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U.S. Department of Transportation Infrastructure For Rebuilding America (INFRA) Program

The Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant funding program exists to provide federal funding support to nationally or regionally significant highway and freight projects. In reviewing grant applications, the U. S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) prioritizes projects that support economic vitality, promote or deploy innovation, allow federal funding to be leveraged in attracting private investment, and support accountability. For the first time, however, in 2021 USDOT also began prioritizing projects that promote racial equity, and those that address climate change and environmental justice.

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California “Sea the Future” Tool

The “Sea the Future” tool was developed by the State of California to help the state’s local planners and residents understand and be able to select from among a dozen different sea-level rise and flooding visualization tools that may be useful in efforts to plan for sea-level rise. Sea the Future provides summaries and information on tool features, similarities and differences across tools, and advantages and disadvantages of each tool so that end-users can make an informed decision about which tool(s) to use to support decisionmaking.

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California Local Climate Change Snapshot Tool

The California Local Climate Change Snapshot tool presents localized projections of changes in temperature, precipitation, and wildfire for all locations in California based on climate model output through the year 2100. The Snapshot is designed to be accessible for most or all users, and provides a brief overview of potential climate change impacts within a region.

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Honolulu, Hawaii Ordinance 20-47 - Office of Resilience

December 23, 2020

In December 2020, the Mayor of Honolulu signed Ordinance 20-47 (Ordinance), which formally codifies the responsibilities of the previously-established City of Honolulu Office of Resilience (Resilience Office), which include coordinating a coastal and water program, a climate resilience and equity program, and a food sustainability program. The Ordinance is meant to address climate change concerns by building on previous ordinances, and implements a ‘one water’ policy for the city. 

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Santa Monica Sustainability Rights Ordinance

June 25, 2019

The Santa Monica Sustainability Rights Ordinance, adopted by the Santa Monica City Council in June 2019, declares a human right to a healthy environment and grants natural ecosystems a right of existence. The ordinance reaffirms the City’s commitment to protecting and modeling sustainability, including with regard to rights it recognizes but believes existing law fails to protect. The ordinance empowers citizens to bring suit to protect nature’s rights and their own related to the environment.

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New York Model Local Laws to Increase Resilience

June 2019

In June 2019, the New York Department of State completed a set of model local resiliency laws as part of its required actions under the State’s Community Risk and Resiliency Act (CCRA). The model laws are meant to inform municipalities who want to adapt their own resiliency measures. Five categories of model laws are included in the model, which is divided into five corresponding chapters. The categories are 1) basic land use models including zoning practices; 2) model legal protections for watercourses and wetlands; 3) model protection measures for shorelines; 4) model floodplain management practices, and; 5) model stormwater management practices.

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Natural Hazards Resilience: A Quick Start Guide for North Carolina Communities

April 27, 2020

On April 27, 2020, the North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency (NCORR) launched the Natural Hazards Resilience: A Quick Start Guide for North Carolina Communities to help communities better prepare for the impacts of future natural hazards and climate change. This quick start guide creates a template from which North Carolina communities can independently build climate resilience plans to adapt to changing weather conditions. The guide outlines three components of resilience and five strategies for implementing resilience into work that is already performed everyday.

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Taking Action on Climate Change and Building a More Resilient Connecticut for All: Phase I Report

January 2021

The Phase I report by the Connecticut Governor’s Council on Climate Change (GC3) -- Taking Action on Climate Change and Building a More Climate Resilient Connecticut for All -- released January 2021, contains a wide array of recommendations for improving Connecticut’s resilience to climate change that can be implemented by early 2022. An Adaptation and Resilience plan is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2021 and will include recommendations on longer term policies. The report and forthcoming adaptation plan were called for in an executive order issued in September 2019.

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DOT Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Grant Program

2021

In April 2021, the Department of Transportation (DOT) rebooted its discretionary rail, transit, and port funding program as the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) program. The program was initially known as the TIGER grant program, and most recently administered as the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) program. The FY 2021 funds will be available for obligation through September 30, 2024. The 2021 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFO) prioritizes projects that contemplate and address climate-related concerns such as energy efficiency, resilience, and emissions, requiring that climate and environmental justice impacts be considered by planners. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM Eastern on July 12, 2021. 

 

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A Resilient Future for Coastal Communities: Federal Policy Recommendations from Solutions in Practice

October 2020

The Energy and Environmental Study Institute’s (EESI) October 2020 report contains 30 actionable recommendations, guided by 6 principles, on how the federal government can better support coastal resilience. The report emphasizes throughout the importance of consultation with local communities in designing programs and policies related to adaptation and resilience to ensure their specific needs are met. It also describes how the policy recommendations can be implemented, including identifying Congressional Committees with relevant jurisdiction.

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