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New York State Department of Health Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) in New York State

June 2015

In June 2015, The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) undertook a climate and health adaptation planning process known as BRACE (Building Resilience Against Climate Effects), a result of a grant from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2010. The creation of this report fulfills the first of five steps of the CDC’s BRACE framework - to forecast climate impacts and assess vulnerabilities. The report reviews an assessment of the projected climate-related public health impacts in New York, and provides public health resilience strategies and recommendations for NYSDOH.

Related Organizations: New York State Department of Health

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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NOAA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Climate Projects

2015

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) was launched in 2010 to accelerate efforts to protect and restore the Great Lakes system. A collaborative between federal agencies and Great Lakes region communities, the Initiative strategically targets the biggest threats to the Great Lakes ecosystem, including climate change adaptation and resiliency.

Related Organizations: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Climate Action Champions

December 2014

The Climate Action Champions (CAC) Initiative was launched by the White House in 2014 as a national competition to identify local and tribal community organizations pursuing climate change preparedness and resilience activities. The Initiative provides targeted Federal support to help those communities further their mitigation and adaptation goals. 

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Draft Federal Flood Risk Management Standard Implementing Guidelines

January 30, 2015

President Obama issued Executive Order 13690, “The Federal Flood Risk Management Standard” in 2015 creating a new national minimum flood risk management standard to ensure that federal actions that are located in or near the floodplain consider risks, changes in climate, and vulnerability. The Order anticipates increases in both climate change impacts and the intensity of those impacts over time. The Guidelines provided by FEMA are for use by Federal agencies to guide the implementation of the updated Federal Flood Risk Management Standard (FFRMS).

Related Organizations: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Before the (Next) Storm: The Disaster Planning for Historic Properties Initiative

February 4, 2015

The Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation office was awarded $1. 5 million by the National Park Service following Hurricane Sandy, the bulk of which will be used to undertake disaster planning initiatives. The goals of the initiative are to identify the counties with the most vulnerable historic properties, develop strategies to protect those historical properties from future disasters, and then integrate those strategies into the selected counties’ Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Plans.

Related Organizations: Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Office

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Use of Natural and Nature-Based Features for Coastal Resilience

January 2015

This US Army Corps of Engineers report describes different coastal resilience measures that can be implemented to reduce risks from flooding and erosion.  It is designed to help policymakers use natural and nature-based features (NNBF) to enhance coastal resilience while minimizing impacts to the coastal environment. The report fills knowledge gaps about how NNBF can be used to reduce flooding and erosion risk and provides relevant information and studies to inform implementation of NNBF projects.

Related Organizations: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Climate Hubs Tool Shed

July 2015

The Climate Hubs Tool Shed provides information on tools to support agricultural and forest land managers in adapting to climate change. The database includes tools that are directly relevant to climate variability and change, as well as tools that can assist in managing climate related impacts, such as drought, pests, and extreme weather. The Tool Shed is managed by the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - who describes the target audience as Climate Hub extension and consultants, as well as land managers, land owners, and researchers.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Climate Change & Aspen: An Update on Impacts to Guide Resiliency Planning & Stakeholder Engagement

December 2014

This report, adopted by the City of Aspen, is an update to the City's climate change impact assessment adopted in 2006. The report details the range of impacts that the City is likely to experience as a result of climate change, including: longer summertime warm periods, earlier spring snowmelt, more precipitation as rain and not snow, longer dry periods, and increased frequency of heavy downpour events. These changes are anticipated to increase wildfire risk, put increased pressure on water supply, and economically impact ski resorts and other winter and summer time recreational businesses. The report also details adaptation strategies for each of six key sectors.  

Related Organizations: Aspen Global Change Institute, City of Aspen

Author or Affiliated User: James Arnott

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Equity Checklist

2015

This one-page Equity Checklist was designed for planners and funders to ensure the leadership of disadvantaged communities in projects that impact them. This checklist was designed to serve as a purposefully simple framework to a) identify vulnerable populations, b) think through the equity implications of their work, and c) promote respectful collaborations with community groups. Funders can use the checklist as criteria for their grant giving, and agencies can use it as a helpful guide to plan projects.

Related Organizations: Rooted in Resilience, Communities for a Better Environment, Bay Localize

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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What Cities Should Do: A Guide to Resilient Power Planning

March 2015

What Cities Should Do: A Guide to Resilient Power Planning is a series of guidelines and best practices for cities and towns preparing for widespread power outages from severe weather events. According to the authors, cities should have resilient power plans for critical public and private facilities in order to protect their most vulnerable citizens - but few cities have focused on risks and mitigation strategies associated with extended grid power outages for critical assets. This paper calls for a systematic approach to protect critical facilities with resilient power solutions, including solar photovoltaic (PV) and energy storage, combined heat-and-power (CHP), and fuel cells systems.

Related Organizations: Clean Energy Group, Meridian Institute

Authors or Affiliated Users: Lew Milford, Robert Sanders

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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