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Mexico Beach, Florida - Floodplain Ordinance 712

February 5, 2019

Mexico Beach is on the Gulf of Mexico in Bay County, Florida and faces climate enhanced hurricanes, coastal storm surge, sea level rise and flooding impacts. In October 2018, Hurricane Michael, a Category 4 storm, made landfall in Mexico Beach demolishing 70% of the town’s homes. The coastal community has amended the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood zones maps to reflect storm surge flood levels and high risk floodplain areas as implicated by Hurricane Michael flooding.  An ordinance has been adopted in which new construction in Mexico Beach must be elevated at least a foot and a half higher than FEMA's base-level flood predictions in both the region’s 100-year and 500-year floodplains.

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The Kresge Foundation Equitable Guidelines for Opportunity Zone Investment

March 2019

The Opportunity Zones (OZ) program, created by the federal Opportunity Act as a part of the 2017 Tax Act, delegates to the U.S. Treasury the authority to set requirements for investment under the act’s tax credit system. The Kresge Foundation, seeing that Treasury requirements were first delayed and ultimately bare, set out to create its own set of guidelines. Kresge provides capitalization to projects in OZs to attract investment, and through covenants with its partners attempts to ensure that such investments are based in a framework of equity.  Within a specific OZ, these covenants include stringent reporting requirements, the creation of a community advisory board explicitly containing members of the OZ’s community, and active promotion of OZ programs to OZ residents. Additionally, Kresge set out minimum standards for both real estate and business investments. Covenants for real estate investments include specifics such as: adopting an “anti-displacement” strategy for all housing investments, shifting focus to projects that create jobs for low-income communities, and mandating that at least 50% of all multifamily housing investments serve residents with incomes under 120% of the OZ’s average median income. For business investments, covenants include requirements that at least 50% of investments create living-wage jobs, and prohibitions on investments in industries that could be harmful to disadvantaged communities and typically create environmental justice issues. (e.g. oil, mining, firearms). 

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Atlanta, Georgia Environmental Impact Bond for Green Infrastructure

February 21, 2019

The City of Atlanta, Georgia Department of Watershed Management is issuing an environmental impact bond (EIB), which will finance green infrastructure to address water quality, reduce flooding and improve stormwater management in Atlanta’s Proctor Creek Watershed neighborhoods.  The $14 million EIB - the first to be offered on public markets - was the result of a partnership between the City of Atlanta, Quantified Ventures, the Rockefeller Foundation, and broker-dealer Neighborly. Supporting the expansion of EIBs into public markets, the Rockefeller Foundation will cover the costs of structuring a public bond with a grant to Atlanta - chosen from applicants of its 100 Resilient Cities network.

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Minneapolis 2040 - Minneapolis, Minnesota Comprehensive Plan

2019

Minneapolis 2040 is the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Comprehensive Plan -  that will guide policy and decision making in the city in terms of the built, natural and economic environment for the next ten years. The document includes 14 Goals adopted by the City Council in 2017 that articulate the plan’s intent. One of the plan’s primary goals is for the city to become climate resilient by 2040, which includes a number of adaptation policies and actions for near-term implementation. The Comprehensive Plan includes 100 Policies, each of which supports one or more of the primary goals.

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Evanston, Illinois Climate Action and Resilience Plan

December 11, 2018

The City of Evanston, Illinois’ climate plan envisions that by 2030, Evanston will meet 100% of electricity needs from renewable energy, and by 2050 become “a climate ready and resilient city that has successfully prioritized the needs of its most vulnerable while combating climate change. ” Evanston is a Great Lakes city, exposed to climate impacts such as increasingly intense storms, invasive species, hotter temperatures, drought conditions, human migration, and water quality impacts.

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Building Bridges: A Community-Based Stewardship Study for an Equitable East River Park

December 2018

Building Bridges reports on the findings and recommendations of the research conducted by The Trust for Public Land and James Lima Planning + Development to identify a new socially equitable and climate resilient stewardship model for the East River Park area along the Lower Manhattan waterfront in New York City. Under the East Side Coastal Resiliency (ESCR) project, the East River Park area is the first section of the large-scale BIG U project which will install infrastructure and remodel the landscape surrounding Lower Manhattan to protect it from sea level rise and other coastal climate hazards.

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Sea-level Rise: Projections for Maryland 2018

2018

Maryland’s shoreline and coastal bays are highly vulnerable to sea-level rise (SLR), causing shoreline erosion, deterioration of tidal wetlands, saline contamination of low-lying farm fields, "nuisance” tidal flooding, and more.  Fulfilling requirements of Maryland’s Commission on Climate Change Act of 2015, this report provides updated projections of sea-level rise expected into the next century along Maryland’s coast. The probabilistic SLR projections presented in the report offer a scientifically sound and readily applicable basis for planning and regulation, assessments of changes in tidal range and storm surge, development of inundation mapping tools, infrastructure siting and design, and identification of adaptation strategies for high-tide flooding and saltwater intrusion.

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National Integrated Heat Health Information System - Urban Heat Island Mapping Campaign

2018

The National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS) Urban Heat Island Mapping Campaign provides technical and financial support to urban areas to help them identify neighborhoods at greatest risk from heat stress. NIHHIS is an integrated system that develops science-based products and services for urban areas to understand and reduce health risks related to extreme heat, which is likely to increase in frequency and severity in many urban areas as a result of climate change. Cities receive training, loaned equipment, and data processing and other technical support through the Mapping Campaign. Once complete, each participating city has detailed heat distribution data and maps, as well as a final report detailing the work and findings.

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Resilience in Transportation Planning, Engineering, Management, Policy, and Administration (NCHRP Synthesis 527)

2018

This synthesis report, produced through the National Cooperative Highway Research Program, documents resilience efforts within transportation agencies, with a particular focus on how agencies are integrating resilience into their core functions and services - including planning, engineering, construction, maintenance and operations, and administration. The synthesis was informed by a literature review, a survey of transportation agencies, and five detailed case studies developed through agency interviews.

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City of Oakland Resolution No. 87397 Declaring a Climate Emergency and Calling for a Just Transition

November 30, 2018

Citing observed and predicted temperature and sea level rises worldwide and the disproportionate effects of climate change borne by frontline communities, the City Council of Oakland, California passed this resolution (No. 87397) in October 2018 declaring that climate change is a global and local emergency. The resolution further calls for city-wide net zero emissions and a “just transition,” defined as a “fair shift to an economy that is ecologically sustainable, just, and equitable for all its members.

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