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Case Studies in Floodplain Regulation

May 2013

This Georgetown Law student report highlights the efforts of two communities to strengthen regulations after catastrophic flood events: Cedar Falls, Iowa, and Waveland, Mississippi. These case studies discuss the regulatory reforms the communities implemented and the lessons that can be learned from their experience.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Law, Georgetown Climate Center

Author or Affiliated User: Emily Maus

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Louisiana Executive Order Number JBE 2020-19 on Coastal Resilience

August 19, 2020

In August 2020, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards signed Executive Order (EO) Number JBE 2020-19 to require all state agencies to pursue Louisiana's coastal protection and adaptation goals and incorporate resilience planning into every state agency's operations. To accomplish these goals, the governor established the position of Chief Resilience Officer and resilience leads in each state agency to coordinate actions with Louisiana's Coastal Master Plan to make the coast more resilient in the face of climate change.

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Massachusetts Port Authority Resiliency Program and Floodproofing Design Guide

April 2015

In 2014, the Massachusetts Port Authority (“Massport”) began the Massport Resiliency Program to protect Massport transportation facilities from flooding hazards caused by extreme storms and rising sea levels as a result of climate change. The program seeks to better prepare for the impacts of climate change by incorporating resilience principles into Massport’s business strategy and operations. As a part of this program, Massport created a Floodproofing Design Guide (“Guide”) that will help make the built environment resilient to sea-level rise and major flood events.

Related Organizations: Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport)

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Adaptation Pathways 1.0: A Guide for Navigating Sea-Level Rise in the Built Environment

August 25, 2016

This report summarizes a May 2016 Sea-Level Rise Summit organized by the Florida Center for Environmental Studies at Florida Atlantic University. The goal of the Summit was to produce a first generation roadmap for adaptation, by translating knowledge and ideas into action. The resulting "Adaptation Pathways" - found in Section III of this report - synthesize the Summit’s dominant themes into sea-level rise resilience strategies.

Related Organizations: Florida Atlantic University (FAU)

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Climate and Health Program

2009

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) climate and public health framework was established in 2006, and in 2009, CDC formally established its Climate and Health Program. The mission of the Program is to lead efforts to identify vulnerable populations to climate change; to prevent and adapt to current and anticipated health impacts; and to assure that systems are in place to detect and respond to current and emerging health threats.

Related Organizations: Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Climate Ready Boston Final Report (2016)

December 8, 2016

Climate Ready Boston is an initiative to enhance near- and long-term climate change preparedness and resiliency in Boston, Massachusetts. The comprehensive 400-page final report from the initiative uses updated climate projections to predict how climate change will impact Boston, and details the findings on vulnerable populations, buildings, infrastructure, the shoreline, and the economy. The report also provides an extensive analysis of climate resilience initiatives and a roadmap for strategic implementation.

Related Organizations: City of Boston, Massachusetts, Boston Green Ribbon Commission, Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (MA CZM)

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4th National Climate Assessment, Volume II: Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States

November 23, 2018

On November 23, 2018, the U. S. Global Change Research Program released Volume II of the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4) entitled Impacts, Risks and Adaptation in the United States. NCA4 includes sixteen chapters focusing on national topics and specific sectors, nine chapters focusing on different regions of the country, and two chapters focusing on both mitigation (reducing greenhouse gas emissions) and adaptation responses to climate change. NCA4 concludes that: “ [o]bservations collected around the world provide significant, clear, and compelling evidence that global average temperature is much higher, and is rising more rapidly, than anything modern civilization has experienced, with widespread and growing impacts.

Related Organizations: U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)

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Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Study for the City of Los Angeles, California

December 2013

From the University of Southern California (USC) Sea Grant Program, this vulnerability assessment is a summary of initial research on the potential impacts of sea level rise on Los Angeles’s resources and population, coastal and shoreline assets. The report contains the findings of a coastal vulnerabilities study, as well as the results of physical, social and economic vulnerability assessment studies that were commissioned by the City and USC Sea Grant.   In the final section, a suite of adaptation measures for sea level rise is provided, along with several recommendations for moving forward.

Related Organizations: Regional AdaptLA, University of Southern California Sea Grant, Susanne Moser Research and Consulting, Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC), ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

Authors or Affiliated Users: Phyllis Grifman, Juliette Hart, Jill Ladwig, Alyssa Newton Mann, Marika Schulhof

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Urban Planning for Climate Change

2007

This resource offers an overview of climate change indicators, risks, and particular threats to urban centers. It also examines how cities can pursue sustainable design to moderate the effects of climate change, as well as recommendations for further policy research.

Related Organizations: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Author or Affiliated User: Edward J. Blakely

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Resilience Strategy

March 2017

The City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania released its Resilience Strategy in March 2017 to provide a holistic strategy for helping the city to manage challenges from a changing environment, globalization, and urbanization. The Strategy sets goals, objectives, and action organized around a “P4” community-centered framework addressing resilience in terms of People, Place, Planet, and Performance.   The Strategy is intended to be a blueprint to help the city prepare for resilience challenges by helping the city improve coordination among government and non-governmental organizations, improve budgeting and capital coordination citywide, ensure the institutionalization of resilience practices, and increase resident engagement and empowerment.

Related Organizations: City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 100 Resilient Cities

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