds can accelerate wetland restoration in Louisiana and beyond

August 20, 2018

The Environmental Defense Fund and Quantified Ventures have assessed how an environmental impact bond (EIB) could effectively be used for coastal resilience financing for wetland restoration in Louisiana and other coastal areas. The report outlines the steps Louisiana would take to pilot and implement the EIB to restore the coast and wetlands, while greatly reducing land loss to sea level rise, and incentivizing investment. The framework could also support financing other natural infrastructure projects that build coastal resiliency, and serves as a template for coastal investments anywhere.

Related Organizations: Environmental Defense Fund

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