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ITEP Tribes and Climate Change Program

The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) Tribes and Climate Change Program provides support to tribes that are preparing for and currently contending with climate change including resources to develop climate change adaptation strategies. Development of the program is guided by an advisory committee that includes tribal environmental and natural resource professionals who are actively working on climate change issues. The program's online portal provides information on climate change impacts, adaptation planning, research, policy, guides and other educational tools, with a focus on the climate effects upon, and proactive involvement of, Native American tribes.

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An Assessment of Central Virginia’s Manufactured Housing Communities: Understanding the Conditions, Challenges, and Opportunities

November 2016

In November 2016, the Manufactured Home Community Coalition of Virginia and project:HOMES, a nonprofit affordable housing provider in central Virginia, commissioned An Assessment of Central Virginia’s Manufactured Housing Communities: Understanding the Conditions, Challenges, and Opportunities, a report prepared by HDAdvisors to analyze the place of manufactured housing within the affordable housing conversation. This report is the first full assessment of the existing conditions of manufactured home parks in the central Virginia region and includes an analysis of the socioeconomic status and demographic trends for manufactured home residents. In addition, the report includes a detailed quality survey of more than 50 manufactured home parks across the region. 

Manufactured homes and park communities are important to include when planning for climate change, adaptation, and resilience. Data and baseline housing studies underpin and should serve as a foundation for planning efforts. This report serves as an example of an affordable housing assessment that can be used by other regional or local policymakers to evaluate the current status of affordable, manufactured homes and parks.

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Lead with Listening: A Guidebook for Community Conversations on Climate Migration

In 2021, the Climigration Network, in partnership with a diverse team of researchers, released Lead with Listening: A Guidebook for Community Conversations on Climate Migration. The guidebook is a resource on climate migration and how to have effective dialogue about it. It addresses how various factors (e. g. , cultural, financial, and location) make conversations surrounding the topic of climate migration (also called “managed retreat” or “relocation,” among other terms) challenging.

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Massachusetts Climate Resilience Design Standards Tool

April 21, 2021

On April 21, 2021, the State of Massachusetts, under the Governor Charlie Baker Administration, launched the Climate Resilience Design Standards Tool, an online platform that enables state and local governments to assess climate change considerations when designing and siting development and infrastructure projects. Specifically, the tool offers guidance for state-funded and other projects by creating project-specific climate vulnerability assessments and providing general guidance for ways that the state and local governments can consider making a project more climate resilient.

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Connecticut Microgrid and Resilience Grant and Loan Pilot Program

September 2020

In September 2020, the Connecticut legislature passed the Microgrid and Resilience Grant and Loan Pilot Program (Conn. Gen. Stat. § 16-243y). The act expands the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s authority to fund resilience projects, in addition to microgrids. The act supports the creation of climate change resilience projects in Connecticut.

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BIA Tribal Resilience Program

July 16, 2014

The Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) launched the Tribal Climate Resilience Partnership and Technical Assistance Program in 2014 to help tribes prepare for climate change.Direct funding supports federally-recognized Tribes and Alaska Native communities in climate resilience planning through competitive awards for climate training, adaptation planning, vulnerability assessments, supplemental monitoring, capacity building, and ocean and coastal management planning. 

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Wind River Reservation: Drought Risk and Adaptation in the Interior Report

2017

From the North Central Climate Science Center, this report looks at the social-ecological vulnerabilities, risks, and response capacities of the Wind River Indian Reservation (WRIR) to drought. The Center's Drought Risk and Adaptation in the Interior project relies on social-ecological systems frameworks to understand adaptation initiatives in the north central region of the U. S. This report discusses the results of drought risk interviews with tribal resource managers at WRIR, in order to inform drought preparedness planning and climate change adaptation efforts.

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DOI Secretarial Order 3226, Amendment No. 1, 2009 - DOI Climate Change Task Force

January 16, 2009

In 2007, a Climate Change Task Force was created within the Department of the Interior (DOI) to study climate change and its effects on the responsibilities of the Department.   The Task Force included three subcommittees that developed options for actions DOI should consider with respect to legal and policy issues, land and water management issues, and climate change scientific issues.  This Amendment to the Order provides guidance to bureaus and offices within the DOI on how to provide leadership by developing timely responses to these emerging climate change issues.

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Executive Order: Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience

December 9, 2016

President Obama’s Executive Order establishes the Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience Area in response to requests from the native coastal tribes in this region for the Federal Government to take action to protect the health of the marine ecosystems, while maintaining sustainable fishing and economic development opportunities. The subsistence practices of these communities, along with inter-related marine ecosystem stability are threatened by warming ocean temperatures, sea ice loss,  sea level rise, increasing maritime traffic, and oil and gas leasing.

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Climate Change Adaptation Plan for Akwesasne, St. Regis Mohawk Tribe

August 30, 2013

Mohawk (Kanienkehaka) Nation Territory, known as Akwesasne, is located in the St. Lawrence River Valley and straddles the border between New York State, Ontario and Quebec. Developed by the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, this plan describes the risks posed by climate change to the Mohawk people’s traditional way of life, and includes adaptation recommendations aimed at improving public health and cultural preservation. Recognizing the tribe’s deep ties to the land, the plan uses cultural concepts and symbols as a framework for discussing climate change.

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