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Newark, New Jersey Environmental Justice and Cumulative Impact Ordinance

July 7, 2016

The Newark Municipal Council passed the Environmental Justice and Cumulative Impacts Ordinance to address long standing health disparities among Newark’s poorest communities. While the ordinance is not specifically about climate change, it does provide a mechanism to address cumulative environmental impacts that lead to the disproportionate climate risks on low-income residents and people of color. This ordinance requires industrial and commercial development proposals to include information about cumulative environmental impacts that will allow decisionmakers and the public to make an informed decision if the development meets the city’s sustainability goals.

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The Cleveland Tree Plan

October 20, 2015

In 2015, the City of Cleveland, Ohio published the Cleveland Tree Plan to provide a comprehensive assessment of the city’s current urban forest and an actionable strategy to restore it.  In addition to identifying strategies for enhancing and restoring the city's urban tree canopy, the plan identifies 25 indicators for assessing the health of the city's urban forest. The report describes restoration and maintenance of the city's urban tree canopy as a critical component of their efforts to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

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South Ironbound Resiliency Action Plan - Newark, New Jersey

August 26, 2015

The South Ironbound Resiliency Action Plan lays out resiliency goals for a portion of the Ironbound neighborhood in the East Ward of Newark, New Jersey called South Ironbound, that will inform funding priorities and inform longer term climate mitigation and adaptation goals. The neighborhood is prone to flooding due to sewer back-ups, heavy rain storms, and storm surge. The report is organized into strategic components related to resilience. For each strategy, there is an in-depth review of major actions and implementation considerations.

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Cleveland, Ohio Climate Action Plan - 2018 Update

September 21, 2018

The Cleveland Climate Action Plan (CAP) addresses the need to build climate change resilience while prioritizing social and racial equity and the development of “green jobs.” The CAP was developed through twelve workshops held throughout the city, and the majority (54%) of the 300 attendees were people of color. The CAP is supported by a 90 member Climate Action Advisory Committee (CAAC) that includes membership from a number of environmental and community based organizations. A subset of the CAAC developed a Racial Equity Tool that was used to review each action item under consideration for the plan. The CAP aims to reduce flooding, increase water supply, and improve water quality by promoting green spaces that reduce runoff and combined sewer overflows (CSOs). This plan has resulted in improved water efficiency and the amount of wastewater overflow in the city decreasing from 5 billion gallons per day (Bgal/d) in 2011 to 4.1 Bgal/d in 2015.

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Weathering the Storm: Building Business Resilience to Climate Change

July 16, 2013

From the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), this report provides a detailed snapshot of the state of resilience planning among a cross-section of global companies, and outlines steps companies can take to better assess and manage their growing climate risks. The report includes a comprehensive review of resilience practices among S&P Global 100 Index companies and detailed case studies of six companies in diverse sectors: American Water, Bayer, The Hartford Group, National Grid, Rio Tinto and Weyerhaeuser.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Meg Crawford, Stephen Seidel

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Assessment of Intraseasonal to Interannual Climate Prediction and Predictability

2010

This report focuses on ways to improve the quality of intraseasonal and interannual climate forecasts. It examines current capabilities for forecasting predictions for the climate system, analyzes how past improvements in these capabilities have been achieved, and recommends opportunities for future improvement. The report informs and guides decisions regarding future opportunities in climate research and operational forecasting.

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Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance, Miami, Florida

December 13, 2018

In 2018, Miami passed a mandatory inclusionary zoning (IZ) ordinance that requires the inclusion of affordable housing in the Omni Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) district, a 30-block area north of downtown Miami. Miami currently ranks lowest in the  availability of affordable rental units among cities in the nation. Meanwhile, low-income communities in the city’s inland neighborhoods that are historically black and Latinx now face development pressures from wealthier residents seeking to relocate from the city’s low-lying coastal neighborhoods to the city’s inland neighborhoods.

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Opportunities for Equitable Adaptation in Cities: A Workshop Summary Report

February 15, 2017

This summary report describes the conversations and discussions of participants during a two-day workshop help in April 2016 focusing on on city-level actions that would support social justice goals and better prepare communities for the effects of climate change. The workshop convened nearly 50 thought leaders on equity and climate adaptation, including city officials, representatives of environmental justice and social justice organizations, state and federal partners, and funders who support this work.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Melissa Deas, Jessica Grannis, James DeWeese, Sara Hoverter

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Maryland's Living Shoreline Protection Act of 2008 (HB 973)

April 22, 2008

In its January 2008 interim report, the Maryland Commission on Climate Change recommended that the state begin to actively address the impacts on the natural environment of shore erosion induced by sea level rise. The Commission's report recommends a unified approach to shoreline management. Specifically, the Commission suggests that the state resolve management conflicts presented by the current statute and regulatory practice of permitting shore protection alternatives based on the order of preference.

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Preparing Our Communities for Climate Impacts: Recommendations for Federal Action (GCC)

September 4, 2014

The Georgetown Climate Center released 100 recommendations to improve federal programs that could be used to prepare for climate change. The report will inform the White House State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience.

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